Inside The Crooked House owners Carly Taylor & Adam’s property portfolio as they are accused of stripping another pub | The Sun
THE OWNERS of the Crooked House pub own another historic boozer and have plans to transform a quarry into holiday homes.
Adam Taylor, 44, and his glamorous jetsetter wife Carly, 34, bought the UK's wonkiest pub just weeks before a devastating fire destroyed it on Saturday night.
Now the couple's sprawling luxury portfolio can be revealed.
They are also the owners of a second pub just five miles from their gated home between Hinckley and Lutterworth in Leicestershire.
Mr Taylor bought the Sarah Mansfield Country Inn located in the rural village of Willey, Warwickshire, in 2020.
The pub was once described as the "thriving heart of the community", being the only place for residents to socialise.
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But Mr Taylor allegedly stripped out the pub's interior after purchasing the site from a brewery, The Times reports.
Villagers had fought to preserve the pub and efforts to have it established as "an asset of community value" were initially approved.
However, the decision was overturned on appeal.
Local residents say tradespeople with diggers and skips were at the pub the following day ripping out the interior.
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One told The Times it was a hub for villagers to meet every Friday, but now it is "just four walls and looks like it is waiting to fall down".
Plans to build houses on part of the pub's car park were thrown out by Rugby Borough Council in August last year.
It had also been hoped six upstairs bedrooms would be let out, but councillors unanimously rejected the application.
The couple own a portfolio of companies and properties are "always on the lookout" for a new venture.
Their latest project is a bid to transform a former quarry at Dunton Bassett, Leicestershire, into a holiday destination.
Plans include building a farm shop and café, 33 holiday lodges and a 35-acre solar farm.
A planning application submitted to Harborough District Council sets out how they intend to entirely redevelop part of the land formerly used as the Slip Inn Quarry in Leicester Road, Dunton Bassett.
Mrs Taylor is the director of ATE Farms Ltd, a firm set up by her husband, who himself is a shareholder and former director of Himley Environment Ltd – which runs a landfill next to the Crooked House.
ATE Farms wants to turn the grassy land into a holiday home site, with a number of additional features.
Office buildings and industrial floorspace is also included within the application, along with an electric car charging facility for 20 vehicles.
A coffee shop is also planned to feature inside the new farm shop, as well as two kitchens and a deli.
Sitting above would be a floor containing conference rooms available for hire by local businesses.
The Dunton Bassett site, near Mrs Taylor's hometown, has not been used for quarrying since the 1980s and was restored as farmland following the quarry's closure.
The holiday homes, meanwhile, would range from two to four bedrooms and have a wooden design with pitched roofs, timber doors and decking.
Three ponds are also included within the proposals with the aim of preventing flooding caused by errant weather.
Planning documents submitted to the council say the site would "maximise the potential of tourism within the district" and "encourage movement by walking and cycling".
It comes as Mrs Taylor's social media accounts show her to be a glamorous jetsetter with photographs posing outside the famous seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel during a trip to Dubai.
She is also seen smiling with a handbag under the Eiffel Tower in Paris and driving a Bentley.
The couple purchased The Crooked House pub from brewery Marston's last month.
The site in Himley, Staffordshire, was gutted by the blaze before being flattened "without permission" by diggers 36 hours later.
Police are "engaging" with the couple after confirming the fire is being treated as arson last night.
Police have revealed they are treating the fire as arson, while firefighters were also initially hampered from accessing the pub by a mound of earth on a rural access road.
Cops say they will "continue to engage" with Mr and Mrs Taylor as an investigation continues.
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The Crooked House, which had been known as "Britain's wonkiest pub", was put forward for listed status protection just days before it became rubble.
It would have meant that the owners would have needed permission from the council to fully demolish it before doing so.
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