Crowcombe Court, Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4AD
Tuesday 20 March 2012 - 10am – 4pm
Cost: CLA members £17; Non-members £30
Sponsored by Knight Frank, Smith & Williamson & Wilsons
Whether its art or animals, weddings or weekend guests – the question of how to make money from the Manor House has been testing inventive minds of landowners and their advisers for decades.
This event will showcase the ideas, expertise, trials and tribulations of those who have secured the financial future of their family homes, complimented by professional advice on all practical aspects from planning to marketing.
The event will be chaired by the former general manager of Longleat, Tim Moore, and has attracted a top team of speakers including Lord Carnarvon of Highclere Castle – the film location of Downton Abbey – Sarah Eastel who runs a locations and film locations agency, Norman Hudson of the Historic Houses Association and author of the manual Film and Photography for Historic Houses and Garden, Caroline Lowsley-Williams, from Chavenage, who will speak about using a house as a wedding venue or conference centre
and Simon Foster who has been responsible for marketing many successful enterprises including Eastnor Castle.
The event is being held at Crowcombe Court a magnificent English Baroque style house which was built in the 1730s which is a working example of “Making the Big House Pay.” New owners David and Kate Kenyon come from marketing and event management backgrounds and, although they have only recently taken over the house, they are confident they can turn it around and make a successful business, bring money and work into the local area and create a home for their family. The couple are planning to host shooting parties, weddings, and private dinner parties. David will talk about the experiences of setting the business up and of their aspirations for the future.
To book on line www.regonline.co.uk/claswevents