STANMER House is up for sale.

The Grade I listed structure in Stanmer Park, Brighton, is owned by Alex Proud.

The Brighton businessman, who runs nightclubs and restaurants in the city, put the building up for sale last week.

He has not named a price but is seeking offers.

He said: “I am excited to announce that today we are putting Stanmer House, Brighton, on the market to sell in order to focus on our expanding core nightclub business.

“We know many of you might be interested or know someone who is.

“Ideally, we are looking to complete by the end of March, so we will value fast offers that do not need finance arranged.

“Please note, the house remains open and all confirmed private hire events and bookings will be honoured by the new owners.”

Stanmer House was built in 1730.

It has gardens, a car park and a 300-capacity fixed structure marquee with full amenities.

Mr Proud took over the building in 2016.

The Brighton businessman told The Argus he wanted to turn the building into a near Michelin level restaurant and boutique hotel.

Speaking to The Argus at the time, he said: “You can never truly own it but we hope to take stewardship of it for a generation.

“I have a very clear vision for it but we will be listening very carefully to make sure we get it right, it will be a gradual change not a revolution.”

He had signed a long lease on the house and hoped to raise the standard of the restaurant to rosette level.

Along with this, he said he had a longer-term plan to create five star hotel rooms in the house’s top floors.

But now Mr Proud says he is selling up to focus on expanding his nightclub business.

He said: “The house has approximately 20 years left on a ‘within the act’ sub lease.

“Planning permission has been granted to build a 21-room boutique hotel with basement spa.”

Mr Proud said any interested buyers should email him at

The 18th century manor house used to be an administration building for the University of Sussex during the 1960s.

The building was also used for a few shots of a Mr Bean television programme, which was filmed at the house and the nearby church.