Winchester Cathedral lies in the charming city of Winchester and attracts over 300,000 visitors a year who come to worship, learn about its lengthy heritage and attend its wonderful events. Throughout the year the cathedral holds organ recitals, a flower festival and the opportunity for visitors to attend spectacular choir performances within its walls. Admissions fees are £7.50 per adults, children under the age of 16 can enter for free.
This 17th century William and Mary style country house is a true all year round destination. Hunker down during the cold months curled up in front of the drawing room fire, plunder the trunk of traditional board games or take yourself off on a tour of the many wonders of this stateliest of stately homes. There’s plenty to discover, including the fabulous Cedar Bar, carved from a fallen cedar tree that once grew in the grounds.
In the warmer months explore Lainston’s 63 acres of parkland; run, walk or borrow a bike. You could take the ultimate friendship/relationship test and hire the tandem! Make like many a dignitary before you and spend the day with owls, Harris hawks and a Chilean blue buzzard eagle in the in-house falconry centre. Hone your cookery skills at Season, the hotel’s ever-popular cook school, or leave it to the experts and take your place at the table in the wood-panelled Avenue restaurant.
Choose from classic opulence or contemporary chic in the individually designed rooms and suites, not forgetting your pick from the pillow menu. And so to bed in this country house that never fails to surprise and delight.
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Taking its name from the magnificent mile long avenue of lime trees, the award-winning 3AA Rosette restaurant The Avenue, is an intimate, elegant restaurant for lunch or dinner. Inspired by seasonality, the superb and varied à la carte menu is tempting to all palates and tastes. For the foodies out there, The Avenue’s Chef’s Table is also available for up to eight guests, where you can see the chefs working in the kitchen and have each dish brought to you personally. Once the home of Charles II, it’s no surprise you’ll feel every bit a royal when enjoying one of the outstanding afternoon teas served in The Drawing Room or out on the terrace. There’s also a range of unique cooking classes at Season cookery school if you’re looking for a more hands on dining experience, learning from our award-winning chefs or external experts you may have seen on MasterChef or Bake Off Crème de la Crème.
Lainston House offers a wonderful getaway for families, with ‘kids go free’ packages in school holidays, a range of sleeping and dining options along with onsite activities and renowned local attractions like Paultons Park and Marwell Zoo under 30 minutes away. Enjoy one of the family junior suites with two queen sized beds so no one quibbles over the big bed, or you can have travel cots and additional beds added to your room. If you want to make your child’s stay extra special, you can also book a mini tepee package so they can set-up camp in your room and have a cuddly owl to take home. Along with walks and bike rides around the grounds, kids can enjoy feeding ducks, meeting birds of prey, getting mucked in with a cookery class or enjoying games like badminton, croquet and Giant Jenga. When bellies get hungry, you can arrange a packed lunch or picnic, order room service anytime or enjoy relaxed dining in The Cedar Bar or out on the terrace. For children aged 12 and over, they can sample a taste of fine dining in The Avenue restaurant, but if you’d still like to enjoy The Avenue’s à la carte menu and have younger ones, this can be served in The Cedar Bar or a private dining room. Throughout your stay, Lainston House offers milk for the children free of charge as well as complimentary cookies as a bedtime treat.
With 63 acres to wonder, Lainston House is the perfect location for a long walk, with a beautiful sundial garden and almost mile long avenue of lime trees – its most striking feature. Planted circa 1716 as a 19th century vista, the avenue is the longest line of limes in England. You can take a seat on the specially commissioned arched seating whilst admiring the view back up the avenue, borrow a rug from reception to enjoy a luxury picnic hamper on the lawn or take a seat on the sun-drenched terrace to look out over the avenue. If the weather’s not looking so great, welly boots are lined up waiting for guests to borrow so you can still get out and about. For a bit of sporting activity on fairer days, why not take to the court for a game of tennis or borrow their bikes to spend the day out enjoying the beautiful views of the Hampshire South Downs. Guided and non-guided cycle days are also available. With acres of ground and the River Test so nearby, Lainston also offer a selection of country pursuits including shooting and fishing. The spectacle of their birds of prey is also not to be missed, with a variety of falconry experiences you can handle, watch fly and learn all about the birds that live at Lainston House. For lazy days and leisurely activities, garden games like croquet and French boules are perfect for a bit of fun on the lawns.
There’s a fun packed trunk in The Drawing Room which houses a selection of classic games, such as chess, backgammon, Scrabble or Monopoly, or for more up to date gaming, you can enjoy a games console in your room. Alternatively, you can pluck a book off one of our bookshelves and curl up in front of the fire with a cup (or glass) of something tasty! For fitness lovers, if the weather put you off a run or ride, there’s an on-site indoor fitness centre for use throughout your stay. Don’t forget to take a look at Season’s cookery classes as there’s often classes taking place every week.
Not only will you have the wonders of the property to explore, you’ll also find plenty of gems on our grounds including a 12th century chapel, 17th century barn, a sundial garden and an original well house, which is now our cookery school, Season. There’s also plenty of wildlife to keep an eye out for, we’re lucky enough to have our very own falconry facilities, with our resident falconer, Judy. You can get up close and personal with our beautiful birds of prey including; Lula, our Chilean Blue Buzzard-Eagle, our fluffy owls, Eric, Ronnie, Norma, Dave and Wilfred, and Shadow, our Harris Hawk. We also have beehive, and a flock of ducks, whose eggs we collect and use in our kitchens.
