Wander around the gardens which include the spectacular Yellow Border, a double herbaceous border, Cherry Walk and Wildflower Walk. Here, winter aconites, snowdrops, crocuses, wood anemones and primroses flower in season.
Don’t miss the kitchen garden. Divided into four main compartments, the beds are filled with vegetables with fruit trees including pears, plum, greengages and figs. James Lees-Milne wrote in the Gunby Guidebook of 1946: ‘It is this profuse combination of seasonable fruits and flowers…that invests Gunby with the air of a still living English country home.’
Beyond the kitchen garden is the carp pond linked by the Ghost Walk – it is said that a daughter of the Massingberd walks here. The girl died after her stable lad lover was killed by her irate father. And the dying boy’s curse has ensured that rarely has the estate at Gunby passed from father to son.
National Trust members visit for free.