A fitting tribute to The Gleneagles Hotel and the memory of Andrew Sachs.
The Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay was the inspiration for the creation of Fawlty Towers. John Cleese, in fact, stayed at the hotel with the Monty Python Team in 1972 and it is thought he based Basil’s character on the owner at the time.
The hotel was demolished in 2015 and the site was later redeveloped by Churchill Retirement Living. The development itself is named Sachs Lodge in memory of the late Andrew Sachs, fondly remembered by many for his role as Manuel in the sitcom and who passed away in 2016.
The Blue Plaque was officially unveiled by the Chairman of Torbay Council, Mrs Anne Brooks and Churchill’s Regional Managing Director, James Barnes.
Sachs Lodge is a collection of 33 one and two bedroom privately owned retirement apartments and shared facilities, designed exclusively for the over 60s. Located on Asheldon Road, the development enjoys views across the dramatic Lyme Bay and is also within a short walk of Ilsham Green a grassy expanse leading straight down to the sea and part of the South West Coast Foot Path.
Offering quality retirement accommodation and safe and independent living, the development is in a convenient location close to local shops and amenities. Apartments boast spacious rooms throughout and are an ideal combination of design and functionality. The fully fitted, stylish kitchens include a built in fridge and freezer, hob and an oven, which is located at an easy-reach height. All of the properties benefit from illuminated light switches for added convenience. Owners also enjoy ultimate peace of mind from a fitted camera entry system for the highest level of security and a 24 hour emergency call system.