Picture-perfect country house in historic Winchester.
Sweeping into the courtyard of Lainston House is a visual treat. Flower-filled archways and loggias frame the entrance of this elegant 17 century country house hotel, set in 63 acres of rolling Hampshire parkland.
- A taste of the Hampshire high life.
- Champagne afternoon teas – on the terrace or in the drawing room.
- Walks in the beautiful 63 acre grounds.
Hit the spot
On the outskirts of historic Winchester.
There are two tennis courts and a gym, plus bicycles at your disposal to pedal through the grounds. You'll also find a croquet lawn and selection of board games. The Cedar bar is the place for cocktails, while the Avenue restaurant looks over the hotel's avenue of lime trees.
Good to know
Weddings are held here most weekends, but they are held in the barn and should not disturb you.
ClosedOpen all year
ParkingThere is plenty of free guest parking.
AirportSouthampton – 10 miles. London Heathrow is 45 minutes away by taxi.
TrainWinchester – three miles.
PetsWelcome. Dogs are charged at GBP 50 per stay.
LocationWoodman Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2LT, United Kingdom
27 rooms and 23 suites.
Rooms are individually styled and come with a pillow menu to ensure softest slumbers. Many suites have four poster beds, together with either rolltop or infinity baths and walk-in rainfall showers.
Junior suites combine the best in luxe and affordability – many come with an infinity bath, tile TV or jacuzzi tub for two. Plump for one of the suites if your plastic will take the strain We loved Wolvsey, with its fabulous views and steam room shower, and Delft, with its triple windows framing the grand avenue of lime trees.
Eat & Drink
Look forward to a seasonally influenced menu of British food with a contemporary twist at Lainston House’s Avenue restaurant, showcasing the talents of award-winning chef Andy Mackenzie. Signature dishes include belly of pork served with pressed beetroot, chard puree and cider sauce, while delicious desserts include Lainston honeycomb parfait served with a lemon and rosemary Madeleine.
Lainston’s kitchen garden is bursting with fresh produce and trees laden with damsons, figs and apricots. You can enjoy al fresco summer dining on a sheltered terrace overlooking the lime tree avenue.
Lainston House serves fabulous afternoon teas (complete with champagne), and the picnic hamper menu is just as tempting. Staff will pack you a de-lish hamper packed with goodies (and a bottle of champagne, of course) and even provide deckchairs for you to languish under the trees on a warm summer's afternoon.
Served until 10am.
Available 24 hours.
See & Do
Play croquet or boules on the lawn, and pick up a walking trail map or mountain bike from reception to explore the grounds. Have a game of tennis or simply watch rabbits at play in the grounds.
The heritage cathedral city of Winchester, with its antique shops and pubs, is just down the road. The New Forest lies within easy reach, and you can rattle through the Hampshire countryside on a steam train from the nearby Georgian town of Alresford.
There’s a gym for working out, and in-room spa treatments can be arranged on request. Bikes are available for guests' use.