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Pelham House

Lewes, East Sussex View map Visit website
4.9 out of 5 rating
28 reviews
Starting at £2,080
50 to 150 Guests

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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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    Rachel B. Married on 14/05/2022
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    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!
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    Victoria Married on 29/04/2022
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    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.
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    Carys A. Married on 16/04/2022
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    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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    Amy Married on 29/05/2022
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    The most perfect wedding venue

    We had such a wonderful wedding at Pelham House. It really is the most perfect wedding venue. It caters to all your needs, you can dress it up / dress it down and create the wedding of your dreams.

    The team are fantastic and you are able to support you and give you advice.

    My only comment for the venue is to give the newlyweds suite to the couples without charge. Many venues offer the newlywed room as complimentary and I think this is something Pelham House should also be offering to remain competitive with other venues.
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    Sarah B. Married on 24/03/2022
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    Stunning venue and fantastic team!

    Pelham house is an oasis in the heart of historical Lewes. The house and gardens are beyond beautiful. The staffs level of service and professionalism were second to none. They made our day run perfectly!
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    Simon G. Married on 19/12/2021
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    The Perfect Day

    We were lucky enough to hold our wedding at Pelham House just before Christmas 2021. As with most people, that have had a wedding in 2021, it was postponed from 2020!

    We only have amazing positives to take away from our experiences with Pelham – the location, the food, the staff, the rooms, the service, the gardens, the support & planning and so many incredible comments from our friends and family.

    Whilst we consider ourselves a fairly easy-going couple, nothing was too much for the Pelham team. Great communication and took the stress (Covid aside!) out of everything.

    When we thought we may have to postpone our original date in 2020, they allowed us to move with no additional charge, held a provisional date for us (for 2021) and honoured all offers made. We’ve heard to many stories from friends where additional charges were made but Pelham were truly brilliant throughout.

    We never thought we’d get married in a ‘wedding venue’ but Pelham was the first place we visited and feel in love with it straight away. We’re so happy that we chose to get married here and could not recommend it enough.

    Thank you, Charli – you were amazing!
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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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    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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Autumn and Winter 2022 Wedding Dates Available

We have some amazing autumn and winter wedding dates available in 2022, so why not make Pelham House your own and say ‘I do’ to a wedding this year?

There are so many reasons to love autumn and winter weddings at Pelham House. Picture vibrant autumnal colour schemes in the private gardens, delicious comfort food in The Blencowe Room and sparkler sendoffs under starry skies. Our venue is beautiful all year round, but autumn and winter have a special magic of their own here!

And to make sure your 2022 wedding is extra special, we are giving you an offer that’s tailored to your unique celebrations. Call us today on 01273 030203 and speak to our team about how much you could save with an autumn or winter wedding in 2022!

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