Center Parcs UK


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Center Parcs is a leading operator of short-break holiday villages in woodland and water settings in the UK.

The Center Parcs concept of offering year-round short-breaks (on top of the long breaks during the traditional holiday season) was first pioneered in the Netherlands in the 1960s.

The villages are targeted at ABC1 families with young children, young professionals, and empty nesters.

A Center Parc holiday village typically covers 400 acres and incorporates around 800 accommodation facilities including lodges and a variable mix of apartments, hotel rooms, luxury treehouses, and spa suites. A transparent dome-covered subtropical swimming paradise lies at the heart of each site.

Each village has a choice of bars, restaurants, and shops; a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports and leisure facilities; and an Aqua Sana spa. The food offer includes Bella Italia, Café Rouge, Strada, Dining, Lakeview Restaurant, Dexters Kitchen, Hucks American diner, Pancake House, Ortega tapas bar, Rajinda Pradesh, Starbucks, Zilli Café, Sports Café, Canopy Café & Bar, Forester’s Inn, Grand Café and Lakeside Inn.

Each site has a unique feature that ranges from Whinfell Forest’s protected red squirrel population to the Grand Cascade Rapid ride at Sherwood Forest.

The group passed through a number of hands (including Scottish & Newcastle, Deutsche Bank Capital Partners and Collins Stewart) before it was acquired in 2006 by US investment firm Blackstone Group.

Ownership is now divided between Blackstone (92.4%), Royal Bank of Scotland (5.9%) and management (1.7%). The UK business is now quite separate from Center Parcs Europe, although the two companies have a shared history.

Key People:

Chief executive officer Martin Dalby
Executive chairman Martin Robinson
Finance director Paul Inglett
Sales and marketing director Colin Whaley
Operations director Graham White
Commercial director Paul Kent



Center spreads

Operating Data:

Number of holiday villages four open, one in development

Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Elveden Forest, Suffolk
Longleat Forest, Wiltshire
Oasis Whinfell Forest, Cumbria
Woburn Forest, Bedfordshire (to open in late 2013)

Accommodation All offer holiday lodges: various sites offer apartments, treehouses, hotel rooms and spa suites.

Financial Snapshot:

Full year (ending 26 April 2012)

£291.7 (2011: £290.5m)
Ebitda £133.6m (2011: £130.3m)
Pre-tax profit before exceptional items £32m (2011: £26.8m)
Pre-tax profit after exceptional items -£47.9m (2011: +£15m,)


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