Waugh Venue to be Converted into Houses

The Easton Court Hotel where Waugh wrote several books, including most of Brideshead Revisited, is being turned into two private houses according to the Western Morning News. The owners tried unsuccessfully to sell it as a hotel for 1 1/2 years and even reduced the price in their attempts to find new owners, but their efforts were unsuccessful. See earlier post. According to the Devon-based paper:

Owners Paul and Debra Witting have now requested planning permission to convert the property into two residential homes. The property consists of two main buildings, a 15th century longhouse and a 1920s build which served as the hotel. Easton Court Hotel has seen many famous guests over the years including John Betjeman, John Steinbeck, Patrick Leigh Fermor and Evelyn Waugh, who died in 1966.

It was Waugh who recommended the venue in the village of Chagford to Leigh Fermor and both attended the funeral of one of the previous owners, Carolyn Posthlewaite Cobb, an American.

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