Having read some of the recent reviews on TA I was a bit concerned about what we would find, but service at all times was very helpful and friendly. We had a really warm welcome when we arrived at the hotel and everyone was cheerful and keen to see that we were happy throughout our stay.
The food was very good - we had a really delicious tasting menu which was part of a wine-tasting dinner, and the courses were all delicious, although they could have been a little more substantial; inevitably with these menus you have lots of small courses and they were just perhaps a little too small. However, quality and taste were both first rate. The admin was a bit chaotic - we had chosen some variations to the menu in advance to cater for allergies/intolerances, and although the message was obviously received by the kitchen that there were certain things some of us couldn't eat, we didn't have the alternatives that had been suggested, we had something completely different. It actually didn't matter, they were equally good and everyone was very happy with the courses provided, we just wondered what the point had been of offering specific alternatives in advance if they were going to be different on the day.
The room was spacious and comfortable, the bathroom was large and very well equipped, a fantastic huge walk in shower for example. During the night I did find the bedroom rather cold, in spite of having turned the radiators up.
Because it was so cold we didn't really make the most of the setting, but the grounds are absolutely beautiful and would definitely warrant a good look around on a warmer day.
All in it was very good and an enjoyable experience, but having stayed at the sister hotel, the Manor House at Castle Combe, this wasn't quite in the same league, just not as luxurious.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Drive through the gates of Lainston House, up the winding drive, you will enter a world where historic charm and contemporary elegance blend seamlessly. This charming 17th-century country house is a luxurious five star hotel, encapsulated in 63 acres of Hampshire parkland. A peaceful drawing room, sumptuous individually designed bedrooms and food created with passion (awarded 3 AA rosettes). The Cedar Bar is the place to relax for a cocktail and the outdoor terrace is even more so for sipping a glass of Champagne or a chilled glass of wine over a light lunch in Summer months. Don't forget to book for Afternoon Tea, a day in the on-site Cookery School or a spot of Falconry, located at the back of our stunning kitchen garden. This is a classic Country House where you can put the world behind you whether it be for a creative meeting, a relaxing leisure stay or a family celebration. Minutes away from the historic city of Winchester and only a short drive from Salisbury, Stonehenge and the New Forest. Visit Jane Austin country, Highclere Castle (home of Downton Abbey), Bombay Sapphire Distillery or a local Vineyard such as Hattingley Valley. The famous River Test is close by for perfect fishing and quaint villages to explore. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lainston Hotel Winchester