The Hermitage Hotel was originally a boarding house known as 'The Brookside'. Built in the 1860s, it was the home of the famous poet John Keble who lived here until his later years of life.
In 1891 Thomas Hardy the Victorian novelist and poet used 'The Brookside' as the setting for his murder scene in his novel 'Tess of the d'Urbevilles'.
In the 1900s Peter Tuck one of the founders of Bournemouth also lived in 'The Brookside'.
In 1928 the Boarding house became known as 'The White Hermitage'.
In the 1980s the hotel's name changed to 'The Hermitage’, and the hotel had several changes of ownership up to the present day, now owned by Oceana Hotels & Restaurants.
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