Gunby Hall and Gardens
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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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John C
Wisbech, UK71 contributions
Aug 2022
From Car Park to house and buildings is a fair hike....Uphill.
The coffee shop is pleasant, but no hot food and limited selection.
Entry into the house has to be booked at the courtyard, it is essential and cannot be pre-booked.
Entry is in batches, and is a steered tour with different volunteers giving a commentary at each stop, it worked well, with informative and audible reports by excellent volunteers.
Thank you for a great experience.
Written August 24, 2022
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steve2409
Conwy County, UK9 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Looked at national trust website and it advised pre booking for entry ,so this is exactly what we did pre booked for 12,30 arrived to be be told admission was very limited and too collect tickets for entry .
Off we went too collect tickets only to be told even though we pre booked entry too the house was 2 hrs later .
Apparently pre booking is for the car park only !!
Well this needs to be made clear in the website as it certainly does not mention anything of the sort it says pre booking for house and gardens at the time you specify .people were turning up then being turned away for admission too the house and gardens
Written September 11, 2022
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Andrew B
Lincoln, UK12,119 contributions
Oct 2021
I admit to being biased but Gunby Hall is one of my favourite NT properties anywhere in the UK. There are only c 4 in Lincolnshire and imho it is much nicer than Belton House.

Our final visit of the year turned out, because of winds on the Sunday, to be their last open day of 2021. The Saturday morning weather was truly dreadful but when we arrived at half one the sun was out and there were blue skies - clearly someone was looking down on us.

There is a large and new car park and a scenic walk between lines of lime trees to the Hall & Gardens - some may whinge but it isn't far. We enjoyed a very nice latte coffee & citrus cake in a stables? cafe in a previous life? but there were also plenty of tables outside in the courtyard No wait to be served - Belton please note , where the wait is often 30 mins.

The well maintained walled gardens were still a joy at the end of October and pleasingly some good colour. There was a good water colour exhibition in the Orchard Galleryand on the way to St Peter's church there is a very scenic small stretch of water. The church is not looked after by the NT but is in the NT grounds and on this visit it was open and is well worth a visit. There is a lovely seat in the church yard to sit and reflect.

There are walks to do in the grounds and on the way back to the Hall there is another brilliant placed seat to admire the grounds and back of the Hall. The grounds are not big but there is plenty to see including the Dovecote. The toilets could do with an upgrade. Website is excellent and informative.

In summary, this was a truly lovely visit on a glorious, peerless late October Saturday afternoon. The staff are friendly and helpful and Gunby doesn't suffer from NT wokishness. Roll on 12th February next year when it reopens!
Written November 1, 2021
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Joe W
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May 2022 • Couples
Ultimately there really isn't much at all to do. The vast majority of the house is closed to visitors so there was only really 5 rooms, and even with stopping to read about some of the pieces in the room it still took at maximum 15 minutes to look around, including the 5 minute talk about the history of the estate. The gardens were also fairly small and even for someone with a passion for gardening who was looking at every plant it still only took around 30 minutes to complete. The gallery didn't add much as nearly all the photographs weren't of great interest and look like they were found on Google images and printed out. The walks were another issue with little to no signposting apart from a coloured arrow telling you which way to go, however it didn't tell you that you'd reached the end and would need to turn round and didn't tell which path to take when there were multiple options on one occasion, meaning on the two routs we took we got lost both times. The tea rooms were rather inadequate if I'm honest, at a place like this that should be a day out you had either a poor choice of prepackaged sandwiches or cake as the only options for food, and it came to £8 each for a prepackaged sandwich, prepackaged cake, and a canned drink. Ultimately the only reason we stayed more than an hour was because we got lost on the walk twice. What there is is lovely and I couldn't have more positive things to say about those running it/the volunteers and they're the main reason it got two stars, but other than that I can't help but feel it's a bit of a scam.
Written May 9, 2022
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jim f
Boston, UK13 contributions
Oct 2021
Wonderful place to visit, it's our local NT property so before COVID we used to visit every month , this visit was our first visit for 2 years very enjoyable.
The house as at the moment restricted visiting times and only the ground floor and basement are able to be visited inside the house.
This still gives a good snapshot of the way life was for the Rich and titled also the downstairs staff, plenty of Luxurious artefacts upstairs and period equipment downstairs.
We have visited the property many times over the past 10 years and I like to photograph the gardens through spring to autumn so have seen many changes in what is grown in the the lovely walled garden, we strolled around yesterday looking at the display of apples of which there are many, and said hello to Committee the resident cat of many years.
The house is shutting now till the spring of 2022 when the new season start.so put it on your list to visit next year and hopefully COVID restrictions will be no more.
The main purpose of our visit was to see portraits of my ancestors hanging on the walls, Bennet Langton and Preguinne Langton-Massingberd , glad to say I achieved my goal and saw my relatives in pride of place looking down from the walls and grand staircase.
So a very satisfying day out.
Written October 27, 2021
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seclare872016
Boston, UK10 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
Gunby Hall is a property run by the National Trust in the Lincolnshire Wolds between Spilsby and Skegness.
It was owned by the Massingberd family for 250 years. The family had connections or were friends with people such as the composer Vaughn-Williams, the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Darwin and Samuel Johnson of dictionary fame.
The grounds are beautifully maintained and the house well furnished. On my visit there was a pianist playing in the music room. Tickets for timed admission to the house can be obtained from the courtyard which also has a tearoom and second hand bookshop. You can also picnic in the grounds.
Written March 30, 2022
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Andrew B
Lincoln, UK12,119 contributions
Apr 2022
We visited on the first Saturday of April and were fortunate to have a lovely sunny day but were nevertheless pleasantly surprised at the amount of colour on view.

