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More than a touch of history at Lainston House

Situated in Sparsholt, just outside of Winchester, Lainston House is a beautiful country house nestled amongst 63 stunning acres. Commissioned by Charles II, it's believed Sir Chrostopher Wren started work on the site back in 1683. The site contains the longest line of limes in England - at just under a mile - some of which date back to 1716. Fancy learning how to wow guests at home with your cookery skills? SEASON is based at Lainston House and the mansion's chefs provide the expert knowledge needed for budding MasterChef contestants.

Gaze in wonder at Winchester Cathedral

So memorable it even had a one-hit wonder written about it, the gothic Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Tours are available to make the most of your visit, including a look from up high at the top of the tower, or way down deep in the crypt, where you'll find Antony Gormley's sculpture, Sound II - probably now better known than the The New Vaudeville Band's 1966 single.

Go wild at Marwell Zoo

Ten miles from Sparsholt in Owslebury, Marwell Zoo is home to over 1,200 animals across 135 species on a mammoth 140-acre site. A fun day out for kids and anyone interested in conservation, visitors can get up close to penguins, giraffes, camels, rhinos and zebras. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Lainston House? Travelodge Southampton Eastleigh Hotel is the closest at under 6 miles and Travelodge Eastleigh Central Hotel is only a mile further.