Q: What’s Scientology doing in Tintagel?


A: It’s trying to recruit new cult members using Camelot Castle Hotel as a base.

AS SEEN ON BBC TV!!! Click here to watch the Inside Out South West programme.

Meet self-professed Scientologists John and Irina Mappin and Ted Stourton. They co-own Camelot Castle Hotel in Tintagel. Fact

• Camelot Castle Hotel is being used to disseminate Scientology material across the UK and recruit new members. Those targeted include unsuspecting hotel guests, visitors, foreign workers and local people like you. Fact.

• The Mappins & Stourton like to call Scientology a ‘religion’. Critics of Scientology call it ‘a money-making cult’. Fact.

• Scientology responds to criticism by attacking its critics, going to extraordinary lengths to silence them and undermine their credibility. Critics (called ‘SPs’ or ‘suppressive persons’) are, in L.Ron Hubbard’s own words, ‘Fair Game’ – to be ‘tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed’.  Fact

You have a right to know what these people are doing in your neighbourhood in the name of their ‘religion’. You also have a right to know some of the things about Scientology that Scientology doesn’t want you to know.

This site is about providing you with links to that information so that you can decide whether or not this behaviour is acceptable in your neighbourhood.

We think it isn’t.

In 2000, the Western Morning News ran a two page story introducing readers in the region to John Mappin and his sweeping plans to turn Camelot Castle Hotel into (among other things) a £600m online business and hi-tech, creative arts hub while simultaneously furnishing Cornwall with it’s first 5* hotel and single-handedly reviving the region’s tourist industry.

Click here to read the article.

In the 10 years since that article was published, it seems that Mappin has failed in just about every grandiose aspect of his overblown dream.

What he has managed to achieve, however, is an unholy mix of personal scientology agenda (to save the world the L.Ron Hubbard way), shabby hotel and disastrous reputation. That’s quite an achievement.

You might be surprised to learn that even the most ardent critics of what the Mappins are doing seem to wish the man and his wife well. ‘If only they’d drop the scientology madness’ they say, ‘these people could have an amazing business in an incredible location.’

We agree wholeheartedly.

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  1. […] During our stay we toured with mum (Joan) visiting Truro for the cathedral, a very ‘modern’ one (built 1880-1910) the first cathedral to be built on a new site in England since Salisbury Cathedral in 1220. We braced ourselves on the Atlantic cliff tops at Tintagel looking across to the ruins of King Arthur’s Castle, and took afternoon tea at the adjacent Camelot Hotel. There’s a very interesting story to this ‘hotel’, the home of three active Scientologists of some controversy. […]



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