Rushcroft Farm provides excellent equestrian facilities with two stable courtyards, paddocks and manege. There is an excellent range of modern barns with potential scope for further conversion subject to the usual planning regulations.
The top yard provides access to four large (13’ x 13’) brick built stables, and a double foaling box which the vendors use for their own personal requirements being close to the main house.
The lower stable yard provides access to seven further large stables, four with individual turnout courtyards which are currently used for horse stay holidays and have been run as a successful DIY livery business in past years.
Both yards have hardstanding, tack room, water and electric.
A large open barn leads from here which has two open stables and a farm office with a further large 30’ barn set off the yard and which is used for rare breed goat farming with access to large paddocks.
A tack room and implement store complete the arrangement of useful out buildings.
The total plot extends to approximately 21 acres which included the grounds, gardens, campsite and menage. The land runs down to a stream at the bottom with a natural woodland area with an adjoining grassed area housing two vintage gypsy caravans which are available by separate negation if required and are currently used for holiday letting. There is also a shepherds hut (available by separate negotiation) with fantastic views over the farm which is currently also available for holiday letting. The paddocks offer good pasture with mainly post and rail fencing and mains electric fences and automatic drinkers in all paddocks. An excellent free draining 60’ x 40’ menage with supportive surface is set to the side of the property and set with some mirrors to the surround. There is very easy and safe hacking out from the property to the forest via Mead End Road and Adlams Lane.
The property occupies a secluded semi-rural position on the edge of the delightful village of Sway. Nestling on the Southern edge of the New Forest National Park, Sway is a fine example of a quiet yet thriving village community, renowned for its friendliness. The village offers a convenient mainline rail connection (London Waterloo approximately 100 minutes) together with a range of shops, a highly regarded primary school, two public houses and a popular Tennis Club.
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.
An impressive five bedroom family residence offering beautifully appointed accommodation, constructed mid 1970’s and substantially modernised in 2000’s, built of brick elevations under a pitched tiled roof, the property has been designed to be set centrally within the grounds with many of the principle rooms orientated to enjoy the elevated southerly aspects across the gardens and paddocks beyond.
The principal L shaped reception room offers a wonderful open plan arrangement to suit modern family life and benefits from an array of glazing across the rear with two French doors leading out to the terrace and swimming pool.
The sitting room is arranged around a magnificent feature brick fireplace with inset woodburner which then extends through to an impressive kitchen which is fitted with a large Aga and comprehensive range of eye and base level storage cupboards, display units with coordinating granite worksurfaces with peninsular island and breakfast bar. A dining room is set off the kitchen, which could be used as a study and benefits from a bow window to the front aspect and stairs leads from here up to the principal bedroom suite.
From the kitchen, there is access through to the attached self contained annexe, currently used as a holiday cottage, but which could be incorporated if required as part of the main property or used as ancillary accommodation for a dependant relative. The accommodation offers it’s own private entrance, kitchen, bathroom and living/dining room to the ground floor with a double bedroom set on the first floor. The annexe has access to a private garden and parking area.
From the main hallway there is access to four ground floor double bedrooms. Bedroom two is set to the rear of the property with open views across the rear and paddocks beyond and benefits from a generous ensuite bathroom and built in storage cupboards. There are three further bedrooms set off the hallway, two with built in wardrobes. The family bathroom completes the ground floor.
The first floor accommodation offers a generous landing area which could be used as a large dressing room or family room and which in turn leads through to the principle bedroom which has velux windows set into the roofline with extensive eaves storage areas. A fitted dressing area leads through to a large ensuite bathroom with bath and walk in shower facilities.
Ancillary Accommodation – Rushcroft Cottage 1 and Rushcroft Cottage 2
Set within a separate detached outbuilding, there are two near on identical self-contained cottages currently used as successful holiday cottages.
Both cottages offer spacious layouts with tall ceilings making them feel light and airy. The cottages benefit from an open plan fitted kitchen which lead into the sitting areas. From here French doors lead out to the courtyard gardens. There are two double bedrooms and a family shower room. The cottages benefit from parking for at least 5 cars to the front.
Camping and Caravan Site
A separate gated vehicular driveway leads from the centre of Sway and provides access to the campsite which offers hardstanding with electric hook-up’s for caravans.
There is an additional paddock which benefits from grassed pitches with electric hook ups for camping set around a large grassed area with separate showering and toilet facilities set within the barn, wash areas and two chemical disposal points.
Agent Note: The vendors currently also offer guests the option to bring their own horse for horse stay holidays and guests are able to use the paddocks and stabling.
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.
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A long sweeping drive is the approach to a substantial residential and equestrian estate set on the outskirts of the village of Sway within walking distance to local amenities and the train station. Comprising a principal house with attached annexe, two separate holiday cottages and a camping and caravan site, Rushcroft Farm offers a truly versatile lifestyle option with the ability to provide a substantial income.
Further benefits include an extensive array of outbuildings including stabling for 10 horses, farm buildings including two large barns all set in gardens and grounds approaching 21 acres. The property further benefits from a manege and paddocks. Energy Performance Rating: D