THE owners of a hotel near St Austell have hit out at "thoughtless and inconsiderate" vandals who went joy riding in their golf buggy and then set it alight.
Boscundle Manor owners Sharon and David Parker could not believe it when they learnt what had happened.
The blazing buggy was discovered in a children's playing field in Boscoppa Road last Tuesday morning – less than 24 hours after the hotel had paid to fit the vehicle with a new tyre.
As a result staff and guests face an uphill struggle.
Mrs Parker said: "My poor chambermaids have to carry all the towels and bed linen up a very steep lane."
Years back the hoteliers bought the golf buggy so their five-strong team did not have to repeatedly make the steep five-minute trek laden with laundry.
The golf buggy is also used to transport disabled and frail wedding guests around the rural grounds and to move luggage to the hotel's honeymoon suite and cottages.
"We even offered wedding guests the opportunity to ride on the golf buggy if they had come wearing too high heels.
"They must have hot-wired the buggy as they definitely didn't have the key and joy ridden it up the lane, along the road and then onto the playing field."
The couple were told the vehicle had been discovered in the playing field and was a burnt-out wreck. The vehicle is not covered on the couple's insurance and would cost between £2,000 and £3,000 to replace.
"It will make it impossible to cater for disabled people at our weddings now.
"I have not got any problem with people having fun but I would say think about your actions before you do something.
"The work of a chambermaid is incredibly hard and anything to make their lives easier I would want to provide. Whoever has taken the golf buggy has certainly not thought it through. To take it to a children's play area in the first place is wrong. Then there is the inconvenience of the people who have to remove it and the inconvenience to the people who work hard for a living. Perhaps they don't work and don't realise that life is not so easy for those who do have jobs."
Mr and Mrs Parker are now installing CCTV.