A LANDMARK mansion near Taunton has been sold.

Crowcombe Court, a private-hire venue set in 10 acres of parkland, was sold by Christie & Co.

Constructed in the 1730s for the local squire as a grand but comfortable home, the early-Georgian building is Grade I listed and retains most of its important historic features, including superb plasterwork, chimney pieces and two original staircases.

It was bought by Stuart Guy, who owns The Ravenswood, a weddings and private events venue in Sussex.

He plans on building on the current levels of trade and further developing the business.

“We are really happy to add this stunning venue to our portfolio of wedding venues, it truly is a gem,” he said.

Crowcombe Court was built as a statement of wealth and a house in which to entertain by Thomas Carew.

Designed by Nathaniel Ireson, who also built Stourhead and Venn House, it was completed in 1739. The style is described as English Regional Baroque and sits across the Queen Anne and Georgian periods.

Having purchased the property in 2011, previous owners David and Kate Kenyon have restored the property to its former grandeur and have spent considerable time investing in the fabric of the building over the years.

Additionally, they have created and developed a commercial business operation, specialising in wedding and events, on an exclusive use basis.

They decided to sell Crowcombe Court in order to pursue a new business venture.

Stephen Champion, associate director at Christie & Co, said: “We are delighted to have brokered the sale of Crowcombe Court on behalf of David and Kate Kenyon.

"The business unsurprisingly received significant interest from a range of business and residential buyers when launched to the market, receiving multiple offers.

"We have no doubt Stuart Guy’s significant experience in the sector will enable him to take this stunning wedding venue from strength to strength."