With the new year just around the corner, start planning your Guardian Home Exchanges for 2017. Take advantage of free holiday accommodation in over 90 countries and select from thousands of tempting exchange offers including city apartments, country cottages, ski lodges and beach villas.
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.
“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
Guardian Home Exchange member, Kate, said of her family’s home swap between their home in London and Anne-Marie and Gill’s home in Brighton:
“We enjoyed a fabulous long weekend at Anne-Marie and Gill’s cosy home. Our hosts were very thoughtful, providing lots of handy guides and suggestions for our stay, from the best pubs and fish and chip shops, to where to go for country walks, and even helped us to arrange a babysitter so we could enjoy a night out. The house is in a great location, close to the town centre and seafront, as well as local parks. Highly recommended.” Kate (Crouch End, London)
“We had a one month home swap with Viki and Dave and it was incredible! The house is beautiful and in a brilliant location – within an easy drive of a huge amount of varied beaches (each one more stunning than the last). The pool in the garden is beautiful, but with all of the incredible beaches so close by, we didn’t use it much. There were lots of shops, supermarkets and coffee shops nearby. I really can’t recommend Viki and Dave’s home/location enough – it was a genuine life-highlight for us (it was that incredible!). They kindly allowed us to use their car which helped hugely for exploring the area. Oh and there were also lots of kangaroos nearby. We’ll never forget the trip.” – Monica & Freddie
Take advantage of free holiday accommodation and enjoy all the comforts of staying in a real home.
Check out this fabulous Guardian Home Exchange offer in Maldon, England. This 18th century former Mill house has 1.5 acres of garden that are set on the banks of the Chelmer and Blackwater canal. There’s a small orchard and some lovely old barns and outbuildings. Also included as part of the home swap is a beach hut on nearby Mersea Island for days out at the seaside.
Trains to center of London take only 45 minutes which makes it perfect for day trips into London before heading back to your country home from home.
The house is perfectly located for 365 days of sun a year which can be enjoyed on our terrace eating breakfast or eating dinner in the tranquil garden. The semi detached house belongs to a quiet and friendly private complex which boasts communal swimming pools, gardens and a tennis court. The house is only minutes away from shops, restaurants and main bus stops. The beaches of Maspalomas and Meloneras are only a 5 mins away.