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From where your guests can park to what facilities are available at the house, here are the answers to the questions we get asked most often.

Wedding Venue FAQS

How do we arrange to visit? 

To arrange a visit, you can visit our book a visit page on our website and select a suitable date and time using our visit calendar. Alternatively, if you want to speak to our team directly, call 01273 030203.

How much is it to secure a date?

Your initial payment is £750 of your venue hire fee plus your initial catering payment of £750 + VAT.

How do we book?

Once you have been to visit, you will receive via email log on details to our booking portal, which can be found here. Remember to book your registrar or Church, details of which are found in these questions.

What are your prices?

Please click here to see our prices page.

What is your closing time?

Last orders will be called at 11:15 pm, and music will wind down at 11:30 pm. The bar will also close at 11.30 pm.The venue closes at midnight, and we ask that all guests who aren’t staying the night have pre-booked taxis to collect them by midnight.

Which local registry office do I book my ceremony with?

You will need to contact the local registrar to inform them of your chosen venue, your wedding date and preferred time.


[email protected]

0345 608 0198

Where is the nearest church?

There are six churches within a one-mile radius of Pelham House (10-15 minutes’ walk). The Lewes parish church is the beautiful St. Michael’s only a few minutes’ walk away.

You can use The Dressing Room before your wedding if you prefer a church wedding. Alternatively, you may choose to arrive at Pelham House after your wedding ceremony.

What is your capacity for ceremonies, dining and evening receptions?

Ceremony – Outdoor ceremonies can seat up to 150 guests. Indoor ceremonies can host 125 seated or 150 with some seated and some standing.

Dining – We can host 150 guests for a sit-down meal

Dancing – Our capacity for your evening reception is 200 guests

Accommodation – We have 28 bedrooms plus The Pelham Suite spread across the house and mews, meaning we can accommodate up to 60 people in total. Each guest can also join us for breakfast in The Paneled Room the next morning.

Do you have somewhere to get ready on the morning of the wedding?

Yes, we have The Dressing Room, which includes hair and makeup stations and a comfortable seating area. This space is available from 9 am the morning of your wedding.

Can our dog come to our wedding?

We love (well-behaved) dogs and appreciate that they are a huge part of your family. They are welcome to join you for the ceremony and photographs, and we have dog-friendly rooms in Courthope Mews where crates can be provided. If you wish to bring your dog(s) along, please ask to see our dog policy.

We’ve booked a wedding; how do I contact the Events Team?

You can call us on 01273 030204 or email us on [email protected]

We’ve left something behind after our wedding; who do we contact?

Please call the venue team on 01273 030204 or email at [email protected]

Is the venue accessible?

Pelham House is wheelchair accessible. We also have a fully accessible bedroom for overnight guests.

Can we use our caterers?

A fantastic team of in-house chefs provide all of our catering. It is not possible to use your own caterers.

Do we need wedding insurance?

We strongly recommend that you take out wedding insurance. Weddings are a big investment, and fingers crossed that you’ll never need to call on your insurance, but having it in place will cover you for a range of eventualities.

See a walkthrough of a wedding day to illustrate how timings can work.

Please see an example of a wedding day timeline here.

Event Venue FAQs

Can you host private events other than weddings?

Yes! We can and do host many different types of events and celebrations, such as gala dinners, product launches, Christmas parties and many more. The best way to find out more about hosting an event here is by visiting our website’s events page or contacting the team directly at 01273 030204.

How do we arrange to visit to discuss our event?

Call us on 01273 030204, and we will arrange for you to come and see Pelham House in person.

How much does hiring Pelham House for a private event cost?

Every event we host here is unique, so we do not have a standard pricing package. Instead, we speak with you directly to create a bespoke package that suits you and your event.

What is your capacity?

This will vary depending on your event type, but our maximum capacity is 200 guests.

Can we use our own caterers?

We do not allow outside caterers at Pelham House. However, we are more than happy to work with you to create a bespoke menu that perfectly fits your vision.

Is the venue accessible?

Yes, we are wheelchair accessible, and we have an accessible bedroom for overnight guests.

Is the venue exclusive use only?

Yes, all events have exclusive use of the venue.

Can we use our own suppliers?

Yes, we are happy for you to use your own suppliers for everything apart from catering and drinks.

Food & Drinks FAQs

Who provides the catering?

All catering is provided by Pelham’s onsite team of chefs.

Do you have prices and an example menu?

Yes, please see here here for example menus and prices for wedding food. Event food menu and pricing will be bespoke to your package.

Are we able to create our own menu?

Our chefs love working with you to create your own menu if you would like something a little different from our packages.

Can we bring our own food & drink to the venue? 

It is not possible to bring any food and drink into the venue other than a wedding or celebration cake, confectionery (which must be in the original sealed containers in which they were purchased), and edible favours with allergens clearly labelled. Please speak with our team if you need any further clarification.

Our guests have allergies; how do we inform the team?

Please speak to our Events Team about any allergies or dietary requirements you or your guests may have during your meetings in the lead-up to the event.

Do you offer vegan & vegetarian options?

Yes, we have a delicious range of vegan and vegetarian options.

Are we able to create bespoke cocktails?

You can work with our bar team to create bespoke cocktails for your wedding or event.