Step inside The Cedar Bar and discover a relaxing atmosphere with an open fire, comfy armchairs and ornate panelling, carefully carved by the famous Grindlin Gibbons from a cedar tree that fell in the great storm of 1930. Order a glass of whatever you fancy, take a seat and admire the breath-taking view straight down the avenue of lime trees. Open to both hotel guests and non-residents, it’s a great please to pop in with friends and unwind with a relaxing drink.
Cosy Rooms: From £168 bed and breakfast
Traditional Junior Suites: From £261 bed and breakfast
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From London via M3, through Winchester City Centre:
Travel south on M3, take J9, at roundabout follow directions for Winnall Trading Estate. Proceed over roundabout, road leads to T-Junction opposite Fire Station. Turn left and proceed in right hand lane through town. Proceed uphill to traffic lights and bear right and then take left hand lane past Library and Theatre Royal, remain in left hand lane and follow sign A30 Salisbury/Stockbridge. Straight over at traffic lights, bear right at roundabout following signs for Salisbury/Stockbridge (A30). Proceed uphill to mini roundabout, carry straight over for approx 2 miles on brow of Lainston sign posted “Next Turning Left”, turn left Lainston is 150 yards on the right.
From London via M3, avoiding Winchester City Centre:
Travel south on the M3 and take J8, A303 (Andover, Salisbury, South West) travel 7 miles on A303, take turning for the A34 Winchester. Travel for 5 miles south on the A34. Take the B3420 sign posted Winchester. At roundabout (Three Maids Hill) take the B3420 Winchester. Past the Army training Regiment Camp, take the next right turn over the brow of hill, sign-posted Harestock, onto Harestock Road. Travel to the end of this road (approx 1 mile) turn right in the direction of Stockbridge (B3049). Travel half a mile, sign on brow of hill ‘Lainston next turning on left’ and Lainston is 150 yards on the right.
From the North, via A34:
Travel along the A34 and leave the sign for Winchester (B3420). At roundabout (Three Maids Hill) take the B3420 Winchester. Past the army Training Regiment Camp, take the next right turn over the brow of the hill, sign-posted Harestock, onto Harestock Road. Travel to the end of this road, approx 1 mile, turn right in the direction of Stockbridge (B3049). Travel half a mile; sign on brow of hill ‘Lainston next turning on Left’ and Lainston 15 yards on right.
From the South, via M3:
Leave the M3 at J11 (B3335) sign posted Winchester S & W. Straight over 1st roundabout, 2nd exit next roundabout. Straight through two sets of traffic lights. Left at a mini roundabout into Chilton Avenue, follow to end, take left into Stockbridge Road, and proceed on this road for approx 2 miles. On brow of hill Lainston House is sign posted next turning left. Travel 150 yards Lainston House is first right.
The main Waterloo Line offers a good computer service (approx 1 hour). A taxi from the station to Lainston is a journey of approx 10 minutes.
Attractions Near Lainston House
Located just 10 minutes from the historic city centre of Winchester, there is plenty to do and see including the Winchester Cathedral, The Great Hall and Wolesey Castle.
With a mill on-site since at least 903 AD, this site has over 1000 years of history and is in an area of conservation. The entire production of Bombay Sapphire Gin takes place here in the sleepy North Hampshire village of Whitchurch. The entire site is self-sufficient, using energy from the River Test, the purest chalk-stream in the UK, which runs through the grounds. The building itself is a marvel to see – part Victorian, part new-age – with an ineractive and eye-opening tour. Not only this but you can try the botanicals which make up the gin – and the gin itself! Please check the website for ticket information.
Visit www.distillery.bombaysapphire.com for more information.
With the river Test, known for plentiful trout and grayling, running 10 minutes from the hotel, Lainston is also the epicentre for fly fishing between April and October.
Paultons Family Theme Park is the home of Peppa Pig World and an amusement park with more than 70 rides and attractionslocated in the village of Ower in Hampshire. The Peppa Pig World theme park area is based on the popular children’s television series character. The Lost Kingdom theme park area includes 27 animatronic dinosaurs. The park covers 140 acres of land and features a collection of around 80 species of birds and animals, in addition to the rides.
Weddings at Lainston House
Lainston House is a charming 17th century William and Mary country house designed by Sir Christopher Wren, with a beautiful 12th century barn, outdoor wedding pavilion and chapel ruins based in 63 acres of stunning Hampshire countryside. As you turn into the long, sweeping, tree-lined drive, you are immediately transported to a world far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life; you can see exactly why the hotel is synonymous with romance. Lainston House is fully licensed for civil ceremonies, both indoors and outdoors, and perfectly sized for any occasion, whether a small intimate gathering or a lavish extravaganza of up to 120 people. With a fabulous selection of rooms, Lainston provide the most wonderful setting for your dream wedding. And if you are excited by the idea of your very own country house, the hotel can be reserved for exclusive use, so you can have it all to yourselves.
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Lainston House understand every wedding is different so provide you with your own wedding manager to show you all the possibilities, talk you though their range of packages and help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Lainston House is licensed for civil ceremonies, including outdoor ceremonies in their wedding pavilion.
Wedding planning services
Your wedding day should be as individual as you are so Lainston House have created a ‘made to order’ wedding experience to fulfil everything you’ve ever wished for! A dedicated in house wedding manager is unobtrusively with you, every step of the way, along with a selection of experienced and skilful recommended wedding suppliers on hand to make your day run like clockwork.
Meetings at Lainston House
DAY DELEGATE RATE: from £65
24-HR DELEGATE RATE: from £165
MAX NUMBER: 64 (Cabaret style) 166 (theatre style)