DUMMERSTON, Vt. — Rudyard Kipling was smitten with the countryside outside Brattleboro when he honeymooned here in 1892. His wife, Caroline Balestier, had relatives in the area. He bought land in rural Dummerston and designed a shingled three-story house he called Naulakha — a Hindi word meaning “jewel beyond price.” Kipling began several of his famous works in the house, including “The Jungle Book” and “The Day’s Work,” “The Seven Seas” and “Captains Courageous.”
His writing table, tucked into the corner of a first-floor sitting room, remains at Naulakha, as do other furnishings. None of this would be surprising if the fastidiously restored house, now a National Historic Landmark,were a house museum. But it is a vacation rental that sleeps eight. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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