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Grimsthorpe Castle, Bourne

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Grimsthorpe Castle is a country house in Lincolnshire, England 4mi 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.OriginsThe building was originally a small castle on the crest of a ridge on the road inland from the Lincolnshire fen edge towards the Great North Road. It is said to have been begun by Gilbert de Gant, Earl of Lincoln in the early 13th century. However, he was the first and last in this creation of the Earldom of Lincoln and he died in 1156. Gilbert's heyday was the peak time of castle building in England, during the Anarchy. It is quite possible that the castle was built around 1140. However, the tower at the south-east corner of the present building is usually said to have been part of the original castle and it is known as King John's Tower. The naming of King John's tower seems to have led to a misattribution of the castle's origin to his time.
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  • My wife and I had rejoined the HHA (£77.00...visited 25 properties last year) and decided on Sunday 9th to visit Grimsthorpe first and then on to Burghley House (15 mile 30mins).We found them both enj...  more »
  • Arrived & walked through the beautiful gardens first which took around an hour. They were very well maintained. You can also hire bikes to ride in the park which is fair few acres. It was a lovely sun...  more »
  • Frequently visit Grimsthorpe Caslte, always a good day out especially with the dog, although it can get busy at peak times.  more »
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  • Stunning castle/estate. Guided tours with very friendly staff, very educational. Well worth visiting if on holiday in the area.
  • Beautiful building in beautiful grounds. Very pretty walk down to the lake.
  • Lovely place. Sadly I can't take any photos inside.
  • Loverly day out for families with a tea room and small gift shop. Not much else local however.
  • Drove for 1 hour on Sunday to this location. Internet said it was open, only to be greeted with a private party an told to leave. What a waste of my time.