Woodman Lane Sparsholt, Winchester SO21 2LT

Lainston House is a 5 star hotel, just outside Winchester. With luxurious suites, award-winning dining and beautiful surroundings, Lainston House offers a peaceful, exclusive experience.

Commissioned by Charles II to build a palace at Winchester, renowned English architect Sir Christopher Wren started work on the site in 1683 by building on the grounds of an earlier medieval dwelling. The mansion is now a hotel that sits among 63 acres of parkland, 3 miles northwest of Winchester, near the village of Sparsholt .

The elegant, period-style rooms are individually furnished. They feature handmade beds, Italian marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee-making facilities. Some have 4-poster beds and freestanding or whirlpool baths.

If you want to enjoy the country air, Lainston House offers a range of totally unique experiences around its vast grounds. Partake in a spot of fishing and croquet on the lawn. Or, if you want to experience the wild side, try the falconry experiences to interact with stunning birds of prey.

If you would prefer to stay in, you can take part in a cookery class, or simply grab a book and enjoy a cosy break in one of the hotel’s many lounges.

The Cedar Bar is named for its ornate wood panelling. Carved by the famous Grindlin Gibbons from a cedar tree that fell in the great storm of 1930, the Cedar Bar is a cosy and welcoming place to start or end an evening. From there, you can make your way to The Avenue to enjoy a fine dining experience.

If you are staying for afternoon tea, you can choose from a range of sandwich and champagne options that are ideal for a treat or a gift.

Lainston House Hotel also hosts regular events. This include exclusive dining experiences, gin tastings and outdoor cinema experiences in summer.