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Fawlty Towers hotel to be demolished

By Claire Hayhurst

The world-famous hotel which inspired Fawlty Towers is to be knocked down after developers secured permission to convert the site into a retirement home.

John Cleese based the famous sitcom on the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, Devon, after staying there with the Monty Python team in 1973.

Former owner Donald Sinclair unwittingly became the inspiration for Cleese's neurotic hotel boss Basil Fawlty.

The 41-bedroom hotel ceased trading early this year.

Churchill Retirement Living will knock down the three-star hotel and build 21 one-bed and 11 two-bedroom apartments, with a guest suite and two communal lounges.

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