The Old Exchange,  Sway


The Old Exchange is a modern and light, high quality, fully furnished conversion. Sleeping up to 12 people, it is available for weekly bookings and short breaks throughout the year. It has been recently converted from the old telephone exchange in Sway and has a three star grading from the English Tourist Council. It is an ideal base for walking, riding, playing golf, sailing, fishing, going to the beach, cycling, or just relaxing in the New Forest.

The property has full gas central heating and all hot water, heating, electricity, as well as towels, tea towels and bed linen are included in the tariff. The building is strictly non-smoking, and we do not allow any pets.


The Old Exchange is a detached building set back from the road in the centre of Sway village. Shielded by trees from the main road it has a patio at the front of the premises, its own gated drive and parking area with room for two cars. The village shop is opposite the driveway and there is a pub and two restaurant-hotels all less than one minute walk away. In the village there is also a chemist, news agents/ post office, and a prize-winning butcher as well as several playgrounds.

Sway is a quiet rural village 4 miles north-west of Lymington on the edge of the New Forest National Park. About 15 miles from both Southampton and Bournemouth, and is located 90 miles south-west of London. Sway station is on the Bournemouth-Southampton main line with hourly trains direct to London Waterloo. There is also a limited bus service


The building is very quiet and The Old Exchange consists of two apartments; one on the first floor reached via ‘u’ –shaped stairs from its own door on the ground level, the second is a ground floor apartment also with its own entrance.


 First floor apartment

The first floor has an open plan kitchen, fully equipped with: an electric oven and hob, and fridge with icebox, a washer drier, a dishwasher and a microwave. The lounge dining room has two comfortable leather settees and two fold out beds. There is a television, DVD player and free-view box. A high-speed broadband connection is available. A short corridor leads to a twin bedroom and a double bedroom; there is a shower room with toilet and basin at the top of the stairs.






ground floor apartment

The ground floor apartment boasts an entrance hall with utility cupboard and a cloakroom with toilet and basin. On entering the hall, to your left, there is a large and light family room, which sleeps four, with twin beds and a set of two 3ft bunks. In this room there is an en-suite shower room with toilet and basin.



On entering the hall, to your right, there is a large and bright sitting room / diner with comfortable seating, television, DVD player and free-view box. A high-speed broadband connection is available. At night, this versatile sitting room / diner converts into a double bedroom by unfolding the 4ft6’’ continental wardrobe bed.

The kitchen is bright and is fully equipped with an electric oven, gas hob, fridge with icebox, a washer-drier and a microwave.



things to do

The New Forest starts at the village boundary, with miles of forest and heathland footpaths and bridleways perfect for excursions. Bicycles can be hired in Brockenhurst three miles away, and there are several local livery stables for pony trekking.

Lymington is a major international yachting centre, and has a beautiful Georgian town centre with a cobbled road down to the quay, good shopping and restaurants, and a large Saturday street market. Car ferries leave regularly for the Isle of Wight, or if you prefer smaller boats, there is a seasonal passenger ferry to Yarmouth that leaves from Lymington quay.

There are lovely beaches all along the coast, particularly at Milford, six miles away, which is sand and shingle, and at Highcliffe, 9 miles away, which is pure sand. There is an easy coastal path running from Lymington towards Christchurch, and Hurst Castle, a 16th Century coastal fort built for Henry VIII, is accessible by walking along a shingle spit from Keyhaven, or by ferry from Keyhaven River.

Beaulieu Abbey and the National Motor Museum are about ten miles away, and there are four golf courses available for players with handicaps within seven miles. Exbury and Furzey Gardens are both about 12 miles away.

Southampton and Bournemouth have excellent shops, theatres and concert halls, and active night life. Winchester and Salisbury are both worth visiting, and have fine old architecture, interesting history and cathedrals.


Mrs Sarah Alborino, Gabetti Cottage, Priestlands Lane, Lymington,
Hampshire, SO41 8HZ
Tel Day 01590 683313 Evening 01590 679228 Mobile 07831 855391