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.
- 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 five star hotel, encapsulated in 63 acres of Hampshire parkland. A peaceful drawing room, sumptuous individually designed bedrooms and food created with passion (awarded 3 AA rosettes). The Cedar Bar is the place to relax for a cocktail and the outdoor terrace is even more so for sipping a glass of Champagne or a chilled glass of wine over a light lunch in Summer months. Don't forget to book for Afternoon Tea, a day in the on-site Cookery School or a spot of Falconry, located at the back of our stunning kitchen garden. This is a classic Country House where you can put the world behind you whether it be for a creative meeting, a relaxing leisure stay or a family celebration. Minutes away from the historic city of Winchester and only a short drive from Salisbury, Stonehenge and the New Forest. Visit Jane Austin country, Highclere Castle (home of Downton Abbey), Bombay Sapphire Distillery or a local Vineyard such as Hattingley Valley. The famous River Test is close by for perfect fishing and quaint villages to explore. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lainston Hotel Winchester