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Bill Regan for The Boston Globe
Rudyard Kipling bought land in rural Dummerston, Vt., and designed a shingled, three-story house he called Naulakha — a Hindi word meaning “jewel beyond price.”
Kipling's writing table, tucked into the corner of a first-floor sitting room, remains at Naulakha, as do other furnishings of the adventurous British poet.
None of this would be surprising if the fastidiously restored house, now a National Historic Landmark, were a house museum. But it's used as a vacation rental that sleeps eight.
Guests can feast at the polished dining table next to a sideboard with handcarved panels from India, where the writer was born in 1865.
They can repose in Kipling’s bathtub, rock on the deep back porch, and play pool or checkers in the third-floor game room (pictured).
Next door, Kipling’s newly restored carriage house once served as lodgings for the coachman. Now it, too, has been transformed into a vacation house.
The nonprofit that restored Naulakha also owns three other historic vacation houses in Vermont, including a Greek Revival-style Dutton Farmhouse (pictured).
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