The property is situated the rarely available and much sought after location of Adlams Lane, one of Sway’s premier roads with access to the open forest at the end of the lane. The village of Sway is a fine example of a quiet yet thriving village community, renowned for its friendliness. The village offers a useful mainline rail connection (London Waterloo approximately 100 minutes) together with a range of shops, a highly regarded primary school, two public houses and the popular Jubilee Fields with tennis club, football pitch, cricket ground and children’s play area. The Georgian market town of Lymington, famed for its river, marinas, yacht clubs, boutique shops and coastline, is within an easy 4 mile drive over the forest. The neighbouring New Forest village of Brockenhurst, again with a mainline rail connection, offers further leisure, shopping and educational amenities, as well as a popular 18 hole championship golf course.
A pretty Mediterranean style covered walkway adjoins the main residence and links to a quadruple garage complex with electric up and over doors under a pitch tiled roof.
Adjoining the garage complex is a two storey guest/staff cottage comprising a sitting room, kitchen, and cloakroom to the ground floor, with a bedroom and bathroom set overhead. The cottage offers options for a variety of uses including accommodation for an au-pair or guests as well as the potential for enlargement.
The driveway extends past the cottage to a separate courtyard area formed around which are a number of timber outbuildings in the form of a large workshop/store providing further garaging options, a garden store, potting shed and gardeners room. A small area set off the courtyard incorporates a greenhouse, tractor store and garden cloakroom.
Set within the grounds alongside the main area of garden is a truly impressive swimming pool pavilion of classic symmetrical appearance with two projecting bays to either side incorporating a six person hot tub/spa to one side and a kitchen/dining area fitted with a range of built-in units and granite work surfaces to the other. Set between the bays in the swimming pool with full-length bi-fold doors opening onto a paved seating terrace. Set within the stand alone building is a shower cubicle and changing room, with a pool house to the rear housing the heating and filtration equipment.
The property is approached off the lane via remote controlled double electric gates opening onto a sweeping, Rhododendron lined driveway of approximately 150 metres in length, which in turn leads to a large turning circle linking to the quadruple garaging and additional garaging set behind.
To the rear elevation, a full length sun terrace adjoins the property and links to the main garden which is principally laid to lawn and flanked by a backdrop of well stocked ornamental beds and specimen planting.
Set towards the rear of the plot is a spectacular well-stocked lake with a small island featuring a number of gunnera plants. Light woodland surrounds the lake affording a good deal of privacy and seclusion as well as an ideal environment for nature watching and meditation.
The beautifully maintained and manicured grounds extend in total to approximately two acres.
Designed by renowned architects Williams Lester in conjunction with the current owners, Carbery Manor was constructed in 2000 on the site of a former manor house, to the highest standard with meticulous attention to detail throughout. The property features an attractive façade of characteristic brickwork balanced by bespoke double glazed aluminium windows under a deep pitched roof with decorative courses and soffits.Internally, reinforced concrete floors to both levels with underfloor central heating extend throughout the entire house with individual thermostats cited to all rooms. An imposing full height 22’ central reception hall with marble flooring and stone fireplace affords a wonderful sense of grandeur, with a wide stairwell ascending to a galleried landing overhead.The main reception hall links to the principle living spaces which include a 24’ drawing room with, stone fireplace incorporating a multi-fuel stove and an adjoining dining room. Both of these rooms feature projecting bay windows looking out across the grounds with French doors opening from the drawing room onto the rear terrace. Also accessed from the reception hall and linking to the dining room is a superb double aspect kitchen/breakfast room fitted with a range of hand crafted units, integrated appliances, granite work surfaces and Indian Slate flooring continuing through into a lovely triple aspect family/garden room affording views across and opening onto the terrace and gardens. This fantastic area forms the ‘hub of the home’ and a great space for everyday family living and entertaining. Set off the kitchen is a second study/snug and a utility room with fitted cupboards, laundry chute and door opening onto a covered walkway for access to the boiler room, garages and driveway. Further rooms to the ground floor include a double aspect study/office with projecting bay window and bespoke fitted office furniture as well as a cloakroom.To the first floor, a fabulous open galleried landing overlooks the main reception hall below and links to the various bedrooms and bathrooms. The luxurious principal bedroom suite is of particular note offering an extensive space comprising the bedroom offering elevated views across the grounds, two designated dressing areas fitted with built-in wardrobes and one with his-and-hers vanity basins, a separate walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom and separate en-suite cloakroom both with marble flooring. This wonderful room is testament to the efforts and work undertaken in creating a residence of such design and stature. There are four further bedrooms to this level including two en-suite guest bedrooms and a family bathroom. Both the family bathroom and en-suite bathroom feature marble flooring and all of the bedrooms benefit from built-in wardrobe facilities.From the first floor landing a concealed stairwell leads up to a good size, fully boarded loft area with further areas of walk-in eaves storage.
Planning permission has been granted for a single storey addition to the garage/staff accommodation block with some internal alterations. These include the conversion of the garages to a sitting room and insertion of new windows, conversion of the loft space to a bedroom, and a small extension to the bathroom also within the loft space. See New Foret National Park Planning, ref: 17/00808
Living in Sway
This leafy village on the southern edge of the New Forest has everything you could want for family life in the Forest. There’s a village primary school rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, a vibrant community with annual carnival, village hall (activities range from archery to yoga), plus cricket, football and tennis clubs. And while there’s easy access to the Forest’s open grassland, heathland and woodland for dog walking and cycling, Sway is off the Forest’s usual tourist tracks and feels peaceful and relaxed.
The village centre combines the unusual with the desirable: a contemporary arts hub, quality businesses like Sway Woodburning Centre, mainline railway station, choice of popular pubs, good cafe/deli, award-winning butcher’s, village store and post office among others.
Property is an attractive pick ‘n’ mix of everything including substantial country houses, individual modern builds in good-sized plots, family homes, imaginative refurbishments, closes of quality new terraces, chalet bungalows and a smattering of Edwardian semi-detached villas and thatched cottages.
Sway’s claims to fame include 200-foot high Sway Tower, the tallest structure made out of non-reinforced concrete, and the countryside around Sway was the setting for Captain Marryat’s work The Children of the New Forest.
Sway, Lymington, Hampshire
- 7 Bedrooms:
- 4 Bathrooms:
- 6 Living Rooms:
A magnificent architect design country house built to an exacting specification in arguable one of the finest locations in the New Forest, with the open forest at the end of the lane. The property is set on a level two acre plot enjoying a southerly aspect and further benefits from a staff/guest cottage, swimming pool pavilion, 4 car garage and a range of timber garages/outbuildings. Energy Efficiency Rating: CRemove from Shortlist
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