As an American in love with English period dramas and classical literature, I splurged and booked one night at Lainston House. It was clearly out of my usual travel budget but oh was it ever worth it! The staff was really warm and inviting which is so important when traveling alone like I was. Especially since the dining room was way too expensive, so I had dinner in the bar while chatting with the bartender. I stayed in the spectacular lilac room, tucked up in the very top of the house. It had a beautiful bathtub and separate shower with rainfall shower head ... so I had to use both before I left. By far my favorite part had to be the small attic-like window that looked down to the breathtaking avenue of trees. I couldn't stop think about how much it looked like something out of a movie. The grounds are absolutely magical and even though it was grey, cold and rainy, I loved ever minute of walking the trails, touring the kitchen garden area and checking out the odd owl/falcon mini-zoo. Of course it helped that they have rain boots on hand to borrow before sloshing through the wet fields. By the end of my short stay, I was nowhere near ready to go and have vowed to make it back there sometime soon.
One thing I should note, I got totally lost trying to find the house so make sure you have good printed directions before going for the first time.
- 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