This lovely trip report was sent to us by Marguerite, a long time member and experienced home exchanger. Marguerite describes her excellent home swap in Tuscany with Home Base Holidays members, Shirley and John.
“I would like to write of my, and my travel companions, Caroline and Helen's recent home exchange to Cardoso in Tuscany. This was arranged with the owners, Shirley and John. Their beautiful Italian home is, in fact, their holiday home. Believe me, it is one of the most comfortable and tastefully furnished homes I have ever stayed in. The garden, and the views from it are magnificent, and, if you climb the steps in the village immediately behind the house, you will find yourself at the little village bar, where the same view is available, with a glass of Aperol or Campari/prosseco to hand. The advantages of a friendly, (even the elderly lady bar owner spoke a little English...) mountain village? You are never overcharged for anything!
Visiting Lucca and surrounding cities is simple, trains from the nearby small town run frequently, and driving is very easy, we visited a couple of local beauty spots, and were even privy to a wedding in Castelnuova!
There was so much to see around, but quitting the house, with it's wonderfully cool bedrooms and rooms, even during a hot June was not always easy... it took hunger to drive us from the terrace to the local well stocked supermarket.
Shirley and John were very helpful, everything was very clear regarding the house and directions etc. so much so, that we had no questions... we simply relaxed and had a lovely stay.
Marguerite's charming cottage in Harrogate, Yorkshire
Shirley & John's beautiful hilltop Tuscany home swap
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