Home Base Holidays members find many imaginative ways to use home exchange:
Melbourne Cup & wedding
Kleinmond, Western Cape, South Africa: We are a retired professional actuary and teacher are visiting Melbourne as part of a holiday including the Melbourne Cup and a wedding.
Our comfortable home is 90 minutes from Cape Town. The Whale coast of the Western Cape is in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve supporting 1600 species of fynbos; apart from the opportunities for watching whales there are many hiking trails, beautiful beaches, three golf courses within 30 minutes and a harbour for launching small boats.
This is a modern 2 storey detached house in the leafy suburban town of Camberley, easily commutable to London. The house is within an Executive development of mainly larger houses, in a well regarded neighbourhood.
Adderbury (Oxford), Oxfordshire, England: We are George & Claire, we got married in April this year and want to try house swapping for our honeymoon!
Spacious three bedroom home in gorgeous, friendly Oxfordshire village. Friendly village with great local shop and pubs, lots of nice walks and cycling. Nearest town is Banbury with good facilities (swimming, bowling, shopping etc) with direct trains to London, Birmingham & South West. Close to Oxford and Woodstock and beautiful Cotswold villages/countryside.
Calstock, Cornwall, England: There is only myself in the exchange party. I am looking to spend a winter in the mountains preferably in Canada or Norway as I want to improve my cross country skiing in training for an expedition.
My house is a beautiful three bedroom property overlooking the River Tamar in picturesque Calstock. The village is just ten miles up river from Plymouth but is surrounded by stunning countryside. It is a very friendly village with a pub that serves good food. There is a small village shop for essential items but the town of Tavistock is close for all your needs.
Writer, open to a change of scene
London, England: I am a writer so am always open to the idea of swapping with someone in the UK for a change of environment. If you fancy a city holiday - let me know. I like the idea of a house exchange and love the idea of people being happy in our home which is a place which is full of love, light and happiness.
The flat is a bright, sunny new build in Queen's Park, West London. Within very easy walking distance of Portobello Road market.
Important family birthday
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada: We wish to spend two or three months in England near our parents in Norfolk, and also take the opportunity to tour the Continent. We have an important birthday to go to in July 2012 so that is the month that at the very least we need to have the house swap for.
Ours is a townhouse in a gated community restricted to persons over the age of 55 (at least one person must be of this age). Our townhouse backs onto a beautiful park area with a stream and surrounded with a privacy fence. Kelowna is a small city situated on Lake Okanagan, a large freshwater lake noted for its cleanliness, beauty, and hot well-maintained sandy beaches.