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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
East Sussex
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“Most enjoyable stay.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Having stayed at all four of the hotels in the Exclusive Hotels Group, I’d say the best compliment we can pay Lainston House is that in our opinion, this was the best of the four, and they are all pretty good.
The grounds and the original main building are impressive, but like so many hotels, the majority of the rooms appear to be in extensions added at a later date, although this has been done very sympathetically. The bar and lounge were both comfortable
We stayed for two nights in the “Olive” junior suite, which was a beautiful room, with a triple aspect. It was spotlessly clean, very well equipped, and had a huge bathroom with a free standing bath, plus a shower area with two rain bath showers. It’s the room they display in the brochure and on the website, so it must be good! The room was serviced both in the morning and as part of the turndown service in the evening, where water and towels were replenished if required.
The staff were friendly and attentive to the correct degree, and were always smiling, which is good to see. There were also some nice touches, such as Wellington Boots available if you fancy a walk around the grounds.
We dined both nights in the Avenue restaurant. On the first evening we tried the tasting menu , which is a great way of sampling a variety of what is on offer, and, if it is for a special occasion, I would recommend having the accompanying wines, as they were really well matched to the courses. It does make it a little pricey, but it is worth it for the experience. On the second evening we chose the standard menu options, and again the food was very good.
Breakfast was good without being fantastic, and the only minor issue was on the Sunday morning, when the restaurant was very busy, and our cooked breakfast was served lukewarm, although still edible. It’s only a small thing, and I’m sure they would have changed it if we had complained.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Lainston House.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

My wife and I have stayed at the Lainston House Hotel outside of Winchester multiple times in the past and have always had enjoyable stays. This year we decided to indulge in their multi-night Christmas package of room, meals and activities. We arrived on the day before Christmas to find that power had been out since midnight due to a severe storm the day before. One small suggestion we have is that they should have notified the arriving guests in advance of the outage. But they made the best of the situation and were able to provide a perfectly serviceable afternnon tea with hot water and sandwiches, etc. Power came on before dinner and the chef did a masterful job of preparation considering he had no electricity for most of the day. The meals, including traditional Christmas day luncheon, breakfast every day and a huge evening buffet were delicious and expertly served. The pastry chefs provided a savory end to every meal. Our room, a traditional suite, was large and very comfortable. It took a while for the heat to come back after power was restored but the heated bathroom floor made up for that. The scheduled events added to our fun. For us, the highlight was the raptor demonstration. Being up close and personal with these birds showed why they were the preserve of royalty. Billy Taylor was a most entertaining host. We also found the walk through the extensive grounds with Richard, a professional guide, educational and enjoyable. And the midnight service at Winchester Cathedral was memorable. I have reserved my greatest praise for the staff who went out of their way to make sure our every need was seen to. From the desk staff, through maintenance, housekeeping, waiters, bartenders and Father Christmas himself we had the feeling that they sincerely wanted us to enjoy ourselves. Valerie, in particular, who always seemed to be there when needed, could not have made us feel more welcome.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 January 13, 2014 via mobile

The three letter word 'Wow' says it all.
Beautiful building and outer buildings.
100% clean inside and out.
Service from staff was always very friendly and inituitively knowledgable.
Both breakfast and dinner options were to die for.
Size of our room was amazing!
I will definitely stay at Lainston Hotel again.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We've just spent three nights at the Lainston House Hotel. It was our second visit and it was just as special as we remembered it. The most memorable thing about the stay was the accommodation. Our room was alongside the beautiful main building and was large and very comfortable with a huge bed and luxurious bathroom. We could even watch TV while in the bath. We didn't, however! The weather was very wet and windy but after each outing, our room was a warm, welcoming haven to return to.
We had a few walks round the grounds and visited the owls in the walled garden.
The staff are really friendly, helpful and efficient. They are in background ready to help if you need it.
We only had breakfast in the dining room. There was a lovely buffet with the best granola I've ever eaten. It's made by the chef. There were no menus around for dinner so we weren’t sure about booking it. We thought it might be very expensive and that we would have to dress.
Winchester is a short drive from the hotel and that is another great attraction for us. What an interesting city! It has a beautiful Cathedral, interesting city walks and individual shops and on the Sunday morning there is an antique fair in the High Street.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 January 9, 2014

