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Wedding Venue Fact File: Pelham House, East Sussex

05 Sep 2019

Make your wedding one to remember with a historical setting that exudes elegance, such as Pelham House

Image: Andrew Gale Photography

Imagine your wedding in a private townhouse where Georgian charm meets modern elegance. Where manicured lawns and stylish terraces await for al fresco drinks and dining. And where intimacy and seclusion go hand in hand. This is the magic of Pelham House. 

The second you walk through the historic front door and see the sweeping staircase before you, you know you’re experiencing the very definition of elegance. Tucked down a lane in the picturesque town of Lewes, a stone’s throw from the station, this Grade II listed exclusive-use venue has everything you need for your most special day – from first kiss to the following morning.

Experience the definition of elegance first-hand

After a period of extensive renovation, the transformation of this venue from former hotel to wedding venue is now complete. To celebrate, Pelham House is opening its doors and inviting you to visit on September 22nd between 11am and 1pm if you are still searching for your perfect wedding venue, and between 1pm and 3pm if you have already booked your date with the venue. The amazing launch offer ends on the 30th September. It’s your last chance to save up to £2,800 on the venue hire.

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Images: Andrew Gale Photography

A place to prep and preen

The story begins in The Dressing Room. In this secluded space, located on the first floor of The Courthope Mews which once housed the stables.The Dressing Room is a spacious, private area where you and your friends can primp and preen to your heart’s content at one of the hair and make-up stations, clink glasses with friends, and peek at your guests as they arrive.

The Gazebo and The Goring Room

The Goring Room is the main ceremony room: a bright, high-ceilinged and beautifully decorated space with twinkling chandeliers and tall windows overlooking the garden. The room is long, with enough length for you to make a grand entrance down the central aisle as your loved ones look on.

The Gazebo is a pretty spot for al fresco weddings, with a screened oasis pathway to shield your entrance. Whether you choose to tie the knot indoors or outside, once you’ve made your promises the garden and terrace is yours to explore. Sip cocktails or sample canapés with your guests, wander through the mature trees, admire the view of the South Downs and discover lots of quiet nooks for romantic photographs.

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Image: Richard Murgatroyd Photography

A celebration to remember

The Blencowe Room is the perfect setting for your wedding breakfast and party, with delicious food and drink provided by Galloping Gourmet. It’s large enough for any configuration of tables, with room for up to 150 guests, rising to 200 in the evening. You can dress the room to suit your tastes, with table settings and flower arrangements of your choosing. Dine on expertly prepared food and drink from an extensive selection of menus before the tables are cleared, creating enough space for a pop-up bar, a band or a DJ and dancing.

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Image: Andrew Gale Photography

Adjacent to The Blencowe Room sits The Garden Room, one of Pelham House’s newest features.

Here, you’ll find half-height wood panelling, a beautiful wooden floor and a specially designed new bar. It’s a superb spot for guests to gather for conversations over cocktails. And when weather permits, there’s nothing lovelier than swinging open the patio doors and letting the celebrations spill out onto the terrace.

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Image: Andrew Gale Photography

And so to bed

When the festivities have drawn to a close, you and your loved ones won’t have far to go for a sumptuous night’s sleep. Pelham House sleeps up to 56 adult guests plus children over two floors. And with everything under one historic roof, your friends and family can stay – and share in your story – for longer.

The Pelham Suite boasts beautiful features, furnishings and linens. This collection of rooms, which make up an entire wing of the house, is a place to feel truly spoilt with your own sitting room, dressing room, bedroom and en-suite bathroom complete with free-standing bath – a magical place to spend your first night as a married couple.

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Images: Richard Murgatroyd Photography

A breakfast surrounded by history

The following morning, you and your guests can tuck into a fresh breakfast served in The Panelled Room, surrounded by 16th century wood panelling and overlooking the gardens, as you relive the most precious moments from the night before.

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Image: Tim Lander Photography

For more information on Pelham House and to enquire about availability, visit pelhamhouseweddings.co.uk.  

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