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“Nice Day Out”

Gunby Hall and Gardens
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Spilsby
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Having recently joined the National Trust we thought we'd visit Gunby hall as it's not too far from home. As the previous poster has said, the gardens are fantastic with lots of herbaceous borders, vegetable plots and beautiful lawns. The gardens are full of colour with butterflies, bees and other insects in abundance, we were very impressed with how much there is to see as far as the garden is concerned. The17th century house is modest but none the less beautiful with a Victorian extension. All guides we met were informative and friendly. There is a reasonably priced second hand book shop on the way out of the house. There is short walk around the grounds and down to the little church, which incidentally is locked. I think there are longer walks outside the gardens but no maps available to say how long the walks are or what there is to see en route.

The biggest disappointment for us was the lack of food... the guide book says 'Courtyard Tea room offering homemade food, cakes as well as hot and cold drinks. We left home intending to eat there before we looked around and all that was on offer was cake..... not really adequate! We've visited other NT properties with better small kiosks than this so very poor show on the café front. The other half did have cake and said it was delicious but come on this is not really up to NT standards.

It's very reasonably priced to enter the gardens and house if you're not a member and it's a lovely place to visit and have a picnic which is what we'll do next time we go.

1  Thank Ohdear_8
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

What an absolute delight! We visited by default reallly, havimg been to Northcote heavy Horse centre and discovering Gunby Hall was only 2 miles away. This is by far the most sensational property we have visited as far as gardens go. An absolute riot of colour with inspired plantings for effect. Delicious mixes of shape and architectural visual images. Loved it. The hall itself, though possibly modest by National trust standards, is homely, welcoming and fascinating with its history well explained as you move from room to room. The volunteers are exceptional, being both well informed and friendly together with a very personal sense of humour. The grounds are decptively spacious and you can actually achieve quite a decent walk by following all the pathways.

2  Thank Carole K
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Gunby Hall is a beautiful place for people of all ages, with lovely, well-kept gardens and helpful people. I advise you to go for the day, as there is so much to see!

1  Thank Nora-Gordon
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We found the friendly and knowledgeable National Trust guides really brought the long history of the house to life, and added to the info they had put on their website. The gardens are also a place to unwind and admire the variety of plants and vegetables. Church has lovely stained glass windows.

A very good half day out.

1  Thank Patricia M
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

There are very few National Trust properties in this area and Gunby Hall has only recently opened "properly".
What's good?
Pleasant drive in with a picture book view of the property as we parked. The parking does not detract from the setting.
The welcome was personal as they have yet to provide a ticket office.
Pleasant NT catering, eating in the quad.
The house is interesting on the inside - with very enthusiastic volunteers in the rooms.
The garden is fantastic; easily worth a visit in itself.
We walked down to the adjacent church - and were met by the keenest church warden & NT volunteer in the whole country. Again there was interest in the history as well as aesthetic beauty.

The whole visit reflected why we're members of the NT.

Thank FredPittwood
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