The Grove is a holiday home that became a full time home and is now a museum where visitors can enjoy a peek into life of yesteryear. Its history is all about the family who lived here.
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Duncan Gibb was a merchant with his own business in Liverpool as well as working for a Liverpool company, Pollock, Gilmour and Co. He made money building ships. He married Janet Blake who brought more money to the marriage. The couple built a large house in Liverpool, and money continued to flow into the business coffers via expanding trade ventures. Three daughters and two sons were born to the couple.
Visiting the Isle of Man on business in 1838, Gibb saw a bungalow for sale and purchased it. He bought it as a summer home for the family. An architect was hired to remove the roof, raise the walls, and build an upper storey. The downstairs was altered to include a kitchen and nursery area, and an expanded entrance. In addition to the nursery area, a drawing room, dining room, and two principal bedrooms were part of the expanded home.
In 1867 Gibb died at the Grove. In the ensuing years a small conservatory was added to the home, and various family members lived here on a permanent basis. In time, family fortunes were depleted, and two granddaughters, Janet and Alice, were left. They spent their lives here, never marrying. Alice died when she was 90+ years old. Janet lived for three years afterwards to the age of 96.
The house and grounds were willed to the Manx National Heritage. The home contains the familyís furniture and other possessions of a lifetime. Itís a fascinating peak into a past way of life.
In the conservatory is an excellent tearoom serving homemade goodies for morning and afternoon tea and lunches. Itís one of the best places to eat on the island. Sheep, ducks, and chickens inhabit the grounds. A number of farm buildings and farm equipment are part of the attraction.
Ramsey, Isle of Man
Tel. 01624 648 000
Open: April-Oct, daily, 10am-4.15pm