Home Base Holidays - enjoy free holiday accommodation
Live Like a Local
Step off the tourist trail and really get a feel for the places you visit by arranging a home swap through Home Base Holidays: homebase-hols.com
Riverside terrace in Confolens
Beautiful riverside terrace in Confolens, France 
Beautiful home swap offer in the town of Confolens. The home has a lovely terrace overhanging the river, with views of the Pont Vieux, a gorgeous 10th century Roman Bridge.
Trip report: a fantastic week exploring London
One week home swap between Chipping Sodbury and London 

The London Shard "We exchanged lots of messages to arrange all the details of the swap, it was friendly and relaxed which suited us perfectly because it was our first home swap. 

The arrangements went really well and we were very happy with their house. It's in a really convenient location, just five minutes walk to the rail station. We had one week in London to explore the sights. One day we walked to beautiful Blackheath, had lunch, then continued on to Greenwich with it's park and market. Another day we took the train in to London Bridge where we went up the Shard and enjoyed a drink while taking in the views over London - fantastic! Returning to our house was great because Zara and Stuart had really taken the effort to clean their home before we arrived. All in all, a really great first swap experience. Thanks to Zara and Stuart."  Zara

Highlight of the exchange:
  1. Beautiful Blackheath village
  2. Lunch in Borough Market and drinks in the Shard
  3. Ferry from Greenwich to the London Eye     

View Paul & Jane's 300 year old home in Chipping Sodbury, England

View Zara & Stuart's: lovely family home London, England

Home insurance: for the UK home-sharing market
Belong Safe - insurance for the home-sharing market It's always important to make sure that your home insurance covers the period when your exchange guests will be staying in your home. Thankfully most Home Base Holidays members do not have any issues obtaining cover from their existing home insurance companies. However, on some occasions insurers unfamiliar with home swapping have been known to refuse cover.

Belong Safe is a new home insurance for the UK home-sharing market that provides top up cover in addition to your own home insurance for the period that your guests will be staying in your home. It's a very flexible and reasonably priced service where you only pay for the nights that your guests will be in your home. For more information click here to download the Belong Safe information pack

Save 10% on your Belong Safe cover by quoting 'Home Base Holidays'. For more details and to arrange cover, contact Sam Wren: sam@belongsafe.com

Note: Home Base Holidays is not affiliated to Belong Safe and does not make commission on sales.  
Eco friendly, architect designed home in the Scottish Highlands
Home swap on the beautiful Dingle peninsula

Eco friendly Scottish Highlands

Eco friendly, architect designed Larch clad set in 5 acres of beautiful grassland. View offer

Beautiful swap in Ireland

In the small village of Dunquin on Ireland's stunning beautiful Dingle peninsula. View offer
Home swap Q&A introducing your home swap offer
Q: How should I introduce my home and area in my home exchange listing?

A: The title and a first short paragraph in your listing description set the scene, giving an overview of your home and location. The first few words are shown in search results and should entice the reader to want to read your full home swap offer. 

Some good examples from current offers: 

Home swap in Tuscany
Village house with fabulous views over the mountains 
Our beautiful village house is situated in a hilltop village in northern Tuscany. It is south facing with stunning views over the mountains. 

English seaside swap
Seaside home 
Five minutes' walk from the beach, seafront cafes, galleries and quirky shops of St Leonards.