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  1. pigginchilli

    pigginchilli Read Only Funster

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    We went there last october, spent at least £100 on meals and had a lovely time walking our dogs, we have just been turned away from our last nights holiday as they dont welcome motorhomes anymore, anyone else had this problem?
     
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    Looking at their web site I see that it became part of the Agellus Hotels chain as of 6th October 2015. Just a guess but maybe they want to concentrate on the hotel side and/or don't want the hassle of complying with the 1960 Act.
     
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    Have they gone over to all statics?
     
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    It's a hotel & restaurant, Brian, not a caravan site.
     
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    I realize that Graham but they also have a caravan park along side & to the rear of the pub which was full of statics last time I was there .. I believe they have in the past allowed overnighting in the car park opposite.
     
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    Think its too posh for motorhomers now, I know the feeling thats why our van lives in storage nowt so queer as folks.:(
     
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    Is it that you cannot park overnight but that you can park while you are having a meal /drinks, or are motorhomes just banned outright.
     
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    It used to be a 'pets welcome' establishment years ago. When we stayed there with our dog, the bloody fire alarm went off at 4am. We all had to assemble in the car park, complete with barking dogs until checks had been made. The all clear was given and everyone returned to their rooms. Just dropped back off to sleep and the sodding thing went off again.
    Nevertheless it was a lovely place and the food from memory was exceptional.
     
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    they didnt seem happy with our big van in the car park! We stayed 3 nights last october and loved it, great food great dog walks bliss really, was in our brit stop guide but probs not in it now?
     
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    Yes it was our favourite place to stay, in the car park.
     
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    Removed from the Pub Stop Map or should I say awarded a Black mark
     
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    Any idea why?
     
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    Because he can(y)
     
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    Because were not wanted there any more. :(
     
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    We stayed there only a few weeks ago (between Christmas and New Year) - lots of other Motorhomers too and none of us had any problems (that I'm aware of). The staff were really friendly and as you said the pub is in a great location and the food pretty tasty too.
    How recently were you turned away?
     
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    I decided to find out why.
    I emailed the Lifeboat Inn:

    Dear Sirs
    I contact you as a member of the Motor home community having been an owner
    for over ten years and an active member of an internet forum www.motorhomefun.co.uk.

    In a recent posting on our forum a member reported that he had been turned away
    from your establishment as motor homers are no longer welcome, although on
    previous occasions he had been made welcome and spent some time with you.

    For clarification and to avoid other members calling and being disappointed can
    you confirm your position with regard to motor homes using your car park and maybe requesting
    they park overnight when taking advantage of your bars or restaurant.

    If you have any questions regarding my request please feel free to reply directly to this email.

    Keith Hepburn

    The reply from the manager Helen Stafford as below:

    Hi

    I’m sorry this has happened but yes this will be the case moving forward as we are at the moment closing our rooms out which the builder’s will be using the carpark . we have had a lot off problem’s with people using our car park on very nice days which makes us look very busy but they have gone off for a walk which is affecting the business with new owners this was the decision made .if you would like to talk to me please call on (01485 512236 ).

    Many thanks


    Helen
     
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    Well done or making the enquiry.

    Not a very well worded reply is it. I suppose I can understand "yes this will be the case moving forward" as meaning in future motorhomes will be turned away,, and closing our rooms out could mean they are closing or clearing the rooms and as a result builders vehicle will restrict available parking spaces. But surely that will only be temporary. Looking at the website they are refurbishing as 13 rooms, perhaps it might have been simpler say that, and it appears motorhomes will not be welcome even after the refurbishment.

    Perhaps people do use the car park and go off for a walk not frequenting the pub but that in itself is hardly a reason to turn away motorhomes who are also paying customers. Perhaps Ms Stafford could ask the builder put up a sign that reads, "Parking for patrons only"

    Seems to me they are aiming at the braying Horay Henry crowd and I think in light of the apparent attitude I will not be gracing them with my presence "moving forward", either in my motorhome or my car. By the way I think £10 per night per dog is taking the P and rather indicates they are not welcome either.
     
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    Looking at the background to this story, especially the scale of apparent losses and unpaid bills under the previous ownership, it doesn't seem all that surprising that the new owners are changing the way the place operates. As with any business, they can't sustain losses and will naturally wish to recoup their capital expenditure as soon as they can. Presumably they believe the extra income from the clientele they are now aiming at (what does it matter if they are "Hooray Henrys"?) will more than make up for any loss of previous customers.

    This is the second time in a week that I've seen a story of pub car parks being abused by non-patrons. One in our area has introduced parking charges (refunded for genuine customers) because their car park was being filled up by groups of people using it to leave their vehicles whilst they car share to work and coach companies using it as a pick up/drop off (but not stopping) point.

    The £10 per dog per night is for hotel guests isn't it? Not surprising when one considers the extra deep cleaning required to prepare the room for the next guest, who may suffer from allergies.
     
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    Not often I share your opinion on things but on this I couldn't agree more, they are entitled to do what they like on their own car park, without criticism from someone who doesn't know the full facts.
     
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    Stayed there in November with no probs.
    Are they still in Britstops?

    Or was it because we are local?:)
     

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