Harry Potter star closes boutique hotel after poor profits


Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has closed his boutique hotel after the business achieved a profit of just over £2,000 in 4 years.

The actor, who is famous for playing Ron Weasley in the hit films, opened the £150-a-night hotel, Rigsby’s Guest House in Hertford in April 2011.

It has now been forced to close after recording its first profit of £2,014 at the end of 2014.

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The hotel wasn’t short of publicity – it won an episode of Channel 4’s Four in a Bed in 2013 – but now the closure has been confirmed on the hotel’s Facebook page by manager Morris Cockman.

The Grade-II listed property was bought by Rupert’s parents Nigel and Joanne for £975,000 in 2003, and while Nigel is the director of Rigsby Guest House Limited, Rupert is the only shareholder.

Rigsby’s Piano Bar, a restaurant still open behind the hotel, is set up the same way.

Accounts for Rigsby’s Piano Cafe Limited put it £28,047 in profit at the end of 2014.

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