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Welcome To Pelham House


Situated in the heart of Lewes, the historic county town of East Sussex, with its own extensive, private gardens, Pelham House combines the beauty of a townhouse with the style and sophistication of a private club. With original Georgian features and an exquisite art deco décor, it is a unique and special place.

The Garden Room bar is open to guests and the public from 3 pm to 10 pm daily, with the exception of when a wedding or private event is being held. While we do not currently cater for lunch or evening meals, the reception team will be able to provide details of local restaurants and bars in Lewes with some exclusive offers for Pelham House guests.

© Andrew Gale Photography

The History


Pelham House has been a part of Lewes since the mid-16th century, having been built by the lawyer and MP George Goring. It was sold to Sir Thomas Pelham in 1653 and eventually in 1725, the house underwent a major refurbishment. With several notable owners after this date, Pelham House was eventually bought by the East Sussex County Council in 1928 and remained in their possession until a group of four families converted it into a hotel.

Today, Pelham House has undergone a dramatic restoration and is now a unique and high quality venue and B&B.

The Location


Lewes lies at the heart of rural Sussex and offers a wonderful blend of history, charm, and character. Its medieval streets are home to authentic townhouses, independent retailers, and craft workshops, with the remains of Norman castle an ever-present reminder of the town’s past.

With rolling fields all around and the chalk cliffs of the south coast and vibrant Brighton just a short distance away, there is plenty to keep you entertained in the town and beyond.

Events At Pelham House

There is always something extra special to enjoy at Pelham House, so take a look at these upcoming events and start planning your visit.



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Pelham House can expertly cater for all kinds of events, so see how you could make this exquisite setting your own.


Stay The Night


Pelham House has 29 stylish en-suite rooms. The Georgian character of the townhouse blends seamlessly with a modern and elegant décor, providing you with a unique, clean and comfortable place to spend the night in the heart of historic Lewes.


© Andrew Gale Photography