Sway

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Sway is a small, thriving rural village which enjoys a busy high street, some great pubs, a mainline train station, and the open forest and countryside beyond.

About Sway

Sway is a small but thriving and busy village surrounded by open forest and countryside. Its famous landmark is Sway Tower, which at 200ft tall can be seen for miles. The tower is also known as Peterson's Folly, after Andrew Peterson who built it on his private estate between 1879–1885.

Sway has a mainline train station (London Waterloo to Weymouth line) and good selection of friendly shops. These include a well-stocked convenience store, Deli and coffee shop, chemist, hairdressers, newsagents and post office. Supermarkets and high street stores can be found in New Milton and Lymington, both only 4 miles away.

Other notable buildings include the pretty Victorian St Lukes C of E church and Artsway - a gallery and arts centre well worth stopping by. It hosts local and international exhibitions as well as educational workshops. The Jubilee Sports Ground offers flood lit tennis courts, football pitch and cricket ground and pavilion. The village community host several events and drama productions throughout the year, the highlight being Sway Carnival – the whole village turns out to cheer on the carnival procession along bunting crowded streets.

You don’t need to leave the village for great food and drink. The Silver Hind serves fabulous food in their restaurant with bar, winning consistent rave reviews, and it’s very dog-friendly too. The Hare and Hounds is a comfy pub with beer garden and designated children’s play area. They serve good value traditional pub fare. The Manor Restaurant sources local produce to create more elaborate and tasty dishes. Great for foodies who want a lovely meal without fine dining prices.

 

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Flanders Riding Centre
(2 miles)

There are few ways as magic as horse riding to explore the Hampshire countryside, and Flanders Farm Riding Centre offers lessons and livery to those in the area, but in particular caters to children over the age of four, with a children’s club available on Saturday afternoons which proves particularly popular.

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Hordle Lakes Course Fishing
(2 miles)

A carp fishery set in 11 acres with seven individual spring fed lakes, Course Fishing at Hordle Lakes is a chance for all ages and abilities to enjoy a day of fishing.  With plenty of parking a short walk from the activity, fish for Bream, Tench, Perch, Rudd, Chub and Roach with huge bags being taken all year round.

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New Forest Photo Treks
(2 miles)

In a selfie culture who wouldn’t be interested in a New Forest Photo Trek?  Treks designed around their photo taking opportunity, this is a unique opportunity to explore the New Forest with your family album in mind.  Teaching you photographic composition, abstract, landscape, close up, exposure compensation, depth of field, as well as camera technique while you go on a gentle wander through the New Forest, it’s a chance to learn a skill and understand the area at the same time.

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Brockenhurst Golf Club
(2 miles)

An 18-hole golf course in the village of Brockenhurst, surrounded by the New Forest National Park, Brockenhurst Golf Club is blessed with an abundance of wildlife and beautiful landscapes.  Designed by Harry Colt, it is within easy reach of Southampton and Bournemouth, has a welcomeing bar and restaurant, is ideal for families, and green fees start at £40.

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Roydon Wood Wildlife Reserve
(3 miles)

A patchwork of ancient woodland brimming with pastures, ponds, heaths and the Lymington River, Roydon Wood Wildlife Reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife and from flora and fauna to tawny owls.  The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust manage the nature reserves and its ideal territory for walking with the dog and enjoying this beautiful environment.

http://www.hiwwt.org.uk/reserves/roydon-woods

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Absolutely great for peaceful walking.

October 2017



The Silver Hind
(Less than a mile)

A friendly village pub and restaurant in the centre of the pretty New Forest village of Sway, welcoming families, dogs and even horses ! The consistently good restaurant menu is full of quality local fish, seafood and game accompanied by a carefully chosen, and sensibly priced wine list.

The Silver Hind (T: 01590 683900) Sway SO41 6BA

 

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We had dinner here twice and it was great. Dog and child friendly.

September 2017


The Hare and Hounds
(Less than a mile)

A spacious 200-year-old coaching Inn with crackling open fire during the cooler months and spacious beer garden in the warmer weather. This is a family run pub with friendly staff serving a selection of cask ales, beers and decent wine list. The main menu is familiar pub fare, but diners will love the specials board echoing what’s local and in season. Check out their event nights. Dogs are welcome.

Hare and Hounds (T: 01590 682404) Durnstown, Sway, Lymington SO41 6AL

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Had dinner here on the Friday evening, having pre-booked a table. Menu was appealing and extensive and the quality of the food generally excellent I for both quality (although the steak selected by one of us was reported to be 'gristly' and quantity. Service was efficient on what was clearly a busy evening for them.

