Guardian Home Exchange newsletter, find your winter and spring home swaps

Guardian Home Exchange newsletter

Check out the latest Guardian Home Exchange travel newsletter with home swap advice and offers. Click here to view the newsletter

This issue of the Guardian Home Exchange newsletter includes:

  • Home swaps just in: Sunny apartment in Andalucia, Spain | Mountain view home swap in opposite the ski lifts in Ponte di Legno, Italy | Waterside house in Vancouver, Canada
  • Feature Home Exchange: Stunning converted barn in Devon, England
  • Member swap report: seaside home swap in St Ives, Cornwall, England
  • Home exchange tip: adding good photos to your Guardian Home Exchange offer

Visit the Guardian Home Exchange website to find your perfect home swap.



Guardian newsletter: holiday season home swaps


Check out the latest Guardian Home Exchange travel newsletter with home swap advice and offers. Click here to view the newsletter

This issue of the Guardian Home Exchange newsletter includes:

  • Featured home swaps: Paris (France), Tuscany (Italy), Vienna (Austria), San Francisco (USA)
  • Home exchange trip report: lovely home swap in Durham
  • Q&A: can I invite extra people on a home swap?

Visit the Guardian Home Exchange website to find your perfect home swap.


Home exchange accommodation over the Christmas holidays

xmasQ: I’m looking to arrange a suitable home swap in England over the Christmas holidays, and wondered what the best way of finding people looking to also swap then? – Joy, Australia

A: You can search by swap dates to find members in the UK looking for a home exchange between December and January. The Guardian Home Exchange website has lots of home swap offers in the England with many people looking to arrange swaps over the Christmas holidays. Visit the Guardian Home Exchange search page and then use the search options in the left hand search bar to narrow down your search. Use the ‘Exchange dates’ search field to find members looking to arrange a home exchange over the festive period.

Whatever site you use to find your swap, it’s always best to keep your searches as broad as possible so that you do not accidentally miss any potentially suitable home swap offers (e.g. some people that may love to swap with you over the Christmas period but simply entered ‘Open to offers’ for their exchange dates).

Find your winter home swap, Guardian Home Exchange newsletter

Find your winter home swap

It’s still not too late to arrange a home exchange vacation for this winter. When arranging a home swap at short notice make sure to be as proactive as possible and start contacting members to find your perfect match. Check out the Guardian Home Exchange newsletter

In this issue of the Guardian Home Exchange newsletter:

  • Featured home exchanges: Farmouse in Groslier, France | London house exchange in Wimbledon, England | Alpine apartment in Grimentz, Switzerland
  • Swap experience: lovely home exchange in the Algarve, Portugal
  • Winter sun? Check out this ocean view home exchange in Byron Bay, Australia
  • GuardHog: home insurance for the house sharing market

Find your perfect home swap vacation: Join Guardian Home Exchange

Try a home swap close to home

birdport-dorset“I have noticed that many of the places I love, I love even more when I stay there rather than just visiting for the day. For example, we had taken the train ride from Palma in Mallorca to Soller and on to Port Soller many times before we decided to stay there and really get a feel for the place. There are so many spots I’ve visited while staying elsewhere and returned to for a longer sojourn and others still on my list. (Verona, we shall return!).

Last year we swapped homes to Bridport in Dorset, a town I’d explored many times but which I found even more appealing when I was ‘living’ there; and while there we took the bus to Lyme Regis, perhaps my favourite UK seaside resort, and although we had a good day, it didn’t have the same appeal as when I knew that’s where I’d be laying my head.

My best example of this is the home exchange we did to Oxford which, for we Londoners is a day trip destination, and a day trip I’ve made many, many times; but what a delight to wander into the city center each day, sometimes along the canal, sometimes along the river, sometimes along the aptly named Broad Street, to potter about at leisure and to know I can do some more of the same tomorrow, or go into that college I just didn’t have time to see to-day; and what a saving in time and money on travel. As we home swappers know, our visits help us to really get under the skin of a place, even perhaps a very familiar place, and to experience it in a different dimension.

