The perfect venue

The Renaissance at Kelham Hall is a stunning  Gothic-style mansion. Providing the perfect back drop for your luxury wedding, meeting, event or special occasion.

Set in 42 acres of picturesque gardens and manicured lawns.

A balance of opulent elegance and grandeur at every turn.

From the most lavish of celebrations to more intimate events.

The versatile state rooms overlooking beautiful lawns, offer endless scope and flexibility to create whatever you imagine.

A dedicated, experienced team of event professionals, will leave nothing to chance, assuring you and your guests of an unforgettable experience, magical moments, and everlasting memories.

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    History of The Renaissance at Kelham Hall

    There have been three halls at Kelham over the centuries, all built by the Manners Sutton family, whose links with the area go back to the 12th century. The first Kelham Hall was built shortly after the end of the Civil War for Robert Sutton, 1st Lord Lexington.

    The Hall was destroyed by fire in 1728 and rebuilt for Bridget, the Duchess of Rutland, the daughter of the 2nd Lord Lexington. Bridget Sutton had married John Manners, the 3rd Duke of Rutland. Their family names were combined, and all their descendants have been known by the name of Manners-Sutton.

    The opulent building in Gothic Revival style that we see today is the third on this spot. It was built by the famous Victorian architect Gilbert Scott after the second Hall was destroyed by fire in 1857. Scott later demonstrated similar design elements to create the London’s famous Midland Hotel (now the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel).

    Unfortunately, the Manners-Sutton family ran into financial difficulties and moved out of the house in 1902. They took up residence in Kelham House opposite the hall

    From 1903 Kelham Hall was used as a theological college for the Society of the Sacred Mission, an order of Anglican monks. The Society trained missionaries here until 1974, except for during both World Wars, when the Hall was used by the military.

    The monks added a west wing to the original Victorian building and built the domed chapel beside it. This is the second-largest concrete dome in England and has been compared to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

    Many of the monks chose to be buried at Kelham Hall and their graves can be seen in the Monks Graveyard, beyond St Wilfrid’s Church. The church dates to the 14th century, though only the west tower is original. Like the Hall itself, the church was heavily altered in the Victorian period.

    American oil men from Texas and Louisiana stayed at Kelham Hall in 1943 whilst drilling for oil in Eakring oilfield. Finding a fresh source of oil was vital, as German raids on Allied shipping had created a serious shortage of fuel. The American crews brought essential expertise and equipment, which they gave freely (though they also drew a regular salary for their work).

    In 1973 the Society sold Kelham Hall to the Newark & Sherwood District Council for its administrative headquarters.

    Business Centre

    Serviced offices at Kelham offers fully equipped office space within the Thompson wind of the former monastery., set in 42 acres of mature woodland, manicured lawns, and riverside meadow.

    Over 35 self-contained offices across four floors of various sizes and shapes, light airy accommodation at competitive prices.

    • Unlimited use of Gymnasium
    • Business hours manned reception, including telephone answering
    • Message taking and call forwarding
    • Unlimited use of meeting rooms within the business centre (subject to availability)
    • Building and public liability insurance
    • Car parking
    • Heating and lighting and water
    • Daily office cleaning and rubbish removal
    • Wi-fi
    • Direct Dial telephone per office and unlimited calls
    • 20% discount of all meeting and events in The Renaissance at Kelham Hall

    Unlike traditional leased offices which tend to require long contract terms with little flexibility or support, serviced offices at Kelham have flexible contract terms allowing businesses to acquire additional space on short notice as business needs change.


    Our virtual office packages add value to your business and help you to grow without the expense or hassle of employing staff or owning your own premises or equipment.

    Allowing you to work from home with a professional office address on your website, and personal telephone answering service.  Our monthly fee incudes

    • Address to register your business
    • Personalized telephone answering service
    • Caller announcement/ call forwarding
    • Message taking facility
    • Access to a choice of meeting rooms (subject to availability)
    • Mail forwarding/collection service (mail charges apply)
    • Accepted signed parcels
    • 20% discount of all meeting and events in The Renaissance at Kelham Hall