July 2017


Had a wonderful Sunday lunch at Hare and Hounds, could not recommend it more highly, staff very welcoming and very cosy furnishings..

September 2017


Always good value food, service and atmosphere

October 2017


Sunday lunch was fantastic, now we know why people were waiting outside for it to open!

November 2017


Fantastic! Traditional New Forest pub that's always busy and always friendly and welcoming. Sunday lunches are amazing and such good value. Usually lots of vegetarian choices too. Also dog-friendly in the main part of the pub though not the restaurant, but the food is the same. Been visiting regularly on holiday for about 20 years and never fails to please!

March 2018


The Plough Inn
(2 miles)

A welcoming village pub with large garden and children's play area, serving a good selection of home-cooked pub food including a dedicated pizza menu and childrens options. Quiz nights on Wednesdays and traditional Sunday Roasts pull in a crowd.  

The Plough (T: 01425 610185) Tiptoe SO41 6FQ

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Gordleton Mill
(2 miles)

A smart and stylish riverside restaurant surrounded by beautiful ‘Art Gardens’ full of stunning flowers, sculptures and art exhibits.  Take a stroll through the gardens then sit down and enjoy a menu brimming with beautifully presented seasonal local produce, along with dedicated gluten free, vegetarian and children’s menus.

Gordleton Mill (T: 01590 682219) Lymington SO41 6DJ

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Really nice place, gardens are good fun with the kids and something different that's free... meal was really nice, servers really friendly, although we did have to chase a couple of things, thoroughly enjoyable lunch

September 2017


The Three Bells
(2 miles)

A pub from the ‘Brewers Fayre’ chain, good for hearty burgers, pasta, grills and snacks at a fair price. There’s outdoor dining in the beer garden and plenty of parking.

The Three Bells (T: 01425 63828) Silver Street, Hordle, SO41 0FN 

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Barton on Sea
(5 miles)

A stony beach with sandy areas as the tide goes out, and a great spot to do some fossil hunting. The cliffs are subject to considerable coastal erosion and at times parts of the beach can be cordoned off. The Beachcomber Café on the cliff top is one of the most popular cafés in the region. Plenty of parking in car parks along the cliff top as well as on-road parking.

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Milford on Sea
(5 miles)

A beautiful shingle beach with pretty painted beach huts, plenty of parking, and excellent coastal walks along Hurst spit to Hurst Castle with clear views of the Isle of Wight and needles. The superb Raft Rocks Restaurant is worth a visit with its Art deco style and roof terrace. You can also walk across the wildlife marshes to Keyhaven harbour and (in season) take the boat to Hurst Castle or the Isle of Wight.

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Lovely village, plenty of shops and places to eat - no post office though.

June 2017


Fantastic sea location with goods pubs, shops etc

November 2017


Great for a dog walk along the spit to Hurst Castle. Needles Eye cafe is a welcome break, quite good food but very busy and a bit basic.

December 2017


Highcliffe Beach
(6 miles)

A picturesque, tree-lined beach of shingle, and sand at low tide. Good facilities on the cliff top including an excellent tea room, award winning public toilets, baby change and a children’s play area in the Castle gardens. Plenty of parking, but there is no disabled access and quite a few steps to get down to the beach. Lifeguard cover from July to Sept. No dogs allowed.

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Lovely clean sandy beach and a really i would highly recommend this spot for your car to break down takes the ouch out of waiting for the recovery truck

April 2017


Mudeford Sandbank
(8 miles)

This is one of the most scenic of New Forest beaches. Lined with some of the most picturesque and expensive beach huts in the country! There’s no parking next to the beach, as it’s a traffic-free zone, but there’s pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head from where you can catch a little train to the sandbank, and Mudeford Quay which runs a small ferry (5 mins) over to the sandbank. Can also be reached on foot and by bicycle.

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Beautiful place, our favourite beach in south of England. It feels like an island, when you go over on the ferry and at times (off-season!) on sunny days it can feel like a little piece of Heaven, it's so peaceful and beautiful- bit of a sense of New England. There's a super little 'restaurant', the Beach Hut, which does great breakfasts, meals all day and some evenings. Also takeaway eg pizzas, you can eat on the beach. Very simple surroundings, with a sheltered veranda that can be uncovered in fine weather, and amazing views. Quite pricey and often very busy (and you are best to ring and check opening times and book since often weather and ferry-dependant) but the quality of the food and those stunning views make it more than worthwhile!

March 2018


Lepe Beach
(12 miles)

Some of the best views of the Solent can be enjoyed from over a mile of beach and pine fringed cliffs. Historic D-Day remains, wildflower meadows and children's play area. Beach front car park.

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