Can we pre-order food and drink for the morning of the wedding or event?

Yes! We have a range of delicious grazing boards available to enjoy while you get ready in The Dressing Room. We can also provide bottles of Champagne or prosecco for your wedding morning celebrations. Please speak to the events team for more information.

Guest & Accommodation FAQs


Pelham House is located on St. Andrew’s Lane just off the main high street in Lewes town centre. The post code is BN7 1UW.

Is there parking, and can cars be left overnight?

There are five car parking spaces onsite which the event organisers can allocate. Otherwise, the closest car park is Lewes train station car park. Daily tickets are the only option available at this car park, and all daily tickets expire at 4 am. Overnight guests will need to purchase a 2-day ticket in advance to ensure they comply with parking regulations.

What are the local taxi numbers?

GM Taxis
01273 473737

Lewes and District Taxis
01273 483232

Lewes County Cars
01273 474444

Green Taxi
01273 472323

What time does the venue close?

Last orders will be called at 11:15 pm, with the bar closing at 11:30 pm. Music will wind down at 11:30 pm. The venue closes at midnight, and we ask that all guests who aren’t staying the night have pre-booked taxis to collect them by midnight.

Is there somewhere to purchase a drink ahead of the wedding or event when we arrive?

Our bar is usually open ahead of a wedding ceremony. Please note that the bar closes 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Please speak to the wedding couple about the exact timings of the day.

If you are attending another type of event, please speak to the event organiser to find out when the bar will open.

Can I purchase a gift for the couple for their wedding day?

Absolutely! If you want to purchase one of our products as a gift for the happy couple, we can arrange this for you. Please contact us at 01273 030204.

How many bedrooms are there?

Pelham House has 28 bedrooms, plus the incredible Pelham Suite. All accommodation is exclusive to those attending the wedding or event. Pelham House can sleep up to 60 people in total. View our accommodation breakdown here.

Do we need to book a minimum number of rooms?

There is no minimum requirement for the number of rooms to be booked.

Is it possible to just book The Pelham Suite?

Yes. If you would like to book just The Pelham Suite the prices are dependent on day of the week. Please see the prices page.

How many guests can stay overnight?

We can accommodate up to 56 adult guests. We also have five Z-beds for children up to the age of 14 maximum. Please let us know if you require a Z-bed. An additional charge of £30 per Z-bed applies.

Are all bedrooms en-suite?

All the bedrooms in Pelham House are en-suite.

Do you have any rooms with disabled access?

We have one disabled access bedroom on the ground floor with a full wet room. There are three other bedrooms that are on the ground floor. View our accommodation breakdown here.

How many twin bedrooms are there?

We have 18 double rooms that can become twin on request. View our accommodation breakdown here.

How many single occupancy rooms are there?

We have two single occupancy rooms. View our accommodation breakdown here.

Do you have family rooms?

Yes we have 2 pairs of double rooms which can be connected to make 2 family suites. These are rooms 40 & 41 and rooms 43 & 44. View our accommodation breakdown here.

Do the bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities?

Yes, we provide tea and coffee facilities in all bedrooms.

Do you have hair dryers and ironing boards we can use?

We have a few of each available. Please ask when you arrive.

How do we book the accommodation?

Once you have booked your wedding or event date, we will share a link to the website and a secret code with you, which will unlock the bedrooms for the night of your wedding or event. You can then book the rooms you want and then share the code with your guests to reserve their rooms.

Is there anything we need to do before we book?

It is important to read and understand the Terms and Conditions of hire before you book. If you have any queries prior to booking, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Can we stay the night before a wedding or event?

This may be possible if we do not have an event booking the day before. We can confirm this closer to the wedding or event date.

We will release the night before the wedding date four months prior. Please note that we require a minimum of 10 bedrooms to be booked. We can open the bar and offer a meal if desired for night-before stays.

Please speak with our Events Team if this is something that you may be interested in.

How much is the accommodation?

Please take a look at our pricing page for the accommodation costs.

What time is breakfast?

We’ll serve breakfast for you and your wedding guests between 8:30 am and 9:30 am. If you or your guests have any dietary requirements, please let us know beforehand.

Can more guests join us for breakfast?

We can only accommodate our overnight guests for breakfast.

Can guests book the bedrooms and pay for them individually?

Yes, when you make a booking you will receive a code for our accommodation system. You can share this code with your guests when you are ready so that they can book their own rooms. Or we can reserve the rooms in your name.

Can I allocate certain bedrooms to certain guests?

Yes. You will be able to book or allocate rooms to your guests.

What time is check-in?

Guests can check in to their bedrooms from 3.30 pm.

What time is checkout?

We ask that all guests check out by 10 am.

Can we have a late checkout?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer a late checkout. We stipulate this time to enable us to prepare the venue for the next wedding or event.

Do you have travel cots or any other baby facilities in Pelham House?

Yes, we have one travel cot as well as baby changing facilities, nappy bags, wet wipes and a selection of nappies.

Is the venue accessible?

Pelham House wheelchair accessible, and we have an accessible bedroom.

We’ve left something behind; who do I contact?

Please call the venue team on 01273 030204 or email at [email protected]

Is breakfast included in the room rate?

Yes, all bedroom prices include breakfast.

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