On this page we post snippets of news about Pekes, and what’s been happening on the estate. This may be updated information about Pekes, details of forthcoming events, shows and fairs we’re attending, developments at Pekes, and the occasional special offer.
You can click most of the images to see enlargements. The most recent are at the top …
Following the Government’s announcement of a nationwide lock-down, Pekes is now closed until further notice. We will re-open as soon as we’re allowed to, and will confirm re-opening dates here on the website.
Guests with bookings at Pekes are very welcome to discuss with us about postponing their stay or event until a later date. April 2020
Landed Houses, the website dedicated to finding the right country estate for those seeking the perfect wedding venue or rural retreat, has given Pekes its House of the Year Gold Award for 2020.
Of course we are very pleased and very proud … now we just have to live up to it! 11th April 2020
Set out overlooking the timeless Wealden landscape with a long flat stone walkway leading to it from near the house, the new Ceremony Gazebo is both romantic and formal. It’s the perfect setting for whatever Ceremony or Celebration our Guests wish to have there. The Gazebo, like our Dining Room, is Licensed for Civil Ceremonies (marriages and civil partnerships). 6th April 2020
The first Licensed Wedding Ceremony to take place in our historic Dining Room was performed on 20th September 2019, when Helen & John tied the knot. It was a very special day at Pekes. 21st October 2019
HMS Powerful Back on Station
Some of the teak timbers from HMS Powerful, one of the Royal Navy’s front-line cruisers towards the end of the 19th Century, were made into garden seats in the late 1920s.
One was brought to Pekes by Eva’s father in c.1929, but was recently found to be quite badly rotted. However, we’ve had the seat beautifully restored, and it is once again in the garden. 25th August 2019
Pekes Pool Goes Salty … Naturally
We have installed a new pure salt-water chlorinator instead of chemicals to chlorinate our Pool. The water is slightly salty, feels a lot nicer and is much better for guests and the environment. 19 August 2019
After many years of hosting wonderful Wedding Celebrations, Pekes is now an Approved Premises for Licensed Ceremonies in our Tudor Dining Room. We have more Wedding plans for 2020. 6th August 2019
The Old Barn – First Steps
About 400 years old, the barn has been decaying since the end of WW2.
As a first step towards major restoration, we have removed all the roof tiles, so now it’s gaunt but rather evocative. 28th July 2019
Amy joins the Pekes Team
Just when we needed someone to come and look after our Weddings & Celebration events, we met Amy. Very experienced, very efficient and lives in Hellingly, almost next door! Perfect.
Come to the National Wedding Show, Olympia, September 20-22 2019, & meet her there. 18th May 2019
We Make The Space
We have made a big open space out of part of our Forestall Field, next to the Oast House.
With steps leading up to it from the Wing, The Space is perfect for almost anything – marquees, cricket, children’s games, races, extra parking, whatever. 11th March 2019
Pekes is almost famous for its urns, pots, tubs and baskets in full flower, all spring and all summer, but our flower beds had started to look a bit neglected.
So, we have started re-creating them, with the help of two excellent garden experts; Tracy & Laurie. More in 2020. 21st January 2019
Christmas at Pekes
Christmas is always a lovely time at Pekes. We decorate the houses for our guests, and with a wonderful turkey farm next door, and locally-grown Christmas trees, all is well set for a joyful season. 7th December 2018