“A year ago I wrote a piece for Home Base Holidays about the new BBC series ‘Home Away from Home’ (*see below). Many of the issues I raised in that article are true of these latest programmes. The new format, however, is a vast improvement, with no air time given to the presenter as it's now done as a voice over, so we get more time to see the swappers. As a travelogue for beautiful Britain its first rate and showcases what we Brits all know: that our restaurants are world class!
My main concern in that first series was the ‘show home’ type standard of most of the properties and that is perhaps even more true of these latest episodes; it’s lovely to see such stunning homes but not the reality for most of us. Also the current offerings end with the participants giving marks for the homes they've stayed in. In some cases the comments are personal and unpleasant and one woman became distressed and cried because of what was said, in particular about her cats. In two episodes people seemed almost surprised to be looking after cats, which is never the case.
So if you were thinking of taking the plunge, and this series has given you more to worry about than reassure you, be aware of this: the good bits shown, comfy homes, saving money by staying somewhere nicer than a hotel, with lots of good advice about what to do, are all true. The bad bits are not true in my experience because home swappers are amazing people.” - Sandra Newnham (in photo above with husband Paul). Click here to view the couple’s home exchange offer in London.
*Read Sandra’s post on the first series: a ‘real’ exchange is even better!
Editor’s note: The second series of ‘Home Away from Home’ is currently being shown every week day at 3.45pm on BBC1. Click here to see the full schedule and to view programmes already broadcast on iPlayer. As with the first series, the short break swaps within the UK were arranged for the participants by BBC staff.