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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lainston Hotel Winchester