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Stag and hen parties are banned at luxury £1m mansion after complaints

Stag and hen parties are banned at luxury £1m mansion in exclusive Dorset neighbourhood after string of complaints about loud music with ‘shouting and swearing at all hours’

  • Well-heeled neighbours in Talbot Woods, Bournemouth, grew sick of the house
  • Obtained a closure order stopping it from being used for stag and hen parties 
  • Had complained about waiters ‘in the buff’ and phallic inflatables in the garden 

Stag and hen parties have been banned at a luxury £1million mansion after a string of complaints about loud music accompanied by ‘shouting and swearing at all hours’. 

Well-heeled neighbours in Talbot Woods, Bournemouth have repeatedly complained about being kept awake after the house was let out to large groups of men and women. 

A focus of noise complaints was the five-bed property’s outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, which were a magnet for late-night revellers paying up to £3,000 for a weekend’s stay. 

Well-heeled neighbours in Talbot Woods, Bournemouth have repeatedly complained about being kept awake after this £1million mansion was let out to large groups of men and women

A focus of noise complaints was the five-bed property’s outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, which were a magnet for late-night revellers paying up to £3,000 for a weekend’s stay

Neighbours also complained at seeing phallic-shaped inflatable objects strewn across the gardens and ‘butlers in the buff’ strolling around at hen parties.

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said the house had been a ‘nightmare’ ever since it started being advertised as a party location in March. 

‘It has been let out mainly to large groups in stag or hen parties and we have had to put up with shouting and swearing at all hours of the night,’ they said. 

‘This is a very quiet area normally and it has completely ruined it.’

Another said: ‘They seem to go out, get drunk, and then come back and carry on partying. 

‘A lot of us have small children it is keeping them awake and all the dogs in the area have been barking.’

The property is owned by a Stephen Millar and let by local millionaire businessman Max Walker, 54.

It was advertised as ‘The Stag House and The Party House’ on the website adventureconnections.co.uk

Neighbours also complained at seeing phallic-shaped inflatable objects strewn near the pool and ‘butlers in the buff’ strolling around at hen parties

The property appears to be in a poor state of repair, with several windows and doors now boarded up 

Officials from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council said they had received 29 complaints since March.

They made numerous attempts to get the owners to clamp down on the anti-social behaviour displayed by their tenants but each time were ignored.

Noise abatement notices put up outside the house were also allegedly repeatedly torn down.

Lee Tharme, anti-social behaviour officer for BCP Council, told magistrates in Poole: ‘There have been large parties at the address – stag and hen parties, although there have been family parties as well.

‘These are large gatherings of up to 20 people. There’s a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi at the front of the property.

‘The gatherings result in a massive amount of noise and we have had 29 out-of-hours calls after 6pm.

‘On one occasion, the house was double-booked, and the second party was moved to another Bournemouth property.’


District judge Stephen Nicholls granted the local council their application for a closure order under Section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. Pictured on the right are more broken windows at the house 

Further noise complaints were received from neighbours of the other house, according to Mr Tharme. 

‘As a result of that going on for so many weeks we sent a noise abatement notice, which was ignored,’ he said. 

‘We then issued a community protection warning, which was ignored.

‘Then we sent them an ‘intention to close’ letter, which went to Mr Walker and Mr Millar.’

However, even after the letter was received, further parties were held at the address, the court heard. 

On one occasion, the house was double-booked, and the second party was moved to another Bournemouth property.

Mr Tharme said further noise complaints were received from neighbours of that address. 

He added: ‘It’s the same people involved [in both addresses]. They have a total disregard for people.’

It was advertised as ‘The Stag House and The Party House’ on the website adventureconnections.co.uk

The court heard that Mr Millar believed the property was being used as a family home, although prosecutors alleged text messages between him and Mr Walker prove both were aware of its use and had ‘spun a tale’ for the court.

Mr Millar once allegedly warned Mr Walker: ‘I won’t tolerate this anymore Max. This is your last chance – too many hens and stags.’

District judge Stephen Nicholls granted the local council their application for a closure order under Section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Johanne Mcnamara, acting for BCP Council, asked for the order to be in force for three months.

Mr Walker will be allowed to return to dismantle the Jacuzzi, while Mr Millar can visit to clean up the property.

Following a landmark legal ruling in 2014 landlords and letting agents could be held accountable should complaints be made about groups staying in their houses.

They can be liable for fines of up to £20,000 if they flout noise abatement orders in future. 

Neighbours today spoke of their relief at the court’s decision. 

‘I think the groups who rented the property out were under the impression they were on the main strip in Ibiza, not a quiet residential neighbourhood in Bournemouth,’ one said. 

‘It was just too much and I am relieved that I can finally sleep again now as I have dreaded the weekends for months.’

 

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