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Pelham House

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Lewes, East Sussex View map Visit website
Rating 4.7 out of 5
   23 reviews
Starting at £2,080
50 to 150 Guests

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Starting at £2,080
50 to 150 Guests

Situated in the heart of the charming town of Lewes, just over an hour from central London and 25 minutes from Brighton, Pelham House is a beautiful 16th-century townhouse that has undergone an incredible transformation into a luxurious wedding venue combining the opulence and grandeur of a country manor with the sophistication and finesse of a private club. Every little detail has been carefully considered and the whole property is exclusively yours for your special day, from the celebration rooms with ornate original features and striking lighting to the tranquil gardens, framed by rolling countryside and the East Sussex clifftops. And with the convenience of a train station just a few minutes away and stylish accommodation for you and up to 56 guests, all your friends and family can join in the celebration.

Getting ready at Pelham House will be an event in itself. Hidden away in The Courthope Mews is The Dressing Room, a luxurious space where you can put the finishing touches to your look, spend some quality time with your nearest and dearest and catch a glimpse of your guests arriving in the courtyard below. As they make their way into the house, they will be met by a sweeping staircase and striking hand-painted trompe-l'œil mural on the ceiling, and perhaps a glass of Champagne or two.

For intimate civil ceremonies, the chic Goring ceremony room is the perfect location. Original bay windows let the light stream in and offer views of the colourful garden beyond, creating a setting of pure romance. In the warmer months, wander along the flower-lined aisle to The Gazebo while your guests take a seat on the lawn and exchange your vows al fresco as you drink in your picturesque and peaceful surroundings.

When you enter The Blencowe Room for your wedding breakfast, you’ll be captivated by the grand marble pillars and intricate original wood panelling, all brought to life with dazzling feature lighting. The expert chefs will help you create the perfect wedding breakfast, from spectacular sharing boards to fine dining feasts, and there’s plenty of room for a band and dancing too. Enjoying drinks in The Garden Room or out on the terrace as the sun goes down is a memory that will last a lifetime.

Once the night has come to a close, spanning an entire wing of the house, your romantic Pelham Suite awaits. It has its own spacious lounge area, a pristine en-suite complete with an inviting free-standing bath, and an opulent bedroom that exudes elegance and luxury. With space for up to 56 guests in the house, your loved ones can spend the night in style too, before meeting for breakfast and reliving your special day.

Pelham House are doing everything they can to help you book with confidence. Get in touch today to find out more about their promise.

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
Unusual Weddings
Stately Home
Historic
Civil Ceremony Licence
In the City
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities

Overnight Accommodation:

Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests

Venue Staff Assistance:

Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Wedding Coordinator

Other Features:

Disabled Facilities
Confetti Permitted
Pets Welcome

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    Penelope B. Married on 13/11/2020
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    Disgraceful lack of customer service

    Sadly a wedding we were due to attend from overseas was cancelled due to the pandemic and then transferred to 2022 we requested a refund as we will not travel to the UK as we ate both high risk all other hotels refunded straight away not Pelham House no empathy or understanding alongside disgraceful emails telling us when we could travel ! Very disappointed not at all the standard we expected all about the money what a shame - customer service will ensure establishments survive this pandemic
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    Rebecca G.
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    Perfection

    Pelham House were absolutely brilliant! The team are so professional and helpful.
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    Paul Married on 01/12/2019
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    From a professional DJ's point of view

    I'm Paul McCarthy and I run a wedding DJ business, Those Party People. I've worked at Pelham House for many years and know the venue very well. These are my thoughts from a professional wedding DJ point of view. Since Artemis Venue Services have taken over, I've seen P-H transformed into the perfect wedding venue. The outdoor ceremony area is stunning, the indoor area is beautifully decorated and the perfect romantic setting for your big day. The Blencowe suite is an amazing place for your guests to dance the night away. The room is big enough for a large dance floor and plenty of tables and chairs.

    The Food

    I've eaten many times at Pelham House and I can honestly say this is where they excel, the attention to detail on every aspect of your wedding breakfast will be amazing, from serving the food to the meal itself. It will have your friends and family talking about how amazing it was for years to come.

    A lot of concerns I hear about venues when meeting clients is the sound limiter.

