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Californians find their home exchange in England

by John Mensinger on April 22, 2013

In a previous post I talked about our family looking for a house exchange in England. This was challenging for several reasons:

1) The location had to be within two hours of my wife’s relatives.
2) Dates were fixed—we had booked our airline tickets.
3) Only six months lead time. This seems sufficient but trans-Atlantic exchanges are often agreed to nine months or more in advance.

Given these problems we contacted over 100 different families at,, HomeLink, Home Base Holidays, and Love Home Swap. More than half were quick to politely decline—they weren’t interested in the location, the dates didn’t work, or they had made other plans. Several said they would consider an exchange in the future. This could work out because we visit the relatives every year.

We had two positive responses from Home Base Holidays. They are ideal for locating home exchanges in England, as half their members are British. The two potential partners were new to house swapping, easy to find using the “most recent listings” search. This is a happy hunting ground because the families are not already taken. A disadvantage to new listings is they may have incomplete information—not enough photos and descriptions. We didn’t let this discourage us, we contacted them anyway. Our two potential partners were quick to furnish additional photos and information. We ended up with a lovely house in London, less than 15 minutes by train from Waterloo Station.

We are looking forward to exploring and experiencing London this summer from the comfort of home.



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1 Brian Luckhurst May 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Enjoy your visit to England John, hope it goes well. London is such a great city, so much to see and do including two new tourist features – The Shard and the Cable car across the Thames, both worth signing up for.

2 Lois, Home Base Holidays June 24, 2013 at 1:55 AM

So glad to see that you found a home swap in London and look forward to hearing about it. Perhaps you will write a short report for an issue of Home Swappers newsletter later on?

Bring some California sunshine with you to London please!

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