My 1740 house has two steep staircases, together with steep stone steps up into the main garden where there is a 10ft drop from a flower bed into a courtyard. My house rules/settings have always said no children under ten or infants.
A cautionary tale; my second set of guests mentioned a ten year old. After booking, she sent me another photo with an toddler in it, as well as her daughter. When I queried this, with my description of unsafe stairs, she begged me to let them come, with assurances she would supervise, was a great parent etc etc etc. I fell for it but she wasn’t a good parent.
She left the toddler sleeping whilst they had a “rare” breakfast together. The daughter chose (?) to sit in my kitchen to eat. The toddler woke up, came to find them and promptly fell down the stairs. If I had not both heard and caught him, he would have smashed his head on marble floor tiles.
I was enraged, and read both parents the riot act of my expectations of child supervision. Her revenge was to leave the bathroom trashed, dirty nappies on the floor, sabotage the bath tub drainage which flooded into the dining room below and damaged the original ceiling plaster. As for her review, thankfully it was so viciously bonkers, that future guest saw through it, often laughing at her “we arrived early and felt like we were intruding”. But I am still suffering from her 2*s from two years ago. The review is well buried by now, but it still effects my overall standing.
No longer faint hearted, I use the experience to illustrate “NO”, when pushy parents still think they are such special parents, I should allow their children to stay.