If you’re looking for a wedding or reception venue steeped in history, with stunning sea views to boot; then look no further than Angel House. The Grade I Regency town house, which is actually the first property inside the Brighton/Hove border, has been lovingly converted back to its former glory and is now a dream day venue for many Sussex couples (including Love Sussex Weddings readers Vic and Jared) wanting to tie the knot overlooking the beach in luxurious surroundings, without the constant worry about how the weather will be.
This stunning town house started life in the 1820s as one of the first properties on the Brunswick Estate, an ambitious and elegant Regency development between Brighton and Hove. Today the handsome facades overlooking Brunswick Square are as lovely as ever. Most, though, have been converted into spacious high-ceilinged flats and unusually proportioned bedsits.
Angel House didn’t escape the trend; it too was converted, into no less than nine bedsits. Restoring it to its original state involved not only some serious structural work but a massive leap of faith, and several leaps of imagination. In the process all manner of hidden delights were uncovered; genuine Regency double glazing, sash shutters, parquet flooring, original fireplaces…
Today, Angel House is a bit of a hidden gem in Brighton And Hove’s bridal tiara. One of those elegant stuccoed town houses gracing the Hove end of the seafront, where locals and visitors still promenade of a sunny Sunday afternoon, the house gazes out over the pebbled beach, with iconic neighbours like Brighton Bandstand, and Hove Lawns’ candy-coloured beach huts.
The facade of the house is inscrutable, with a simple stucco finish to the paintwork, elegant cast iron railings and perfectly trimmed topiary peeking over curved balconies. Once through the shiny black front door, though, the warm heart of this period property is revealed in a palette of understated Regency champagne hues, no corner left uncorniced.
Brighton’s Regency golden age is alive and showing a very well-turned ankle in Angel House. The Morning Room and Regency Room are redolent of a time when pleasure and beauty were prized inordinately, and the period when interior design first made its mark. The rooms are perfectly proportioned for lavish dinners and parties. In fact, something about the place makes it impossible not to give in to indulgence – it is without doubt a house for decadent dinners, dancing, cocktails and cake…
As work on Angel House approached completion, the occasional event slipped in… A couple of years ago, Hendricks Gin transformed the semi-restored house into a Carnival of Knowledge for the Brighton Festival, and its potential as the set for magical happenings started to reveal itself.
Last year Paul Weller modelled and performed at Angel House for DAKS. It’s going to be hard to better Mr Weller for elegance and sophistication. But then, Angel House is all about elegance…
This year Angel House will be opening its doors to the curious during Brighton Festival Fringe for a series of Regency-themed evenings. And as summer really takes hold, there’s rumour of cocktail hour spreading over entire weekends… In amongst these quirky happenings, the most romantic weddings in Brighton (well Hove, actually) will be unfolding, adding their own stories to the 200 years of history of this delightful house, and making Angel House theirs for a day.
An elegant, yet informal venue that goes hand-in-hand with cocktails and cake, just staggering distance from Brighton’s iconic West Pier? Sounds utterly perfect doesn’t it?! We can certainly see why it is fast becoming a wedding venue of choice for so many couples! We also love that the bride and groom can also spend their wedding night in their dreamy choice of setting too!
To find out more about holding your celebrations at Angel House, call: 01273 711159.