The 'Win a Kindle' competition, promoted in the August issue of Home Swappers newsletter, attracted much interest, making it very difficult to choose a winner. The winning entry will be published in the September issue of the newsletter but, meantime, we are delighted to publish stories by the three runners-up (who each won one year's membership to Home Base Holidays). Here's the first of the stories, a report on a first home exchange:
We have just completed our first ever home exchange to the Sunshine State of Florida. What an amazing experience! As new exchangers we were understandably slightly apprehensive, but we could not have enjoyed our holiday more.
After a long journey (involving planes, trains and automobiles!) we arrived in Englewood, Florida. The house was so welcoming and we loved having our own private pool. We exchanged cars as well, which was great and we explored as much of Florida as we could during our four week stay there. We found some fantastic places including the most beautiful sunset at Venice Isles, whilst watching wild dolphins. Some memories will stay with us forever.
We really don’t have any negative comments to make, but we particularly liked the fact that you have so much freedom and so many home comforts available during home exchange.
We have another exchange organised to Switzerland for Xmas and New Year and we are very excited about this – and the world of opportunity which home swapping opens up. - Anne Shearer, Scotland
Anne and husband Danny (photo above) live in Braehead, a beautiful 200 year old country cottage which has been recently refurbished with much love and care. The house is located in an idyllic village, which although rural still offers easy access to both Edinburgh and Glasgow and there are many lovely market towns and villages close by. The garden is almost one acre, with a pond and the village stream running along the bottom. It is very tranquil and quiet. We have a spacious summer house (in photo) with a wood burner, and a small hot tub in the garden. Read full details of their attractive home swap offer.