its wonderful to be welcoming you here again... and thanks
Having been closed for about a year in all between when we recently re opened and when this all started last March 2020, it is so good to be welcoming so many friendly and familiar faces back to Hamilton Hall.
During this period Hamilton Hall received generous donations to help us survive, one for $250 from someone in the USA and quite a few £100 - £150 donations from those who appreciate what we offer here - who understrand the importance of what we do here - who appreciate and value how the gay scene is closing down slowly and there are less and less venues available and how many who had bookings made and cancelled were offered a date change but gave up their bookings and told me to keep the money to help us through this period,. and I have been so in awe of the thoughtful and the kind hearted and it pleases me to see there are those who truly doi appreciate and understand what we are about.
This week someone causes a scene because he owed £19 for food which when paid on a credit card we add 10% as a tip for the staff and I got the law screamed at me and how I am breaking the law - which I am not - and he would not pay his bill refusing to pay it - even though we do ask for cash and the 10% is only added if you pay by card - so he had an alternative - and I got the house key thrown at me and all over a £1.90 tip and where he didn't even leave a tip for our hard working staff - and this man was here on a £30 off for the 2 nights he was here.
SEE YOUR E MAILS CONCERNING THIS BELOW:
Some people actually look for problems and make them themselves rather than be respectful and nice, they want to cause a scene.
Another guest back at Christmas was here for an 8 week stay by someone else and where I donated a free week stay here so he could get here before any lockdown - so a free period here - and after being in my room every evening enjoying my smokes, my telly, and my friendship, turns into an asshole and throws abuse at us - leaving negative reports concerning me personally and this after enjoying my personal space, bullshitting us all about his life and so forth which we realised was just that, bullshit, and I do wonder why so many people who CLEARLY have some kind of emotional problem feel the need to throw it at me.
The few do spoil it for the rest and is exactly why venues close down.
We have a great group of guys here and do enjoy a laugh and this Naked Chill Out Weekend just finnishing has 4 people cancel and told me to keep the monies towards the free holidays we offer - and the kindness and good will melts my heart. In my world, we meet a huge amount of really nice people who have come here with all the right intentions, not to find fault in everything as some do, but to relax, chill out, have some fun and laughs and return home feeling better... less stressed, less anxious and less scared for the future.
It is very sad that so many seem to have problems and want to throw their venim at innocent people and scream the house down rather than look at their own actions and make changes. I may not be perfect but I do my best to be there for others and when they take take take and then scream in return, it is hard to know exactly who is trustwoirthy and who is genuine and who is real and who is full of shit and who is actually going to turn into a cunt and who is going to try and get us shut down and for what - because I stand up to them and tell them to fuck off - because they have met their match - because they envy and resent Hamilton Hall and all it stands for - because it is not theirs - and because so many just want to make others feel as miserable as they are and cannot stand to see others living a joyous life they envy.
Since re opening we have had a plethora of guests come time and time again and one has already been back 5 times and that must be a record in such a short period of time ... and he is booked in again next week.
I think we need to prepare for the fact that this will go on for several years yet to come with new varients, new frights, new ideas and new ways of doing the things we took for granted - and I do believe we are all going to have to adapt and make changes in our life journey simply because it is not going to be that way again.
So despite the few who cause trouble and throw abuse at us - we are here to welcome you all back to the only venue of its kind in all of Europe and one that spends tens of thousands of £ every year offering free holidays to the needy and before you say anything, no other venue on the LGBTQ scene offers this, and then people scream abuse at us and try to destropy my business that is based in helping others as a NOT FOR PROFIT VENUE.
So be nice people. Bring the best of you here and we will welcome you with the best of us. Everything goes two ways and I do bark and do stand up and defend my business and will niot allow anyone to destroy a thing of beauty, even if I am a fruit cake sometimes.
I am so sorry but some gay people are up there own arses a lot of time and have little regard for others!
I do t blame you at all so not feel guilty as I may suggest you acted appropriately Dale
You deserve support - you are really good to your clients. Charlie XX
Pleased that yu put him in his pace John. well done
You are absolutely right.
What 's more this kind of person does n't need Covid pressure to behave like that- it's in their DNA, wired in.
