Rudyard Kipling’s Naulakha

Local Attractions

Enjoy Your Next Vacation in Historic Naulakha, a sensational visit to the early 1900’s

Located in Dummerston, Vermont

Rent this Landmark.  It is one of seventeen National Historic Landmarks in Vermont and offers a unique experience; leisure time in Rudyard Kipling’s study. While on vacation here, you’ll have spectacular views, use of Vermont’s first tennis court, sledding or skiing in the meadow where skiing was introduced to Vermont, and hiking out the back door.

If you rent Naulakha during the summer, you’ll find music festivals in Marlboro, swimming and boating in the Connecticut River, biking on rural routes on and off paved roads, hiking, golf, and major ski areas.

From the Naulakha Guest Book

“It is fascinating to visit the houses of writers and artists, but all you usually get is an hours tour with an absolute prohibition ‘not to touch.’ How wonderful then to sit at his desk and soak in Mr. Kipling’s bath.”

“After nine visits this is still a paradise for the body, the soul and the mind. Thank you Landmark Trust USA.”

A Naulakha Vacation:

  • Sleeps 8
  • Prices range from $390 – $450 a night
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Wifi available
  • please, no pets


Naulakha sat abandoned, though fully furnished, from 1942 until The Landmark Trust acquired it in 1992. The roof was beginning to leak, a family of raccoons had taken up residence, and the south foundation had collapsed.

The Landmark Trust USA’s mission was twofold:

  • Determine exactly the house that Rudyard Kipling had designed and built for himself;
  • and investigate the repairs necessary to safeguard the house.

Landmark Trust USA’s staff researched archives in the United States and England for materials relating to the house. We discovered the location of the original blueprints for “Cottage for R. Kipling, Esq.” and were able to purchase them along with numerous original photographs. Through very serendipitous circumstances we also discovered in a barn down the road the original entry hall paneling and numerous doors that had been removed after Kipling sold the house; these were donated to the Trust for reinstallation.

The house itself was also extensively studied and the small alterations made after Kipling left were reversed. The Trust returned to the original colors inside and out so that now visitors can experience the house just as Kipling did. And while Rudyard Kipling did not have electricity and some other modern conveniences, Naulakha today is essentially the house he lived in.


Naulakha is perched on the eastern flank of Kipling Hill and offers superb views over the Connecticut River Valley. Rudyard Kipling thought of his ship-shaped house as sailing across a meadow taking him on adventures of the imagination.

The setting is very rural with hiking, skiing or bicycling available out the door. Vermont’s first tennis court is available on the grounds from mid-May until October.

Every sort of outdoor recreation along with restaurants, shopping, farmers’ markets, artisanal cheese makers and brew pubs are located nearby.


Amtrak serves Brattleboro with one train north and one south per day.

Car rental is available in Brattleboro.

Rudyard Kiplings Naulakha 481 Kipling Road Dummerston, VT 05301

What to do.

Landmark Trust USA’s own Scott Farm offers excellent hiking over our 571 acres as well as farm fresh, ecologically grown fruit from berries in mid-July through peaches, pears, plums, quince, and 90 varieties of heirloom apples until we sell out in December.  An excellent assortment of Vermont artisanal cheese can be found at Grafton Village Cheese in Brattleboro.

Less than three miles away canoes can be rented for trips on the Connecticut River and West River. Vermont Canoe Touring Center: 802-257-5008.

For those who love the beauty and peace of a flower garden Olallie Daylily Gardens ( just west of South Newfane is a scenic 25 minute drive along the West River then the Rock River. The variety and color of these day lillies is beyond description, well worth the visit.

Townshend State Park and Jamaica State Park offer hiking, swimming, fishing, waterfalls all within 30 minutes.

Just outside the door guests can cross country ski where Rudard Kipling introduced skiing to Vermont or travel to picturesque Grafton, Vermont for skiing on groomed trails at Grafton Ponds. Sledding in the Naulakha meadow is superb. Snow shoeing is available over the 55 acre Kipling property or the 571 acre Scott Farm.

Major ski areas within 45 minutes are Mount Snow, Stratton Mountain, and Bromley Mountain.

Historic Deerfield offers historic houses, a museum, and restaurant 30 minutes south.

The Marlboro Music Festival and the Yellow Barn Music Festival, both only minutes away, provide internationally recognized chamber music through July and August.

There are numerous golf courses in the area including Brattleboro Country Club. Mount Snow has one of Vermont’s premier mountain courses.

For further suggestions of area activities or restaurants please contact the Landmark Trust USA office.