The Sackville Hotel, Background and History. Even before I write the first word of a novel, there is one important task I have to accomplish. Research, which enlightens the author, to interesting facts and the history of places, buildings and people related to the novel. Some of which will be blended into the story but most of it will be discarded.
Today I would like to share some of The Sackville’s history. (Full story)
The Sackville Hotel opened in 1890 and was the first luxury hotel, (155 guest rooms with palatial common areas), to take its place along Bexhill-on-Sea’s sea front. In the twelve years that followed, Bexhill developed into a resort for the titled and wealthy. The name Sackville came from the De La Warr family name. The hotel was developed by the 7th Earl from a row of small houses, the corner house was, for a time, home to the Earl’s son Viscount Cantelupe.
In 1897 the hotel was sold and renovated by Frederick Hotels Ltd. who would own it for the next sixty years. Requisitioned during the second world war for use by the Royal Air Force and Army, it was hit by several bombs, which almost destroyed the hotel. It was eventually sold in 1956 to be reopened as a hotel in 1957, only to be closed for the last time in 1959. In 1963 it was bought and converted into luxury apartments. Fifty-two years later The Sackville, now stands as a complex of luxury, retirement apartments with a variety of amenities. Discover Bexhill for full details.
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