Wed­ding shower

Shocked cou­ple hit with £20,000 bill for claims they flooded the ho­tel where they tied the knot

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunting

Cher­ished mem­o­ries of a Gart­cosh cou­ple’s wed­ding day have been “tainted” af­ter they were hit with a £20,000 writ over claims they flooded the plush ho­tel where they tied the knot.

Robert Adam­son and Karyn Nokolic tied the knot in a lav­ish cer­e­mony in front of friends and fam­ily at Bal­birnie House in Fife.

But their dream day rem­i­nis­cences have turned sour af­ter the own­ers of the pop­u­lar venue – named Wed­ding Ho­tel of the Year 2017 at the Scot­tish Ho­tel Awards in April – blamed them for caus­ing thou­sands of pounds of wa­ter dam­age and con­se­quently los­ing them busi­ness.

Now the two par­ties are locked in a le­gal row which is set to be heard in court, with new mum Karyn, 31, hit­ting back at the ho­tel’s ac­cu­sa­tions by say­ing: “We com­pletely deny that the dam­age is any fault of ours.”

Robert and Karyn were wed in the £260-a-night Mark­inch venue in March 2015.

Theirs was the first wed­ding at the ho­tel since the com­ple­tion of an ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment project in the bridal suite.

Early in the morn­ing af­ter the cou­ple’s big day, ho­tel staff woke the pair in­sist­ing that a leak in the down­stairs func­tion room was com­ing from their room.

Man­age­ment claimed the cou­ple left a shower head run­ning on the floor but Karyn and Robert are adamant that the leak sprung from a fault in the re­fur­bished bath­room.

The pair now face hav­ing to de­fend a £20,000 ac­tion at Kirk­caldy Sher­iff Court, with Bal­birnie House own­ers Nicholas and Gaynor Rus­sell want­ing the cash to cover the re­pairs and loss of busi­ness.

Ac­coun­tant Karyn, who gave birth to son Leon six weeks ago, ex­plained: “The bridal suite had just un­der­gone a ren­o­va­tion and we were the first to use it.

“We think is­sues with the plumb­ing or re­fur­bish­ment caused the dam­age. When the ho­tel staff mem­ber came to our door at 6.30am af­ter our wed­ding, we were fast asleep.

“They looked in the bath­room and the tap was run­ning but the wa­ter was not flood­ing or build­ing up – it was just run­ning down the plug­hole.”

Taxi driver Robert, 34, added: “I took a bath in the room but the wa­ter seemed to run away fine. The only thing we can think is that there was some­thing faulty with the pipes.

“The new bath­room leaked the first time it was used and the ho­tel are say­ing it’s our fault.

“They also knocked on Karyn’s mum and dad’s room be­fore they came to us be­cause, ap­par­ently, there had been pre­vi­ous is­sues with the plumb­ing there.”

The cou­ple claim noth­ing fur­ther was men­tioned about the dam­age to the West Room – which is used for re­cep­tions dur­ing wed­dings – be­fore they checked out.

It wasn’t un­til they were on hon­ey­moon in Mau­ri­tius that they heard they were be­ing held re­spon­si­ble.

They re­ceived an in­voice for £4000 to re­place car­pets, which they re­fused to pay.

Now law firm Brodies LLP have de­manded £20,000 from the cou­ple, who have re­cruited solic­i­tors at Glas­gow-base firm Radar to de­fend them, and the case will call at Kirk­caldy Sher­iff Court if it is not re­solved.

Karyn said: “They claim the £20,000 is for loss of earn­ings but I can’t see how that can be the case.

“Their Face­book page ap­peared to show a wed­ding went ahead the day the leak was dis­cov­ered.

“When the sher­iff of­fi­cer came to the door and pre­sented the papers to us, we freaked out. It was so out of the blue.

“We’re so wor­ried about it. I’m jug­gling be­ing a new mum with this added stress.

“We don’t know where we would get £20,000 if we have to pay up. Our le­gal ad­vice is to fight it all the way, which is what we’re do­ing.

“This has been a to­tal night­mare. We had a bril­liant wed­ding day and paid a con­sid­er­able amount to make sure it was per­fect.

“But the way this has been dealt with has tainted it. We would never go back there.”

Bal­birnie owner Nicholas Rus­sell said: “Very con­sid­er­able dam­age was caused to a part of the Grade A listed build­ing.

“This has been re­ferred to our in­sur­ers and they are pur­su­ing the mat­ter through the court.”

Court doc­u­ments say the ho­tel had to re-grout the bath­room and re­place a car­pet in the suite.

They claim that dur­ing this time they were un­able to use the bed­room and that restora­tion works were re­quired to re­pair the ceil­ing of the West Room.

The to­tal cost of the re­pairs was £4770, in­surance pol­icy ex­cess was £1000 and loss of busi­ness was es­ti­mated to be £15,000.

Damp dilemma A video grab of wa­ter leak­ing from the bridal ceil­ing

Claims re­futed Karyn and Robert have vowed to fight the al­le­ga­tions

Bath­room blues The dam­age is al­leged to have oc­curred here

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