A woman living next to a Premier Inn says she doesn’t want to live in her house anymore after her kids have been exposed to multiple sex acts in the hotel windows.

Amelia Francis, who lives in the Kingsmere Estate in Bicester, said she has been plagued by the unnecessary views from her property since the hotel underwent a 56-room extension, a proposal which was approved in 2018 and completed in 2019.

The 42-year-old mother of three claims she can see sexual activity through any given one of the 16 windows visible from her property, as often as every other night.

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Miss Francis said: “Adults do adult things, but I do not want my kids looking innocently out of their home and seeing…all that.

“I have to tell my 12-year-old daughter to keep the blinds down when she’s in the kitchen, and to keep her curtains closed in her bedroom.

“I shouldn’t be closed in like this, and neither should my kids. I want to leave the house, I don’t want to be here. It’s not a family home, I don’t feel safe in my house.”

Miss Francis’s neighbour, Sarah Louise Barton, is also concerned about a lack of privacy.

She said: “I have to keep my curtains closed because if they’re open it’s a free for all. The guests in that hotel can see through the whole of my house, and from my bedroom window I can see through at least 10 of the hotel’s windows.

“It’s especially bad at night, when the lights are on and everybody can see everything.”

Miss Louise Barton also commented on her neighbour’s emotional state.

She said: “When I spoke to Amelia the other day she was very emotional. Her daughter has to keep the curtains closed in her bedroom.

“There has to be a two-way system here, the hotel is in a residential area, so they should have stricter guidelines for their guests to abide by. They could at least have tinted windows.”

Miss Francis said she had been over to the hotel a few times to raise the issue and try to get it resolved.

A spokesperson for Premier Inn said: “This is the first time in the four years the extension has been open we’re aware of a complaint from a neighbour.

“It is definitely the first complaint of this nature, and our team were happy to speak to the neighbour to try to resolve.

“Clearly, we’re sorry the neighbour had an issue that gave rise to her visiting the hotel and we hope it’s an isolated one.

“All our hotels already have a guide to kindness within all our hotels urging people to be considerate to those around them, which covers this off.”


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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