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The South Hotels

Lainston House

  • Woodman La.
  • $$$
  • Luxurious Retreat
  • Fodor's Choice

Pros

  • Beautiful setting
  • Atmospheric guest rooms

Cons

  • Lower-priced modern rooms small
  • Country house "shabby chic" not to everyone's taste

Updated 05/28/2014

Fodor's Review

The 63 acres surrounding this elegant 17th-century country house retain many original features, including the walls of the kitchen garden (still in use), the apple trees in the former orchard, and a mile-long avenue of Linden trees, the longest in Europe. The house itself is similarly rich in period details such as a baronial staircase, wood paneling with carvings by Grinling Gibbons in the bar, and two fireplaces surrounded by hand-painted Delft tiles. (The house dates

from the reign of William and Mary, when all things Dutch were in fashion.) Rooms may have original wood shutters and ceiling molding, but the bathrooms have up-to-date electronics and under-floor heating. Smaller, less pricey rooms in one of five extensions are more modern. Don't miss the falconry displays featuring the resident owls and falcons or the ruined 12th-century chapel. The hotel is 2½ miles northwest of Winchester.

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Hotel Information

Address:

Woodman La., off B3049, Sparsholt, SO21 2LT, England

Phone:

01962-776088

Hotel Details:

  • 25 rooms, 25 suites or Jr. suites
  • Some meals

Updated 05/28/2014

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