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Gunby Hall and Gardens

Gunby, Spilsby PE23 5SS, England
+44 1754 890102
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Lovely house and gardens

It was our first visit to the house, although small by NT standards, it was lovely. There were... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
A jewel in the National Trust's crown!

We had originally planned to visit Hardwick Hall - but fortunately checked the website before we... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kingston-upon-hull, 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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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
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Gunby, Spilsby PE23 5SS, England
+44 1754 890102
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Reviewed yesterday

It was our first visit to the house, although small by NT standards, it was lovely. There were volunteers everywhere, being helpful and telling visitors all about the history of the house and family. The gardens are well kept, and the tea room in the...More

Thank Lincsgal1980
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had originally planned to visit Hardwick Hall - but fortunately checked the website before we set off as it was closed for a private party. But how glad were we! On the recommendation of a friend we headed to Gunby Hall instead and had...More

Thank GillCook
Reviewed 3 days ago

Well worth a visit for both NT Members and non NT. The gardens are very large and have lots of interest. The house has some very interesting rooms and friendly staff to help with your questions. Small tea room with both inside and outside seating,...More

Thank kc30093
Reviewed 5 days ago

I read somewhere that the reaction of many people to Gunby Hall is along the lines of "wow, I could live here", and that's certainly the case. It's a big house by modern standards, but on the sort of scale which means that it's "gracious"...More

Thank lawdylawdy
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

came on a cold summer day whilst staying locally.was nice day out but didnt learn much and tearoom was poor. no sandwiches etc just cake.

Thank katieHM1980
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a Sunday, parking is to one side of the main drive as you approach the house or in a small grass paddock close to the house. Parking under the trees along the drive keeps the car cooler on a sunny day. This is...More

Thank Badgerref
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Gunby Hall whilst on holiday in the Wolds and found the place to be fairly interesting. The national trust have done a lot to make this a more children friendly attraction with games and events for them. The gardens are full of flowers,...More

Thank ironhead13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped into Gunby Hall whilst on holiday at the East Coast and as the title says had a great day there. Even our 6 year old daughter enjoyed herself. The house visit was made even more interesting with a quiz and pig hunt.... you...More

Thank DoozeUK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful Queen Anne House with a Victorian extension. It is one of the few places we have visited which still has it's original contents and there are a lot of interesting items. Once upon a time the house was only open certain...More

Thank pearlyway
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited gunby hall whilst staying nearby as it was a nt property. We were really surprised at the gardens which were beautiful. Having visited hidcote the previous week which was very disappointing this was a real find. Well worth the trek into Lincolnshire. The...More

Thank Theo L
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24 July 2016|
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Response from scorpiocat | Reviewed this property |
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27 March 2016|
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