If you want a place to stay where you can almost guarantee you’ll be well looked after, choosing somewhere which is named after the most caring people in our society is a good start!
Nurses Cottage is a cute little guesthouse in the town of Sway in The New Forest. Originally a residence for nurses in the early 1900’s, former BBC journalist Tony Barnfield converted it into its current state in 1992 in order to start a new life away from London. Being a guesthouse, it doesn’t do a lot, but what it does it does damn well, with outstanding attention to detail. The five rooms are as modern as you like, and feature everything that one would reasonably require of an overnight stay. Plasma TVs, DVD players (with DVDs you can borrow), WIFI, big comfy beds, proper power showers, a fridge full of complementary soft drinks, shoe cleaning kits, toiletries from The White Company – you name it, Tony had thought of it. There’s also a little garden area where you can relax in the sun with a nice cuppa or glass of wine.
Rooms are great value at around £90/night and they also do excellent packages starting at around £255 for 3 nights including breakfast and dinner. Importantly, Nurses Cottage is also well located to explore The New Forest; just head 10 minutes in any direction and you’ll find something to do!
The dining area where meals are served is a light and airy conservatory which can seat around 18 people. As with the venue itself, the food is all about simplicity and quality. Tony is a firm believer in seasonal, local produce and the menu reflects this. Mushroom Millefeuille was a dish of mushrooms cooked in port, shallots and cream with a puff pastry case; very 1970’s, but very satisfying. The Roast rack of New Forest Lamb was a well cooked piece of tasty meat as was the Fruity New Forest pork tenderloin. Desserts went back in time again, with a reasonable attempt at Bananas Flambées. The highlight of the restaurant has got to be the wine, with a concise and sensibly priced 84 bin list which has won numerous awards.
Following a great nights rest, breakfast was again a most acceptable affair. Plenty of cereals to choose from, fresh juice and the obligatory fry-up options were all present.
Dinner for 2 (excluding drinks): £50
The Nurse’s Cottage Restaurant With Rooms
Tel: 01590 683402