I hope you were firm when you chucked him out.
You don't deserve this crap.
Dear John, I totally agree with you. Just read your blog and it upsets me to see people do not respect the few freedom spaces we still have. We have to be grateful that people like you have made it possible for us to escape for a few days and be ourselves. Hope to visit Hamilton Hall again soon, it’s a great place. R.
as a taxi driver for 30years, i totally understand, i always try to let it go over my head,, when they refuse to pay, hell bells, always remember their is a karma god,, you will find the 1.90 on the floor and smile about it, cash is king,, nice to have the jingle of coins, totally with you on this, he was a sad bastard ha ha ,,did not get his jollies in a while ha ha ha
you take care and relax,, remember deep breaths ........ hope i get to go and stay in your hotel soon. this covid has caused havoc ,, totally understand
John: there are some screwed up people out there that have gotten worse since covid and i feel sorry for anyone having to face the public as you do. He doesn't deserve HH if he is to tight to leave a tip of £1.90. What a mean bastard. Yoiu deserve so much better than that john you really do. I shall return soon .K.
Hope you are less stressed.
As a young 63 yr old motorcycle rider i hope to visit you at some stage this year.. I have never been naked. That is totally naked in company.. And with other bi/gay men. I think it would be liberation.
I have some gay experience. Am not a drama queen. After 30 yrs of driving a taxi i have a very open mind. So this year i am going to exolore my mind and my soul.. I was looking at around 4 hours to ride down from Fishguard.. When is the best time for me to visit. A shared room. Would do. Or a single. Doubt i will be sleeping with somebody.. Ha ha ha. I have a thing fr effem gays... U know yourself we all have a type.. Missed naked fun this weekend. Hope it went well and that you made lots off tips.. Ok i will be in touch. Lol
Hang in there mate
Just ignore these pitiful A. Holes
They are not worth it. Wherever we go,there will always be a few bad apples
Not worth the space
Take care and keep up the good work
Sorry to hear you have encountered a miserable ungrateful sod. Karma will reap dividends in time
Hopefully having let him annoy you, am sure you will soon excise him from ongoing awareness and your bonhomie will be fully restored as other guests make it clear we all appreciate you and your helpers
I hear you John. Closed our own place because of pricks like this. Pissed us of at Christmas a few years ago and we had just about had it before this and the abuse screamed at us because the customer made a mistake with their booking and screamed at me when it was not my responsinbility and then left a shitty Trip Advisor report - AND IT WAS THEIR MISTAKE and we did all we could to put it right and yet we got the damned obnoxious review. The gay community is a pretty shitty pace John and full of mental health problems. Stick with it John, we appreciate you and your venue so don't give into these assholes. R & K. ( ( New England - USA )
Opened a B&B for gay men a decade ago and lasted just 3 seasons. The experience was awful and my bf insisted we close as he had had enough. Picky queens bitching everything we did. The straight crowd would never acts so badly. Closed the venue and turned it straight and almost never have problems now. Well done you 21 years open. How do you put up with it John, as gays are the worst behaved people we have ever met in business.
Phil ( France )
Wewll done John. Putting up with aholes the way you do. I hear your pain and frustration. Youb work so hard and then get these aholes who have no idea and expect 5 star service for little monmey and bring their mental health with them and thow it around like confetti. Well done on speaking your mind and not outting up with it. Wish I had the guts or we might have stayed ipen longer./ It so frustrated, we closed and retured. Fed up with the oddballs.
Name and shame him, hope you have black listed him.
Disgraceful the way that arsehole behaved John. Disgraceful especially considering how much you give back to the community and cunts like him act like that. If I had been you, I'd have knocked his fucking lights out. Well done on your restraint. These damned faggots who think they rule and are sop jhealous of the likes of you and I. Malc.
Sorry to read of the hassle over 1.90!
Loving the masculine men and twink pics. Imagine them all together - what a mess 😆 Regards Richard
I have to say - all that over £1.90 as a tip for the staff. I cannot imagine how awful that man had to be, what a mean fisted little man. Little being the important word here John. He is small compared to you, THE GIANT. Vince.