The home where author Rudyard Kipling wrote some of his most famous novels went on sale today for £1million – and comes with its own cricket pitch.
Sport-loving Kipling is thought to have written his book Kim while staying at the stunning Victorian house.
The property comes complete with 3.7 acres of sprawling land – which includes its own cricket pitch.
The Gables, in Tisbury, near Salisbury, Wilts., was the home of Kipling’s parents during the height of their son’s writing career for nearly 20 years.
Kipling would often travel from his Sussex home, called Batemans, to spend weeks at a time writing novels.
It was during one of his many trips that Kipling largely wrote the novel considered by most to be his masterpiece, Kim.
His father John contributed the illustrations for the tale of the Anglo-Indian beggar boy in Lahore in the 1890s.
Prospective buyers of The Gables will have to stump up #1 million for the stunning house on the edge of a bustling village.
The house is currently owned by John and Louise Young, who have lived there since the early 1970s.
A spokesman for estate agent Strutt Parker, said: “After a long and distinguished artistic career in India, the Kiplings moved to a residence along Hindon Lane which they renamed the Gables.
“Their famous son visited them here and, whilst working on his novel Kim, his father, the illustrator, used drawings of one of the pupils from Tisbury Boys School as the model fro the main character.
“To the east of the house, and well protected by mature trees, is the delightful and beautifully-kept cricket field.
“It comprises an area of about 3.7 acres and was created many years ago by the current owners, who have a long-held passion for the game of cricket.
“It was held some wonderful games of cricket over the years.”
The sale comes as news that academics in the US have discovered 50 previously unpublished works dating from a time when Kipling and his wife tried, unsuccessfully, to settle in America.
Kipling was the first English-language writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, and is still its youngest ever recipient.