Gunby Hall, Lincolnshire
A charming modest brick country house built in 1700 for Sir William Massingberd, who obtained bricks, tiles and timber from Hull. Field Marshal Archibald Montgomery Massingberd gave the house to the National Trust in 1944.
All three floors of the hall are open to visitors and are packed with objects, furniture and pictures collected by the family over many generations. The house has links with Darwin, Vaughan-Williams and Tennyson, who was a frequent visitor and apparently was thinking of Gunby when he penned the line ‘A haunt of ancient peace’ in a poem in 1833.
The highlights of the grounds are the delightful walled gardens, one with pretty arched pergolas the other an old fashioned kitchen garden.