Landmark Thornton mansion once home to Fisherman's Friend tycoon Doreen Lofthouse put up for sale

For years people have driven past this incredible detached house in Links Gate, which can be seen from Amounderness Way, and wondered what was beyond the fencing and trees.

It is one of the most intriguing properties in the area.

It was the family home of the late Doreen Lofthouse, pioneer of Fleetwood Fisherman’s Friend and has now joined the property market for £1,595,000.

It has four bedrooms and a pool but what this house is all about is the gardens.

As estate agent Armisted Barnett says: “Just incredible... and one of Thornton's most prestigious addresses.

"This spectacular property is ready for a purchaser to display their own tastes and specifications.

Set in six acres of phenomenal gardens to really set the scene - this landmark property deserving of a fabulous buyer. Viewing is by appointment only.

"This charming detached property is tucked away and offers fantastic levels of privacy.

"For many years, people have wondered what lies behind the gates and we are honoured to present this fantastic home in immaculately presented gardens.

"Internally the property has had substantial accommodation to include a dining kitchen and a number of well-proportioned reception rooms all carefully planned by the former vendor.

"There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms along with a further reception room which is placed on the first floor.“Encompassed by six acres or thereabouts of formal gardens with many points of interest that can only be appreciated by viewing.”

In 2016 Mrs Lofthouse hit the headlines after she was forced to apply for retrospective planning permission for a 30ft version of Fleetwood’s Beach Lighthouse, which she built on unused farmland at the sprawling estate.

The business pioneer and philanthropist - who turned Fleetwood-based lozenge-maker Fisherman’s Friend into a global brand – died in March 2021 aged 91.