Our family owns a small terraced house on the Dorset coast which we have used for decades as a holiday home. The building itself is probably 200 years old and had become quite run down, with a severe damp problem amongst other things, so we completely refurbished it last year at some considerable expense.
Previously, several people had complained about the damp causing breathing problems and my girlfriend appeared to develop asthma a couple of years back after spending 3 weeks on holiday in the house.
As part of the building works, therefore, we ensured the building was made as dry as possible (I don't think it has a damp course as it is too old for one) and was completely replastered in special lime plaster to prevent damp. In addition, central heating was installed and the house is much warmer throughout the winter. We thought as a result that the damp problem had been cured and my girlfriend and I have returned on several occasions with no difficulties.
However, both an adult friend who visited the house a few weeks back and the 3-year-old son of friends who stayed there this weekend have suffered such severe asthma attacks they have been admitted to A&E. Both do have allergy problems so does this seem like coincidence or could it be linked to the house? If so, what can we do about it? There are a couple of cupboards that don't seem to have been replastered and still smell musty so could they be causing it?
Help! It's such a lovely place that we want to be able to allow friends and family to use it but don't feel we can recommend it if it's going to make everyone sick.