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Gunby Hall and Gardens

Gunby, Spilsby PE23 5SS, England
+44 1754 890102
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Beautiful gardens

Visited again twice recently, once for the art exhibition, walk to the ice house pond and visit... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rolfies
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lincolnshire
Really nice place

We visited this place, though the house was shut so we only had the gardens to walk round it was... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
bobins18
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Gunby, Spilsby PE23 5SS, England
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+44 1754 890102
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited again twice recently, once for the art exhibition, walk to the ice house pond and visit the lovely little church. All a very lovely couple of hours visit. Second visit I brought my mum to tour the gardens on a wonderfully sunny day, it...More

Thank Rolfies
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited this place, though the house was shut so we only had the gardens to walk round it was really good, great layout and nice for the kids to see so many different plants growing

Thank bobins18
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent an enjoyable half day at this relatively modern and modest National Trust property. The house has been lived in recently and still has the family furniture and decor in which is interesting. The gardens are the star with a super mix of cottage, kitchen...More

Thank Martin C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed our visit here as you really get the feeling that this was a family home and meant for living in, unlike some that feel more like a museum. The tea rooms are lovely and although limited mainly to sandwiches and cakes, it...More

Thank Sue G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been members of national trust for years can't believe we've never been here before. What a wonderful day out and a lovely experience. From the first greetings at the ticket office to all the room staff everyone was friendly and welcoming. Loved the walled...More

Thank Julie R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely visit on a Sunday afternoon. When we arrived there were Morris dancers, a woodturning demonstration and an art exhibit. The gardens were full of colour and the mature trees were beautiful as well as shady. The house itself is lovely and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time at Gunby Hall and it won't be our last. We visited today and the whole place was bathed in sunshine until we left! This is a beautiful house and a complete surprise when you walk in. It's so homely and friendly - as...More

Thank joolia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have been visitors to Gunby Hall for many years so know it quite well. We know its strengths and weaknesses. Our last visit was some years ago, so we were expecting to see major new developments or improvements on the site....More

Thank Gorseinonboy45
Astrid G, Guest Relations Manager at Gunby Hall and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your honest feedback - we really appreciate that you've taken the time to write such a detailed review. We're very pleased with your (many) positive comments, and want to apologise for the aspects that were not so good. Due to the nature...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love the gardens here, the Hall looks great too, sadly as yet it is not mobility scooter friendly, they are working on this. We enjoy looking around the gardens, the staff are really friendly and make you welcome. It was a hot sunny day...More

Thank yorkshirerose1942
Astrid G, Guest Relations Manager at Gunby Hall and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review and nice photos - we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit. All Gunby's staff and volunteers send you their warmest wishes.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Despite it begin very hot enjoyed it. The gardens are beautiful. With refreshments be nice to have more cold drink selections. On hot days have umbrellas for tables and blankets for people to sit out on.More

Thank Sammi R
Astrid G, Guest Relations Manager at Gunby Hall and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of Gunby - we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit in spite of the heat. There are plans to upgrade our catering facilities in the coming years, so we will have more choice of drinks then too. We like your...More

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eds0n1234
24 July 2016|
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Response from scorpiocat | Reviewed this property |
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911vinjo
27 March 2016|
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Response from Astrid G | Property representative |
We're really sorry not to have answered your query before but due to IT issues we could not get into this feature until recently. Gunby is open from mid March - end of October. The gardens and tea-room are open 7 days a... More
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