Four star hotel under new ownership

Nick Taplin

Nick Taplin

A south west based four-star hotel and health club is now owned by the local businessman and entrepreneur who had the original vision for its transformation.

Following a deal to buy out Sanguine Hospitality, Nick Taplin, who lives in Wrington, North Somerset has secured control of DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

Nick and business partner Caroline Wilce, with continued backing from Downing Investment, will now operate the Congresbury-based venue under Black & White Hospitality.

Previously owned by Sanguine Hospitality, of which Taplin is still a director, the deal has seen the entrepreneur buy out the stake held by the specialist hotel development company to take full control of the venue.

Taplin will now resume control to ensure Cadbury House, which has undergone a £26-million redevelopment since he got involved back in 2003.

Nick said: “It’s been one incredible journey and to now effectively own Cadbury House is an amazing feeling. It’s taken a while to sink in but was the right thing to do.

“The hard work will now go on to make sure Cadbury House remains one of the leading venues in the South West and it’s business as usual with what is a very strong management team.

“It is also the right time for my two general managers, Jason Eaton and Colin Badcock to step up to more senior roles within the business and sit with the main board.”

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