David Baddiel's £2,700-a-week holiday home branded 'dilapidated'

EXCLUSIVE: David Baddiel’s £2,700-a-week ’boutique’ Cornish holiday home is branded a ‘dilapidated deathtrap’ that needs a ‘full refurb’ by angry family who stayed there

  • David Ross and his family stayed at Watch House in Coverack for £2,727 a week
  • Mr Baddiel is trying to sell the four-bedroom coastal property for £1.5million
  • But the Cornish holiday home made the ‘family feel unsafe’ and is ‘beyond repair’ 

A ’boutique’ Cornish holiday home owned by comedian David Baddiel has been branded a dilapidated ‘deathtrap’ that needed a good clean by an angry holidaymaker.

David Ross has been staying at the Watch House in Coverack with wife Suzanne and his 80-year-old mother Gloria having paid £2,727 to stay for a week.

But the four-bedroom coastal property, which Baddiel is looking to sell for £1.5million, is so ‘dilapidated’ the family feel unsafe and have accused the holiday company they booked with of ‘false advertising’ as the house is nothing like it appears on their brochure.

Speaking to MailOnline, Mr Ross, 60, from south London, said: ‘It really is appalling and beyond repair – not what you would expect from something described as a “boutique hideaway cottage”.

‘Sockets are hanging off walls, lights hang by the wires, the ceilings are flaking off, it’s dirty.

David Ross has been staying at the Watch House in Coverack (pictured) with wife Suzanne and his 80-year-old mother Gloria having paid £2,727 to stay for a week, but has dubbed the property owned by comedian David Baddiel as ‘dilapidated’


Speaking to MailOnline, Mr Ross, 60, from south London, said: ‘It really is appalling and beyond repair – not what you would expect from something described as a “boutique hideaway cottage”‘

‘Sockets are hanging off walls, lights hang by the wires, the ceilings are flaking off, it’s dirty,’ Mr Ross added

Mr Ross said the booking agent, Cornwall Hideaways, have offered the family just £200 in compensation: ‘They sent down some cleaners after we raised concern but when they got here, they accepted the job was far too big for them’

‘There’s a window that has a sign saying “do not open” as it’s broken and another window has a grill which hasn’t been cleaned for decades.

‘And there’s a washing machine and tumble dryer in the bathroom – the whole place is a total deathtrap.’

Mr Ross booked the Watch Tower, located on the Lizard Peninsula, as a treat for his elderly mother who used to frequently stay there with her late husband, before Baddiel purchased the property for £1million in 2011.

He hoped it would bring back some pleasant memories in what is likely to be her ‘last holiday.’

But the trip has turned into a nightmare and Cornwall Hideaways, the booking agent, have offered the family just £200 in compensation – despite David claiming they promised to refund them 10 per cent.

Mr Ross explained: ‘They sent down some cleaners after we raised concern but when they got here, they accepted the job was far too big for them.

David Ross (pictured) chose to stay at the Watch House, which caters up to eight people and the sandy beach is just a two-minute walk away, likewise the village of Coverack and its many cafes, bistros and ice cream shop

‘It’s just so neglected, the garden is like a wilderness of weeds.

‘It needs a full refurb.’

He added: ‘I’ve always liked David Baddiel and I feel guilty for bringing this to light but I’m just so disappointed.

‘The property is booked out for the rest of the year so I just wanted to warn other people staying here what to expect.

‘They’ll be paying more money than we did as it’s currently out of season.

The four-bedroom coastal property, which Baddiel (pictured in 2018) is looking to sell for £1.5million, is so ‘dilapidated’ the family feel unsafe and have accused the holiday company they booked with of ‘false advertising’ as the house is nothing like it appears on their brochure

‘I think a fair price for a week’s stay here is around £1,200 – and that’s purely for the location.’

MailOnline has contacted Baddiel for comment.

The Fantasy Football star, 58, has previously spoken of his love for the Cornish coast, saying he resides in the area to focus on his writing and often visits the local pub called The Paris with wife Morwenna Banks, 60, who originates from the area.

Speaking in 2020, Baddiel said: ‘I quite like working with a view of the sea, which you can do from our house in Coverack.

‘I find the sea, in general, is an unbelievably Zen thing to have around. It makes you feel calm and it’s very good for washing away all sorts of other things you might be thinking about.’

The Watch House was built in 1810 and boasts ‘a sea view from every room’ and bills itself as perfect for ‘romantic’ and ‘family’ breaks.

Large windows are a feature throughout the property, as are clapper board walls and Cornish stone exteriors.

Mr Ross booked the Watch Tower, located on the Lizard Peninsula, as a treat for his elderly mother who used to frequently stay there with her late husband, before Baddiel purchased the property for £1million in 2011

Mr Ross hoped it would bring back some pleasant memories in what is likely to be his elderly mother’s ‘last holiday.’ But the trip has turned into a nightmare (pictrured, cracks in the walls)

‘It’s just so neglected, the garden is like a wilderness of weeds. ‘It needs a full refurb,’ David Ross, from south London, said of Mr Baddiel’s property

The property is said to be booked out for the rest of the year so Mr Ross said he wanted to ‘warn other people staying here’ to know ‘what to expect’

One of the four bedrooms is located in the loft which is described as a ‘den’ suitable for older children and teenagers, and the oak floors provide the house with a ‘charming, traditional feel’, according to rental companies.

It caters up to eight people and the sandy beach is just a two-minute walk away, likewise the village of Coverack and its many cafes, bistros and ice cream shop.

A spokeswoman for Cornwall Hideaways said: ‘Cornwall Hideaways, as the agent for the Watch House, is responsible for the maintenance and cleaning of the property. 

‘On this occasion we didn’t meet our usual high standards and although we sent our housekeeping staff out to remedy the situation, we have also provided a refund to the guests, which they are satisfied with . We have, of course, ensured that any work needed at this beautiful and much loved property is carried out.’

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