Gunby Hall closure rumours denied by The National Trust

Gunby Hall during the recent cold snap. Photo by reader Gaz West.
Gunby Hall during the recent cold snap. Photo by reader Gaz West.

RUMOURS that East Lindsey’s only publicly viewable stately home is to close have been dispelled by its charity owner.

The National Trust announced that Gunby Hall is to remain open following concerned comments made by several Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce members who feared its future was uncertain.

The misinformation is believed to have arisen from news that the Grade One listed building’s lease is due to expire in April.

However Gunby Hall’s house manager Astrid Gatenby has made assurances that whatever happens with the tenancy, the 18th Century stately home and gardens will remain open to the public for the foreseeable future.

“The future of Gunby Hall is very bright, we are looking to host thousands of additional visitors over the coming years, the National Trust wants to preserve Gunby Hall forever for everybody,” she explained.

In fact, far from closing, the imposing hall and its abundant gardens are to feature prestigiously in a number of upcoming events.

Its eight acres of pastoral surroundings encompassing orchards, and Victorian walled gardens are to be included in the National Gardens Scheme in April.

In celebration of the scheme’s 85th anniversary organisers are keen to feature gardens such as Gunby Hall’s which were involved in the first ever National Garden Scheme in 1927.

The historic site will also be the launch venue for the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival in May during which visitors can enjoy guided walks around the wider Gunby Estate.

There are also plans to include Gunby Hall in East Lindsey District Council’s SO Festival this summer.

Throughout the year, the gardens and tea-room will be open five days a week in keeping with the National Trust’s ethos to preserve the nation’s heritage and open spaces for all to use.

“A visit to one of our special places gives people access to extraordinary experiences,” explained the National Trust’s Sarah Humphreys.