Camelot Castle Hotel: down the online reputation rabbit-hole - 2010-06-13
By the time you've read the hotel's own disconcerting copy on its website and the TripAdvisor and Holiday Watchdog reviews it's hard not to start to feel uneasy about the connection between the owners of this hotel and the 'Church of Scientology'.
A quick standard Google search for "Camelot Castle Hotel" reveals (as you'd expect) a P1 of Google stuffed full of neutral references (apart from this lone article now). These include the hotel's own website plus a range of other tourism directory listings. Nothing unusual there. In fact, almost nothing on the first 5 or 6 pages cause concern. Except this one listing on P2 beginning: "It takes a lot to freak me…" [update: this has since changed considerably]
But search for "Camelot Castle Hotel scientology" or "camelot castle scientology" and things will get much more interesting. Very quickly, you'll find yourself encountering owner John Mappin, his Khazakh wife Irina and artist Ted Stourton. A little more research on all three gets even more interesting - not least Mappin's short career as 'porn film' actor and his defeat in the High Court in a sordid fraud case. But these things are really only the beginning.