Harry Potter actor shuts hotel after failing to make a profit

By Sophie Witts contact

- Last updated on GMT

Source: Google
Source: Google
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has closed his boutique hotel after it made just £2,014 profit in four years.

The actor, best known for his role as Ron Weasley in the hit films, opened the £150 a night Rigsby’s Guest House in Hertford in April of 2011.

The hotel won an episode of the Channel 4 show Four in a Bed in 2013 and was named best value for money by other B&B owners.

It has been popular with guests as well as on television, with a five-star rating on TripAdvisor with only ‘Excellent’ and ‘Very Good’ rankings.

Several reviews described the hotel as 'beautiful', 'charming' and 'the best B&B'.

But it has been forced to close after ‘not making enough money’ with the £2014 reportedly the first profit it had made in four years, according to The Mirror.

Hotel manager Morris Cockman posted a message confirming the closure on the hotel’s Facebook page.

He said: “I would like to thank everybody for your support over the years.”

The Grade II listed property was bought outright by Grint’s parents Nigel and Joanne for £875,000 in 2003. Nigel is the director of Rigsby’s Guest House Limited but Rupert, 27, is its only shareholder.

Rigsby’s Piano Café, a restaurant that remains open behind the former hotel, is under the same arrangement.

The family are reportedly considering converting the hotel, which dates back to 1750, in to flats.

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