Abersoch Holiday Homes ‘graveyard as your garden’ advert sparks fierce backlash
Abersoch Holiday Homes has sparked a fierce online backlash for advertising “a graveyard as your garden”.
The holiday lets company’s Facebook post about St Aelrhiw’s Church overlooking Porth Neigwl, which has been converted into a cottage, was blasted as “distasteful” and “disgusting”.
The firm, which is owned by The Original Cottage Company Limited, and is registered in Norwich, has apologised for the ad, which it described as an “oversight” and said it had been “removed immediately”.
In response to the Facebook post Rhys Llewelyn said: “Shameful. Every hut, church, house, smallholding are being turned into second homes.”
Tegid Jones said: “Isn’t there anywhere safe with these holiday homes, in a cemetery now?”
Thomas Davies said: “At some point in the process ‘can we convert this?’ is a less important question than “’ we convert this?’ Distasteful to put it very mildly.”
Eleri Jones said: “What the actual? Yes let’s go play football in the middle of the graves…”
Lali Jones said: “Absolutely disgusting”.
The advert on the Abersoch Holiday Homes Facebook page said: “From the moment you enter the churchyard there is a sense of something special about St Aelrhiw’s Church.
“You will be greeted by original features at this quirky 18th century retreat; the original font, vaulted ceilings, exposed inscriptions and even a graveyard as your garden!
“With the beach, shops, pubs, trails and so much more, all on your doorstep, you’ll really fall in love with this unusual home. Original Cottages. The clue’s in the name. St Aelrhiw’s Church.”
In a statement to Nation.Cymru, Abersoch Holiday Homes said: “We sincerely apologise for the recent oversight in relation to a social media post about our St Aelrhiw’s Church property.
“The post has been removed immediately. We deeply regret any offense this may have caused and remain committed to supporting the local community, wherever we can.”