Home exchange members generally do very well in selecting photos to show various aspects of their homes, giving potential exchange partners a good idea on whether the home will suit them. For many, this means a tidy-up to show off their homes to best effect before taking inside shots. To avoid a home looking impersonal and sterile though (your guests have chosen to live in a real home, not a cookie-cutter hotel room!), personal effects such as pictures, books, photos (and pets and family members) help make a home warm and inviting. And what is more inviting than a table set up for dinner or drinks on a terrace or garden?
A few samples of recent home exchange offers:
Monte Gordo, Algarve, Portugal: This flat is in the lovely resort town of Monte Gordo, only a 5 min walk from the beach in a beautiful sandy bay. Monte Gordo is 10 minutes from the border with Spain, close to Ria Formosa Park and the Guadiana Estuary Park. It is also convenient to visit old quaint traditional towns like Tavira, Caçela Velha and V.R.S.António or the Moorish town of Mértola. Monte Gordo is a lively resort with a casino, restaurants, bars, terraces and shops. All water sports are available and also, countryside safaris, river cruises, etc. It is only half an hour from Faro and two hours from Lisbon.
Sherborne, Dorset, England: Edwardian house in friendly residential road, 10 minutes walk into town centre. Sherborne is a small market town with an Abbey, two castles and numerous small independent shops and cafes. Mainline train to London (2hrs 10mins). Within one hour you can reach beaches and towns of Salisbury, Bath, Exeter, Wells, Bournemouth and Poole. Sherborne is surrounded by the beautiful Dorset countryside perfect for walking.
Blouwater Bay, Western Cape, South Africa: We are located on the beach at Saldanha bay. We own a lodge and resort, with a restaurant and beauty salon, tennis court, swimming pool, horses, boat, catamaran, canoes. The house is situated in this resort with its own private beach. Saldanhabay is perfect for fishing, sailing and diving. Paternoster, Langebaan and Velddrif are closeby. It is the kite surfing mecca. Cape town international airport is only an hour and a half away. It is only half and hour away from the wine routes and 90 minutes from Stellenbosch. It is a internationally famous bird watching area. The West coast National park is only 20 minutes away.
Colomina, Sidi Ifni, Morocco: My house is in a village 10 minutes walk to the sea. It is fully furnished and has a sun terrace with tent. It's close to local transport, the bone shaker bus or local petite taxis. The house is suitable for families OR adventurous types, perhaps touring Morocco or travelling on to Africa. 10 minutes from Sidi Ifni which is a pretty art deco town, small, friendly place, its only industry is fishing. The beach is great for surfing, good for walking. Sidi Ifni is near the desert. The house is located in a friendly narrow street. Friendly neighbours, who speak French, Spanish and Moroccan Arabic, Berber. The house is light, airy, has a big room with mirrors for dancing or yoga.
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand: Detached 3 bedroom holiday cottage. Wonderful all day sun position. Absolute waterside position overlooking Dunedin harbour at Portobello on the Otago peninsular. Cottage garden, extensive decking and total privacy. Main bedroom has balcony and sea views. The village of Portobello is 10 mins walk from the cottage along a scenic clifftop path.
Budapest, Hungary: Our flat is a contemporary, bright 1-bedroom, 87 square metre apartment, centrally located with easy access to Budapest's excellent public transport system. There are plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance and all parts of the city are easily reached by a cheap, efficient public transport system.
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