Four years ago, young hotelier Tim Holloway and his wife Edlyn decided to swap London for the peace and quiet of the New Forest, with happy results for anyone looking for an affordable yet stylish rural bolthole. In the village of Sway, surrounded by open heath and woodland, they found The Manor, built in 1906. With the help of interior designer David Bentheim they’ve given the solid brick house a stunning makeover, its 15 beautifully coloured bedrooms decorated with prints from Audubon’s The Birds of America, an open-plan restaurant and bar and a sitting room that daringly pairs William Morris fruit wallpaper with lime green furnishings and black and white check carpets, to stunning effect. The food, elegant, fresh and seasonal, from a constantly changing menu, is excellent, as are the wines. Best of all, the hotel overlooks five acres of sloping wooded grounds, surveyed from a splendid terrace that’s perfect for outdoor dining.
Doubles from £100
+44 (0)1590 682754; themanoratsway.com
Lepe provides a stunning sea side walk, including views of the Solent, Isle of Wight and D-Day landing ruins.
Let our chef prepare a special five course dinner for you.
Pop by the Solent Cellar in Lymington, our wine supplier, before you head home. A fabulous wine shop with lots of small producers from around the world.
CLAIM TO FAME
The 1836 novel The Children of the New Forest is set in the surroundings of Sway.
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