The Sackville Hotel, Bexhill

The Sackville Hotel 1910
The Sackville Hotel 1910

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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Susan Jennings

Susan A Jennings: Author teacher and founder of Just for Writers providing workshops, retreats and groups for writers and founding member of The Ottawa Story Spinners a local writers group, who have published five volumes of the Black Lake Chronicles a collection of eclectic stories and articles. Susan likes to be involved in the local writing community and is currently the Past-President of Ottawa Independent Writers. Originally from the UK Susan is a long-time resident of Ottawa. She writes and publishes, short stories and cozy mysteries. Several of her short stories are e-published and the Blue Heron Mysteries, Books 1&2, which is a collection of Hannah Wilton (amateur sleuth) mysteries are available on Kobo and Amazon as e-books. Her new historical fiction, The Blue Pendant will be available as a paperback and e-book late November or early December

7 thoughts on “The Sackville Hotel, Bexhill”

  1. Hi Susan. I bought the Sackville Hotel Trilogy and am reading it with great interest. I moved into a retirement flat in The Sackville Apartments (the former hotel) towards the end of March 2021, so am still finding my way about. It amuses me to try and imagine what the building would have been like when it was a hotel. I wonder whether you ever visited here, or are your descriptions based on poetic license?

  2. Hi Susan ~ Like a detective, I love doing research and really enjoyed reading about the different incarnations of the Sackville Hotel. As you suggested, I sent off Small Veg to the Writer’s Digest Contest. Now must work on a blog. How I wish I understood the ins and outs of blogs, websites, etc. like you do!

    Audrey

    1. Audrey, Pleased you enjoyed the blog. Understanding technology, websites and blogs is a mystery, I just do it. Start small using a template, inexpensive and functional for authors. I recommend WordPress, have your blog as part of your website. If I can help next time you are over here let me know and I’d be happy to help you set it up. I’m also working on a newsletter, should be out today or tomorrow.

      1. Susan, you are amazing. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Would be willing to pay a little, too. My goal is to have a blog as part of my website, just as you suggested. Will be most interested to read your newsletter.

  3. Hi Susan ~ Like a detective, I love doing research and really enjoyed reading about the different incarnations of the Sackville Hotel. As you suggested, I sent off Small Veg to the Writer’s Digest Contest. Now must work on a blog. How I wish I understood the ins and outs of blogs, websites, etc. like you do!

    Audrey

    1. Audrey, Pleased you enjoyed the blog. Understanding technology, websites and blogs is a mystery, I just do it. Start small using a template, inexpensive and functional for authors. I recommend WordPress, have your blog as part of your website. If I can help next time you are over here let me know and I’d be happy to help you set it up. I’m also working on a newsletter, should be out today or tomorrow.

      1. Susan, you are amazing. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Would be willing to pay a little, too. My goal is to have a blog as part of my website, just as you suggested. Will be most interested to read your newsletter.

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