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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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  • Grimsthorpe is in a lovely location about 15 minutes drive from the A1. Set on a low ridge overlooking a large estate with unspoilt vistas over a lake and pasture, there are varied walks and cycling t...  more »
  • There's some much history in almost an castle in England, and this one is no different. The weather wasn't brilliant when I visited, but it didn't spoil my day, it never does, and I had a pleasant cou...  more »
  • We visited here whilst staying in Oakham on holiday. On arrival a very nice gentleman asked if we were visiting the gardens or the gardens and castle. We paid for both however until we paid we didnt r...  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.