Over 60 acres of beautiful Hampshire parkland to enjoy...

Lainston House is one of Hampshire's most beautiful country house hotels.

Take a tour around the grounds and you'll see gorgeous gardens, lovely terraces and beautiful scenery to enjoy.

At the corner of the house, you come to the sheltered South Terrace and croquet lawn. From here you can see the lovely old single white rose, rosa cooperi or Coopers Burma Rose creeping up the wall of the house and the majestic evergreen or ‘Holm Oaks’.

Fragrant gardens and sun traps

Enclosed within a yew hedge, the beautiful Sundial Garden (in the centre of the car park) is a real suntrap and a glorious spot to sit and relax. Adjacent to the Sundial Garden, behind an old wooden gate lies a secret, ancient, walled Kitchen Garden which has recently been restored beyond its former glory. Apart from supplying the hotel’s award-winning kitchen with fresh herbs and vegetables, the Kitchen Garden is now a charming location for guests to enjoy contemplative, sweet smelling walks and has also become the perfect location for early evening drinks parties or afternoon tea with friends. 

Take a stroll up to the Kitchen Garden to say hello to our very special residents including a Turkey Vulture and Chilean Blue Eagle.

Judy displays her birds in the hotel grounds most Sunday mornings and afternoons (a post Sunday lunch or pre afternoon tea treat perhaps!). Or to experience the thrill of flying, handling and even hunting with some of natures most spectacular birds of prey Judy is also available for:

  • Falconry Experiences
  • Vulture Walks
  • Static and Flying Displays


Our falconry adventures are ideal for everyone - no experience is necessary - so come along and experience them for yourself. Find out more.

Lainston is also perfectly placed for a variety of country pursuits including local shoots, fly-fishing on the River Test, clay-pigeon shooting, archery and local cycle tours.

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In memory

Walking up the slope at the far side of the croquet lawn you come across the pet cemetery and the memorial stones for the family dogs and for Dixie, the hotel’s pet cat. Lainston and Leveller belonged to the two Craig-Harvey brothers who went off to the war in 1939. The dogs pined so much for their masters that they had to be put to sleep. On leaving the pet cemetery you come to the Red Oak planted in memory of Williams Charles Lynn, gamekeeper for the late Andrew Craig-Harvey, the last owner before Lainston became a hotel in 1980.

St Peter's Chapel

Now a ruin, St Peter’s Chapel dates back to the 12th century and is still consecrated ground today with a beautiful font and ancient burial stones. A short stroll from here takes you up to the back drive under the Horse Chestnuts, with plenty of conkers to be found in autumn. Here you will come across some delightful garden furniture cut from a beech tree which fell near the house some time ago.

Sit awhile and you may hear the green woodpecker (Yaffle) tapping at the Sweet Chestnut, three trees beyond where you are sitting. Further along is another bench with stunning views across the Hampshire Downs.

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 or jog to the far end crossing the Sparsholt Road via the main gates and here you will find a special 25 foot silver birch planted in 2006 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Exclusive Hotels. Take a rest here on the specially commissioned arched seating surrounding the tree and admire the view back up the avenue to the beautiful William and Mary house.


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