Zoo boss’s house up for sale

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One of Yorkshire’s finest and most historic country estates has been fully restored and put on the market by its owner, Flamingo Land theme park chief executive, Gordon Gibb, with a £4.5m price tag.

Set in 65 acres of parkland near Pickering, Kingthorpe House has been meticulously restored to its former glory by the Gibb family, who originally intended the 9,000 sq ft eight bedroomed house to be their family home.

The renovations have transformed the property into a magnificent listed period house bristling with high tech features. Kingthorpe’s heritage stretches back to a mention in the Doomsday Book of 1086 and the current country house was developed by the Fothergill family in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The house, which has six reception rooms, was also the home of Richard Rowntree and his family for three decades from 1966.

The restoration programme has seen many of Kingthorpe’s original features reinstated.