Hoteliers sell up
THE Christian couple at the centre of controversy after refusing to let a gay couple stay in a double room at their guesthouse told The Cornishman in September they were being forced to sell up.
Hazelmary and Peter Bull, who run the Chymorvah Hotel, Marazion, said they had no option but to sell their beloved home and business after failing to attract enough custom and having to find money for legal costs.
The Chymorvah, which allows only married couples to share a room, has been unable to advertise and is no longer listed by Visit England since the Equalities Act was introduced in 2007.
Despite death threats, vandalism and the hotel website being corrupted with pornography, the Bulls said it was financial pressure that had forced them to sell.
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"It was a gradual process; we just noticed more and more that we couldn't make the mortgage repayments," said Mrs Bull. "Last winter was terrible. We were actually shivering and were hungry."
In November the couple lost their fight in the Supreme Court to overturn an earlier ruling which said their actions were unlawful.