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 www.homebase-hols.com                                                                                                        April 2013 (issue 96)

Home Exchange in England Featured Home Swap

Ludlow, England

Overlooking a C12th Castle and gardens, this stunning 17th century house 'newly built in 1656 after burning in the Civil War' is situated in the beautiful Medieval market town of Ludlow. Ludlow boasts 500 listed historical buildings. 

Exchange request: Europe, UK


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Home Exchange in Tuscany
Istanbul home swap
Houseboat swap
Beautiful villa with private pool and tennis court.
Apartment with panoramic views of Istanbul. 
Houseboat in London for exchange.

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Member report: home exchange in cathedral cities

"I have had a life-long love affair with ecclesiastical buildings so, living in London, I'm spoilt for choice. I always make a bee-line for the church when we're on holiday and I've visited most of England's cathedrals and abbeys, some of them many times over.


Cathedral cities are ideal for vacations and home swaps as they are generally stunning places with a variety of things to see and do. We've stayed in several in our four years' membership of Home Base Holidays. One of our earliest swaps was to Bath, the only place I could imagine living if we were to leave London, where the abbey stands golden alongside the street entertainers, the Roman Baths and the delightful wonky-floored Sally Lunn's Bath bun shop. 


While swapping in Dorchester we caught the bus, a glorious journey through the lush Dorset countryside, to Sherborne, the abbey magnificent in this pretty town which has many other attractions. Our first ever visit to Chester was a house swap and there the cathedral is dark and brooding constructed of deep red stone, shops on one side of the road, cathedral on the other. A perfect day! 


A week in Oxford gave us a chance to get under the skin of this amazing little city which for Londoners is usually confined to a day trip and where the cathedral is just one of many wonderful churches and chapels, a new delight around every corner and uniformity of building materials providing harmony for the eye. 


This time last year we were in Frome, the house an architectural delight in itself, and a bus trip to Wells with its spectacular scissor arch and so beautiful it almost defies description. 


But I think my favourite of all is Salisbury (in photo) and last summer our home from home gave us Stonehenge as a short bus trip in one direction and the cathedral 10 minutes walk in the other. One sunny afternoon we walked across the meadows and sat on a conveniently placed bench to admire Turner's viewpoint of Britain's tallest spire. Thank goodness we got into this home swapping lark. 


And if you're feeling sorry for Paul for enduring my obsession, bear in mind that all but one of these places has a race course - and I'm not adverse to the chance of putting on my glad rags for a day!"

Sandra Newnham


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Also visit our home exchange blog to view some home swap offers in cathedral cities that Sandra & Paul have exchanged with.  

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We love to receive members' home swap trip reports, photos and exchange tips & advice. As an added incentive, you will receive three months added to your current membership for any of your home swap stories and tips we publish. If you are a prolific writer like Sandra, you may never pay for renewal membership again! 
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Home Swap in France
Lake District Accommodation
Stockholm Home Exchange
Restored vineyard cottage 
on wine estate.
Lake District
Converted chapel set in England's Lake District.
Central apartment in Stockholm.

Target your home swaps Well targeted home exchange offers 


It's disappointing when a member fails to acknowledge an exchange offer. To optimise your response rate, send compelling, personalised messages and ensure you target members most likely to be interested in your offer. Read listings carefully (e.g. don't contact a member with a severe cat allergy if cats live in your home). 


Most members are courteous and will thank you for your offer even if not currently of interest. There will always be a few members who don't respond (some may be away or ill and not checking email regularly, a few alert messages may be overlooked, email addresses no longer valid, etc) but, by taking time to write succinct offer messages and targeting carefully, you should receive a high response rate and positive interest in your offer. If your first responses are disappointing, review your offer message and make changes if needed. Keep checking the latest home swap offers regularly and contact members before they've had time to agree to other offers. And, of course, for the most choice, be as flexible as you can be on dates and destinations.

Members offer: join second home swap site for free!


If you are a current Home Base Holidays member, you are offered complimentary one year membership to a second North American home exchange agency. To take up this offer, contact us (subject line: Global offer) with a note of the password you would like set.  


Your message, along with a link to your Home Base Holidays listing, will be forwarded to a representative of the 2nd swap site who will contact you directly with information on using the site. Contact us to sign up to the free offer! 

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