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Historic houses, gardens and the great outdoors

There's a number of historical houses, beautiful gardens and outdoor places to explore near Lainston House, just take a look at some of the places we've listed below.

Queen Eleanor's Garden, Winchester

The area next to Winchester's Great Hall was transformed into a garden in the style of the 13th century by the Hampshire Gardens Trust.

Distance from hotel 3.2 miles | 10 minutes approximately
Tel: 01962 846476

Winchester City Mill

Winchester City Mill has stood at the heart of the historic city of Winchester, the capital of King Alfred’s Wessex, since at least Saxon times. With a history of over 1000 years, Winchester City Mill is probably the oldest working watermill in the UK. See the mill in action and learn how we produce traditional stoneground wholemeal flour using the power of the River Itchen.

Discover how our freshly milled stoneground flour is combined with local seasonal ingredients to produce delicious treats that can be bought in our café.

Distance from hotel 3.7 miles | 14 minutes approximately

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Visit Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey and explore the famous gardens with outstanding features such as the seasonal planting displays set in 180 acres.

Distance from hotel 9 miles | 20 minutes approximately
Tel: 01794 369317/318


fishing on the river test

Enjoy a relaxing day of fishing on the River Test by booking a ghillie through the hotel.

Distance from hotel 10 miles | 20 minutes approximately


Hinton Ampner

This elegant country manor and tranquil garden sit so harmoniously within the landscape that one cannot exist without the other.

The house was lovingly rebuilt by its last owner, Ralph Dutton, after a catastrophic fire in 1960. Enjoy the beautifully proportioned rooms which house his exquisite collection of ceramics and art, each window offering undisturbed views to the tranquil countryside beyond.

Beautifully manicured lawns lead the eye down avenues of sculptured topiary, past borders full of the heady scent of roses, to breathtaking views across the South Downs.

Distance from hotel 12.3 miles | 29 minutes approximately


The New Forest

A unique and fascinating place, created in 1079 as a hunting area for William the Conqueror, the New Forest has something for everyone, great family attractions, acres of woodland and forest to explore. Cycling and walking enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice.

Distance from hotel 20 miles | 35 minutes approximately

New Forest Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park

A conservation and wildlife park set in 25 acres of scenic and ancient woodland within the New Forest Heritage area that became a National Park in March 2005. Walk about the Wildlife Park and see some of Europe's largest gathering of otters, owls and other indigenous wildlife all in their natural surroundings including pine martens, badgers, polecats, mink and Scottish wildcats.

Distance from hotel 20 miles | 35 minutes approximately
Tel: 02380 292408


Jane Austen's House Museum

One of the world's most famous authors, Jane Austen spent most of her life in Hampshire, and it was here that she wrote many of her classic novels. The houses where she lived and died are now visitor attractions offering a fascinating insight into her life.

Distance from hotel 22 miles | 35 minutes approximately
Tel: 01420 83262


Uppark House and Garden

Perched on its vantage point high on the South Downs ridge, Uppark commands views as far south as the English Channel.  Our gardens are a haven for buzzing wildlife, lazy days and brisk walks all whilst enjoying the stunning views. Take a moment to relax in our Scented Garden, build dens in our woodlands, or simply sit out in the meadow enjoying the views with a cup of tea and a fruit scone.

Uppark's Georgian interiors illustrate the comfort of life ‘upstairs’, in contrast with the ‘downstairs’ world of the servants. A highlight of our collection is one of the best examples of an 18th-century dolls' house in the country.

Distance from hotel 28.2 miles | 57 minutes approximately


Yew Hill Farm

Yew Hill Farm Reserve is a beautiful chalk hill-top with stunning views and is a popular walking spot. It is easily accessible from Winchester, and has great populations of downland wildflowers and butterflies. The reserve is managed by Butterfly Conservation, Butterfly Conservation is the UK charity dedicated to saving butterflies and moths. Butterflies and moths are important parts of the ecosystem, they are sensitive to change and their fortunes help us assess the health of our environment. Two-thirds of butterfly and moth species are in decline. This is a warning that cannot be ignored. Butterfly Conservation improves landscapes for butterflies and moths, creating a better environment for us all.

Distance from hotel 32 miles | 40 minutes approximately 
Tel: 01962 808400 


Charles Dickens' birthplace, Portsmouth

Restored, decorated and furnished in the Regency style appropriate to his birth.

Distance from hotel: 33 miles | 40 minutes approximately
Tel: 023 9282 1879



The breathtaking prehistoric monument located near Salisbury in the English county of Wiltshire stands as strong today as it did 3500 years ago. Documented as one of the most famous places in the world to visit, Stonehenge was built in three phases that consisted of over 30 million hours of labour.

Distance from hotel 33 miles | 40 minutes approximately 
Tel: 0370 333 1181