Many Home Base Holidays members arrange home swaps when attending major cultural festivals or sporting events as conventional accommodation options can be in short supply or prohibitively expensive at such times. With festivals like the Edinburgh Fringe (late July to late August), many of the performers are also looking for exchanges in the city.
Below are a few of the recent requests for the Edinburgh Fringe:
"Two story very spacious detached town house in a village in the centre of Mallorca. The house has a small pool, a sauna, small garden and terrace.
Large open fully equipped kitchen. The house has recently been renovated, maintaining its traditional character from Mallorca, with exposed beams and stone walls."
"We are a couple in our mid-thirties with a 15 month-old boy. One of us works for an environmental charity and the other is an actor, performing and teaching improvised comedy. This will be the first time we've swapped houses. We'll be in Edinburgh to perform in the Fringe and keen to find somebody in the city who would like to spend August in Brighton. It would be 3 of us plus, if there's a second bedroom, one set of grandparents to help with childcare during the Fringe.
Our home is an attractive Victorian terrace about 10 minutes walk from the sea, 15 to The Lanes, a 100 yards from the lovely Queens Park, in an area with more pubs and real ale than you can shake a stick at. We've been living in Brighton for 10 years, and love the city and surrounding Sussex."
"Hello! We're a theatre company based in Barcelona. This August we'll be in the Fringe and we're looking for a flat (for four adults) where we can sleep, work and rest after the long and hard days at the festival. We need a flat from 31th July until 28th August. If the whole period is not possible we can talk about two weeks or another possibility!
We have a very nice, light and quiet two bedroom flat in Barcelona. It's located in a great and typical neighbourhood in Barcelona, called Poble Sec, where there are not many tourists. The street below is a pedestrian street full of bars and restaurants with terraces, but the flat is not noisy. It's close to the city centre, you can walk or catch the metro (only 3 stops).
It's very near to Plaza Espana and the mountain of Montjuic (you can walk in the parks, go to the magic fountains and museums), only 5 minutes walk to our house!"
"We are bringing a show to the Fringe in the second half of August. We are looking for accommodation for more of our team, all sensible adults, house-trained and adaptable.
Cosy semi, near tranquil garden square, footpath and steps to York centre and all historic attractions, 10 minutes York station and National railway museum. Buses to Yorkshire coast and countryside. York is a tourist city with plenty of culture and music for all tastes."