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    Hotel that inspired John Cleese's classic Fawlty Towers demolished

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      Hotel that inspired John Cleese's classic Fawlty Towers demolished

      Hotel that inspired John Cleese's classic Fawlty Towers demolished | UK news | The Guardian
      Retirement homes to replace Torquay hotel whose owner became the template for hopeless hotelier Basil Fawlty

      The seaside hotel in Torquay that inspired John Cleese to create the beloved British sitcom Fawlty Towers is being demolished to make way for retirement homes.

      Cleese, co-writer of the television series, stayed at the hotel in 1971 when he was in the area filming Monty Python’s Flying Circus. He and other members of the comedy team were booked into the hotel and were amazed at the chilly greeting they received from their hosts, Donald Sinclair and his wife, Beatrice.

      The other Pythons moved to another hotel but Cleese stayed on and later used the Sinclairs as templates for Basil and Sybil Fawlty. He once described Donald Sinclair as “the most wonderfully rude man I have ever met”.

      Donald Sinclair died in 1981 and the hotel changed hands. In recent years it ran Fawlty Towers-themed events and attracted a steady stream of fans from across the world who stayed there or posed for pictures outside. Beatrice Sinclair died in 2010, aged 95.

      The 41-bedroom hotel closed last year and the site is being developed by Churchill Retirement Living, which has been granted permission to build 32 retirement flats on the site.

      In its description of the development, the company says Torquay in Devon boasts a “busy harbour and an international marina that could fool you into thinking you were on the Mediterranean”. It does not mention the site’s place in British comedy history.

      Other members of the Python team have recalled their time at Gleneagles. Eric Idle returned to the hotel to find his bag had been removed and hidden behind a distant wall in the garden. Donald Sinclair apparently told him they thought it might be a bomb. Idle asked: “Why would anyone want to bomb your hotel?” To which the hotelier replied: “We’ve had a lot of staff problems lately.”

      Michael Palin recalled that Donald Sinclair “seemed to view us as a colossal inconvenience”, while his wife threatened them with a bill for a stay of two weeks even though they had checked out quickly. “But off we went with lighter hearts,” Palin added.


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      Re: Hotel that inspired John Cleese's classic Fawlty Towers demolished

      That was touted back in 2003 to turn into flats
      BBC NEWS | Thursday 21 August, 2003 | 'Fawlty' hotel may be demolished

      The actual hotel which gave John Cleese and Connie Booth inspiration was the was the Gleneagles hotel in Torquay.
      But, despite it being set in Torquay, none of it was filmed the South West.
      The outside filming of the hotel was the Wooburn Grange Country Club, Bucks.

     

     

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