    Council regulations mean that most venues in Sussex have a limiter fitted. Most limiters are set to 85 to 90dbs. Pelham House is set to 95dbs, do some research to see how much that extra 5dbs means. You will find it's a lot. I've never tripped the limiter and the guests have never asked me to turn up the volume

    My past clients who have had their wedding at Pelham House have been very happy with every aspect of their wedding day. If you are looking for a wedding venue in the Lewes area, you can do no better than book with Pelham House. I am more than happy for you to contact me to discuss this review.
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    Boma Married on 17/08/2019
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    Food good venue management needs work!

    I want to start if by saying the refurbishment was fab and galloping gourmets head chef Adam lived up to our expectations!
    As for Pelham house I’m afraid there were a few issues you need to be aware of if you are considering having your wedding here.
    1- They have sound limiters which cut off your band or dj if it goes over their specified level. The venue neglected to inform us of this, till we had the sound cutting out during a very crucial part of our wedding which we cannot go back in time to re-run!

    2- If you take exclusive hire, your guests don’t have access to their rooms till 3pm.
    The House keeping team tried to clean the bridal prep room whilst I was getting dressed, once I went down for my ceremony they went back in and moved my belongings, which they threw on the the floor of the bridal suite and they lost a priceless family heirloom, an expensive watch was in the corner near a bin!

    3- The management team have an inability to accept responsibility, or apologies, let alone show any level of empathy when they had clearly omitted so much in the push to get us to sign up
    They talk of flexibility but the reality is that they are not flexible, the timings for the venue are created only to work in their favour!
    My suggestion is more diversity in the management team!
    Find a way to work with the owner of the property next to Pelham because he’s the reason behind the noise restrictions!
    Last but not least - all you prices should be inclusive of VAT! It is very naughty of you to not highlight this till the very last pages in your brochures!
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    Jack Married on 11/03/2017
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    Thank you

    Thanks to the staff at Pelham House for making our wedding day run exceptionally smoothly.

    There were so many super comments about the amazing food cooked by Naomi and her team in the kitchen, every plate looked exactly the same and everyone got their food in good time. Thank you to the events team also for helping us plan our big day.
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    Mick Married on 28/08/2016
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    First Class

    All the staff at Pelham House are fantastic. The wedding breakfast and reception was absolutely brilliant, service was first class, food was excellent and the staff were very attentive.
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    Matt Married on 27/08/2016
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    Wouldnt change a thing

    We had a perfect day at Pelham House and all of our guests really enjoyed themselves.

    Everything ran smoothly from the planning process through to the day itself, we would not change a single thing.
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    Martin Married on 12/08/2016
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    What a great venue! The gardens are beautiful.

    Firstly, what a great venue! The gardens are beautiful and because we were lucky enough to have a sunny day, we were able to make best use of it to take photos and spend time with our guests on the patio.

    The Chamber Room is stunning and provided just what we wanted as a back drop to our meal, speeches and dancing.

    Georgina, our wedding coordinator was brilliant! She offered suggestions, took on board our ideas, dealt with requests and generally made sure that our day was what we wanted and ran smoothly. We both feel that this was the perfect venue for our wedding and that the staff at Pelham involved, particularly Georgina who did all she could to ensure it was a special day.
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    Philip Married on 30/04/2016
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    All aspects were perfect!

    We had the best day of our lives at Pelham House, it’s staff and facilities played a big part in that. The staff were professional and attentive. Georgina the wedding coordinator ensured that all aspects of our day were perfect and exactly what we wanted. The food was brilliant, we had so many positive comments about the meal, it was delicious and well-cooked and presented for all of the guests. Pelham House was the perfect setting for our day.
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    Glynis
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    Excellent place for a wedding

    My daughter got married in the garden of Pelham house yesterday, and it was an absolutely magical day from start to finish. I would like to thank all the staff, for the excellent organisation and delicious food especially Georgina, the wedding manager. We had 5 rooms included in the package and they were really nice and spacious.
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    Jo
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    A Perfect Day

