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Gunby Hall and Gardens

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Address: Gunby, Spilsby PE23 5SS, England
Phone Number: +44 1754 890102
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Gunby Hall is a country house in Gunby, near Spilsby, in Lincolnshire....

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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Hidden Gem of Lincolnshire !

One of the trusts gems , it just feels like a home rather than a museum ! Wonderful staff and the volunteers do a wonderful job

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
tinky2sue
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Boston, United Kingdom
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Boston, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the trusts gems , it just feels like a home rather than a museum ! Wonderful staff and the volunteers do a wonderful job

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Went here whilst on holiday nearby and was just ok nice hall and rooms and staff decent the tea room was average.not enough for me for the money we paid £20 family ticket we stayed for a 90 mins but weather wasn't the best.

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Evesham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

As national trust properties go this is an excellent example of history and exhibits to provide a great few hours of escapism into history. The house is a fabulous historical example and the gardens are really lovely for a stroll around. The tea shop is small however offers the usual selection of cakes etc and the opportunity to buy the... More 

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Ulceby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

House is lovely (they've got a good collection of clocks!) Garden is even lovelier-we went in July and everything was in bloom The tea shop is a MUST-their home-made cakes are really nice

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Astrid G, Guest Relations Manager at Gunby Hall and Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely feedback; we hope to see you at Gunby again soon. Warmest wishes from the whole team More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This place has only been open to the public for four years and yes, it has room for further improvement, but we feel a very good start has been made. The National Trust has an excellent group of friendly, enthusiastic volunteers here who are very happy to chat, answer questions etc. We found lots to interest us - the history... More 

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Astrid G, Guest Relations Manager at Gunby Hall and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and comprehensive review. We've forwarded it to the staff and volunteers who were on duty when you visited. We hope to see you again soon. Warmest wishes from the whole Gunby team More 

Caddington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Whilst only appearing a small house, it contains so much excellent furniture and pictures along with brilliant history and then there are the great gardens as well. Very knowledgeable room guides and ;ots to really enjoy.

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Astrid G, Guest Relations Manager at Gunby Hall and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We've passed it on to all the room guides and staff who were on duty that day. Thanks and best wishes from the whole Gunby team More 

Boston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

What a disappointing trip, parking was very limited -on the roadside approaching the hall .probably difficult when busy times of year. Hall was small and had little to hold interest. We were VERY disappointed with the tea room-if you can call it that!!!.cake was the only option and not very fresh at that!!seating was even worse -smelly damp feeling stable... More 

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Astrid G, Guest Relations Manager at Gunby Hall and Gardens, responded to this review

We're so sorry that your recent visit to Gunby did not meet your expectations. Due to the lack of space, electricity and water in the current 'ad hoc' tea-room set up, the offer is indeed limited. There are plans to upgrade our facilities in the coming years (subject to funding) and will then hope to have a wide range of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Had a brilliant time went through the house very freindly staff lovedcthe gardens. Staff in shop was brilliant will def visit again only let down was they didn't sell magnets .

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Thank molly153
Astrid G, Guest Relations Manager at Gunby Hall and Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely feedback - we've passed your query about the magnets onto the relevant colleague. We should have a 'proper' shop in the not too distant future and hope to sell some Gunby magnets then too. Warmest wishes from the whole Gunby team More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Nice place plenty of flowers still about gardens set out so you don't miss anything.only downside was the amount of waste in the gardens trees full of apples and pears just left .there were vegetables still in the ground. I understand they sell produce to public but would be nice if they offered it to public free .plenty of pumpkins... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We had a delightful visit to Gunby Hall. The house is interesting and small enough to enjoy without historical overload - plenty of friendly guides too. The gardens were superb - so full of spectacular autumn colour in every border. We had not been to Gunby for at least 15 years and this was the best we have ever seen... More 

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