The property is quietly situated in a prime New Forest location within a short walk of the village of Sway and the open forest.
Sway 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 a variety of sports clubs to cater for both adults and children.
There is gated access into the forest across Mead End Road and down Adlams Lane, which is a quiet no-through road that opens up onto the New Forest at its furthest end.
The famed Georgian market town of Lymington, renowned for its river, marina’s and yacht clubs offers a diverse range of shopping, leisure and educational facilities, along with a branch line connection to Brockenhurst (approx 4 miles north east) that again provides a rail connection to London (Waterloo) in approximately 90 minutes.
A truly spectacular residence believed to have been built by the much famed lawyer and high court judge Andrew Thomas Turton Peterson, who resided in Sway during the late 1800’s.
The property offers a beautiful and elegant façade of rendered elevations, oversized Sash windows, decorative external cornicing and ornamental soffits set under tile hung rooflines. Internally, there is a wrath of features typifying the period such as high ceilings, ornate cornicing, picture rails, high skirting boards, exposed wood floors and ornate feature fireplaces.
The ground floor accommodation comprises an imposing reception hallway creating a striking impression with dramatic archways and an original mosaic tiled floor. The hallway extends through to the rear of the property with exposed oak flooring and an impressive stairwell rising to the first floor. Set either side of the hallway is a magnificent 24’ sitting room to one side and an equally impressive 22’ double aspect sitting room to the other. Both of these statement rooms feature double bay windows overlooking the terrace and grounds as well as feature fireplaces. Set off the dining room and accessed via full height wooden bi-folding doors is a classic country kitchen/breakfast room fitted with a range of stylish hand crafted units with wood block and granite work surfaces and an Aga cooker. Set off the kitchen/breakfast room is a good size walk-in pantry cupboard with sink and shelving units and a side porch/boot room opening out onto the herb garden. Further rooms accessed from the hallway include an 18’ study with fireplace and double doors opening to the side garden, a cloakroom and a substantial conservatory/workshop opening to the front garden area, offering options for a variety of uses.
To the first floor, a landing area provides access to a 19’ master bedroom with double built-in wardrobes and large en-suite bathroom, a guest bedroom with en-suite shower room, three further bedrooms and a modern family bathroom. Four of the bedrooms to this level feature built-in wardrobes, with the master bedroom and two others enjoying stunning elevated views across the main portion of the grounds.
From the first floor, a stairwell leads up to a further bedroom/office offering a versatile space and then onto a doorway opening into the attic area.
NB. Accessed via a private entrance to the rear of the property is an annexe comprising a kitchen/dining room, pantry and sitting room to the ground floor and a separate bedroom and bathroom to the first floor. The annexe is currently set up as separate accommodation, but could easily be incorporated back into the original configuration of the property to provide more living/bedroom space if required.
The property is approached via a driveway off Mead End Road leading down to a five bar field gate opening onto the end of the driveway and to a large graveled area providing off-road parking for multiple vehicles. Formed around the parking area is a quadruple timber framed open car port garage with side staircase leading up to a large games room running the full length of the building across and a separate small timber garage. Set alongside the single garage is an enclosed chicken run and a log store.
Adjoining and extending across the front of the property is a large paved sun terrace enjoying a lovely southerly aspect with steps leading down into the main area of garden. The terrace is a wonderful space which is ideal for both al-fresco dining and entertaining. The sumptuous grounds extend down from the front of the house to a delightful pond enclosed by post and rail fencing. Set alongside the pond is an architect designed pond house overlooking the pond area and providing a wonderful vantage point for nature watching and meditation.
The grounds surrounding the property are principally laid to lawn with several seating areas and a natural woodland area with designated walk through again providing a real sense of feeling at one with nature. To the far end of the grounds there are views across open fields.
To the rear of the house is a delightful small orchard of various apple trees, a green house, vegetable beds and a detached timber and brick outbuilding currently used as an art studio. This building offers options for a variety of uses (subject to the relevant planning consents) and benefits from a pleasant double aspect as well as a shower and wc.
The beautiful gardens to the front aspect are flanked by a number of established borders and specimen trees which include a Monterey Pine providing a stunning focal point, Cherry, Eucalyptus, Olive, Beech, Silver Birch, Tremulous, Liquid Amber, Bay, Indian Bean, Weeping Willow, Acer and Elder trees as well as Rhododendrons, Camellias and Azaleas.
The grounds extend in total to in excess of two and three quarter acres and feature a second driveway which can easily be reinstated.
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
- 6 Bedrooms:
- 5 Bathrooms:
- 5 Living Rooms:
An architectural masterpiece offering opulence and grandeur in the form of a stunning country house close to the popular New Forest village of Sway. The property offers beautifully appointed accommodation throughout with the benefit of numerous outbuildings all set in sumptuous grounds in excess of 2.5 acres. Energy Efficiency Rating: DSave Property
Spencers Brockenhurst Office
- 01590 622 551
56 Brookley Road