Hi John ( 01/02/2014 )
You have made a life where you are surrounded by lovely people , it is wonderful to see, you have created an oasis for people. You are a lucky man. Xxx
August 2013 after the TV programme was aired again:-
I just wanted to say 'thank you' for another great weekend full of fun and laughter with good company. Trev and I had a very relaxing weekend. The room as ever was excellent. Thanks also to Kevin.
Thank you John and Kevin. You helped make my stay one to remember. Great place, food, accommodation and everything. Nothing to fault at all. Kevin works hard at keeping the place so very clean and tidy and John, well what can I say about John. There is only one John and they certainly broke the mold when they made you - and that is a great pity and the gay community needs more like you. Robert. ( London - Jule 2013 )
John Comments: I laughed like a drain when I read this one below on Trip Advisor - who very quickly took if off-line when I complained - and all I can say is that I feel desperately sorry for this man - who makes up so much of this and so much is just so silly - calling Ham Hall an apartment, no bathrooms en suite etc. it is just silly. See what you make of it :-
Personally - This kind of silly comment is not worthy of any more of my time. He is a pathetic silly little man who can take his business elsewhere if this is how he reacts. What a waste of space he is.
John. Your garden this year must be the best I have ever seen it. Truly spectacular. Well done on all the hard work you and Kevin do to keep the place looking so clean, tidy and so very presentable. Peter W.
John: I really enjoyed my stay and wish there were more places like it. Nick.
Thanks for such a lovely few days. Wish I could stay longer but work and family calls. The weather was great, the guys I met at HH were all so friendly and informal and your garden and plants was awesome. Truly beautiful. I saw how much work you were put to and was full of admiration for how hard you work to keep things so nice. I will definately return. Colin ( From Liverpool but living in France )
John, thanks for all the updates over recent times. I am currently living in Thailand and I was hoping to come over in September for about 2 weeks, but I must return to Australia for business. I hope I can make it over next year in April maybe. It sounds such a great place to stay. Thanks a lot for such a comprehensive website also! William
John. The first day at your place I was a bit nervous as it was a bit like staying in a private house, and I wasnt sure what was allowed. Then I relaxed. I have stayed at many places, some gay and most straight, and never have I found anywhere quite like your Hamilton Hall. You really have thought of everything. The amount of teas and drinks freely on offer is most impressive. I found you a man full of wisdoms and could listen to you for hours. Mind, you can talk for England but all good stuff. You must write a book John, when we spoke about Tantra - your expertise in sexuality was awesome. You have got to write it all down. I shall most certainly return the next time I am back in the UK.
Just spent sometime on your website. i find your outlook and sexual point of view fascinating, intelligent and familiar. i have wanted to find ways to associate my spiritual life with my sexual one. love your kinks as well. it's rare that i get overseas but after reading what i've read of yours and seen your pictures i know i'll want to make a point of visiting.
I read all about you, and saw you on the Tv thing - 3 In A Bed, and liked what I saw. So I came and visited and stayed 3 nights longer than anticipated. We chatted and shared and watched a couple of movies in your private area and I was thrilled. I have always been in a relationship, so I may not be as experienced in the world as you yet you treated me so kindly and with such gentle kid gloves. I like your views and opinions, and you seem to have come through life's experiences with a determined and experienced attitude without becoming bitter or distracted about life. xxx
John. Originally saw your comment on the Home Page of your web site saying there was no other venue in the world like Hamilton Hall and I really thought it was pretentious clap trap until I walked in the front hall for the first time ( last weekend ) and absolutely got it. I got the energies, the vibes, the aura, the ambiance and the ethos, all in a split second standing in the hall, and as we chatted and you showed me to my absolutely lovely room ( Room 3 ) I was totally convinced that the comment on your web site is 100% correct.
“The most relaxing hotel I have ever stayed in.”
Having stayed at some of the best hotels in the world, Four Seasons & Hyatt Regency, to name 2, nothing compares to Hamilton Hall, and I will be returning for my next holiday. John & his assistant Kevin are so genuine & helpful and & it truly is an urban oasis.
As soon as you step through the front door it is as if you have entered another dimension, one of peace & calm, I never heard any noise at all from the outside world, it was as if you are on an island in paradise. The room I was in, No 2, Tranquility lives up to its name, with everything, artwork & ornaments, designed to aid relaxation.
