Guest house owners who denied gay couple a room are forced to sell Chymorvah hotel after business collapses

The couple claim to have received death threats, with bolts removed from car wheels and a dead rabbit nailed to their fence

Sale: Peter and Hazelmary Bull

The owners of the guesthouse sued for refusing to let a gay couple share a double bed sell due to a decline in trade.

Christians Hazelmary and Peter Bull turned down Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy in 2008, resulting in a damages bill of £ 3,600 for unlawful discrimination.

They have now put the Chymorvah Hotel in Marazion, Cornwall on the market for £ 750,000.

Hazelmary, 69, said: “It’s like a death in the family. I never thought it would end like this.

The couple claim to have received death threats, bolts removed from car wheels and a dead rabbit nailed to their fence.

Hackers put porn on the hotel’s website and Visit England refused to list the hotel because of the affair.

Hazelmary said that despite a hot summer the hotel was “half empty”. “We were to be the only place in West Cornwall that had rooms left.

The Chymorvah, which only allows married couples to share a bed, fell under the Equality Act, which was introduced in 2007.

The Bulls regard any sex outside of marriage as a “sin,” but deny direct or indirect discrimination.

They argued that their policy of restricting double beds to married couples, in accordance with their religious beliefs, was not aimed at sexual orientation, but sexual practice.

Details of the sale of the Grade II listed hotel describe it as “set on magnificent grounds of just over an acre, gently sloping back towards the coast through lawned gardens.”

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