We stayed for a Saturday night in January. The weather was dismal, but as soon as we arrived at the hotel our spirits lifted. A genuinely warm welcome from the receptionist and a roaring log fire greeted us. We stayed in Oak, which is a very large room with a huge bathroom, complete with whirlpool bath and large free-standing rain shower. The bed was comfy, and there was absolutely no noise at night which make for a perfect sleep.
The food was lovely; the venison for dinner was perfectly cooked, and there was a great range of delicious fruits and pastries at breakfast, along with a very filling cooked breakfast choice.
The grounds are impressive, and we had a bit of a wander despite the wind and rain to have a look at the owls.
All of the staff were fantastic, and I can't find even the smallest fault with any aspect of our stay. I can't wait to go back.
- 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