BIRTHDAY Explorations – Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens

Morning Lovely People!!

Yesterday was my birthday so to celebrate my lovely family and I went and did a little exploring. We visited a beautiful place called Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire. As you may be aware, we really enjoy visiting National Trust places and learning all about the people who lived there.

This year, the trust are celebrating 75 years of having this property and the best thing about that is, despite having tenants until 2010, the property hasn’t changed much. Dated from 1700, we were lucky enough to see some black and white photographs which show the rooms haven’t changed much at all.

The building is grand and you can see yourself living there quite easily. It’s one of the few properties I’ve visited where you can see modern(ish) touches. I do have a bit of a thing for really beautiful wallpaper and this place has its own far selection. This below was my personal favourite.

For me this property is a tale of luck. There were plans to fell 800 trees and flatten the estate to make an airport for the Second World War. Thankfully, this did not happen so we are able to enjoy everything this has to offer still today. The bright, airy rooms live on to tell their story some 300 years later.

It wasn’t just about the hall here. The gardens are stunning, with the Victorian Walled Garden helping to protect the gorgeous flowers from the recent rain. The roses were sublime and make me think of the roses at home. The gardens are living, breathing splashes of colour. It was so easy to get lost there, mentally. I especially liked how they’ve trained their apple trees to grow over an archway.

A personal highlight was the opportunity to go on a tractor tour of part of the working estate. There’s 1500 acres of land here with working farmland. So these tractor tours only run for one day. It was awesome! I’ve never experienced anything like it in my life. We also saw four deer jumping about the corn fields. What a treat for my birthday!

If you’re interested in visiting this estate, and I couldn’t recommend it more, please click here for more information.

Now, I’m sure you’ve seen from the subtle hints throughout this post that it was my birthday. (I’m not even going to apologise for this!) For me it meant that I could have a day off from exam marking (still feels endless) and I could readdress the balance between my living life and my working life. It was so important to spend quality time with my family. Life is all about making memories after all. I’m so so lucky because where I live currently looks like my own personal florist.

To end the day we had tea at an all you can eat Brazilian steak house which was great. Who doesn’t love endless meat? I even squeezed in a pudding – lord only knows how. I love cake so I’m assuming that’s not too predictable. I’m so so full today though. Cake for breakfast? Maybe not. However, I give you permission to! The staff were so lovely and all sang to me – including the rest of the diners! The atmosphere was electric.

I know that I’m behind on my beloved blog. I’ve not been reading too much so I’ve not written the May review, read the June book or even decided or bought the July one. However, it would mean a lot to me if you guys did a little something for yourself today. I know you’ll read any reviewing I do when I get back. I know you’ll be patient with me whilst I catch up on any amazing posts that I’ve missed. Basically, thank you for supporting me and seeing another birthday with me!

Big love to you all. Happy July!! Summer is here! Xx

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35 responses to “BIRTHDAY Explorations – Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens

  1. Happy Birthday to you – belatedly but why not have a prolonged celebration.
    To live it up as Lady of the Manor is not a bad way to celebrate 🎉 glad your guests also got to enjoy the service. 💐 .

    Miriam

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  2. Many many happy returns of the day ,happy birthday 🙂🤗😀🍫🧚‍♀️👑

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  3. A belated Happy Birthday to you! 😀 What a very special way to celebrate and the hall and gardens look wonderful Ahh…and even the deer are sending their happy wishes. Love all your flowers! 🌸🌺🌻💐

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  4. Many more happy returns of the Day 💕🍰🎁

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  5. Sounds like you had a perfect day. Thanks for sharing the lovely images to go with it.

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  6. A very happy (belated) birthday Charley! It looks like you had a wonderful day! So lovely that everyone was singing for you too!!

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  7. Happy Birthday Books and Bakes! Sounds (and looks) like you had a great day. I enjoyed these pictures. It’s always fun to tour an estate and imagine those who lived on it years ago. I’ve never been on a tractor, but we see lots of them where I live, and many deer jumping through fields! I’m glad you were able to take some time off to enjoy your family. Life and work commitments always pull us away from the blog, but you know we’re always here for you!

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    • Book Club Mom, that means so much to me. It’s always hard, I feel so guilty. Two weeks until the summer and then you won’t be able to get rid of me.
      I too enjoy the imaginings. If walls could talk as they say! Thank you for the well wishes. Hope you’re well. X

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  8. Happy birthday to you Charley! All the pictures looks beautiful specially the one of you with the cake. Hope you had a wonderful day 🙂

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  9. Belated birthday wishes!!

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  10. A belated Happy Birthday wish to you, Charley! 🎈

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  11. happy belated birth day Ms or Mrs books.

    may I say you look marvelous.👌👍

    Now don’t do enything I would. lol’😂

    and have a blessed day…

    well have a blessed yesterday.

    and today…

    but I don’t no when this was posted…

    oh lord!

    just have a blessed one!😂✌

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  12. Belated happy birthday!! It’s great this property managed to survive despite the odds. And those are lovely flowers!! 😀 ❤ xx

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  13. Belated happy birthday Charlie, I hope it was a great one and I’m always happy to support you 🙂

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  14. Thanks you so much, nice post
    boodsandbakes1

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