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New Forest Accommodation - Sway

ABOUT Sway New Forest, Hampshire, UK.

Sway is a village in Hampshire in the New Forest national park in England. The civil parish was formed in 1879, when lands were taken from the extensive parish of Boldre. The village has shops and pubs, and a railway station on the main line from Weymouth and Bournemouth to Southampton and London Waterloo. Sway is on the southern edge of the woodland and heathland of the New Forest. Much of the children's novel The Children of the New Forest is set in the countryside surrounding Sway.

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Recommended: The Old Chapel 

Telephone: Joanna Conway

+44 01590683382 

+44 07721033258

Bed and Breakfast in Sway, Nr. Lymington, New Forest, Hampshire, England - Quiet And Relaxing Bed And Breakfast With Total Independence. Walks And Ponies On The Doorstep

The Old Chapel was originally built as a Baptist Church around 1836. It has been carefully restored and updated to provide quiet and relaxing self-catering Bed & Breakfast accommodation. It is situated opposite the owners’ house on the other side of the courtyard, allowing you complete freedom and independence. The Old Chapel is in a quiet lane on the edge of Sway village which has its own shops, post office, and child and dog friendly excellent pubs. With the New Forest on your doorstep, you can expect to see ponies and donkeys grazing on the other side of the driveway cattle grid.

Details for holiday guest house The Old Chapel Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms), 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, 3 Bathrooms

The Old Chapel was originally built as a Baptist Church. It has been carefully restored and updated to provide quiet and relaxing Self-catering Bed & Breakfast accommodation. It is situated opposite the owners’ house on the other side of the courtyard, where you park, allowing you complete freedom, independence and privacy. The chapel offers a choice of 3 non-smoking ground floor bedrooms with Wi-Fi.

 Sleeps - 7 persons.  3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Pets welcome, FREE Internet –Wi-Fi


The Old Chapel, Sway in the New Forest.

The Chapel Bedroom 1

Property Type

·         guest house b&b

Accommodation Type

·         Guest House b&b and self-catering


·       Internet - Wi-Fi


·         pets considered

Location Type

·         beach

·         rural


·         3 Bathrooms

·         Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure

·         Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet

·         Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


·         3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7

·         Bedroom 1

·         Bedroom 2

·         Bedroom 3


  • Notes on accommodation: The Old Chapel is a self-catering Bed and Breakfast. The Chapel Room This large and luxurious bedroom/sitting room is perfect for a couple enjoying luxury but which also sleeps up to 5 people. The high ceiling and huge decorated glass window make this a distinctive and unique place to stay. The décor is complemented by the furnishings. A separate kitchenette has a mini-cooker, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, kettle and toaster. A large en-suite bathroom In the Chapel Room we provide a full English and a continental breakfast. The Green Room A light and airy double room which sleeps 2 in comfort, the Green Room has stripped floors and half-lined timber walls. A mini kitchen is tucked away, offering fridge, toaster, kettle, and microwave. We provide a Continental breakfast for the Green Room. Chapel Lodge A light airy high ceilinged room in a 'shabby chic style', with a contemporary shower room. In The Lodge we provide full English and a continental breakfast. Outside: The Old Chapel has a patio for guests with garden furniture and patio lighting. There is also a bench to sit on to make the most of the sun. The Lodge has a separate sitting area in front of the building.

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The Green Room

The Old Chapel b&b

Bed and breakfast accommodation at tht Old Chapel

The Lodge

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Lovely location and beautifull cottages

Telephone: Joanna Conway



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+44 1590683382 

+44 7721033258

Sway has shops, two pubs, and a number of restaurants and hotels. There is also a Church of England primary school. The village is home to football clubs, a fencing club, an archery club, and a gardening club. Sway railway station is on the main line from Weymouth and Bournemouth to Southampton and London Waterloo with train services operated by South West Trains. From Brockenhurst, one can catch the "Lymington Flyer" services connect with the ferry to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. Sway is twinned with the village of Bretteville, France.

The northern part of the parish contains areas of woodland, heathland, acid grassland, scrub and valley bog, supporting a richness and diversity of wildlife.

Sway is a settlement of Anglo-Saxon origin, and its name, from the Old English name "Svieia", means "noisy stream" which is a probable reference to the Avon Water. Stone Age implements have been found here and Bronze Age barrows containing funerary urns.

Sway is listed four times in the Domesday Book of 1086. Two hides were held from Roger de Montgomerie, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury by Fulcoin and Nigel respectively. A certain Edmund at the same date was holding one hide in Sway which Algar had held from King Edward. Romsey Abbey also held one hide in Sway.

Some time prior to 1150 Hugh de Witteville gave "his whole land of Sway with its men and one mill" to Quarr Abbey, and about the same date Ralph Fulcher donated land at Sway to the same abbey.[12] In the 13th century Christchurch Priory also gained land in Sway, which increased in the 14th century by the grant of land in Sway from John, vicar of Christchurch. Free warren in Sway was granted to the priory in 1384. Romsey Abbey also held land in Sway, afterwards known as the manor of Sway Romsey or South Sway. The Abbess of Romsey was holding land in Sway together with the Abbot of Quarr and the Prior of Christchurch in 1316.

In 1543, at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the lands possessed by Quarr and Christchurch were granted to Sir John Williams and others, by whom it was subsequently conveyed to John Mill, the purchaser and grantee of much monastic property in the neighbourhood. The combined lands became known as the manor of Sway Quarr. The manor of Sway Romsey (South Sway) remained separate but were also granted at the Dissolution to Sir John Williams and henceforth had the same owners as Sway Quarr. The estate then followed the descent of Battramsley manor until 1627, when it was sold by George Wroughton to John Button of Buckland Lymington, and in 1670 he or his son appeared before the justice seat held at Lyndhurst as the lord of the manor of Sway. Before the end of the century, however, it had passed to Edmund Dummer of Swaythling. It then passed by inheritance into the Bond family who held the estate down to the 19th century.

St Luke's ChurchOne other Domesday Book manor within the parish of Sway is known as Arnewood, which prior to 1066 had been held by Siward from Earl Tostig. The estate seems to have belong to Christchurch Manor in the 13th and 14th centuries, although one small part of it was held differently and later became joined to the nearby manor of Ashley to become "Ashley Arnewood". In 1384 the Earl of Salisbury and lord of Christchurch sold the manor of Arnewood to Thomas Street. The manor passed through various hands in the following centuries, but by the 19th century it belonged, like the other manors of Sway, to the Bond family.

St Luke's Church was built in 1839.[14] The ecclesiastical parish of Sway was created in 1841. The civil parish of Sway was formed in 1879, when 2,200 acres (8.9 km2) were taken from the extensive parish of Boldre. The railway came to Sway in 1888, when Sway railway station was built.

In the village was Arnewood House (now destroyed by fire) which was the home of the Children of the New Forest in Captain Marryat's book. Marryat also used the surrounding countryside as the setting for the book.

In World War II, an Emergency Landing Ground for aircraft was established just south of the village, and was used by aircraft based at RAF Christchurch for overnight stays to protect them from German attack at Christchurch. However, the Luftwaffe bombed Sway on several occasions, and by 1941, after just one year of operation, the site was abandoned.

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