Tollymore’s famous hermitage was built by the 2nd Earl of Clanbrassil during the 18th century. It was a memorial to his friend the Marquise of Monthermer who died in 1770.
In the past it was fashionable to have in your garden a place of retreat that was seen to look natural.
This is one of the gothic features of Tollymore Park. In the 18th and 19th century it became popular to look back at Medieval times and so many architectural features took on a gothic style.
This photo shows the interior where, in the 1800s tea would have been brought to the ladies and gentlemen relaxing at the Hermitage.
The ladies would have sat in the tea room while the men fished in the river. There would have been quite a distance between Tollymore House and the Hermitage.