Lainston House

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

Fodor’s Expert 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 (all the rage when the house was built during the reign of William and Mary). 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. The hotel is 2½ miles northwest of Winchester.

PROS

  • beautiful setting
  • period detail in guest and public rooms
  • excellent bar and restaurant

CONS

  • lower-priced modern rooms small
  • country-house "shabby-chic" not to everyone's taste
  • restaurant service can be erratic

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Quiet
Countryside
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01962-776088

HOTEL DETAILS

50 rooms
Rate Includes: Some meals

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