    One year on we're celebrating our first Anniversary with a night away at Pelham House, reminiscing about our wonderful wedding and grinning from ear to ear just as we were on the day. Pelham House staff were brilliant, they we're calm, helpful, supportive and very friendly from the first day we went to view the venue. This meant we were relaxed and confident that the day would go smoothly and didn't have to think about anything apart from having fun. The hotel was full of our guests who all commented on how lovely the hotel and staff were. It was a perfect day!
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    Our wedding

    We had our ceremony and reception at Pelham House in 2013. The photo in the gallery on hitched.com of the Terrace room ceremony with lilac bows and a willow heart in front of the ceremony table is ours! I couldn't rate them highly enough. The run up to the day was great. The staff helped us to feel calm and relaxed with really organised assistance in planning. The menu tasting was fun! The day ran perfectly smoothly. All the staff were helpful, efficient and friendly and our guests had a wonderful time. We had our ceremony in the Terrace room, drinks and canapes on the patio, and a full sit down meal for 90 in the Chamber room followed by a live band and late evening buffet. Special thanks has to go to Mark, the banqueting manager. He oversaw all the meals being served and made sure all our guests with complicated dietary requirements (we had a lot!) got exactly what they should have and everyone was happy. The hotel went out of their to help us, for example I left the print out of the poem I wanted to read for my speech at home which I was upset about and Mark went into the office while we were having photos taken and found the poem and printed it and popped it under my plate at the top table so no-one need know! The hotel made us feel very welcome and special. We had nearly all the rooms in the hotel filled with our guests and they arranged for everyone to eat breakfast together the next morning by popping notes under everyone's doors which made it feel like an extension of the wedding! We celebrated our anniversary with cocktails in the hotel bar earlier this year! Thank you!
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    Our wedding

    We had our ceremony and reception at Pelham House in 2013. The photo in the gallery on hitched.com of the Terrace room ceremony with lilac bows and a willow heart in front of the ceremony table is ours! I couldn't rate them highly enough. The run up to the day was great. The staff helped us to feel calm and relaxed with really organised assistance in planning. The menu tasting was fun! The day ran perfectly smoothly. All the staff were helpful, efficient and friendly and our guests had a wonderful time. We had our ceremony in the Terrace room, drinks and canapes on the patio, and a full sit down meal for 90 in the Chamber room followed by a live band and late evening buffet. Special thanks has to go to Mark, the banqueting manager. He oversaw all the meals being served and made sure all our guests with complicated dietary requirements (we had a lot!) got exactly what they should have and everyone was happy. The hotel went out of their to help us, for example I left the print out of the poem I wanted to read for my speech at home which I was upset about and Mark went into the office while we were having photos taken and found the poem and printed it and popped it under my plate at the top table so no-one need know! The hotel made us feel very welcome and special. We had nearly all the rooms in the hotel filled with our guests and they arranged for everyone to eat breakfast together the next morning by popping notes under everyone's doors which made it feel like an extension of the wedding! We celebrated our anniversary with cocktails in the hotel bar earlier this year! Thank you!
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    Our perfect wedding May 2013

    We knew as soon as we stepped into Pelham House that it would be the perfect location for our Spring wedding,from the stunning grounds to the ceiling painting in the lobby. Steven made everything so easy and helped us tailor make our special day exactly as we wanted it.We had a small congregation for the ceremony followed by bubbly and canapés on the terrace in the sunshine.This was followed by 'high tea' which included delicious sandwiches, a cream tea and chocolate brownies! It really was a magical day. The honeymoon suite is such a stunning room,we did not want to leave. I recommend Pelham House to anyone!
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    Sharron
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    An absolutely stunning location

    We got married at Pelham house in May 2014 and from the very first day we went to look at the venue and right up to a few days after our wedding Pelham house were there helping us make our day so special, the grounds were truly beautiful on the day and we got some lovely photos, the food was outstanding and we were looked after very well, I stayed the night before with my bridemaids and we had a lovely meal in their resturant, the breakfast the following morning was enough to feed so many people and nothing was to much trouble, our day was so special we wish we could do it all again as it just went so fast, maybe when we renew our vowels in years to come we we come back and do it all again there. The bridal suite we had was so nice I really didn't want to leave, thankyou so much guys

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St Andrews Lane BN7 1UW Lewes (East Sussex)

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