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“Lots of apples!”

Gunby Hall and Gardens
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Spilsby
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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 30, 2014

The gardens are lovely even in late August, but the orchards are such a reminder of childhood, with all the different varieties and most of them heaving with almost ripe fruit..wanted to scrump! The house is lovely too, very homely and not stuffy at all, lots of lovely furniture and you can wander round pretty freely which is so much nicer than the roped off styles. Home grown produce for sale in tea shop too. A great place to while away a few hours.

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Reviewed August 29, 2014

Visited Gunby Hall on the way to the Lincolnshire seaside. The Hall itself is very interesting, with really keen guides; the basement was particularly interesting. The real gem was the gardens to the rear, absolutely stunning and a credit to the gardening staff! The littler cafe has lovely cakes at very reasonable prices

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Reviewed August 28, 2014

This was our first visit to Gunby Hall but probably will not be our last. The gardens were especially lovely - lots of different flowers in bloom, kitchen garden, walled garden, fine lawns and wooded areas meant there was plenty of variety. Better still there was a croquet set on the lawn for visitors to use - we enjoyed our game, it also gave one a feel of what it might have been like to live there and have use of the gardens.
The house itself is a fine, attractive looking building with some interesting artefacts inside. It's not overly grand but has a friendly, homely feel to it. One can see a variety of rooms and there were some interesting pictures including some by Pre-Raphaelite artists. I thought it provided enough information about its former owners without being overly detailed. Although the grounds are open most days the house itself has more limited opening hours and is shut on certain days so I suggest you look at the website to find out if the house is open.
There is a café that sells drinks and delicious cakes (but not meals or sandwiches) one may sit inside or outside. The toilets are nearby. It seems to be permissible to picnic in the grounds.
There is no gift shop but one can buy postcards and small items of food produce in the café. Postcards and guide books are also for sale inside the house.
On the day we visited, the church just outside the grounds was open and someone was demonstrating the church organ, so we were pleased to also be able to see this.
In another building an artist was painting and there was a display of his work; one of the Hall's cats was also there - apparently he earns his keep by keeping Gunby Hall mouse free!
There was a reasonable sized car park quite close to the main house.
Overall, there was lots to see and do and was just a short, easy drive from Skegness so can be easily visited if you are holidaying in the area. I highly recommend a visit to Gunby Hall.

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Reviewed August 28, 2014

Wonderful setting - lovely courtyard tea rooms and the Hall itself "an Historic treasure" also having its own chapel onsite plenty to explore. The gardens are a delight!.

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Reviewed August 25, 2014

We have been NT members for over 4 years but hadn't come across this place until this year.

We were in the area and were looking after a friends dog for the weekend so were pleased it was a dog friendly place. It has an excellent garden and walk, plus a nice outside cafe area and an interesting house. We had a bit of an issue with our tickets as I hadn't picked up one for visiting the house when we entered the property but that was quickly sorted out without a problem.

All in all a lovely way to spend a couple of hours in deepest Lincolnshire.

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