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The Mansion House & Tea Rooms

Our restaurant sees the reopening of Kirby Misperton Hall, the delightful Georgian family home responsible for establishing the foundations of today's Flamingo Land. So, you can now sit back and relax in truly beautiful surroundings, reminiscent of the early 19th century.

Whilst you enjoy a cup of the finest tea or freshly brewed coffee, take time to savour a menu that includes a delicious range of mains and our signature speciality sandwiches. There's also a fantastic choice of desserts, fine wines and chilled beers too.

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Mansion House Celebrations

The Mansion House provides a delightful backdrop that will enhance almost any occasion. Now, for the first time, this unique venue is available for your private function.

Fully supported by our inclusive event planning service, the Mansion House offers everything you will need to make your event an unforgettable success. From an extensive range of menus, all featuring fine, fresh, locally sourced produce, to entertainment suitable for every taste, you are assured of enjoying an exemplary service.

So, if you are looking to create a truly special day, please call Andrew Cunningham on 0800 40 888 40 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to welcoming you and your guests soon.

A Brief History of The Mansion House

Today's Flamingo Land is founded on the original Yorkshire Zoological Gardens. However, the origin of our 375-acre parkland estate stretches back almost 200 years. Early in the 19th century, King George III commissioned Kirby Misperton Hall as a gift for the Blomberg family. Charles Blomberg had been physician to Charles II, and his descendant, the Reverend F. W. Blomberg - reputedly the natural son of George III - was 'whipping boy' and Chaplain to the Prince Regent. After his death, the estate passed to Captain James Anlaby Legard and subsequently to the Tindall family, who enjoyed the estate for nearly 40 years. During their tenure, the Tindalls consistently employed five or six gardeners who kept the grounds in pristine condition. The three Miss Tindalls, Henrietta, Mary and Jane, always took great pride in walking round the large lake every afternoon.

After the departure of the Tindalls in 1903, the hall was bought by local alderman Colonel J.R. Twentyman. The colonel was determined to create authentic Chinese gardens and Italian piazzas, importing Chinese and Italian labourers to ensure authenticity. Three decades passed peacefully, until the estate was sold to a Mr Ainsworth in 1938 and subsequently occupied by troops during the war years. After the cessation of World War II, the house and its grounds passed to a Mr Tyler of Scarborough before being opened as a country club in the 1950s by Major and Mrs Stone.

However, its destiny was to change forever in 1959 when Edwin Pentland and Frances Hick bought Kirby Misperton Hall and saw the potential for a private animal collection. Unfortunately, Pentland and Hick's finances were rapidly depleted, ultimately requiring funds from public admission to sustain their collection.

During the 1960s, the estate was purchased by Scotia Investments who sold it to the current owners in 1977.

 

 

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