It’s summer! Another school year will soon be over and millions of Brits will be heading out to enjoy the best that our country has to offer. Family holiday resorts are a popular way to enjoy the summer sun and with the British tourism industry growing thanks to interest from home and abroad, we thought we’d shine our spotlight on the businesses behind the UK’s 10 highest rated resorts*.
Potters Resort, Norfolk – Potters Leisure Ltd.
Potters Resort is the best ranked family resort in the country, with an average rating of 4.5/5 from over 4,000 visitors. The 5 star Hopton-on-Sea resort is independent of any external ownership, just one of several of our top 10 locations that prove bigger isn’t necessarily better. It’s also worth saying that Potters Leisure was incorporated in 1948, making it the longest standing company in our top 10 by some 34 years.
Incorporated: 3rd May 1948
Net worth: £15.9 million
Current assets: £7.4 million
Current liabilities: £11.5 million
Sinah Warren Hotel, Hampshire – Bourne Holidays Ltd.
Sinah Warren is the highest placed of the two Bourne Holidays hotels on our list. If you don’t see Bourne Holidays on the website, that’s because they trade under the name Warner Leisure in the UK. With a 4.5/5 star rating from 1,744 reviewers, this 3 star hotel is almost as well loved as Potters Resort.
Incorporated: 12th October 1984
Net worth: £61.7 million
Current assets: £26.7 million
Current liabilities: £99.6 million
Ladram Bay Holiday Park, Devon – FWSC (Ladram) Ltd.
Ladram Bay is the highest ranked park on our list. Rather than a self-contained hotel, Ladram Bay is made up of individual holiday lodges. While FWSC has the lowest net worth of any the top 3, it’s clearly doing something write, with current assets a healthy amount larger than its current liabilities.
Incorporated: 17th September 1998
Net worth: £8.6 million
Current assets: £2.1 million
Current liabilities: £1.7 million
The Mere Resort, Cheshire – Mere Golf & Country Club Ltd.
This 4 star resort in Cheshire is the only resort on the list to be run by a business that currently has a negative net worth. The resort nevertheless has 5 star ratings from 58% of its reviewers and is outperforming local competition as the only hotel in the top 5 located in the north of England.
Incorporated: 27th July 1983
Net worth: £-4.5 million
Current assets: £2 million
Current liabilities: £3.6 million
Foxhills, Surrey – Windsor Holdings Ltd.
Rounding out our top 5 resorts is Foxhills in the South East of England. This 4 star hotel in the countryside enjoys it’s place thanks to 699 reviews and is also the second oldest hotel on the list. Foxhills’ inclusion in the top 5 means that all top resorts bar the Sinah Warren hotel are independently owned.
Incorporated: 31st August 1982
Net worth: £81,300
Current assets: £2.4 million
Current liabilities: £3.9 million
The rest of the top 10 sees a higher number of resorts owned by larger groups. Only St. Michael’s hotel and spa, with a net worth of £456,400, is independently owned in this group. Butlins Skyline makes an appearance in 9th with their Skegness resort, while 10th place is held down by Slaley Hall, part of the QHotels group, whose net worth is by far the largest of all companies featured in the top 10.
|Resort||Location||Owned by||Net worth|
|Norton Grange Coastal Village||Isle of Wight||Bourne Holidays Ltd.||£61.7 million|
|St Michael’s Hotel & Spa||Cornwall||St Michael’s Hotel Ltd.||£456,400|
|Butlins Skegness||Lincolnshire||Butlins Skyline||£57.2 million|
|Slaley Hall||Northumberland||QHotels Holdings Ltd.||£360.8 million|
*Top 10 holiday resorts according to Tripadvisor, as of May 2017.