A WINCHESTER hotel has been recognised as one of the South’s best at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Lainston House, near Sparsholt, was named as a Silver Award Winner in the Large Hotel of the Year category at the Beautiful South Awards.

The hotel comprises a 17th century William and Mary Country House set in 63 acres of countryside, with 50 individually designed bedrooms and suites, an on-site falconer, and fine dining in the Avenue Restaurant.

General Manager, Antonio Lopez-Bustos, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this award which recognises the unrelenting dedication and hard work of each and every one of the team here. We are a family and we take great pride and enjoyment in providing the best possible experience for all our guests.”

For more than 20 years the awards have celebrated the best the South East has to offer in all areas of tourism, including B&Bs, hotels, holiday parks, and visitor attractions.