'Since I was raised in England, it was always my desire to go back and see my home. It took 40 years, but thanks to Home Base Holidays, on July 4th, my husband and I realized that dream. Dave and Thelma made us so welcome and organized our trip beautifully. Their daughters picked us up from the bus depot. They left brochures and print-outs of routes to the places we planned to go. And greeting us on their kitchen table was a bottle of wine, which was much appreciated after 25 hours of travelling. Being in a home as opposed to a hotel, meant we could make our own breakfast and pack a lunch. Since their neighbours expected us, they were helpful and welcoming. Meeting them in the airport on the way out and going home, was like meeting old friends. We swapped stories and had a few laughs, in no hurry to exchange keys and be on our way. We are hooked on home exchange and are already planning the next one. Thank you all for a great idea.' - Shirley Lester, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Read full description of the Lesters' next exchange offer, HE15650
Note: the photo above is of Shirley and Bill at Clevedon beach near the Nelsons' home in Nailsea, Somerset, while on exchange this summer. The photo to the right is of the Lesters' home in Cranbrook, BC, and the photo below is the Nelsons' home in Nailsea, Somerset.
'We recently completed our second home exchange, our first visit to Canada. We were fortunate to make contact with Shirley and Bill in Canada through Home Base Holidays and arranged an exchange for this summer. Our visit to British Columbia was a great success, in no small measure due to the friendly Canadians we met including Shirley and Bill and their family and neighbours. Also the stunning scenery - our motive for the visit - didn't disappoint us one bit. The whole Canadian experience has prompted us to look for another exchange in that country and province, in particular Vancouver Island, and we hope to be in Canada again next year.' - Thelma & David Nelson, Nailsea, Somerset, England. Read full description (particularly if you live on Vancouver Island!), HE16093