A PAIR of Christian miseries who gained notoriety for refusing accommodation to a gay couple at their Cornish B&B is being forced to sell up – but not, it seems, because guests found their bigotry hard to stomach, but because they are simply not cut out for the hospitality business.
One Christian reviewer on Trip Advisor had this to say of Peter and Hazelmary Bull’s Chymorvah Hotel:
Awful! Simply Awful.
I am Christian but that’s not the reason I went there. But I felt the place had a terrible atmosphere. I am vegetarian and there was a very limited menu. I felt like I committed a crime when I mentioned I was vegetarian. The look I received from woman could kill you. The room was cramped, not particularly clean and smelled strange, it was also cold and damp.
I really don’t like the thought of religion being forced down my throat whilst on holiday/taking a short break. I wanted to enjoy my time but I felt like I was a burden to this hotel not a guest.
It’s a real shame because it could be a lot better if the rooms were cleaner/up to date and fresh and the people running the hotel more hospitable.
Another even more damning review was headed “Avoid Chymorvah – dirty unsafe hotel and a religious nightmare.”
The hotel, according to this report, operated a strict policy of letting only married couples share a bed, a stance the owners said was due to religions reasons. But they fell foul of the law in 2008 when the couple refused to allow civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy to stay in one of their double bedrooms. This was judged to be a violation of the 2007 Equalities Act, for which the hoteliers were forced to pay £3,600 in damages.
Now the joyless duo are claiming that the controversy has forced them to put their £750,000 hotel on the market. Loss of custom has left them unable to pay the mortgage on their nine-bedroom property, as well as a need to cover ongoing legal costs. At the time of the controversy, the couple argued that their policy of restricting double rooms to married couples was not targeted at sexual orientation but sexual practise, believing that sex outside marriage is a sin.
Mrs Bull told the Western Daily Press.
We have had a better summer than we thought but nowhere near good enough to pay our way. Last winter was terrible. We were actually shivering and were hungry. In 2013, two people who worked all their lives at this have ended up cold and hungry. It’s not right.
This is like a death in the family. I never thought it would end like this. We are not facing the future with any real enthusiasm.
In October, the Bulls are due to have their case heard in the Supreme Court, after an initial appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.
At present, a poll run by the Huff Post has 50 percent of readers expressing sympathy for the pair.