Wealthy party girl apologises for noise at stately home in Devon
A millionaire's teenage daughter has been forced to apologise after disturbing her neighbours with an all-night party at her family's rural mansion.
Jessica Kennaway, 18, threw the outdoor event for a friend's birthday at the family-owned 19th-century Escot House near Ottery St Mary, Devon.
But the party got so rowdy it woke residents in villages up to three miles away, many of whom took to Facebook and Twitter to share their anger, eventually calling the police at 4am.
Neighbours have described the situation as "crazy" and said the family's actions were "very selfish".
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Allison Britz, a 49-year-old sales manager from Feniton, said the noise went on from around 10.30pm on Saturday until 7.15am the following morning. She said: ''We all enjoy a party and no-one objects to it once in a while if we are notified about it and it doesn't go on all night.
"But this was absolutely crazy, the thump, thump, thump of the music went on all night, my niece and her friends who were staying knew all the songs that were being played, it wasn't just a drone of background noise."
Mother-of-two Clare Hum-phreys said she, her daughters and mother were also kept awake until 7am.
She said: "I barely slept until 5.30am when I finally got about an hour's sleep.
"Then my three-year-old woke me up and I couldn't believe the music was still going at 6.30am."
After a number of complaints were made to East Devon District Council, the authority recommended that Jessica issue a full apology.
She complied with the request, saying: "During the course of the night, as everyone became absorbed in the party atmosphere, what started as an acceptable volume level must have crept up.
"When the police alerted us to this fact, the music was turned down immediately.
"I would like to apologise to local residents for not realising that the volume had reached an unacceptable level and, therefore, for disturbing their Sunday morning."
The house has been owned by the Kennaway family for 210 years, with Jessica's father, John-Michael, taking over in the 1980s. He makes his money from fish farming, as well as opening the house to the public to raise money for repair work. The estate hosts a children's summer camp, Camp Wild, as well as the renowned Beautiful Days festival every August.