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“Beautiful Gardens, Limited Catering”

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 5 August 2014

Beautiful, peaceful gardens, including wildflower walk, roses, kitchen garden, herbaceous borders and formal gardens. There is also a lovely little church close by. We found the house a little disappointing. Disappointed in the lack of catering. After a 2.1/2 hour drive to get there we were ready for something to eat, and although I knew the tea room didn't provide meals I did expect there to be sandwiches, not just drinks and cakes. As a diabetic I need to eat at certain times (but preferably not cake!). Luckily I did have a snack with me to keep me going for a while but our visit was rather spoiled as we couldn't stay as long as we would have liked due to having to find food. So anyone thinking of going would be well-advised to take a picnic lunch. Well worth a visit though.

4  Thank Sue R
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Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

Staff make you so welcome lovely tea room sit in or out.walk at leisure ..gardens are amazing ..lovely grounds.water placed out for visitors with their dogs.The house is full of history and the volunteers are great.As Queens nurse supporting Gunby Hall today 3rd was an exceptional day out.Yes the toilet facilities are exceptional.We will Gunby a regular visit through the year we so enjoyed our day.

3  Thank Julie303
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Passed Gunby Hall regularly in the past but never ventured into this property,

What a shame, this is a gem within Lincolnshire and the Skegness area!

Lovely house to wander around, on the small side but interesting all the same.
Room attendants were very knowledgeable and openly helpful. All I came across were helpful, friendly and enthusiastic, but the lovely lady Heather stood out with her enthusiasm!!
The house itself does not seem contrived and certainly feels "lived in".

The walled gardens and lawn areas are simply wonderful and seemed to be never ending.
Both vegetable growing areas as well as traditional flower borders are stunning at this time of year. Only sad to have been a few weeks too late and miss the Alliums in bloom!

As other people have mentioned........... the gardeners, both employees and volunteers, need to be congratulated and surely be proud of their work.

All in all, a superb day out.

I shall surely visit more regularly from now on!!

3  Thank Jake-Charles
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Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

We very much enjoyed our visit to Gunby Hall. There is plenty to see both indoors and in the garden without having to walk great distances as it's quite compact. The loos are new. The refreshments were fine too.

3  Thank debazille
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Another great way to spend some time! Great gardens that are extensive and well-cared for. The option of an extra walk to visit the ice-house ponds (my footwear didn't allow this!!) The room guides in the property were knowledgeable and helpful. The property was very well maintained and provided an interesting hour or so.

3  Thank lmnall
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