I've found another little National Trust gem in Lincolnshire to visit and this will be number 3 of my #12trusts of 2020 challenge! If you haven't read the first two, I've been to Blicking Estate and Belton House.
Gunby Hall is set in the Lincolnshire Wolds and is composed of a beautiful country house and Victorian walled gardens with beautiful countryside behind it.
As with everything this year, there were social distancing measures in place such as a one way system around the grounds, hand sanitiser at the rest rooms and signs reminding us to keep 2 meters apart which was all helpful. Like other sites that are open, you also need to book in advance to attend Gunby Hall.
I was particularly chuffed that at Gunby you can walk your dog around the gardens which Harry loved almost as much as I did! I was in awe of the beautiful plants and flowers growing in the gardens, with the bees and butterflies dancing around them too. With 8 acres of garden to walk around, there is plenty to see and always something in bloom too.
There were lots of little areas to sit and enjoy the views of the hall as well as areas within the gardens and an area of meadow they had kept free for picnicking too. Each of these spots to made it easy to social distance and sit either on the ground or on benches depending on what you preferred.
It was lovely to head somewhere completely different to our usual surroundings for a break from the everyday and we enjoyed a picnic whilst we were there too. If you fancied a hot coffee, the café was open with outdoor seating in the court yard.
Outside of the hall and gardens were beautiful fields to wander through with cows grazing and a walk to the Ice House Pond which takes roughly 30 minutes. To the side of the gardens was a quaint little church called St Peter's Church.
So what can I tell you about Gunby Hall? Although we we'rent able to go inside, we did marvel at it from afar. This homely country house was built in the 1700s where the Massingberd family lived until 1967. In 2012 the hall was taken over by the National Trust.
You can also stay on the estate as there are also some cottages used as holiday lets. Choose from the Old Rectory, Whitegates Cottage or Orchard Cottage.
Our visit to Gunby Hall was wonderful. It feels like a quintessentially English place to visit that you can enjoy for a day or make into a stay if you fancy. I'd really recommend this trust for picnicking and if you're into beautiful blooms!
Have you visited Gunby Hall?