Warner Leisure Hotels

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Bourne Holidays Limited trading as Warner Leisure Hotels
Private company
IndustryLeisure
HeadquartersHemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
Area served
Great Britain
ParentBourne Leisure
Websitewww.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk

Warner Leisure Hotels is a hospitality company owning 14 country and coastal properties around the UK in North Wales, Somerset, Herefordshire, Berkshire, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Hampshire and Warwickshire. Since 1994 its hotels have been adult-only.

History[edit]

Captain Harry Warner opened Northney Holiday Camp at Hayling Island in 1932. The company rebranded as Warner in 1994. After initial adult-only offerings at Bembridge, Corton and Lakeside (with their other camps remaining family oriented), since 1994 it has been a completely adult-only brand.[1]

Mill Rythe, Lyme Bay and Harcourt Sands (Originally Puckpool and St. Clare camps) were transferred to Haven Holidays in the mid 1990s.

Warner also had camps at Minster-on-Sea on the Isle of Sheppey and Dovercourt, where Hi-de-Hi! was filmed. During the 1990s it also had a brochure for Warner self-catering sites.

In 2000 Bourne Holidays Limited bought the Rank Group's holidays division, which consisted of the Warner, Butlins and Haven Holidays brands.[2] Bourne Leisure is privately owned.

List of hotels[edit]

Nidd Hall Hotel[edit]

Nidd Hall Hotel is a Grade II-listed mansion near Harrogate, Yorkshire. Set in 45 acres of parkland, the building dates back to the 1820s. It was originally the home of Benjamin Rawson, a wealthy Bradford wool merchant and is rumoured to be the place King Edward VIII was first introduced to Wallis Simpson.

Thoresby Hall Hotel[edit]

Thoresby Hall Hotel is a Grade I-listed house that sits within the 100-acre Thoresby Estate, in the heart of the area commonly known as 'Robin Hood country' in Nottinghamshire. The hotel opened in 2000 with grounds consisting of 30 acres of gardens.[3]

Thoresby Hall is a part of the Dukeries – a tract of forest belonging to the Dukes of Portland and Newcastle, and the house’s original owner, Earl Manvers.

Corton Coastal Village[edit]

Corton Coastal Village, in Corton, Suffolk, was originally part of the Colman Estate; at the end of the 19th Century Jeremiah Colman built a house called The Clyffe. Warner bought part of the estate in 1946 and began to develop it as a modern coastal holiday village.

Developments took place in 2012 with new rooms and landscaping. The village consists of chalets, beach gardens and lawns overlooking the coast.

Gunton Hall Coastal Village[edit]

Gunton Hall Coastal Village consists of chalets built around the Grade II-listed Gunton Hall that stands in 55 acres of grounds close to the Suffolk coastal town of Lowestoft.

Architect Matthew Brettingham designed the 18th-century manor hall. In 1810 the new owner, Thomas Fowler, set about building the smaller New Hall, which now serves as a reception building.

Sinah Warren Hotel[edit]

Sinah Warren Hotel, at Sinah, Hayling Island near Portsmouth, has been a Warner site since being purchased in the 1960s.[4]

Lakeside[edit]

Lakeside consists of chalets located on the coast of Hayling Island. Opened as Coronation Holiday Camp and renovated and renamed in the 1980s as Lakeside Holiday Centre.

Bembridge Coast Hotel[edit]

Bembridge Coast Hotel is on the eastern shore of the Isle of Wight, overlooking the Solent. The hotel was originally a house built in 1905 named Fuzze Freeze, but during World War II it was taken over by the Admiralty and named HMS Blazer. After the war the site became a private home before it was bought by Warner in 1965 and opened as an adults-only hotel.[5]

Norton Grange Coastal Village[edit]

Located on the Isle of Wight, Norton Grange was built in 1760, and has been a holiday destination since the 1930s, except from a spell as an operational base for the Admiralty during World War II. Warner Leisure Hotels took ownership of the site in 1966. It was known as Yarmouth Holiday Camp for a number of years before being renamed as Norton Grange in the 1990s.

Cricket St Thomas Hotel[edit]

Cricket St Thomas Hotel is a conversion of a Grade II-listed Regency mansion set in a valley in Somerset. The grounds were designed by a student of Capability Brown and the site itself has strong links with British naval history, including being the home of Admiral Lord Rodney, and later Alexander Hood. The house was converted into a hotel in the late 20th century.[6]

Littlecote House Hotel[edit]

Littlecote House Hotel in Berkshire is a Grade I-listed Tudor property with 113 acres of gardens which was bought by Warner in 1996.[7]

The first Littlecote House was built by the de Calstone family in the 14th century. Their descendent was Sir George Darrel and he expanded the mansion in the 1500s. It was later rebuilt by Sir John Popham in the 1590s.

