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Last update: November 2023

Pelham House is a historic wedding venue located in East Sussex, England. It is a beautiful 16th-century townhouse that was recently transformed into a luxurious wedding venue. Combining the opulence of a country manor with the finesse of a private club, it is the ideal spot for a lavish wedding celebration.

Facilities and Capacity

Pelham House is situated in the heart of Lewes, just over an hour from central London and 25 minutes from Brighton. It has everything from event rooms with ornate original features and striking lighting to tranquil gardens framed by the rolling countryside of East Sussex. To start your day at this venue, you might get ready in their luxurious dressing room, hidden away in The Courthope Mews. For an intimate ceremony, the romantic Goring room is ideal. Featuring original bay windows, it lets in floods of natural light and offers colourful garden views. In warmer months, you might exchange vows al fresco in the gorgeous flower-lined Gazebo. After your ceremony, you can host your champagne reception inside the manor house, where a sweeping staircase stands beneath a striking hand-painted trompe-l'艙il ceiling mural. For an evening of food and entertainment, the Blencowe Room with grand marble pillars and intricate original wood panelling is sure to dazzle your guests. This room is also used to host breakfast. Outdoor celebrations can be held in the Garden Room or on the terrace as the sun goes down.

Services Offered

Pelham House grants couples exclusive access to their property for the duration of their special day. Their expert in-house chefs will help you create the perfect wedding menu, from a tasty breakfast to your delicious banquet dinner. They invite newlyweds to stay in the stylish Pelham Suite, which spans an entire house wing and includes a spacious lounge area and en-suite. Their on-site accommodations can also host 56 of your guests. Consult Pelham House to explore their full range of package options and bring your wedding vision to life.

Frequently asked questions

Venue Type:

Unusual Weddings
Stately Home
Historic
In the City
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings

Ceremony Options:

Civil Ceremony Licence

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:

Exclusive Use
Disabled Facilities
Confetti Permitted
Pet Friendly
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4.8 out of 5 rating
41 reviews
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95% Recommended by couples

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41 reviews
Gary
Gary C. Married on 28/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect venue in a quaint town!

Pelham House is the venue to go for if you want a place that does it all! Special shout-out goes to our wedding event manager India Carr and the rest of the Pelham House team.

Her and the rest of the team made us feel so taken care of, the planning of the wedding in 8 months (That's right!) was actually quite stress free!

The team were always responsive in answering our abundance of questions and really made sure both the night before and the day itself went smoothly.

Their flexible room booking policy really helped us make the decision for this venue as well. The ability to book only the number of rooms you needed on the night of the wedding and then share the link for guests to book themselves in relieved soo much stress and financial burden from us.

The venue was everything we were looking for. A beautiful entrance hall, gorgeous ceremony room, open and secluded garden, modern chic bar and the breakfast room was otherworldly. They have a list of recommended suppliers which I would wholly recommend as it gave us the exact look we didn't even know what we were looking for.

Even though our day had on and off rain, the day went smoother and was more perfect than we could have hoped it could be.

I would unreservedly recommend others to book this venue if they are searching for a place to celebrate their day!
Lizzie
Lizzie Y. Married on 22/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Lizzie & Mark

Our wedding was the best day of our lives, thanks to Danielle Turner who was the best event planner. She was so professional and helpful and became a big part of our day. Not only did she help so much with our planning, she was just such a calm and happy person to have around on your wedding day. We had singing waiters and she helped us coordinate all of it so everything ran smoothly. Everything is done on a planner form with the organisation and it works perfectly to ensure nothing is missed. We dropped all of our stuff first thing and we gave Dani instructions for everything and there was not one thing out of place. Pelham house is such a beautiful venue, we had our ceremony outside which was my dream for the day; and it was stunning. We really will never forget the help that Pelham gave us and all of Danielle鈥檚 help. The waiting staff were wonderful and our food was out of this world. We had the pizza oven around 9pm and that was incredible too!
Thank you again Danielle Turner & Pelham House.
Lizzie & Mark Budd
Heather
Heather C. Married on 01/07/2023
4.6 out of 5 rating

Wedding of our dreams!

