The Old Exchange - B&B Lymington - 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 Old Exchange is a modern and light, high quality fully furnished conversion sleeping 4/6 people, and is available for weekly bookings and short breaks. It has been recently converted from the complete first floor of the old telephone exchange in Sway, and has a 3-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. The building is strictly non-smoking, and we don’t 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, with a patio at the front, and it has its own gated drive and parking area with room for two cars. The village shop is opposite the drive, and there are a pub and two restaurants/hotels all less than one minute walk away.
Sway is a quiet rural village four miles north west of Lymington, on the edge of the New Forest, about fifteen miles from both Southampton and Bournemouth, and ninety miles south 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 covers the entire first floor, reached via u-shaped stairs from its own front door at ground level. The open plan kitchen is fully equipped with an electric oven and hob, a fridge with ice box, a washer/dryer, a dishwasher and a microwave. The lounge/dining room has two comfortable leather settees and two fold-out beds, and there is a television and video, a CD/radio, and a small selection of videos. A short corridor leads to a twin bedroom and a double bedroom, and there is a shower room with toilet and basin at the top of the stairs.
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.