It stands very close to Stanmer village and Church, within the 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.
Close to the University of Sussex campus, the house was used as a university administration building for some years while the campus was being built. After undergoing extensive renovation it reopened in June 2006. In late 2011, the Whiting & Hammond pub group began to run the house and in 2016, another group ( Proud group ) took over; the bar and restaurant is now open to the public seven days a week (unless there is a function on). There are also several conference rooms available on the first floor.
In 2009, the Willkommen Collective started a music festival at Stanmer House. 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 September 12, 2010 and was named Foxtrot. The lineup included Laura Marling, Anna Calvi, Francois & the Atlas Mountains and Sons of Noel and Adrian. The third annual festival took place in September 2011 and featured Herman Düne, Sam Amidon, This Is The Kit and more.
In the early 1990s, Mr. Bean filmed a few shots at the house and the nearby church.
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