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“Wonderful weekend especially hunting with hawks” 5 of 5 stars
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Lainston House Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Woodman Lane | Sparsholt, Winchester S021 2LT, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
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“Wonderful weekend especially hunting with hawks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

We spent a very special weekend at Lainston House as a birthday treat. The setting is absolutely beautiful and we had a fantastic room in the old house - "Hydrangea", huge with a spectacular view of the avenue of lime trees and the hills beyond. All the staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough for us. Dinner was delicious. But the real highlight was hunting with hawks, an experience we couldn't recommend highly enough. We spent a couple of hours with falconer, Billy, and his dog, Ben, walking through the stunning grounds in Autumn sunshine while the hawks hunted above and around us. Being able to handle the birds was such an exciting thing to do, we felt very privileged and learnt so much from Billy. Definitely a memory to treasure.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

Beautiful setting close to Winchester with good access to Hampshire and Dorset. The hotel and its rooms are spacious and very comfortable and many of the rooms very individual and interesting. Breakfast was very good but dinner was overpriced. Staff are very helpful.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

Attended a function here, super venue. Delicious food, attentive yet professional staff.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

We had a great weekend at this hotel - made special by the falconry.

We booked the falcoln walk - a couple of hours walking with the the hotel's resident falconer and one of his Harris hawks. It was an amazing experience talking about how the birds live in the wild and watching it work in the trees above us. We learned so much and felt really involved. Highly recommended.

Then we had the fantastic tasting menu at dinner - it was a good thing that we'd worked up an appetite. Strongly suggest taking the recommended wines as it gave us an astonishing variety.

Lovely big room in the main house.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

My wife and I stayed for three nights in the Lainston House Hotel and thoroughly enjoyed the room, the grounds and the way in which everyone on the staff treated us. The hotel is a former country estate and that feel has been retained. The building itself has the charm of the old while adding the conveniences of the new. We stayed in a junior suite with a four poster bed and a hugh bathroom with heated floor. Each rooms is different in layout and furnishings. We explored only a small part of their nearly sixty acres that include a private trout stream. On our last night we ate at their Avenue Restaurant (see related review) which matched its surroundings in elegance. There is a gastropub, The Plough, within walking distance that should be part of every visit. Mention needs to be made of the staff who have clearly been well trained to cater to their guests' every need without being cloying. We stayed mid week and most of the other guests seemed to be business people who did get a bit loud one night in the bar. The weekend may be a better choice and their calendar showed a number of special events, including falconry. The Lainston House is part of the Exclusive Hotels group and the name is well deserved. Prices are high, as one would expect, but we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

I booked a Saturday night away to celebrate our anniversary, so I wanted something special, which Lainston House certainly lived up to. As we checked in, we were 'warned' that there would be a wedding reception there during the afternoon. AS it happened, it looked like most of the guests stayed there for the night, but it craeted a great atmosphere.

We didn't eat dinner there, but we were told the martinis in the beatiful bar were excellent and indeed they were. We had a drink there before going out for dinner and not only was it a fantastic vodka martini, served with a few drops of 'holy water', 100% vodka at -18C and a twist of lemon peel, but also with great panache by the barman.

Our room was up in the old servants' quarters, so quite small and under the eaves, but had beautiful views over the avenue leading up to the house and also a great walk-in shower with powerful side jets.

A great place to stay for a special occasion, but not for those on a budget - £16 a head for continental breakfast was a bit too steep to justify, even if it was their own honey being served.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

My wife and I planned to celebrate our 40th anniversary with friends with a special dinner at Lainston House. The event was booked several months in advance with the help of Shanna, the hotel's event planner. The final details, menu etc were finalised a few weeks before. The nine couples all stayed overnight afterwards. The stay was perfect. Our Chapel Suite had a garden door with table and chairs outside so we could enjoy the glorious weather and the bathroom was almost big enough to hold the party in! Our meal (Chef's Table) in a private dining room was superb and (unlike a previous reviewer) I loved the amuse bouche which was both tasty and excellent.
Breakfast the next day was served in the same room so our party could continue to socialise together.
Service was top notch, nothing was too much trouble and was delivered with a smile! I will return and recommend it for that special occasion.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Woodman Lane | Sparsholt, Winchester S021 2LT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Winchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Winchester
#2 Luxury Hotel in Winchester
#3 Business Hotel in Winchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Lainston House Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Drive through the gates of Lainston House, up the winding drive, you will enter a world where historic charm and contemporary elegance blend seamlessly. This charming 17th Century country house is a luxurious hotel, encapsulated in 63 acres of Hampshire parkland. A peaceful drawing room, sumptuous individually designed bedrooms and food created with passion. Minutes away from the historic city of Winchester and only a short drive from Salisbury, Stonehenge and the New Forest. ... more   less 
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