Thank you Pelham for giving us the most magical day. Everyone complimented how beautiful the house and grounds are and Pelham worked exceptionally hard on the day to ensure we got everything we wanted and our guests were looked after. During the planning stage they were very responsive and while they can appear strict with some of the planning, it helped keep the day right and everything ran like clockwork. Thank you so very much!
Liane
Liane Married on 14/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic venue made a wonderful day

Pelham House is a stunning venue and we absolutely made the right decision to go with it as the venue for our wedding. As they are purpose built for event hosting, the team is so well organised and having everything in one place from the ceremony, to the food, and accommodation was so convenient, especially for older family members and those with disabled accessibility needs. India, our event manager, was excellent, discussing our plans at lengths with us, from options of catering, known vendors, price tiers etc. She was also fantastic on the day, helping the running of events and coordination of vendors etc. The other staff were also so lovely and helpful, from the catering, serving, organising teams etc. and were always around to help and answer any questions/needs. The food and drink was all delicious and we were glad with went with Pelham鈥檚 own catering, which again made everything that much more straightforward. Having our ceremony in June, we opted for an outside ceremony which was beautiful, but knowing there was also an inside ceremony space allowed extra peace of mind. The overally layout, rooms, and outside space at the venue are stunning it鈥檚 like being in a country manor and you can鈥檛 believe you鈥檙e so close to the centre of Lewes. Thank you so much Pelham House team for making our day so special!
Danny
Danny L. Married on 19/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible day

I can鈥檛 thank Pelham house anymore for giving us the most incredible day. From the first visit to view the venue, to leaving the day after a the wedding. Everything run so smooth throughout the day of the wedding, everything on time and just how great the staff were. The food was fantastic, the venue just speaks for itself. I can鈥檛 speak highly enough how incredible the venue and the team at Pelham house are.
Rachel
Rachel B. Married on 14/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful wedding

Pelham house have been great from start to finish. First of all, the venue is gorgeous, all the rooms are beautiful, the gardens are stunning, but if you've toured it you know that!

The team are great. I've written countless emails to them over the last year ranging from really stupid questions to panicked ones and they've always responded within a day with an answer, I felt very cared for.

The food was wonderful, and they take great care with allergies and intolerances, I had a big mix of guests who can't eat certain things (vegans, veggies, gluten free, random allergies, and even a friend who can't eat onions or garlic) and everyone got a complete (and good) meal with their requirements.

A full service team who will do what they can to make the day perfect, working behind the scenes to prevent you ever knowing if anything went wrong! Took initiative and when we failed to provide direction for certain things they knew exactly what to do and didn't have to bother us with questions.

Thanks to the Pelham house team for a perfect day!
Vickihenshall
Victoria Married on 29/04/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Perfect all-rounder!

Such a great experience having our wedding at Pelham. The team were always so responsive and helpful, and nothing felt like too much or an inconvenience for them. The food was incredible, and the staff were so professional. Isla, our coordinator, was incredible and made sure we were constantly happy.
Carys
Carys A. Married on 16/04/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Venue

We had our wedding here in April 2022 and it was absolutely perfect. The weather was great so we got married in the gardens which were so bright and colourful. I cannot fault any of the staff, the waiters were very professional and Isla our events manager was amazing, she couldn't have done any more on the day to help and was always around when we needed something. Also mention to Charli who was our contact before going on maternity leave. We cannot recommend this venue highly enough
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Hannah S. Married on 03/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best day at the most amazing venue

From the moment we first visited Pelham House, we fell in love with the venue. In the lead up to the wedding they were happy to answer any questions we had and were flexible with requests (allowing us to have an afternoon tea for the wedding breakfast). The day went smoothly with no hiccups. India (our wedding organiser) was amazing, she made sure everyone was in the right place at the right time and put us both at ease throughout. So many guests commented on how beautiful the venue was and how perfect the day was. We were lucky enough to get married on a sunny day and make use of the amazing gardens for our ceremony. All of the staff at Pelham house were very friendly and accommodating. We had the best day in the most amazing venue.
We cannot recommend Pelham House enough.
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Abigail Married on 01/07/2023
1 out of 5 rating

Once they have your money they don鈥檛 care

We got married her on 1st July. Our guests made our day and it is a beautiful setting however our gifts and money were stolen at some point in the night and the venue simply don鈥檛 care they鈥檝e made no effort to help us resolve this and don鈥檛 seem to care if it was a member of staff so please be careful if you鈥檙e getting married here.
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Chris W. Married on 03/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible!

