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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.
Captain Harry Warner opened Northney Holiday Camp at Hayling Island in 1932, this camp would eventually close for housing development. In 1937 he opened Coronation Holiday Camp, now known as Lakeside Coastal Village, and purchased Sinah Warren in the 1960s. Warner Holidays purchased Mill Rythe Holiday Camp, formally known as Sunshine Holiday Camp and owned by Butlins, which is now owned by AwayResorts. Seaton Holiday Camp was merged with the neighbouring Blue Waters Camp in the 1990s to become Lyme Bay Holiday camp.
After initial adult-only offerings at Bembridge, Corton and Lakeside (with their other camps remaining family oriented) Warner Holidays became a completely adult-only brand in 1994.
Mill Rythe, Lyme Bay and Harcourt Sands (Originally Puckpool and St. Clare camps) were transferred to Haven Holidays in the mid 1990s. All three were later sold off by with Lyme Bay and Harcourt Sands closing down in the early 2000s.
List of hotels
Nidd Hall Hotel
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 and then a Yellands Chalet Hotel before it was bought by Warner in 1965 and subsequently opened as an adults-only hotel in 1979.
Norton Grange Coastal Village
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 from Yellands Chalet Hotels 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
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.
Littlecote House Hotel
The first Littlecote House was built by the de Calstone family in the 14th century. Their descendant, Sir George Darrel, 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
In 1674 John Scudamore, 2nd Viscount Scudamore built the mansion as it stands today, extending earlier houses built by his ancestors.
Alvaston Hall Hotel
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
Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel is a Grade II-listed Victorian folly in north-east Wales close to the Clwydian Mountains. 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.
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.
Mill Rythe Holiday Camp
Originally called Sunshine Holiday Camp, purchased in the 1980s.This site on Hayling Island is still open and owned and operated by Away Resorts.
Puckpool Holiday Camp and St Clare Holiday Camp
These two camps were next to each other and merged in the 1990s as Harcourt Sands. This site closed around 2006.
Seaton Holiday Camp
This merged with a neighbouring Blue Waters camp and was renamed Lyme Bay. This site has since closed and has been redeveloped as a supermarket.
On the Isle of Sheppey.
The first Warner camp on Hayling Island.
On Hayling Island.
On the Isle of Wight, near Pontins Little Canada. Only open for less than 20 years and demolished after closure. Now the site of a holiday park.
Caister on Sea Holiday Park, near Great Yarmouth is still operational and part of Haven Holidays.
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
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- "Virtual Tour: Littlecote House". BBC Wiltshire. BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "Bodelwyddan Castle Trust concern at decision to sell site". BBC. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
- "Bodelwyddan Castle's portrait gallery exhibition to close". BBC. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
- Leach, Harry (18 April 2019). "Studley Castle officially opens following £50million injection". Redditch Standard. Retrieved 13 June 2019.