Home Base Holidays

 www.homebase-hols.com                                                                                    October 2013 (issue 102)

Home Swap in Greece Featured Home Swap
Fterno, Lefkada, Greece

The house and infinity swimming pool has stunning views over the bay of Nidri and Vlicho. Being 400m above sea level the house is secluded and gives a feeling of tranquillity and being on top of the world.
Lefkada is renowned for its beautiful beaches and clear blue seas. It is also ideal for walkers.

Exchange request: Open to offers   View details of this exchange offer 

Home exchange in London
Home Swap in Switzerland
Brazil home exchange
Elegant period home in lovely location.
Overlooking Lake Lugano and mountains. 
Beautiful private villa in resort of Pipa.
"We are experienced and passionate home swappers because we are keen on meeting new people - 29 exchanges so far. We also love nature, cinema, music, reading, cooking, travelling to discover new countries and other lifestyles."   
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Swapping homes: modern California for Edwardian London


"We have been exchanging for 16 years, yet never had a swap in London, which is less than two hours from my wife's family. Thanks to Home Base Holidays, which has many members in London, we were able to find a classic home for a two week trade.


We were a five minute walk to the train station with a 13 minute ride to the center of London. It was easy to spend the morning or afternoon in the city and then return home to relax. No pressure to make the most of your day because you could always go back tomorrow. The house was near Blackheath and Greenwich, delightful places for cycling, walking, and exploring.


London home with period features

Some exchange homes are modern and boring. Not ours. The home (see photo) was more than a century old, with three large double bedrooms with lovely views of the neighborhood. Our hosts, Donna and Will, were artistic with a wide selection of pictures, photos, antique furniture, rugs, and everyday objects of life infused with creative design. The bed linens and towels were of the highest quality, much better than at our home. The plumbing was modern, but meant to look old, plenty of hot water. Period moldings, stained glass doors, and those two treacherous steps from our bedroom to the bathroom reminded us we were not in California.


One of the delights of home exchange is learning new ways to live. The kitchen was on the small side, the dishwasher LED readout was in German, and there was no microwave or salad spinner. They had a colossal gas stove with six burners and three ovens, so if we could learn to cook slow and plan at least an hour in advance we would eat really well (which we did). They had a vast selection of natural and organic foods which we shamelessly sampled. We picked fresh raspberries, Swiss chard, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, lettuce, and green beans from the garden. Most meals were taken outside, under a robust umbrella that was equally effective against sun and rain.


There was a bunny, generally low maintenance that we allowed to run in the garden. It fooled us by nipping inside, dashing behind the sofas, and avoiding our best efforts to herd it outside. It had a sturdy hutch in the garden which the local fox, who came for a visit, could not open.


"When your exchange home feels like home, and you are sorry to leave, you know it was a good swap"


Our exchange partners had us over for dinner before the swap began, Donna demonstrating complete mastery of her organic food, garden produce, and gas stove. They were as interesting as their home, and made a good impression on us and with friends in California. They picked us up in San Francisco with our car, we were sorry that our adventure was at an end. When your exchange home feels like home, and you are sorry to leave, you know it was a good swap."

John Mensinger (Modesto, California) 

Home swap in USA
The pool at home in California


In contrast to their century old exchange home in London, John and Julia's own home (house and swimming pool in photo) is in a contemporary Mediterranean style with white walls, several balconies and terraces. The house, built in the late 1980s/90s, is located in Modesto in the centre of California (less than two hours to San Francisco). The couple are very experienced home swappers.


View full details of their exchange offer



Home Swap on Bali
English village home exchange
Home exchange in Vancouver
Lovely villa just 10 mins from family safe beach.
Charming home in the Peak District.
Ocean views and close to Vancouver.
WIN! 'Definitive Guide to Home Exchanging' ebooks to be won 


Win copy of the home exchange guide book!Chris and Hannah Alford, a young British couple ('location independent entrepreneurs'), have used home exchange as a way of travelling the world for the last five years. After returning from an around the world trip this year (19 home swaps!), they published their 'Definitive Guide to Home Exchanging'. Click here for more details and to download a copy (72 pages, PDF format).


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How to win a copy of the guide:

Four copies of the guide are available free to readers. To be in with a chance of winning simply send an email to info@homebase-hols.com and include the words "Guide draw" in the subject line. Make sure to include your full name in the email and please also state whether you are experienced exchangers or new to exchanging. Winners will be picked at random on the 16th October and sent the guides in electronic format. 


We would really appreciate short reviews from the draw winners. Reviews of the book will be published in the December issue of the newsletter.
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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 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 swap site who will contact you directly with information on using the site. Contact us at info@homebase-hols.com for details.

Happy Home Swapping!
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