Botleigh Grange Hotel in Southampton went into administration.

Her wedding venue went pop – if only she’d done a credit check

A bride to be has lost her £5,500 deposit for her wedding reception when Botleigh Grange Hotel in Southampton went into administration.

Sasha Miles was reported in the Daily Mail to have planned her wedding day with Fraser Monahan of Hampshire for May this year. They paid up the hefty deposit in January but soon afterwards the hotel went bust and was placed in administration on January 13, 2020.

If she had spent £3.85 with Checkaco she would have spotted the warning signals as the venue was already seeking administration with Neil Bennett and Andrew Duncan, Directors at Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group. The hotel is now up for sale as a going concern but it is unlikely Sasha will get her money back as the new owners are under no obligation to honour the booking.

Ian Carrotte of Checkaco is a member of the Axbridge Chamber of Commerce. He founded the firm when a Wiltshire based Hot Air Ballooning firm went under in 2013 taking up to £1m worth of prepayments. If their potential customers like Ian had known the background to the company they would never have paid deposits for balloon flights. For £3.85 you can check out a company that you are about to pay a large deposit to find out if they are financially OK. For details