Enjoy the Grounds
Lainston House offers variety of things to enjoy for guests both on site and on the doorstep. Pick up a jogging or walk trail map from reception and follow the wooden posts that guide the way, or hop on one of our mountain bikes (we dare you to try the tandem!) and explore the grounds or local lanes that way.
Soak in the scenery
Order a luxury picnic hamper from the kitchen, borrow a rug from reception and saunter down to the beautiful avenue of lime trees or you’ll find a seat for you to relax and soak up the splendid views. Or for a more leisurely activity, the croquet and French boule lawns are located just outside the Drawing Room, along with the option of tennis. You can also take a trip to the Sundial Garden for something incredibly relaxing.
Spend the day out on the road, enjoying the beautiful views that the Hampshire South Downs has to offer, then return to the luxury of Lainston House for dinner in our award-winning Avenue Restaurant before retiring to bed to rest your weary legs. Then refresh in the morning with a good old full English breakfast. Guided and Non Guided Cycle Days are available on this cycling short break.
You can enjoy our fun packed Trunk in the Drawing room which includes a selection of classic games, such as chess, backgammon, scrabble or monopoly or the most up to date gaming consoles to enjoy in your room. We also offer a wide selection of DVDs to view at your pleasure.
Or you can pluck a book off one of our bookshelves and curl up in front of the fire with a cup (or glass!) of something gorgeous!
a mile of limes
The most striking feature within the grounds is the avenue of lime trees. Planted circa 1716 as a 19th century gentlemen’s vista rather than as an entrance way, the avenue is the longest line of limes in England. Walk to the far end and find a special 25 foot silver birch planted in 2006 commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Exclusive Hotels and Venues. Take a seat on the specially commissioned arched seating surrounding the tree, admiring the view back up the avenue to the beautiful William and Mary house.
Something a little different
Our activity field is where we organise fun things such as archery, motor sports, clay pigeon shooting, falconry and even duck herding. These activities must be arranged in advance of your stay but at Lainston House almost anything’s possible… let your imagination fly and just ask!