Stanmer House

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Coordinates: 50°52′09″N 0°06′10″W / 50.86917°N 0.10278°W / 50.86917; -0.10278

Stanmer House in 2018
Stanmer House on an August evening in 2006

Stanmer House is a Grade I listed mansion set in Stanmer Park west of the village of Falmer and north-east of the city of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, England.

The house stands close to Stanmer village and Church, within Stanmer Park. Constructed by the French architect Nicholas Dubois in 1722 in a Palladian style for the Pelham family, it incorporates the remains of an earlier house, and was again altered in 1860.

The house and park were bought by the local authority in 1947.[1] The building was designated as Grade I listed in 1954;[2] the former stables, built c. 1725 but much altered, are Grade II* listed.[3]

Close to the University of Sussex campus, the house was used as a university administration building for some years in the 1960s while the campus was being built in the eastern portion of the park. After undergoing extensive renovation, it reopened in June 2006 and for use as a restaurant and events venue.

In 2009, the Willkommen Collective started a music festival at Stanmer House.[4] The first event featured performances from The Leisure Society, Alessi's Ark, Peggy Sue and more in Stanmer House and grounds. The second festival took place on 12 September 2010 and was named Foxtrot. The lineup included Laura Marling, Anna Calvi, Francois & the Atlas Mountains and Sons of Noel and Adrian.[5] The third annual festival took place in September 2011 and featured Herman Düne, Sam Amidon, This Is The Kit and more.[6]

Alexander Proud took over the lease of Stanmer House in 2016, renaming the House "Proud Stanmer House".[citation needed]

In January 2020, Proud announced that Stanmer House would close to the public as the company entered liquidation, stating that a rent increase was to blame. However many people criticised the venue under his company's operation, stating that it was poorly run.[7][8]

KSD Group, run by three local businessmen, took back the commercial lease, and reopened the café for Easter 2021. Planning permission to convert the house into a hotel is in place, but KSG is uncertain if it will proceed with this plan.[9]


  1. ^ "Stanmer House built in 1721-30: extract from The Encyclopaedia of Brighton, Timothy Carder, 1990". My Brighton and Hove. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Stanmer House (1380958)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Former stables of Stanmer House (1380959)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Willkommen take over Stanmer House". Archived from the original on 25 August 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Willkommen Records » the Melting Vinyl and Willkommen Foxtrot at Stanmer House".
  6. ^ "News | Herman Dune, Peggy Sue, Sam Amidon for Willkommen Foxtrot 2011".
  7. ^ Lock, Rose (30 January 2020). "Stanmer House to close as company goes into liquidation". The Argus. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  8. ^ Wadsworth, Jo (7 February 2019). "Stanmer House up for let again". Brighton & Hove News. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  9. ^ Wadsworth, Jo (13 May 2021). "Stanmer House owners outline plans for their 'jewel in the crown'". Brighton & Hove News. Retrieved 20 September 2021.

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