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6 April
Apr 6
6th April 2018

Nothing says a holiday at the seaside like a trip to the Theatre!   The fabulous Babbacombe Theatre, just ten minutes from our resort, is in full swing for the season with its 'Starshine' show packed with talented performers. A mix of comedy, powerful vocalists and elegant energetic dancers are waiting to entertain you every Tuesday and Wednesday evening until the end of October.   Our guests are already raving about this show, and one of them even went back to see it again the following night!   Also, coming soon, for the summer season you can also immerse yourself in 'West End at the Musicals' bringing that Broadway and West End touch right to your doorstep. With extracts from 29 musical scores and songs written by great lyricists - how many will you know and sing along to?   So passionate are we about our local talent and attractions that we are thrilled to be able to offer to our guests, very special rates saving you £5.00 per ticket, including free child places, and the best available seats on the day on 'Starshine' and 'West Ends at the Musicals'.   So don't wait in the wings! Get your priority tickets by booking directly with the Osborne Apartments (not with the box office). You can do this when you arrive or during your stay. You can also book in advance if you prefer by giving us a call on  01803 209600, letting us know the dates of your stay and the show/s you wish to go to.   The offer is available to all our guests and owners to go and enjoy the two shows mentioned above!   Now this really is something to sing and dance about!          ...

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28 March
Mar 28
28th March 2018

   RIVIERA HIGHWAY   It is difficult to believe that only 200 years ago a direct coastal main road between Torquay and Paignton did not exist. Your route would have been along ancient country lanes between Cockington and Preston, rising and falling twixt hill-top and coombe, well inland from the sea. In 1840, six years before the Harveys began the construction of Hesketh Crescent and nineteen years before the railway opened to Paignton, the decision to build a coast road was made and the Torquay Turnpike Trust was formed in order to finance its creation and maintenance.   The work took two years to complete with the new turnpike road opening in 1842. The route of the road was not popular with  everyone! Henry George Cary, owner of Torre Abbey, much against his will, lost the fight to have the road routed inland of his residence and his uninterrupted view of the sea from his drawing room. It is said the decision brought about his early death, of a broken heart!           Turnpike toll gates were positioned along the road and, understandably, were very unpopular, sometimes with unforeseen consequences. Toll Gate Abuse - 1849   "A fish dealer of Brixham, named Hudson, committed a serious assault on a female collector of tolls at the Solomon's Post turnpike gate last month. He has, it appears, been in the habit of very frequently passing the gate without paying. The woman was closing the gate when Hudson drove over her and she lies in a very dangerous state."   A section of the early road under Rock Walk, together with its associated toll gate can be seen in the illustration above. The turnpike and associated tolls came to an end in 1874 and speedier movement gradually developed. However, there would be many further obstructions to overcome both before and after that date.   Obstruction of the Highway "The Surveyor of the turnpike roads has given notice that for the future, he shall impound all cattle found straying on the turnpike roads and proceed with them as the law directs."   In conclusion, with regard to 'obstruction', it was a fateful warning that dear Henry Cary gave in defence of his recommendation for an inland route, that Easterly gales would cause regular disruption to the road, on in to the future. How right he was!          The Torquay Turnpike today Henry George Cary R.I.P      Guest Article by Local Historian John Risdon. Keep an eye on our page for more snippets of local history!            ...

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27 March
Mar 27
27th March 2018

Did you know you could own your own little piece of the English Riviera from just £500*? We have a  range of stunning apartments, many with unrivalled sea views, at various times of the year which makes our holiday membershic scheme the ideal option if you would like to enjoy everything our resort has to offer on a long-term basis.Simply choose the time of year you wish to stay and the style of accommodation you require and your  holiday home is yours to use every year* All you need to do is turn up! We do the rest!And if you fancy a change of scene one year, you can do that too! By joining one of our recommended Exchange Companies, you can take holidays anywhere in the world whenever you fancy [additional charges may apply].Our Latest Holiday Membership Opportunities to take advantage of the summer months:Apartment 7 - Week 30 (late July)Large family-sized apartment with three bedroomsNow only £3000 (annual fee £673.14) Apartment 72 - Week 35 (August Bank Holiday)One bedroom sleeps 4. Stunning sea view, first floor apartments£3500.00 ono (annual fee only £559.09)Apartment 41- Week 36 (first week of September)One bedroom with a study room, sleeps 5.  Stunning sea views from the third floorListed at £500 ono (annual fee £502.07)Apartment 1 - Week 28 (early July) Stunning ground floor apartment, one bedroom, sleeps 4. Own entrance £3000.00 ono (annual fee only £502.07)The above prices give you the deed to your chosen apartment week. This is then yours to use for yourself, friends or family and includes use of the resort facilities including indoor and outdoor pool (outdoor pool is seasonal)The adjacent hotel has a stunning restaurant and outdoor dining terrace and all our owners and guests benefit from a range of discounts both at the hotel and at other local establishments.Once you become an owner with us, there is an annual maintenance charge which ensures that your apartment is always beautifully appointed and well-equipped and that our picturesque grounds are always highly maintained.Why not find out more? Our team are here 7 days a week and ready to welcome you for coffee and a chat and to show your round our beautiful resort. Alternatively give us a call and we can talk through your options with you....

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18 March
Mar 18
18th March 2018

Due to further unforeseen heavy snow in Torbay, we have made the decision to close our Reception Office early this afternoon to allow our staff to return home safely.   For weather and travel updates you can check out the local news website here:   Our offices should be open as normal tomorrow from 9am.   If you have any urgent queries in the meantime, please call us on 07790 465361.   Many thanks   The Osborne Apartments Team...

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7 March
Mar 7
7th March 2018

We are currently making some very exciting updates to our office systems to make it even easier for guests to book their holidays online!   Our staff are busy behind the scenes preparing to make this happen and we will be up and running in the next couple of days.   In the meantime, if you wish to book a holiday, enquire about availability and prices, or any other general queries relating to any aspect of your holiday:   Give us a call on 01803 209600 Or email us at holidays@osborneapartments.co.uk   Many thanks,   The Osborne Apartments Team        ...

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