Grimblethorpe Hall is thought to have been built about 1620 with mid c19 alterations and additions. The brick house has the look of a fortress, with distinctive giant brick pilasters to the front joined at the top by arches. There is no easy way to describe the style of this pre-Civil War house but ‘Artisan Mannerist’ is the nearest to a group description.
Victorian windows adorn the east front and the high-pitched (probably thatched) roof has been replaced by a lower slated roof at a time when it was thought to be more fashionable. The Hall as it stands may only be part of the original house, possibly the eastern most wing, of what must have been a much larger building.
The Maddison family is known to have held Grimblethorpe at the end on the 16th century when it is said to have been a hospice of the Knight Templars. Built for Ralph Maddison who’s father Edward became Sir Edward Maddison after being knighted at the Coronation of Anne Boleyn and who married a lady of Henry VIII’s Court. The Grimblethorpe Hall estate has seen a rich tapestry of events over the last 400 years including the English Civil War and two World Wars.
For 300 years the Hall was owned by the Maddison family and their descendants. In 1941, Eric and his teenage bride Jessie Ranby moved to Grimblethorpe Hall as tenants and nearly two decades later they acquired the house and farming estate of circa 600 acres of mixed farmland from Colonel Michael Scratton – the last descendant of Sir Edward Maddison. More recently their daughter Annie and son in law Robert Codling ran the Hall and farmed the 600 acres, converting the farm buildings in the shadow of the Hall into four spacious self-catering holiday cottages.
In April 2016 Annie and Robert sold what remained of the estate (the Hall, Cottages, Farm Buildings and 63 acres of grassland) to Andy and Nicola Aldridge, who moved to Louth three years earlier.
A new chapter in the Hall’s history is well underway with the Aldridge family.
With provenance and ethical farming at the heart of everything now taking place on the Grimblethorpe Hall Estate Andy and Nicola have set out to create a unique offering in the local area.
They are building upon all the hard work of the previous owners to broaden the Stay offering with the addition of two Shepherd’s Huts to appeal to glamping guests as well as an exclusive 5-pitch Certified Location for Caravans / Motorhomes planned for late 2019. Visitors to the Cottages can still be assured of the same high quality self-catering accommodation, with two hot tubs planned for the Barn & Coach House in 2019 to help guests unwind from the stresses of modern life.