Such a fantastic venue. It's so rare to find a wedding venue where you can have everything in one place yet have it all to yourself and your guests, and with incredible accommodation to boot! I've stayed in 5* hotels with lesser quality rooms

The team are so helpful with planning every part of the big day - we found the whole process stress free and easy

It really was the perfect wedding day from start to finish; the venue beautiful, the food amazing and all of the staff fantastic. There really isn't a rating high enough to give Pelham House and all of the team there - all of our wedding guests said how perfect everything was and were blown away with all aspects of the day

We were so happy to get married there and we really couldn't have asked for more - memories to treasure forever!
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Lisa S. Married on 28/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding - Dec 22

We had the most amazing day at Pelham House, everything we had always wanted. India was so helpful throughout the entire process and was always available to answer the many questions I had. It was so great to have her there on the day to know the day would run smoothly.
We had such lovely compliments about the venue and the food! From the welcome drinks, canap茅s and wedding breakfast. They were able to cater for our many different requirements!
It is such a beautiful wedding venue and I so glad we chose it!
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James W. Married on 08/10/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Fantastic venue, attentive staff, amazing food

Pelham House staff were incredible in the run up to our big day. On the day they went above and beyond to make sure we had an incredible day. Note that catering comes with the venue hire, but for us this made life so much easier. There a 4 tiers of catering available and we would have been happy with any of them, as we were able to find something appealing from every one of the tier options. The cocktail station was really popular and a nice alternative to putting lots of cash behind the bar. The venue itself is beautiful and the large and well presented garden is a rarity in the middle of a town.
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Rebecca H. Married on 05/08/2022
4.4 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Wedding Day

Massive thank you to Pelham House for helping us to organise our wedding day of dreams.
Special thank you to Isla our wedding planner who went above and beyond to help us - she was responsive answering emails and on the day always around to ask if needed.
The venue was fantastic and the food was phenomenal- we have had so many guests commenting on how amazing the food was.
Rebecca and Ben
August 2022
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Alastair K. Married on 24/07/2022
4.2 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Venue but lacks some attention to detail

A stunning venue with amazing food in an idyllic town. Pelham house was a fantastic venue for our wedding, however the management team are missing a bit of attention to detail which would really make this wedding venue a complete package.

The catering was amazing. The food was excellent, well timed and tasted delicious. The venue itself is a perfect escape whilst still being 30 seconds from the high street and well connected for people travelling.

All the staff are welcoming, friendly and adapted to our ideas for the day however, the management of our wedding was very different from what we were shown when considering the venue.
Communication/Organisation could be improved. Our suppliers documents went missing even though they'd been sent to the venue which we then had to chase. There was no run through of the day closer to the time, which made some elements challenging to organise on the day. We had to chase to confirm that the bridal suite had been booked.
Small details such as moving bags to rooms, holes in sheets, helping set up & declutter the venue in the morning after made check out extremely rushed, placing the bridal flowers in water (rather than leaving them to wilt on the side) and having more attention to the drinks/food of the bride and groom could all be improved.
The manager on the day was described by multiple separate guests as 'overly stressed'. Parts of our day, e.g. a walk up the castle, that we're really important to us became an issue. While the manager was friendly and welcoming there needs to be better consideration for the smaller details on the day. This could be improved with a run through in the week before the wedding.
Flow of people (such as viewings) & the rush for next wedding event can make the mornings feel rushed. The morning after the wedding the next wedding party we're wondering through the venue to set up, before the 10am check out of our wedding. Some of our guests commented this made the morning after feel a bit rushed. Better support from management e.g helping the next wedding set up after 10am when the previous wedding had departed would solve this.

Would highly recommend as it is a fantastic wedding venue, but would be 5 stars with some more attention to detail from management.
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Events

10 Dec
Open Door

Join them at Pelham House's Christmas open event on Sunday, 10th December, from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Step into the enchanting world of Pelham House and discover an unforgettable venue for your special day. You're invited to an exclusive open event where you can explore their historic Grade II listed building, nestled in the heart of picturesque Lewes.

To help you get into the festive spirit, they鈥檒l be serving mince pies and hot chocolate at the event, and their venue will be decked out in beautiful Christmas decorations!

During the event, you鈥檒l experience a guided tour of their elegant venue that鈥檚 full of modern luxury. You鈥檒l also meet their team of wedding experts, who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Don't miss this opportunity to see Pelham House at its finest and envision your dream wedding in this captivating setting.

This event is by appointment only. To book your place, call them.

* Please note: this event is for couples who have not yet booked with them. If you are interested in booking a re-visit, please contact the events team directly.

Date: From 10/12/2023 to 10/12/2023 Schedule 12:00 - 15:00
Place: St Andrews Lane, Lewes, East Sussex

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St Andrews Lane BN7 1UW Lewes (East Sussex)
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