Littlecote House is home to the Jerusalem Stairs, the Dutch Parlour, a secret passage behind the library bookcase, and the rooms where the D-Day landings were planned. Within the grounds are a Roman mosaic and the remains of Littlecote Roman Villa.

Holme Lacy House Hotel[edit]

Holme Lacy House Hotel is a Grade I-listed mansion located in the Wye Valley, near Hereford. The hotel has a nine-hole golf course which was redeveloped in 2014.

In 1674 John Scudamore, 2nd Viscount Scudamore built the mansion as it stands today, extending earlier houses built by his ancestors.

Alvaston Hall Hotel[edit]

Alvaston Hall Hotel is a half-timbered Victorian country house located near Nantwich.

In the early 1800s the property, which was then called The Grove, was sold by Crousdon Tunstall, a Quaker banker and farmer. The new owner, Francis Massey, undertook rebuilding work before the house was bought again in 1896 by Arthur Knowles, who then carried out further alterations.

Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel[edit]

Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel is a Grade II-listed Victorian folly in north-east Wales close to the Clwydian Mountains.[8] The father of Sir John Williams, first baronet of Bodelwyddan, remodelled the site's original Elizabethan house and raised the mansion. Bodelwyddan Castle was developed after 1830 when battlements, extensions and internal modifications were added by Sir John’s successors. The site was designed to look like a castle but was requisitioned by the army for nearby Kinmel Barracks where they used to practice trench warfare. The folly was also home to the National Portrait Gallery’s Victorian collection between 1988 and 2017.[9]

Studley Castle[edit]

Studley Castle is a 19th-century country house at Studley, Warwickshire, England. The Grade II* listed building was once owned by the Lyttleton family before being bequeathed by Philip Lyttleton to his niece Dorothy, who married Francis Holyoake.

Their son Francis Lyttleton Holyoake, the High Sheriff of Warwickshire in 1834, inherited Ribston Hall in Yorkshire from a business partner in 1833 and changed his name to Holyoake-Goodricke. The sale of the Yorkshire property financed the building of a new mansion at Studley. The new house, designed in Gothic Revival style by the architect Samuel Beazley, was completed in 1836.

The house was occupied by Studley College between 1903 and the early 1960s and was used as a horticultural training establishment for ladies. It later became offices for the British Leyland and Rover Group car companies.

In more recent times the Castle was converted for use as a hotel. After a £50 million refurbishment, it reopened in April 2019 as the 14th hotel in the Warner Leisure Hotels collection.[10]

Former sites[edit]

Mill Rythe Holiday Camp[edit]

This site on Hayling Island is still open.

Puckpool Holiday Camp and St Clare Holiday Camp[edit]

These two camps were next to each other and merged in the 1990s as Harcourt Sands. This site closed around 2006.

Seaton Holiday Camp[edit]

This merged with a neighbouring camp and was renamed Lyme Bay. This site has since closed and has been redeveloped as a supermarket.

Dovercourt Bay[edit]

This site in Essex was used as 'Maplins' in the BBC comedy Hi-De-Hi!. This site was badly damaged in the Great Storm of 1987 and closed shortly after.

Minster On the Isle of Sheppey.

Northney The first Warner camp on Hayling Island.

Southleigh On Hayling Island.

Woodside Bay On the Isle of Wight.

Caister

Marketing slogans[edit]

The company has used many slogans and brand messages over the years:

  • "Just for grown-ups"
  • "Exclusively for adults"
  • "No children, just big kids"
  • "Life Begins at Warner"
  • "Now's the time for a good time".

The current slogan is "We’re all grown up".

Live music and entertainment[edit]

Famous performers such as Alexander Armstrong, Martin Kemp, Billy Ocean, Lulu, Sam Bailey, Paul Potts and Russell Watson have previously or are scheduled to appear at Warner hotels.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hickman, Martin (24 October 2012). "Want to unwind at the 'best' hotel chain? Then leave the kids at home". The Independent. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  2. ^ Power, Ben (28 September 2000). "Rank says goodbye to redcoats in £700m sale". The Independent. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Sherwood opening adds to Warner's UK portfolio". Travel Weekly. 30 March 2000. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  4. ^ Walker, Karen. "A history of Hayling Island holiday camps". Hayling Island U3A. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Bembridge: making landmarks in history". Island Life Magazine. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Cricket House (1001142)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Virtual Tour: Littlecote House". BBC Wiltshire. BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Bodelwyddan Castle Trust concern at decision to sell site". BBC. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Bodelwyddan Castle's portrait gallery exhibition to close". BBC. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  10. ^ Leach, Harry (18 April 2019). "Studley Castle officially opens following £50million injection". Redditch Standard. Retrieved 13 June 2019.