Home Base Holidays members love home swapping for many reasons and it's particularly interesting to see what has attracted those new to home exchange. One recent member, Crepet, whose lovely home in Provence will, I'm sure, be of interest to many looking for a swap in France, gives her reasons in her member profile (see below).
"I am a self-employed translator and work from home. Since last year, I am officially retired but because my pension is very small, I still have to work part-time. Although I love Provence in general and more specifically Villeneuve (I came here by choice), now that I have more time, I would like to discover or rediscover other beautiful regions and cities. I am not really interested in seeing a lot of places, but rather in staying long enough in a place to feel part of the community. My partner is 62, British, retired.
I am choosing home swapping for several reasons: I don't have enough income to rent a place for several weeks every year, I would prefer to stay in a private house rather than a hotel or a rental because I find those too impersonal - it's ok only for a few days; and I think that, although my house is not luxurious, it has a lot to offer and the Provence region even more!
I have a dog that travels with us whenever possible. He is well trained and friendly! I have two cats that I’d like my guests to feed.* "
*Note: Pets welcome and pet care offered
"Four kilometres from Avignon, in the residential town of Villeneuve, my house is a very functional and is in a pleasant little town (12 000 inhabitants) on the Rhône river, across from Avignon. It has a lot of medieval buildings, going back mainly to the 14th century when the popes resided in Avignon. It is very special, urban and rural at the same time; urban because it is only a 15 minute walk from the historical centre of Villeneuve, and rural because it is situated in a former agricultural area where no construction is now allowed. Consequently, there are very few houses."
- Check out full details and more photos of Crepet's home exchange offer in Provence, France
If you, like Crepet, are looking for homes that accept pets and/or members willing to care for your pets in your home, tick the relevant boxes under Additional Options when searching for suitable home swap offers.