From Exeter at the end of the M5, follow signs to Torbay taking the A38 and A380 past Newton Abbot. Entering the outskirts of Torquay the dual carriageway passes the Willows shopping centre [Sainsbury's & Marks & Spencer] if you wish to buy groceries en-route.
Continue through 5 sets of traffic lights, then get in the right hand lane. At the next set of traffic lights [by Halfords store on your right], take the right hand turn to the Seafront. If you miss this turning and keep going straight on, follow signs to SEAFRONT and HARBOUR, not Town Centre.
Go down to the Seafront and turn left [If travelling from Totnes or Paignton you join up at this point]. Continue on the Seafront road to the Harbour, passing the Princess Theatre on your right and then Hoopers & Debenhams on the left.
At the Clock Tower turn left and at the next set of traffic lights turn right.
Follow this road up over the brow of the hill and down the other side; the road widens and the gates to The Osborne are in front of you.
Drive in and park. The Osborne Club Reception is situated in House 5. Additional parking is available at the rear: return out of the gates and turn right
Alternative Route avoiding Newton Abbot to Torquay main road
The road between Newton Abbot and Torquay can be very busy during the day and your journey may take longer than planned. There is an alternative route.
Continue on the A380 after Telegraph Hill (where the A38 splits to Plymouth) for about 10 miles.
Take the Ware Barton Exit, and then the A381 to Teignmouth, keeping the river on your right.
After 4 miles turn right onto the Shaldon Bridge, signposted A379 to Torquay.
Follow the coastal road until the outskirts of Torquay. Go straight across 2 roundabouts, following signs to Kent's Cavern and going past the Palace Hotel on your left (remember the 30mph speed limit).
After St Matthias church on your left, turn left down Ilsham Road, past the shops, through the valley and along to the far end of Meadfoot Beach.
The Osborne entrance is a sharp right just up the hill (13 miles from 1st exit).
The good news is work starts on the new road between Newton Abbot and Torquay in late 2012.