A FORMER hotel has reopened as a wedding venue and bed and breakfast.

Pelham House in St Andrew’s Lane, Lewes, has been transformed following a period of restoration.

The townhouse dates back to the 16th century and was sold to Sussex politician Sir Thomas Pelham in 1653, but was later converted into a hotel.

Now the building has a new design that fuses the contemporary with the traditional, and contains stately rooms and spacious suites for guests.

Venue manager Rory Menzies said: “It’s an absolute privilege to be able to open the doors at Pelham House once more and we’re excited to welcome our couples and the public into this fantastic and historic space.

“Beyond that, we’re also looking forward to becoming an integral part of the community in Lewes.”

The building, which houses a bar, 29 bedrooms and extensive gardens overlooking the South Downs, is also open daily to the public on non-wedding days, and is available for other event hire.

The venue is expected to contribute an estimated £3 million to £4 million to the local economy and provide a boost to Lewes and the surrounding area, with an additional 20 people expected to be employed over the next year.

Angus Hastie, group chief executive at Artemis Venue Services, said: “Pelham House is, once again, at the centre of life in Lewes.

“A huge amount of work has gone into restoring this historic landmark and everyone should be congratulated on their outstanding achievement.”

The Garden Room bar is open between 3pm and 10pm when there are no events booked.

To make a booking, contact the house on 01273 030203.