John & his staff made me feel incredibly welcome, I felt as though I was at home from the minute I arrived. The roo I had was both well appointed and immaculately clean, and the little extra touches provided were fantastic. Whilst I understand that for some the 'Home from Home' charms of a place like Hamilton Hall may not be to taste, for me they added to a wonderful trip, and made my week in Bournemouth memorable for all the right reasons.
Reports below on Trip Advisor:
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Room Tip: all rooms are of a very high standard. March 2013
THIS ONE MADE ME LAUGH:
NEVER GOT PASSED THE BOOKING STAGE:
When I received a rather rude and aggressive request to tell them why I wished to pay by cheque (which attracts a £20 surcharge) rather than just provide them with ALL my credit card details (along with the security code) by phone, the rudeness was enough to prompt me to cancel my reservation. The answer to his direct question about concerns about the data protection element was not well received. Even ruder and borderline abusive emails from Hamilton Hall were received with more and more verbose about these are his terms of business and as I did not agree with them, I could, more or less, get lost. Also apparently, it's my loss as no other venue offers the same service. Based on the service I got however that can only be to my gain. I'm glad no details were provided or else I'd be arguing about all the various cancellation policies and subsequent charges that abound on his website. Wonder why he needs so many? TC London.
People with this level of arrogance are not welcome here as their attitude spoils it for others who are here for a relaxed - NO ATTITUDE - time, and that is why this customer was told to - basically - 'sling his hook' and go elsewhere.
In order to protect my other guests from that kind of attitude, I do refuse people and although it is very unusual and very rare, it does happen and I am not afraid to spoeak up.
Sadly, there are a lot of fucked up people out there and many fucked up gay men who offer abuse and obnoxious attitude to others and there are a few of us who will not tollerate this and will speak out. Just see what the results were after the TV programme ' 3 IN A BED' where I spoke up against the homophobe and politely put him in his place. I will not - ever - tollerate bad attitude concerning how I run my business.
John. Spend much of time on your web site. Love it. Boyfriend and I read together to help English. Like what said, very good stuff and rewarding much. Visit soon but troubles in country and banks hold money from customers. Little jobs and live now back with Ma and Pa. Not good. I 27 boyfriend 24 from small town no gay life and get much reward reading blog on HH site. A wind of fresh breeze for us both. Regards Kai in Thailand.
Sounds lilke the perfect birthday to me, restful and dinner with friends. I'm the same do not drink if so maybe a glass of red wine, sip slowly. Gald you are having good weather. The weather is gorgeous here in Alabama, storms tomorrow though but a beautiful weekend ahead. We are blessed that you were born! Thank you for your contribution to society. Cheers to you!!! Michael
HOME PAGE - A picture in case you are getting bored....
John: I had to write and tell you how I admire your commitment to people. Your drive is unconditional. I was so impressed with my visit to Hamilton Hall and I felt bad at not saying something at the time. I find you and what you offer to be inspiring. After meeting you, I feel there is some hope for mankind after all. Terry
Wow what a web site. Looking for a place to stay - got caught in reading and many hours later - exhausted, went to bed. Love your weekly campaign John. What a deep and meaningful man you are. So good to see in a world full of shallow people. I voted for the police thing yesterday as I see you did. Wonder how many others couldn't be bothered. I shall book and come and stay soon. Ian. Glasgow.
John, Anytime you feel the negative aspects of others just remember all the good you have done for others and the community. People will always be critical and try to place their own issues on us. You have proven to many that your heart and soul is in the right place. Have a fun and enjoyable Sunday.
Hi. Found you while surfing. Great web site. Good stuff and so much info to educate. Wish there was something like it here in France. Gay scene here is strange and unfriendly. Must visit you soon. Gerald. Paris.
Hamilton Hall in the snow - and while we rarely get snow here in Bournemouth, with the weather changing - we have had a couple of times in the last few years where everything looks so lovely under a blanket of white and it only lasts a day or two.
John. Thanks for the free stay. After I was ill while staying with you, you offered a couple of extra days to recover and thankyou for that. It was my own fault - I overdosed on Viagra ( all on my own I will point out ) and thought I was having a heart attack. After you rushed me to the hospital and after speaking to the doctors I remembered I had taken 2 of the little blue pills. I mentioned this to the doctor and he basically had very little time for me after that. Saying I would get over it and not to be so stupid as to take so much in future. They monitored me for the day and when I came home, I was embarrased to tell you. Not sure how you guessed - but thankyou for not thinking me dumb. It was foolish. Your compassion and time spent with me was greatly appreciated as I did feel groggy. I have learned a powerful lesson. Steven.
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