Weary travelers wanting to curl up in bed with a good passage from Deuteronomy should probably not stay at The Dameson Dene Hotel in England’s Lake District.
The hotel’s owner, Jonathan Denby, has replaced the handy Holy Bible in nightstand drawers for some thing a little steamier: the erotic S&M story of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
“I was thinking originally of putting in a book by Ayn Rand — ‘Atlas Shrugged’ was my first thought,” Denby told NBC News.“[But] because everybody is reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ we thought it would be a hospitable thing to do, to have this available for our guests, especially if some of them were a little bit shy about buying it because of its reputation.”
The Dameson Dene, located in the “tranquil Lyth Valley” is “perfect for those who crave a quiet break away,” according to its website.
Naturally, the nearby vicar is none to pleased about the swap.
“It is a great shame that Bibles have been removed from rooms and very inappropriate to have been replaced by an explicit erotic novel,” Rev. Michael Woodcock told the local Westmorland Gazette. “The Bible remains a source of comfort and inspiration that many people do find helpful.”
Denby said that people in England and the United States are not pleased with the idea of the switch: “We’ve had quite a few e-mails quoting the scriptures to us and suggesting that it would be a good thing to put the Bible back,” he said.
Not to worry, evangelists: The Bible is still available at the hotel’s front desk for those wanting more of a Jesus Christ tale than a story of Christian Grey getting tail.