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Lainston House

Dog-friendly rates From £205
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Awaiting Rigby's visit

Lainston House

From £205
Paws Guestbook
4 Paws
Four Paws
Dine With Dog
Bed Provided
Bowl Provided
Treats / Food
Setting: Country retreat
Paws: All welcome
Maximum 2 dogs per room

Escape to the country with a visit to this decadent, dog-friendly Hampshire country house hotel, dating back to the late 17th century. Fido will feel like a true stately hound at Lainston House, as you saunter through the mile long avenue of lime trees, before exploring the 63 acres beyond. With country pursuits galore, and enticing quarters for both humans and hounds, you’ll find yourself wishing you were the ‘Lord of the Manor’ at this alluring countryside retreat.

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At Lainston House

With no two rooms the same, you’ll delight at the refined attention to detail at this sumptuous country house retreat. Dog-friendly rooms include handmade mattresses, breathable hand-finished duvets, pillow menus, WiFi, well-stocked tea and coffee making facilities and Plantation toiletries.

Pawfect slumbers

Fido can have his pick of several types of rooms and suites here, all with direct, or easy outside access. Smart bedrooms are beautifully traditional in decor. Located in the Loggia building, they have direct access onto the south lawn. If your preferences err to the more contemporary, while still retaining a nod to the English country charm of you setting, opt for a Plush bedroom. With a little more room and outside access, many also have feature baths or rain bar showers.

For spacious, county house charm, try a Traditional Junior Suite. With decor embracing the historic routes, but with modcons on hand, they are perfect to nestle down in. Found in the Stable Block, with easy outside access for paws to explore from, they include showers with rain bars and roll top or jacuzzi baths.

For private outside space, and a real treat for human and hound, try a Loggia Suite. With luxury front of mind, these suites have modern twists and space abounds, ideal to impress on a special getaway.

Your dog with delight at finding a bed ready and waiting for them, along with a bowl and treats.

Human and hound abound

With 63 acres to explore, your pooch will not be short of a sniffing spot. Be sure to take a stroll along the mile-long avenue of lime trees. Planted in 1716, it is the longest line of lime trees in England, and will be sure to entice a hound. Maps of walks in the area are also available.

Be active

The gym is open from 7am to 10pm daily.

A tennis court is also available, as well as bikes for adults, including a tandem should you not want to be parted (or want someone else to do the hard work!). For those keen to explore the Hampshire South Downs, guided cycle days can also be arranged. For more leisurely pursuits, try the croquet and French boule lawns.

The extra bits

Children are welcome to join you at Lainston House – please note that a maximum of one child and one dog can be accommodated in the dog-friendly rooms. Children will find colouring pages left for them in their rooms.

SEASON, the hotel’s cookery school, which is located in the estate’s old well house, offers weekend classes by prior arrangement.

A wide selection of country pursuits are also on offer, including clay pigeon shooting and fishing expeditions. A variety of falconry experiences can also be booked. Or perhaps just a spot of duck herding? Arrange in advance to avoid disappointment.


  • 6 dog-friendly rooms; 50 in total
  • Check-in 3pm
  • Check-out 11am. Late check-out until noon on request, subject to availability
  • Rates from £205
  • Breakfast included
  • Additional £50 per stay per dog-friendly room
  • Explore England's longest lime tree avenue with fido
  • A perfect base to explore the South Downs National Park or New Forest together

Food and Drink

Hotel restaurant

3 AA Rosette, The Avenue, is an elegant yet welcoming affair, celebrating English cuisine and combining local ingredients with produce from the hotel’s very own kitchen garden. A special occasion? Try the eight course tasting menu.

Hotel bar

While dogs are not allowed in The Avenue, you can both step into the wood-lined Cedar Bar, and sink into a comfy leather armchair while you indulge in your favourite tipple, while fido rest his paws in front of the fire. You may also choose to dine here, with light bites on offer throughout the day (the bar menu can be enjoyed alfresco too), and afternoon tea served daily.

Alternatively, retire to the Drawing Room fire and delve into the trunk, where you’ll find a range of classic board games, or borrow a book from the shelves. Your dog can also join you here, other than during Afternoon Tea serving times.

At your service

Room service is available 24 hours a day.

Order a luxury picnic hamper from the kitchen, borrow a rug from reception, and head out with your dog to enjoy your surrounds.

The extra bits

As well as supplying the tables, the Kitchen Garden at Lainston House is a sweet-smelling delight, and wonderful to enjoy a drink or afternoon tea in.

Children’s menus are available.

  • Breakfast: 7am to 10am Monday - Friday, 8am to 10am at weekends, in The Avenue restaurant (or with your dog in The Cedar Bar)
  • Lunch: Wednesday to Friday and Sundays from noon to 2pm in The Avenue restaurant
  • Dinner: 7pm to 9pm daily in The Avenue. Booking is advised
  • Afternoon tea: Monday and Tuesday, 1pm - 5.30pm; Wednesday to Friday and Sunday, 2.30pm to 5.30pm, 1.30pm or 3.30pm on Saturdays
  • The Cedar Bar: open midday to 9.30pm daily, with light snacks available all day. Enjoy with your dog
  • Order a luxury picnic hamper and head off with fido
  • Dress code: Tweed at the ready

Where We Are


There is beautiful countryside all around here, with the South Downs National Park to your east, and the New Forest to your west. Should you and fido feel the need to stretch your legs beyond your country surrounds, the medieval city of Winchester is just 4 miles away. With daily markets on the high street, and an abundance of historical sites, you and your pup will love an amble through its streets.

To explore one of the UK’s most well-known areas of natural beauty, take the thirty-minute drive to the New Forest. Created in 1079 as a hunting area for William the Conqueror, there are acres of woodland for you to explore together. For more information, see our definitive guide to the dog-friendly New Forest.

Just 30 minutes from Southampton Port, why not enjoy Lainston House with fido before heading off together on the high seas to Europe. Just remember your pup’s pet passport!

For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.


Address: Lainston House, Woodman Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, SO21 2LT

Hit the road

Located just a few miles off the main A303 route through Hampshire, Lainston House is easy to get to. Just pop the postcode in the Sat Nav and you’ll be away.

All aboard

Winchester is the nearest train station, at just over 3 miles away, or 10 minutes by car. There are usually taxis outside, but we would recommend booking a taxi in advance to ensure they are dog-friendly.

Continental capers? Combine with a trip to mainland Europe and take a ferry from Southampton together.

For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide to travelling with dogs. For more handy tips, check out Dog Digest.


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4 Paws Barry, February, 2018.

This is a superb hotel in a great location for enjoying beautiful Hampshire. Food and service are great and there are some really beautiful rooms.

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