Company linked to luxurious Langdon Court now faces liquidation

Plymouth’s “jean queen” is to meet creditors at a meeting which could see a company involved with the plush Langdon Court Manor go into liquidation. Fashion guru Donna Thornton has been named as the convenor of a physical meeting of creditors of Langdon Court Manor Ltd.

It means she is expected to attend the meeting and face her company’s creditors at Winslade House, Exeter, on Wednesday, May 8 at 12.30pm. An online meeting had been called for April 26, but creditors decided they wanted to meet in person.

A notice placed on the official public record The Gazette said: “The primary purpose of the meeting is for creditors to consider a decision on the nomination of liquidators, and if the creditors think fit, to appoint a liquidation committee.” It added: “Any creditor entitled to attend and vote at the meeting is entitled to do so either in person or by proxy.” To vote at the meeting, either in person or by proxy, creditors must submit proof of their claim by 4pm on May 7.

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Langdon Court Manor Ltd has been embroiled in a legal dispute with Plymouth building firm Keith Elliott Construction Ltd. Last month, the company, owned by fashion “jean queen” Ms Thornton and her husband Robert Walton, was ordered to pay Keith Elliott Construction £273,000, claimed for unpaid work, after a hearing at the High Court’s Technology and Construction Court division. A spokesperson for Ms Thornton last month told PlymouthLive that Langdon Court Manor Ltd, listed on Companies House as being involved with “hotels and similar accommodation”, was actually the company which was in charge of the renovation of the Jacobean manor house.

The spokesperson said the management of the business, now a “private hire venue”, came under House of Donna Ida Ltd, a company set up in 2014 and described on Companies House as being involved in “manufacture of other wearing apparel and accessories not elsewhere classified”. It changed its name from Independent Denim Company Ltd in March, a month after registering a charge from the Cumberland Building Society.

Langdon Court Manor Ltd’s most recent accounts, for the year to June 2022, revealed net liabilities of £396,272. Mr Walton stepped down as a director on February 23 this year. Two days earlier the company registered a charge, borrowing money from the Cumberland Building Society.

Ms Thornton is founder of London’s Donna Ida fashion brand and has counted Amanda Holden and Jodie Kidd among her fans. With her 67-year-old husband they bought Langdon Court after it had been closed for 18 months.

The building, at Down Thomas, is owned by the couple and is not among assets of hotel operator Langdon Court Manor Ltd, which is also owned by Ms Thornton and Mr Walton. Ms Thornton has told PlymouthLive she intends to continue with her plans to renovate the manor and create a thriving business.

A newly launched website advertises events and weddings at Langdon Court, and a range of products including pyjamas, at £80; aprons for £55; strawberry jam, napkins, £25 milk baths, £35 body scrubs, cable holders, wash bags at £45, fudge, and champagne, ranging in price from £42 a bottle to £420 for a case of six Champagne Piaff Blanc de Blancs.

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