So broaden your horizons. Choose a home swap destination that’s close to home.” -Sandra

Sandra and her husband, Paul, are very experienced home exchangers – both within the UK and further afield in Europe. View the couple’s home swap offer in London

Interested in home exchanging? Join Guardian Home Exchange

Arrange a home swap in London’s Wimbledon Village

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Stylish Guardian Home Exchange in Wimbledon Village






London calling? Then how about enjoying free accommodation in this stylish London townhouse? This Guardian Home Exchange offer is located in London’s lovely Wimbledon Village. The home is arranged over four floors and is right next door to The All England Lawn Tennis Club (although not available for home swap during the Wimbledon Championships when their home is rented to players). The family are open to a home swap over Easter, for two weeks in both July/August and October, plus always happy to talk about a UK weekend home swap too.

Check out this Guardian Home Exchange in London

Interested in home swapping? Search Guardian Home Exchange travel offers

Guardian Home Exchange newsletter (September 2016)


Find your home from home. Check out the Guardian Home Exchange travel newsletter for home swap offers and travel tips: Guardian Home Exchange newsletter (September 2016)

This issue of the Guardian Home Exchange newsletter includes:

  • Featured Guardian Home Exchange offers:
    • Beautiful home in Benidorm, Spain
    • Stunning home in Dunedin, New Zealand with water and city views
    • Wonderful estuary views from this home in Aberdovey, Wales
  • Runner up images in the home swap photography competition including a surfing dog in North Devon, mobility scooter fun day in Holland and canoeing along the Wye in the UK
  • Q&A: can I arrange a home swap with my modest apartment?

Visit Guardian Home Exchange to find your perfect home swap.

Guardian Home Exchange travel newsletter – out now!


Check out the latest Guardian Home Exchange travel newsletter with home swap advice and offers. Click here to view the newsletter

In this issue of the Guardian Home Exchange newsletter:

  • Home swap travel photo competition winning entry
  • Featured home exchange offers: Lovely home in London (England) | Central apartment in Bangkok (Thailand) | Beautiful Guardian Home Exchange offer in Feldkirch near the Austrian Alps (Austria)
  • Home exchange Q&A: can I list my vacation home?

Visit the Guardian Home Exchange website to find your perfect home swap.

Trip report: fantastic home exchange in London

Columbia Road Flower Market in East London“James and Maria Jose have a lovely home not far from Bethnal Green tube . It is on two levels with two sitting rooms and surprisingly quiet for being just behind the main road. We arrived at our home swap home to find a welcome bottle of wine in the fridge, useful instructions on how everything worked and ideas of where to eat and visit in the area.

We walked to Brick Lane for a meal the first night, and found the area buzzing with activity. On Sunday morning we walked to Columbia Road for breakfast and a look around the flower market and shops, and later on we also walked to Victoria Park for a picnic as we had great weather. The area has a lot going on and its pretty easy to get around by bus, tube and train, but also there’s plenty nearby to visit on foot.” Rachael

Home exchange highlights:

  1. A visit to Columbia Road flower market
  2. Sunbathing in Victoria Park
  3. Local cafes and restaurants

James and Maria’s home swap in London  &  Rachael’s home swap in Lancashire

Interested in home swapping? Find your perfect swap with Guardian Home Exchange

Win a Kindle Fire + home swap memberships

Guardian Home Exchange

Win a Kindle Fire + home swap memberships (worth £59) for three runners up.
Thanks to all who have already entered (some great photos and stories). There is still time to send us your travel photos and be in with a chance of winning a Kindle Fire.

We’re looking for photos that best encapsulate your favourite travel experiences. It could be a shot of your children eating ice-cream on a beach, a selfie in front of a famous site or beautiful scenery, or, if taken on a home swap, your family enjoying dinner in your hosts’ home.

How to enter: 

  1. If you’re not yet a member first sign up to Guardian Home Exchange (select either a full or free trial membership)
  2. Send us your favourite travel photos to
  3. Include a description telling us about your holiday and where the photos were taken

The closing date is the 25th August 2016. We will then select a winner to receive the Kindle Fire and three runners up who will each receive a 12 month Guardian Home Exchange membership.