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Grimsthorpe Castle, Bourne

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Grimsthorpe Castle is a country house in Lincolnshire, England 4 miles (6.4 km) north-west of Bourne on the A151. It lies within a 3,000 acre (12 km²) park of rolling pastures, lakes, and woodland landscaped by Capability Brown. While Grimsthorpe is not a castle in the strict sense of the word, its character is massive and martial – the towers and outlying pavilions recalling the bastions of a great fortress in classical dress. Grimsthorpe has been the home of the de Eresby family since 1516. The present owner is Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby, granddaughter of Nancy Astor, who died at Grimsthorpe in 1964.
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  • Lovely Castle, grounds & gardens but disappointed to see you have to pay to park even if you want to pop in for a coffee? shame as I would visit more often  more »
  • The gardens and grounds here always make me feel totally at ease. Magnificent ancient trees stand in the parkland and grounds and the avenues lead to vistas across the Lincolnshire farmland. The...  more »
  • We spent a very lovely day at Grimsthorpe, the grounds are well looked after and whilst we didn't go in the castle this time, we have been before and I can safely say that it is absolutely beautiful in there and well worth a visit! Just make sure you're prepared to do lots of walking, the grounds are vast! They do offer a minibus service if you did prefer a more leisurely tour around the grounds, but I'm not sure about the frequency of this. There's a cafe onsite as well as a lovely gift shop. A very pleasant day out indeed!
  • A good day out, lovely gardens and grounds, the house/castle was very impressive, being a photographer I was a bit disappointed that photos were prohibited within the house, but it's their rules and it's fair enough. The cafe was ok, but one of the ladies who was serving really wasn't very welcoming. One of those people who manage to make you feel like you've walked into her own kitchen asking for food.

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