The gardens were immaculate as usual with lovely naturalised displays of daffodils as well as some hyacinths and magnolias. On the path back from the church to the sweeping grounds at the back of the Hall there were magnificent displays of magnolias and cherry blossom.

St Peter's church is worth a visit and has a lovely churchyard with a seat with truly lovely views. Whilst slightly off piste above it is on a plane flight path and with flight tracker you can see where they have come from/going to - passes the time. There are also some nice seats in the Hall grounds to relax and admire the views.

We had a coffee and biscuit in the courtyard cafe and enjoyed an excellent display of paintings for sale in the Orchard Gallery. We were privileged to see the Gunby cat, 'Committee' aged 19 enjoying a doze in the sunny greenhouse.

This is a real gem of a place to visit at any time of the year.
Written April 4, 2022
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DiscerningTourist
Nottingham, UK291 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Gunby Hall and Gardens. There was a wonderful array of colours throughout the grounds which clearly are tended for with great care and affection. Staff are friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. All facilities were open although access to parts of the house are currently restricted due to renovation. Do make sure you plan in advance as advance bookings are strongly recommended.
Written April 28, 2022
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Andrew B
Lincoln, UK12,119 contributions
Jul 2021
Gunby is easy to find - just off a large roundabout on the road to/from Skegness. We had a warm welcome from the volunteers at the large well, maintained car park which is about a 200 yard walk from the Hall.

We managed to get the last 2 tickets (only available on the day) for one of the 20 minute look tours the Hall. Helpful and friendly guides as you make your way round the four or so ground floor rooms that are open at present. All nicely furnished and interesting and photos allowed.

The gardens and grounds are a real revelation and treat. In the grounds are some lovely old trees including a huge Cedar. There is a short walk to St Peter's church (not open at present) which is within the grounds but not looked after by the NT. Some nice seats to relax and admire the views and well worth visiting.

The walled gardens are well maintained and have a variety of colourful borders of plants and shrubs and also fruit trees and a dovecote. Whilst we were there we looked at the Art exhibition and enjoyed a coffee and biscuit from the well stocked cafe in the courtyard where there were tables. I do think the toilets could do with an upgrade - only two, with the gents doubling up as the disabled one so if busy you could be in line for a long wait.

This is a very nice NT garden to visit and to its credit, doesn't suffer from the stifling, rules, regulation, edicts and dreaded one way systems that most NT properties do and that was a real plus and a refreshing change.

A visit can really be recommended.
Written July 27, 2021
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Elizabeth D
10 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Another brilliant day out at Gumby. They are really organised to minimise risk of Covid. Gardens really beautiful. Husband took lots of photos of flowers and insects whilst I painted he beautiful trees and landscape. We had a coffee from coffee shop. House is not yet open but would go again.
Written June 4, 2021
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