Lainston House Hotel
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... was tea and scones and a walk through the grounds and gardens. As a farewell I received a gift bag with her book about Highclere and some assorted goodies. The boys returned to retrieve me and we had a short picnic near one of the "follies" on the grounds. A wonderful birthday with beautiful weather and amazing vistas! Off we go to ...
... timber barriers) which encourage the sand to build up in between, all to protect the seafront. Amazingly these are not an eyesore at all, but quite discreet and I remember when we used to go to the south coast beaches of West Wittering and Bracklesham Bay when we were kids that they also had them. You just had to be careful when you were swimming in a high tide because they were covered in barnacles which, believe me, are ...
... great conversation. I made stuffed portabella's and eggplant. We each described our summer plans as we finished the wine. Once they left, Kelly and I gathered a few other students from various apartments and headed to the corner pub the Rob Roy-only Scottish pub in London ...or so it claims to be. We had a drink in time for last call and then headed home. Tomorrow we head to Canterbury. Today was beautiful...Only 2 more days left, ...
So having stayed up until 2am packing and completing all the standard Pre holiday checks, then still thinking you've forgotten something, which you can buy on holiday anyway... I went to bed safe in the knowledge that my suitcase weighed 14.7kg. 5.3 under the limit. I've NEVER been under the limit. Next thing I know it's 5am and I'm up donning my ...
... there has been such a long tradition of boys only singing at cathedrals that including girls choirs is only starting to happen, and only with the most forward-looking musicians.
For you musicians, amongst other pieces, yesterday we heard Mozart's Missa Brevis in D, Duruflé's Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d'Alain and several small Alain pieces. Today's mass setting was the Messe solennelle by Jean Langlais along with organ music by ...
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My husband and I stayed at the Lainston House for 2 nights over the Bank Holiday. On the outside, the house looks very enchanting, rolling hills, beautiful flowers, old stately mansion.
I stayd here for 3 days for a work function and was looking forward to it with trepidation after reading a few of the reviews.
After reading all the wonderful reviews on this site, I booked a hi deluxe room for myself and my girlfriend at the end of February 2005 so that we could go away, be pampered and enjoy some quality time togther. We drove up the long, winding, tree lined driveway and upto the main house which was absolutley picture postcard gorgeous! We thought we would be in for a treat.
This is probably the lowest rating the Lainston has received on this website, so allow me to explain why. After staying in the Lainston for 3 weeks in 3 different rooms (for work), I've decided that this hotel is utterly full of contradictions that is at odds with its upmarket image it tries to portray. Certainly not a cheap hotel, it does have its cheapness - like a tea/coffee tray on request for £5 per day, something generally included even in bed and breakfasts in England. So it tries to redeem itself by including complementary bottled water in the room. The restaurant is not cheap either, considering they charge London prices in Winchester. (Starters are £10-15 and main courses are £20-30) Yet, their staff failed to charge the bill to my room and never bothered to rectify it even though I was honest enough to tell them they undercharged me. (In fact this has happened a few times during my stay so readers should definitely take note and charge things to their room - they might forget about them as well.) For a grand country house labelled "pure excellence" (quote from its website), the service is decidedly inconsistent - from the wonderful barman to the morning receptionist who can't cope with printing out a bill in the morning (and left me waiting at the counter for 10 minutes), from the fantastic maitre'd at breakfast who always remember my usual order to the check-in staff who lost my reservation despite sending a confirmation email to me. If you are planning to visit the Lainston for a romantic getaway, don't bother unless you can afford one of the suites. The photos on the website is decidedly misleading as on three separate occasions when I was in a traditional double room, my room looked nothing like it, not to mention the brown bathroom with lack of water pressure in the shower which forced me to resort to taking a bath.
Had a very nice saturday night here in February - a great old country mansion. We stayed in the new wing, but it was still luxurious. We had a deluxe double (£145), but the room was more like a suite: it was massive with a huge bathroom. Nice old-fashioned book-lined bar/reading room downstairs which had a good two-man jazz band on saturday night at least. Fabulous gardens and they have good walking maps at the desk. We hd a problem with the room being cold, and althuogh they couldn;t fix it they quickly gave us a large portable heater. FYI, the breakfast can be bargained down on the phone, and although full value of £17.50pp would be a crazy price, it is indeed very good (especially if you did not use the dining rooms for dinner)£7-8 from Winchester in a taxi.
Outstanding house, beautiful location, excellent service.
Stayed at Lainston House 12-14 November 2004. Great hotel, wonderful room (upgraded to a deluxe room), good food and service and, above all, smiling staff who were all willing to help whenever asked. Notwithstanding the fact that other functions were taking place at the weekend (a wedding, parties, etc.) we, as private guests, were made to feel completely special. The grounds of the hotel are absolutely beautiful - what a way to spend a weekend.
5 stars for room (Junior Suite room cost a fortune, but was worth it - the most incredible bathroom I've ever seen) and food (if you're really into gourmet food you won't be disappointed) and general look and atmosphere of the place.
My favourite of all time! A******
We simply had the best most romantic time here. Even though a wedding was in full swing and it was a cold February day, the candles along the cloisters glowed beautifully and everything was heavenly.
Our suite was superb with everything thought of - and the adjoining bathroom a delight (although hubby banged his head on the TV bracket in the bathroom!)
The decorations were sumptuous, our meal was exceptional (with extra sorbets and dishes compliments of the Chef) - by the window in the beautiful restaurant. Staff were fantastic, everywhere was immaculate. Even tea and cakes on the Sunday in the drawing room was a real treat. I just did not want to leave. (Can't wait to go back - hint, hint!)
If we lived nearby, we would be there for Sunday lunch every weekend!
Great Night, Great Food
Stayed one nigth with my wife. Fantastic four poster bedroom, excellent bathroom. The dinner was excellent. Staff were friendly and helpful.