New Forest boutique completes contemporary makeover


The Manor at Sway in the New Forest has reopened its doors after an extensive makeover to transform the hotel’s interiors.

The 15-bedroom boutique has been given a fresh new look under the guidance of designer David Bentheim, who has created a modern country house hotel feel throughout the building.

The house has been restored to its classic country roots, with each of the hotel’s bedrooms as well as its public spaces and bar area updated.

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Bentheim utilised a lot of the original features of the building in his designs, including the high ceilings and stained glass windows and teamed this with bright colours, bold wallpapers, patterned tiles and warm tones.

There are now three room categories, cosy, classic and manor, with each featuring a mixture of antique and modern furniture to achieve a ‘lived in’ feel. The colours used are bright but earthy with simple lines.

Many of the bedrooms have undergone a major configuration to make the best of the space.

The bar is now in a trendy monochrome, while the dining room is accentuated with bold wallpaper and cosy lighting.

The restaurant concentrates on serving locally sourced elegant food with a twist and head chef Jamie Hurst changes the menu in accordance with the seasons, ensuring there is a good variety throughout the year.

Owners of The Manor at Sway, Tim Holloway and Edlyn Cunill purchased the property in January 2014 and immediately began with their restoration plans, with the final project taking just over a year to complete.


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