British readers may remember 'Through the Key-hole', a TV series a few years ago that had the catch phrase, 'who lives in a house like this?'. It's fascinating to browse home exchange offers on Home Base Holidays as a surprising number of homes listed for exchange are unique in some way. Don't get alarmed that several British members appear to live in barns. Read the descriptions and you'll see, from all the mod cons, that it's been a long time since any of these barns were used as cow sheds!
As there are lots of great homes that suit the category of 'unusual', this is the first of three posts, giving a few examples - do check them out and, if you are not already a home swap member, hopefully you'll be tempted to join Home Base Holidays!
Waldershare Park, Kent, England: Waldershare House (above) is an 18C, Queen Anne Mansion on the 2000 acre country estate of the Earl of Guilford. Our 2nd floor apartment (lift) covers the top floor of the left wing and has panoramic views across the estate. There is a residents garden from which you can walk for miles over the North Downs. Full home exchange offer, 21493
Converted Cider House
Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, England: Our house is a detached converted cider house in a very beautiful valley near the market town of Ross on Wye. Ross has all necessary shops. We are next to the Royal Forest of Dean and close to the beautiful Wye valley. We are also within easy driving distance of the Cotswolds, the Malverns and the Brecon Beacons. Full home exchange offer, 21140
Devon, England: Rouen Cottage is one of a few properties converted from the historic Mucky Duck Inn. Bijou (it was the skittles alley!) but modern and well equipped. Very quiet rural location on edge of Dartmoor, adjacent to National Trust Lydford Gorge woodland walks and waterfalls. Full home exchange offer, 20389
Biddenham, Bedfordshire, England: Our house is a stone conversion of a single-storey stable block with an attached hay loft, originally built in the 18th century. It is in a peaceful village setting yet only 40 minutes by train from London and approximately halfway between Oxford and Cambridge. There is a thatched village pub and restaurant nearby. Full home exchange offer, 25738
Liverpool, England: a fabulous dutch barge currently moored in Liverpool marina. It has all mod cons - washer/drier, dishwasher, central heating, multi-fuel burner, king size bed, shower, bath etc. It is located in the heart of Liverpool, a 10 minute walk away from the new Arena and Albert dock. Full home exchange offer, 24905