“Sweet and perfect” home swap in London – exchange experience

British Museum

“As experienced exchangers, we’ve travelled the world, with a string of wonderful exchanges in Australia, Sweden, Paris,  Florida, Somerset and Cape Cod. Of course, over the years, we’ve stayed in some beautiful homes, enjoyed fantastic views and exotic locations, as well as making long lasting friends.

Although we’ve travelled far and wide, one of our happiest exchanges was neither too far from home, nor was it a long swap, as we stayed for about ten days in London, tagging the exchange on to the end of a visit with family in Cornwall before our train journey back home to France. On the face of it, not the most exciting of exchanges.

How wrong I was! From the very beginning there was something rather special about this exchange. When the owner of the small town house in Camden contacted us, I was interested as it dovetailed so well into our travel arrangements and we enjoy short city visits,  so we agreed to a swap and moved on to the usual friendly correspondence. I think that we both realized at about the same time that we had a mutual friend and suddenly it was so serendipity, as though the exchange was meant to be.

Sadly, in the end, it turned out to be a one sided exchange as they couldn’t make it over to our house in France, but as their house in Camden was free, we were able to go ahead with the original plan.

What a lovely relaxing week we enjoyed; leisurely meals in the luxuriant roof top garden, days spent wandering around museums and galleries, a glorious sunny day sailing along the Thames to Hampton Court.

As for the house, such a find, an oasis of calm in a quiet street, with friendly neighbours and yet just minutes away from the busy exciting high street. Such an invigorating change from our sleepy French village! Such inspiring window shopping.

My two favourite spots in the house? The amazing roof top garden of course, so verdant and lush, with bees and butterflies enjoying the flowers in the heart of the city, but also the bedroom, such a pretty peach colour, with a sweet balcony awash with scented jasmine and tubs of pink and white foxgloves transporting us back to rural Cornwall.

All in all, an exceptionally good exchange, one that originally did not seem to offer anything special, but which turned out to be a little jewel, sweet and perfect. As they say, from little acorns, mighty oak trees grow, and this exchange will always be a very special memory for me.”

Sheila and Daniel

Check out Sheila and Daniel’s charming home swap offer in Prayssac, Midi-Pyrenees, France.

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Stay in Brighton – Trendy seaside break but just 50mins to London!

Brighton get awayFacing the gardens of an elegant Regency Square this light spacious 2 bed-roomed flat offers city centre and is very close to the beach with access to the beautiful South Downs minutes away.

Very good local transport, shops and restaurants with the London train every half hour (50 minutes to Victoria station). Historic houses and park lands not far, galleries, theater, music, cinema and small independent shops all in Brighton.

Exchange Request: Open to offers

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Stay in this lovely family home exchange in London – free accommodation!

London Home ExchangeA lovely family home in Highgate – one of London’s real city villages. On the edge of London’s largest open space but providing fantastic access to all that London has to offer. Beautifully refurbished and with a large garden with trampoline, table tennis and swimming pool. Close to the centre of London and with easy access to Highgate Tube station.

Exchange Request: Country or skiing holidays wanted

View full details of this: home swap in London

Home Swappers newsletter (Sept 13) – out now!

Home Swappers NewsletterThe September 2013 home exchange newsletter “Home Swappers” (issue 101) is available now. Click here to view the newsletter: Home Swappers Newsletter (Sept 2013)

September’s newsletter includes:

  • Featured listing: Seaview home exchange offer in New Zealand
  • Kindle “home swap story” winner!
  • 20% discount on Home Base Holidays membership
  • Join second exchange site for free