Rudyard Kipling – Historic VT Lodging
Reliving History: VT Vacation Lodging at Naulakha
Tucked in the hills of Dummerston is where you’ll find Naulakha – the former home of Rudy Kipling. The british born Kipling was a prolific writer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and perhaps best known for his children stories and poems. Kipling wrote “the Jungle Book” while living in Vermont and you have the unique opportunity to stay in the Kipling home and re-live the experiences of the author.
The Landmark Trust USA: Historic Home Rentals
Yes, you can stay in the home where many of the children’s classics of literature were written! The amazing Rudyard Kipling home (Naulakha) overlooking the Connecticut River valley in southern Vermont is now owned and operated by Landmark Trust USA. This non-profit entity has been buying, restoring and renting historic homes here in America and has done a sensational job in restoring and welcoming visitors to Kipling’s US homestead in Dummerston, Vermont.
Rudyard Kipling in Vermont
In 1882 Rudyard Kipling was working as a journalist in India and writing poetry and fiction in his spare time. It was his children stories and poems that led to his legacy as the most important writer in children’s literature. Many of those now famous children’s books and novels were written here in Vermont.
It was 1892 when Rudyard Kipling married Caroline Balestier, a Vermonter and sister of an American friend. After their marriage Rudyard and Caroline moved to Vermont. It was during Rudyard Kipling’s stay in the United States, where two daughters were born and where Kipling wrote ‘The Jungle Book’ (1894). The same Kipling home is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is available for short-term vacation rental.
The home was called “Naulakha” by Kipling, who designed the house to resemble a ship. Naulakha is a Hindi word meaning “jewel beyond price”. Kipling’s home sleeps 8 people comfortably.
The house now features oil-fired hot air heat which replaced the original wood-fired furnace in the basement. Naulakha is one of several properties available for rent by The Landmark Trust USA. Three other homes on or near the historic Scott Farm – where heirloom apples are grown are also available for short-term vacation rental.
If you are seeking a truly unforgettable vacation experience, consider a family vacation at “Naulakha” – where you can read “The Jungle Book” and other Kipling classic’s in the very room in which they were written.
Landmark Trust USA, Historical Vacation Rentals, 707 Kipling Rd., Dummerston, VT 05301 | 802-254-6868
The Landmark Trust USA restores historically significant properties then offers them, fully-equipped and fully furnished, as vacation rental homes where you can immerse yourself in a former life style. We have 5 properties; Rudyard Kipling's home - Naulakha, a former Sugar House, 2 farm houses, and Kipling's Carriage House. We allow pets at the Sugar House and the Amos Brown House.
The Landmark Trust USA
707 Kipling Road
Dummerston, Vermont 05301