By Christina Golding
A hotelier has issued a county court summons to recover money from guests who curtailed their stay because they claimed other guests were too rowdy.
Paul Shirley, owner of the three-star Blue Bell Hotel in Belford, Northumberland, said the group of four had booked for three nights for dinner, bed and breakfast. But they checked out after one night having complained about a large group of guests in the restaurant, also staying for three nights.
A letter from one of the of four claims that the larger group were rowdy, disruptive and raucous and accuses Shirley of misrepresentation for promoting a peaceful setting and failing to "curb or restrain "the behaviour of the other guests.
But Shirley argues that no other guests took offence towards the group, who he claims were "just laughing".
By leaving early without paying for the full three nights, Shirley said that the group is in breach of contract and has cost him £464 because the rooms were not resold. He is claiming two-thirds of this plus a £40 court fee. One guest has paid £240 of this, but Shirley said he is going to pursue his claim.
"They are holding me responsible for the destruction of their tranquillity. I am reluctant to compromise on a point of principle," he said.