Shopping and Local Towns
Shopping locally for essentials
Sway Farm Shop is one of our favourite butchers and is also very close by. Fantastic butchery and a good selection of vegetables and other locally sourced produce. In the middle of the village.
Other village shops in Sway include a deli, a corner shop, a decent pub and – surprisingly – trains to London, but little else. For comprehensive local shopping, New Milton is nearest (everything you need, no frills) but we prefer …
… which has all the essentials and more with a lovely market town feel and pretty high street. It is about 10 minutes drive, and has a Waitrose, many other food shops (bakers, butchers, fishmongers etc) several boutiques and a great Saturday Market with lots of lovely food treats. A yachting haven with quayside area with pubs and restaurants; and, across the river, ferries to the Isle of Wight
Other local towns and villages
10 minutes away. Probably the best known village in the Forest. Busy village centre has most things including bike hire. Surrounded by open forest and you often find ponies in town. The Pig restaurant is nearby. Trains to London.
15 minutes drive away. A tourist trap with souvenir shops, tea rooms, pubs, wagon rides in summer, horses, pigs and cattle in the streets sometimes, mountain bike hire and a cider press. If you like that kind of thing, then it is way more convenient as a tourist stop than…
Summer traffic in Lyndhurst is heavy: we avoid it. But outside busy periods, it is a quaint little market town with shopping including souvenirs. At the bottom end of the High Street, you can buy a Maserati, sweets sold from jars, or a nice bit of halibut. Not many towns can say that.
About 20 minutes drive – attractive village near Lymington. Bracing walks facing the Isle of White and some of our favourite restaurants.
Further along the coast towards Bournemouth but less than 30 minutes away unless traffic is at its worst (can be bad in summer). Decent sized market town with some pretty areas, selection of restaurants, paint your pot for the children and the added benefits of an ancient Abbey and ferry trips to Hengistbury Head, Mudeford Quay for crabbing, the beach huts, and the sandy beach.
Nearly an hour’s drive, but good market at weekends and some good boutiques. Stonehenge is nearby.