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Discover new neighbourhoods
Discover a new neighbourhood. Swap your home and explore a new location for a short weekend getaway or even a longer-term stay. Enjoy free accommodation worldwide.
Stunning Devon coastal apartment on the hillside overlooking National Trust Land
Devon coastal apartment overlooking National Trust land
Perched on the hillside in the delightful village of Mortehoe, this three bedroom apartment has stunning, uninterrupted views of the sea and coast.
Home swap Q&A looking after pets during an exchange
Looking after pets during a home swap Q: I am interested in home swapping but was wondering whether leaving animals like cats and chickens for our home exchange partners to look after was possible?

A: Many members are happy to look after pets for their home exchange partners as part of the exchange agreement. When you join the site there are tick box options for "Pet care required", "Pet care offered" and "Pets welcome". It really can be a perfect option for many members as it saves on pet care costs and it's nice to know that your pets are being looked after at home. 

Often members would find it a bonus to exchange with a home that has cats, and especially chickens if it means fresh eggs for breakfast! However, when in the early stages of discussing the possibility of an exchange, it is important to mention that pet care would be required as for some people, especially those with allergies, this would not be possible. Also, some exchange partners will want to spend a night or two away from your home and so won't want to be tied down by agreeing to look after pets (for many, this can be overcome by arranging back-up care, perhaps with a neighbour or friend who lives nearby, for any period when exchange partners will not be available). 

Tuscan farmhouse home swap
Long term swap on Phuket

Perfect Tuscan farmhouse

Italian farmhouse surrounded by olive groves, with magnificent views over the valley and the medieval village, Massa. View offer

Long term swap in Thailand

This lovely villa in Phuket is just 5mins from Layan beach. Looking for a 6+ month swap in London. Interested? View offer
Home swap trip report: a lovely Lakeland gem
Camerton, looking towards the Lake District "We recently swapped for a week with Garry, Enise and the children, and we enjoyed every minute of it. The description of how to get to their house, and how to enjoy it, was full and comprehensive, so from the moment we arrived, lit the welcoming woodburner, and settled down with a drink, we really felt at home. Our large attic bedroom had amazing views towards the Lakeland hills, and by the end of our stay we were joined on the bed by Maggie, the friendly house cat (we hope that was allowed!). We went on several walks to lakes and areas we had not visited before. You can`t beat eating fish and chips on Maryport prom, looking towards the setting sun (or roughly where it should have been behind the clouds)! Thanks Garry and Enise."  Merlin
Home insurance: for the UK home-sharing market
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.