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“Good place to visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gunby Hall and Gardens

Gunby Hall and Gardens
Gunby, Spilsby PE23 5SS, England
01754 890102
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Spilsby
Type: Architectural Buildings, Gardens, Cultural
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Owner description: Gunby Hall is a country house in Gunby, near Spilsby, in Lincolnshire. Otherwise known as Tennyson’s ‘Haunt of Ancient Peace’, Gunby Hall is a fine ‘William and Mary’ red brick house, dating from 1700 and extended in the 1870s, located in a quiet corner of Lincolnshire. Many of the rooms are paneled and there is a beautiful oak staircase. The house contains collections of grand family portraits, elegant furniture and exquisite china. The Massingberd family had connections with many influential people of their day; from the Wedgewood family, Tennyson and the composer Ralph Vaughn Williams to Rudyard Kipling and Charles Darwin. Bennett Langton, James Boswell and Dr Johnson were also regular visitors to the house and there is a famous signed copy of Boswell’s ‘The Life of Dr Johnson’ kept in the Library. Joshua Reynolds’ paintings of Bennett Langton and his wife are part of the collection as well a beautiful grand piano that Ralph Vaughn Williams played when visiting the Massingberds. The exquisite garden is planted with traditional English plants, fruit and flowers. It has a dovecot that pre dates the house and a charming loveseat hidden away behind fragrant roses
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“Good place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

We looked it up in the National Trust Book and drove 2 hours to get there! Beware as it is actually on an island exit...satnav confused! Nice drive up to the house, able to park at top and have a picnic after the visit as the tearooms only sell cake!
The house was very good but the guide given at the start is really confusing and all the lovely helpers inside agree! Apparently they are on version 12 and still not got it right! Didn't really feel at the end of the visit that we had learnt a lot about the house. It's was super that on entering a lovely lady was playing the piano in the music room. Some interesting reading as you go round but not keen on the tiger skins under a display cabinet!
However the gardens are a delight, especially the walled garden and also take the time to walk up to the church. On the whole a pleasant visit and would recommend a visit. We went on to Skegness and Chapel St Lenards after which was fun.

Visited May 2014
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“Lovely gardens but bring your own lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The gardens at Gunby Hall are a real treat; lots to see & all so well looked after. The only down side is the visitor facilities. The tea room sells drinks & cakes (which are very nice) but nothing savoury, not even sandwiches, which was rather disappointing.

Visited May 2014
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“Nice for a couple of hours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

I can understand why people say this house is somewhere they could live - it really feels like a home rather than a stately mansion. The guides are very interesting and know the history attached to the house - get them to tell you about naughty Algernon!!

Gardens are lovely and we visited when all the daffodils were out and it looked stunning.

No shop there but there is a little cafe where you can get a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. Worth a visit for an afternoon.

Visited April 2014
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“A nice stop on the way to Skegness!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We dropped in as we were passing. Entrance directly off the roundabout, so a bit confusing. The gardens are lovely and well tended, the wildflower walk great at this time of year. The house is quite small, with some interesting features. Food is limited- cake only when we visited, and there is no shop.

Visited April 2014
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Spalding, United Kingdom
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“well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

we find the gardens are a wonderful place to hear just bird song and see the beautiful vistas and plants. the vegetable garden is to die for, so well looked after and worth a visit any time of year. a few more seats would be nice to sit and enjoy it all. the house is querky, well furnished and worth looking into, it now has the kitchens and servants areas to explore. the cafe serves good tea and coffee at reasonable prices with delicious cakes. there are tables for picnics under cover. they sell plants straight from there garden so the choice is very seasonal but again reasonable and its nice to have a bit of Gunby growing in your garden. plenty of carpark on grass so can be a bit muddy. very friendly staff . makes for a good two to three hour visit. free for NT members

Visited April 2014
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