"'Fawlty' hotel on sale for £1.5m"
published on news.bbc.co.uk on Friday, 3 December 2004
Tuesday, 7 December 2004

The Gleneagles Hotel which inspired Fawlty Towers is for sale for £1.5 million

The Devon hotel which inspired the classic BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers has gone on sale for more than £1.5m.

Show creator John Cleese based the character of Basil Fawlty on Donald Sinclair, a former owner of the Hotel Gleneagles, in Torquay.

In March councillors rejected plans to knock down the three-star hotel to make way for 25 luxury flats.

Gleneagles went on the market this week and has already generated "quite a bit of interest" say the agents.

'Strong link'

Cleese was said to have described Mr Sinclair - who died in 1981 - as "the most wonderfully rude man I have ever met".

Peter Addyman, from estate agents Christie and Co, said: "With its strong link to the television series and very high repeat business, we are expecting a good level of interest from prospective buyers."

The hotel has 41 en suite bedrooms, a heated outdoor pool, jacuzzi and solarium.

Fawlty Towers has proved to be one of the most enduring sitcoms in TV history.

Despite only running for 12 episodes, it regularly tops polls of favourite TV shows.