Channel 4’s ‘The Hotel’

There has been much speculation in the media and on social networks recently regarding Channel 4’s upcoming series, ‘The Hotel’. Fans of the show will be aware that the last two series were filmed at a nearby hotel on Belgrave Road, the Grosvenor. The show made celebrities out of people like owner-manager Mark Jenkins and receptionist Alison and had five million viewers during the last series.

We can confirm that we have been approached and agreed to become the next hotel to be featured in the series. However, beyond this we cannot say much further. For legal reasons we are not allowed to say when the series will be filmed, whether stars from the last show will be involved or not, or indeed any other details. We think it’s going to be a great show and we wouldn’t want to spoil anything for you!

We are not permitted to comment further on any of this recent speculation and media inquiries should be directed to Channel 4’s press office.

Win a Free Weekend Stay!

Here’s your chance to win a free stay at the Cavendish! All you need to do is ‘Like’ our Facebook page and ‘Share’ today’s status update offering this prize. Once you’ve done this, we will enter you into a draw on Friday 28th February and if you win you’ll get a great complimentary stay at the hotel. Please note you may need to be logged in to Facebook for these links to work.

The Brixham Wing is Grade II listed

The Cavendish Hotel

Small print: Prize is a two-night stay for two people at the Cavendish Hotel, which can be taken midweek or weekend. Extra night available at our latest special offer rate. New bookings only – may not be applied to existing bookings. No meals are included but may be added at an extra charge. Break must be taken before 7th April 2014 and is subject to availability. Some dates may be unavailable if the hotel is fully booked.

2013 Guide Launch

We’ve decided to go back into the official English Riviera guide this year, and we were really pleased to be at the launch yesterday. The new Guide looks brilliant and it’s great to be part of it.

Of course our in-house design team (aka Mr Charles Ryder) was hard at work designing the perfect advert, and now the official guide is out we’d like to show you it via the website too:

Our Riviera Guide

Our Riviera Guide

If you want a copy of the Guide, you can get one via the English Riviera website.

Thank you!

Just wanted to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who came along to our ’20 years at the Cavendish’ night. We certainly had a great time with the buffet and entertainment from Bruce and it was great to see so many friends, family, past and present employees, suppliers, guests and regulars all together. And as for the fireworks, weren’t they brilliant?

The highlight of the evening however was the auction and raffle to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West and we’re delighted that Rosa Marshall of CHSW came in today to pick up the £950 you helped us to raise:

Rosa with Joyce, Ernie and Andy and our fundraising cheque

Rosa with Joyce, Ernie and Andy and our fundraising cheque

We will post a full list of everyone who donated lots for the auction and raffle as soon as we can. In the meantime, thanks once again and here’s to the next 20 years!

Postcard from 1971

It’s amazing what you find on eBay. While listing some bargains there last week, I found this fantastic postcard of the hotel’s swimming pool from back in 1971:

The Swimming Pool, 1971

It’s surprising how little has changed – the view is almost identical. The terracotta roof at the far end of the pool is still there (though the bar was removed some time in the early 1990s), though there are now steps up to the first floor and there is now access to the gardens from a flight of steps on the right hand side. This photograph of course dates from the time when part of the building formed the old Clarence Court Hotel, so these new features date from when the hotels were amalgamated. Of course I couldn’t resist this bargain little purchase, so I bought the postcard so we could display it in reception. The back of the postcard reads:

A message from 'Willie'

A message from ‘Willie’

‘Having a nice time here the weather and the food is great. I hope it’s as nice for your holidays. Love Willie.’

I’ll keep my eyes out for more and I’ll post details of any more that I find.

Room With A View

We’ve had a busy Easter weekend, and with the NUT conference in town at the Riviera Centre we’ve barely had a quiet moment in the hotel over the last few days. So imagine how delighted we were when one of our guests checked out this morning and presented us with a picture that he has spent the last few days sketching!

The view from 220, as seen by Mr Lloyd!

The view from 220, as seen by Mr Lloyd!

The view shows many of the hotels and other buildings in the Croft Road/Shedden Hill area (such as the Allerdale and Applebys/Heritage Hotel), and the trees are on Croft Meadow which the hotel backs on to. The small buidings here belong to Torquay Lawn Tennis Club. The church dominating the hillside is St Lukes, which is clearly visible from all over the Bay.

Our thanks go to Mr Lloyd for cheering up a drizzly Easter Bank Holiday Monday!

More Decorating

Its nearly the end of February and we have been busy again. We are concentrating on bedrooms as this seems to be the area which we need to constantly update. So far this year six rooms have been redecorated and refurbished and more will be tackled each week throughout the year. We are determined to improve the hotel as much as we possibly can, within the financial limits of these difficult times. For those of you who haven’t visited for a couple of years I am sure you will see a vast improvement in both public rooms and bedrooms.

Can I also thank all those repeat guests who keep coming to stay at the hotel. It is so lovely to see so many familiar faces each week.