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Lainston House
  • 17th-century mansion house located near Winchester
  • Set in 63 acres of splendid grounds
  • Now a luxury hotel and wedding venue
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Choice of ceremony and reception rooms
  • Pavilion for outdoor ceremony if preferred
  • Award-winning chef serving fine cuisine
  • 50 deluxe bedrooms at exclusive discounts

This stunning late 17th-century William and Mary country house near Winchester in Hampshire offers couples the chance to get married in ultimate glamour. The 63 glorious acres of grounds, the majestic gardens - containing a mile-long avenue of lime trees beside a grand sweeping drive - and the exquisite architecture of the mansion itself make Lainston House a lavish place to marry.

Now a luxury hotel, Lainston can be rented on an exclusive-use basis by couples wishing for privacy on their wedding day. With a range of room options and an award-winning chef, the mansion is ideal for individual, bespoke weddings. For a ceremony with an unforgettable touch, there's even an option to have a tame owl, trained by Lainston's resident falconer, deliver the wedding rings.


The house dates from the late 17th century but there is evidence of a medieval precursor upon the same site, and the chapel was constructed in the 12th or 13th century. Originally commissioned by Charles II, the house was first purchased by the wealthy Sir Phillip Meadows in 1711. Since then, it was passed on through some of England's wealthiest nobility during the 18th and 19th centuries. Elizabeth Chudleigh, Maid of Honour to the Princess of Wales, secretly married Augustus Hervey (who would become 3rd Earl of Bristol) in the chapel. The marriage was undisclosed to preserve her courtly status, and although weddings nowadays at Lainston probably won't need the same degree of intrigue or concealment, echoes of their passion and romance remain today.


The Dawley Barn

This This 17th-century barn is a typical example of agricultural buildings of its period and lends wedding events a traditional rustic feel.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 120 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 120 Guests

There are a number of rooms in the mansion itself which are eminently suitable for wedding celebrations with smaller gatherings.
Drawing Room

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 50 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 48 Guests

Carlton Room

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 40 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 50 Guests

Houghton Suite

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 40 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 40 Guests

Hampshire Room

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 30 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 30 Guests

Ash Room

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 30 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 20 Guests

Mountbatten Room

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 20 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 14 Guests

Outdoor Pavilion

Perfect for couples wishing to fully appreciate Lainston's gorgeous grounds, in summer months or when the weather is fine the outdoor pavilion offers brides and grooms the chance to marry on this elevated stage with up to 120 guests surrounding them.

Outdoor Ceremony Capacity - 120 Guests


Lainston House employ the services of Alresford Marquees for couples wishing for an outdoor reception. The marquee can be used as a 'blank canvas' backdrop. The venue must be booked on an exclusive basis in order to take advantage of this option.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 600 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 600 Guests


Prepared and served by their award-winning chef, the cuisine at Lainston House mirrors the sophistication and elegance found in the entire property. There are no less than 10 wedding breakfast menus to choose from, which can be customised to suit specific requirements. Each bride and groom is offered a complimentary tasting session taking place three months prior to their wedding.


With 50 luxury rooms, all uniquely decorated and furnished, and presenting exquisite views, Lainston House is the perfect place to stay the wedding night, or possibly a little bit longer. The staff know how individual brides' wishes vary, so they offer each first choice of the luxury rooms for her bridal suite. Other rooms are subsequently offered to wedding guests at exclusive discounts.

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Lainston House
Woodman Lane
SO21 2LT

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