Home Base Holidays
www.homebase-hols.com                                                                                                 September 2013 (issue 101)
Home Swap in New Zealand Featured Home Swap
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Absolute waterside position overlooking Dunedin harbour on the Otago peninsular. The cottage has a garden, extensive decking and total privacy. Main bedroom has balcony with stunning sea views.
 
The village of Portobello is 10mins walk from the cottage along a scenic cliff top path. A beautiful and very special part of the majestic South Island. 
          

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Home Exchange in London
Home Swap in France
Home Swap in Greece
London
Lovely apartment close to Buckingham Palace.
France
La Rosiers, a beautiful home in Onzain, France.
Greece
Stunning views over the bay of Nidri.
"We have already completed two home exchanges and we have loved the experience!" 
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Congratulations to Sheila - winner of the Kindle! 
 
Home Swap in FranceWe were delighted to receive many lovely home swap stories in the competition to win a Kindle announced in the August issue of the newsletter. Choosing a winner was very difficult but we are pleased to announce that the winner is Sheila Lamare, a long-time Home Base Holidays member. We felt Sheila's story perfectly encapsulated what home exchanging is all about - cherished memories that don't depend on how grand a home is or how exotic the location.

 

Sheila's winning story:

"Experienced exchangers, we've travelled the world, with a string of wonderful exchanges in Australia, Sweden, Paris, Florida, Somerset and Cape Cod. Of course, over the years, we've stayed in some beautiful homes, enjoyed fantastic views and exotic locations, as well as making long lasting friends.

Although we've travelled far and wide, one of our happiest exchanges was neither too far from home, nor was it a long swap, as we stayed for about ten days in London, tagging the exchange on to the end of a visit with family in Cornwall before our train journey back home to France. On the face of it, not the most exciting of exchanges.

How wrong I was! From the very beginning there was something rather special about this exchange. When the owner of the small town house in Camden contacted us, I was interested as it dovetailed so well into our travel arrangements and we enjoy short city visits, so we agreed to a swap and moved on to the usual friendly correspondence. I think that we both realized at about the same time that we had a mutual friend and suddenly it was so serendipity, as though the exchange was meant to be.

Sadly, in the end, it turned out to be a one sided exchange as they couldn't make it over to our house in France, but as their house in Camden was free, we were able to go ahead with the original plan. What a lovely relaxing week we enjoyed; leisurely meals in the luxuriant roof top garden, days spent wandering around museums and galleries, a glorious sunny day sailing along the Thames to Hampton Court. As for the house, such a find, an oasis of calm in a quiet street, with friendly neighbours and yet just minutes away from the busy exciting high street. Such an invigorating change from our sleepy French village! Such inspiring window shopping.

My two favourite spots in the house? The amazing roof top garden of course, so verdant and lush, with bees and butterflies enjoying the flowers in the heart of the city, but also the bedroom, such a pretty peach colour, with a sweet balcony awash with scented jasmine and tubs of pink and white foxgloves transporting us back to rural Cornwall.

All in all, an exceptionally good exchange, one that originally did not seem to offer anything special, but which turned out to be a little jewel, sweet and perfect. As they say, from little acorns, mighty oak trees grow, and this exchange will always be a very special memory for me."          Sheila (Prayssac, Midi-Pyrenees, France)

 

Check out Sheila and Daniel's  lovely exchange offer in Prayssac, Midi-Pyrenees . The house is light and bright, with lots of pictures, quilts and books. It is very private, bordering on woodland with kilometres of walking trails and vines, in one of the most beautiful unspoilt regions of France.
Runner-up home swap stories: 
 
Our three runners-up are all current Home Base Holidays members and each received a one year extension to their membership for submitting great stories about their home swaps - from a first time exchanger to two old hands at swapping homes. Click the links below to read their stories and check out their home swap offers:
 
Home Exchange in the Caribbean
Home Swap in Thailand
Amsterdam home swap
St Vincent
Located at one of the worlds best beaches.
Thailand
Fantastic views! Apartment overlooking islands.
Amsterdam
Lovely central home - includes 2 chickens!
  
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If you are a current Home Base Holidays member, you are offered complimentary one year membership to Global Home Exchange.

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 swap site who will contact you directly with information on using the site. Contact us at info@homebase-hols.com for details.

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