Q: We need quite a large home to sleep 10 of us in my own and my sister's family who will be coming to England for a family reunion in 2012. My own home will sleep five comfortably (seven at a pinch). Will anyone with a home large enough for us want to swap homes for our smaller property in Perth?
A: You can find the homes most likely to be suitable for your large group by using the Detailed Options search, selecting 10 from the drop down list beside 'Homes which accommodate'. Choose England (and any other important criteria) and search. You will see the number of people in the exchange party in each listing in search results and so can choose those with five or less that you could accommodate in your own home.
Samples of large homes in England currently offered for exchange:
Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire: Situated in the lovely historic Cotswold town of Wotton-under-Edge. We have a large and beautiful modern home set in a large garden with magnificent views of the surrounding valley. Set on the edge of an 'area of outstanding natural beauty'. This is a sleepy little town with excellent facilities including shops, pubs, takeaways, Indian restaurant, independent local cinema, outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts nearby and local small arts centre that regularly puts on music/performances. The Cotswolds are on your doorstep for fabulous walks and the famous 'Cotswold Way' runs along the bottom of our lane. The exciting cities of Bath, Bristol and Cheltenham are all within easy reach. Oxford is an hour and a half away and London two hours by car. Bristol airport can be reached within 45 minutes. Full home exchange offer, 25956
Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire: Our home is a listed historic folly situated in a beautiful secluded private woodland in Sherwood Forest. The house is built of stone and has 6ft statues of Robin Hood, Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marion and Alan a Dale. It has many other interesting features. There is a large studio space within the grounds and for those who have problems with stairs there is a log cabin in the grounds.
The woodland has an abundance of wildlife, is close to a beautiful river and close to the Robin Hood attractions. Walking, cycling, riding, go carting and many more local attractions. Full home exchange offer, 23707
Sennen Cove, Cornwall: Tinker Taylor is a listed traditional thatched Cornish Cottage situated in an area of outstanding beauty in one of the last few unspoilt coves in Cornwall. It is also a popular surfing area with quiet tranquil coastal walks within the National Trust (Land’s End 1 mile). The heritage coastline makes this an unbeatable venue for many activities including walking, sea sports, golf and bird watching; or just relaxing if you prefer.
Penzance town is nearby where you can board boat or helicopter to the beautiful Isles of Scilly or travel there from nearby Land’s End airfield or on the local Skybus aircraft. Full home exchange offer, 25788
Clayton, West Sussex: We live in a 100 year old property, set in 21 acres of private woodland in the South Downs National Park, minutes off the South Downs Way. We have 7 large bedrooms and can accommodate 15 comfortably.
There is a large trampoline, 3 tree houses, 3 ponds and a zip wire in our garden/woods. There are many interesting features in the house and there are wood burning stoves throughout. The master bedroom has a solid oak four poster bed, wood burner and en-suite.
We are situated 6 miles north of Brighton and just a few minutes car ride from Hassocks station, which is on the main line to London. Full home exchange offer, 25607