Friday 24 November 2017

Fawlty Towers hotel forced to close

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Gleneagles Hotel, Torquay. The UK hotel inspired the Fawlty Towers series, but now faces closure. Photo: Wikipedia Commons
Gleneagles Hotel, Torquay. The UK hotel inspired the Fawlty Towers series, but now faces closure. Photo: Wikipedia Commons
Basil Fawlty, as portrayed by John Cleese
Prunella Scales (left), John Cleese, Connie Booth and Andrew Sachs (right) in London promoting two Fawlty Towers specials created to commemorate the 30 years Fawlty Towers Anniversary. PA
Gleneagles Hotel, Torquay. The UK hotel inspired the Fawlty Towers series, but now faces closure. Photo: Wikipedia Commons
BBC handout photo of the cast of Fawlty Towers, (L-R ) Prunella Scales as Sybil, John Cleese as Basil, Connie Booth as Polly
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The UK hotel that inspired Fawlty Towers has been forced to close after local councillors rejected a proposed rescue plan.

Plans had been prepared to convert the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay into a retirement home, but they have been rejected by councillors.

Councillors were told this week that the hotel had ceased trading.

A report said that the premises were vacant, according to the Daily Telegraph, and were likely to stay that way after its owners, Oceana Hotels, were unable to find another buyer.

Councillors rejected the retirement home plan on the basis that the design was bulky, as well as lacking character and distinctiveness.

John Cleese stayed at the hotel with the Monty Python team in 1973. He is said to have based the famous sitcom on his experience, and Basil Fawlty on Its former owner, Donald Sinclair.

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BBC handout photo of the cast of Fawlty Towers, (L-R ) Prunella Scales as Sybil, John Cleese as Basil, Connie Booth as Polly

The original Fawlty Towers cast

The hotel is due to re-open at Easter, but staff have been given the option to transfer to Oceana's other hotels in Bournemouth, and the owners are examining their options.

"We have found if we stay open, we don't make money," said Kevin Wood, MD of the Oceana.

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