My husband and I recently returned to Lainston House for their 2 night Christmas package, checking in Christmas Eve and checking out Boxing Day. Unfortunately the hotel experienced a power cut due to the bad weather, so when we checked in we were informed that the evenings dinner would be delayed, which wasn’t a problem at all, we were there to relax and enjoy ourselves.

We were given a room in the eves, a part of the main hotel we hadn’t stayed in before and it was quite an experience going up the narrow staircase in complete darkness. Our room (Hydrangea) was very charming with low beams, and full of character. The view out the back window was simply stunning and you could see the full avenue of trees at the back of the hotel. The only negatives of this room was the low water pressure we experienced with the bath and shower, it spluttered occasionally and stopped completely at times. We didn’t report it, as we knew it was due to the room being at the top of the house! Also, the toilet wouldn’t flush sometimes. Other than that, beautiful room with really unique characteristics.

During our two days at Lainston we had afternoon tea (mulled wine was the best I have ever had!), a four course dinner with wines, a five course lunch with wines and breakfasts on both mornings. Everything was delicious; there were no complaints with the food or service. Christmas day was hilarious, we had party hats, rocket balloons, and poppers all set out on the table. Everyone got in the Christmas spirit with competitions between both parts of the restaurants, in seeing who could send their rocket balloon the furthest.

I must add separately, the evening buffet served on Christmas Day evening was the best I have ever seen. It was absolutely delicious, with so much choice and even the obligatory cold meats and pickles. Never did I see an empty dish, it was replenished often. Well done to the chefs for concocting that feast!

So yet again we had another 5* stay. The staff worked extremely hard during the difficult period of no power, and they worked tirelessly over the whole period to ensure we had a great time, and we did.

Thank you also to Lainston for the treats we received, including the chocolate filled stocking on Christmas morning, the delightful hot chocolate in our room and the beautiful photo of Lainston House to remind us of our wonderful stay. We will be back this year (fingers crossed) and maybe we’ll splash out on one of your fabulous four posters!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We booked a two night stay at the Lainston House Hotel through Secret Escapes, as part of a country road trip. The location of the hotel is good - a bit off-track but was surrounded by a beautiful garden and landscape. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the friendly staff and our car was taken to the car park.

Our room (Azalea) was cosy but the decor was outdated and the bathroom could do with a refurbishment. The shower is open so everything got wet. Although the underfloor heating was much appreciated! Additionally, several areas of the room were not cleaned properly. This room is also situated right above the restaurant and this proved to be noisy at times. We also had no views of the lovely garden.

A two-course dinner was included in our deal and food and service were both excellent. My other half had to leave before dessert to take a phone call and the staff kindly offered to send it up to our room instead. This, we thought, was an excellent touch!

Service as a whole was impeccable. They had an excellent pillow menu, an ice bucket was sent up on the two occasions we requested it and everything was always done in a polite and courtesy manner. And this is why we would rate Lainston House 4* despite the room just being average.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

We attended a party in the hotel last night and decided to stay over...so pleased we did...was a throughly enjoyable experience ....from the moment we arrived in the pouring rain.....being escorted from the car by member of staff with an umbrella, then Having the car ,valet parked...perfect!....our room was gorgeous....."lime"... Staff couldn't have been more helpful....we had tea in the lounge, alongside a roaring log fire....before I retired for a nice long bath before the party.....and throughly enjoyed the TV at the end of the bath!!.... This is a country house hotel with a really good atmosphere....breakfast this morning was delicious .....piping hot tea , and wonderful array of fresh fruits and pastries.....we only live 20 mins away, but am already finding an excuse to go stay again!

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Lainston House Hotel

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 Luxury Hotel in Winchester
#2 Romantic 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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