Stanmer can trace its history back to 1722, and earlier. Built for the Pelham Family, who owned it until 1947, and set in Stanmer Park – the City’s largest park – Stanmer House is the perfect venue for all seasons. Stanmer Park is located near Brighton and consists of 5,000 hectares of wooded and open land. It is mainly open access for walking. The village, with its flint-knapped cottages, was built in the mid-eighteenth century by the Earls of Chichester.
The knapped flint church is Grade 2 listed and has a particularly special interior with original carvings and fittings. It was built in 1838, but records of a church here go back to the 13th century and it has been a place of worship since the 8th century. Although now declared ‘redundant’, under licence from the Diocese and with prior consent the Church may be used for events such as wedding blessings and funerals.
Now part of the Proud Group, ‘Proud Country House’ has been recently restored and sensitively modernised, with a large private garden and marquee; a unique venue just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of the City of Brighton and Hove.
With a long history linking us with Prime Ministers, Earls and Bishops, we have also welcomed HRH The Duke OF Edinburgh to the Estate.
New custodian of Stanmer House, Brighton-boy Alex Proud, has an enduring passion for improving and protecting the house for today and the future; “I remember my mum taking me as a kid to Stanmer House, she was in tears when I told her I was going to be taking it on.” (Alex Proud, 2017).
Alexander Proud talking to The Argus. Read more of the article here.
Proud Country House 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.
From Winter 2018 – Spring 2020 many exciting things will take place on the Stanmer Estate; In January 2017 £3.75 million was awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund‘s ‘Parks for People’ scheme to enable the Stanmer Park Restoration Project to go ahead. The overall aim of the project is to restore and protect Stanmer Park’s historic buildings and 18th Century landscape, enhance its natural features, improve the environment, new parking areas, improved access for pedestrians and cyclists, provide opportunities for involvement and education, ensure the estate is managed in a sustainable way that reflects the needs of park users and the wider community and make the whole park and estate accessible for all. This funding covers around 20 hectares of Stanmer Park.