Moravian 'mansion' home swap
Hlučín is a very nice small town in the eastern part of the country, somewhere between the cities of Ostrava and Opava.
My house is very big and very nice [ I think so anyway ]. It's made up of two self-contained flats, so you can stay in both, if you wish to. There's lots of space and there's a sauna with a shower area. Don't be put off by the fact that the Czech Republic is a former Communist State because that would be to miss out. The country can be very beautiful in a wild sort of way and if you fancy some nightlife then the big city of Ostrava is less than 20 minutes away by car, or you can take the bus and the tram. The summers are usually hot and dry here but, if it does rain or if you want to stay in sometimes we also have wi-fi internet access and a computer and I have some books and some DVDs.
Where we live is near to many historic Czech towns and villages. There are castles to visit and we have cars, or bikes, to get you there. http://www.hlucin.cz/
If you want to stay home, then we have a porch to sit in when it's hot and two balconies upstairs on which to enjoy morning coffee. I've ticked the box, 'children welcome' but, even though both balconies upstairs have railings, for an adventurous 6 year old child, it wouldn't be impossible for him or her to climb over the barrier. The stairs to the cellar are also quite steep but the door leading to them can be locked, for safety. The loft stairs also can be accessed so you would need to be careful with young children, as I'm sure you already are.
If you'd like to do some touring, then the journey to Poland takes less than 20 minutes and the Tatra mountains in Slovakia are only an hour's car journey away. Vienna, Budapest and Prague are also easily accessible by train or by car, and the train is relatively cheap. It's about 15 pounds from Ostrava to Prague and the journey takes about 4 hours, through some nice countryside.
For those "sporty" types, there's a lake less than a mile away where you can waterski or windsurf, or just go for a relaxing walk. http://www.hlucin.cz/pro-turisty/rekreacni-a-turisticke-moznosti-hlucina.html
You can also visit the Beskydy or Jesenik mountains which are only about an hour's journey away by car, and we have two available- a Renault Twingo or a Toyota.
There's also horse riding, at a riding school nearby, if you like that sort of thing. I've never tried it myself because I'm not that keen on riding but it looks like a very professional outfit from the outside. I could check it out beforehand if anyone would be interested. And there's a tennis court nearby and I have three tennis raquets and some tennis balls you can borrow and, perhaps, a tennis partner to play against. There's also an 18 hole golf course and practice range in nearby Silheřovice. http://www.golf-ostrava.cz/basicinfo.htm
The area is served quite well by the "budget" airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet or Aer Lingus, so your airfare won't break the bank. Airports in Prague, Brno or Ostrava and even many airports in Poland mean you get you here fairly quickly and cheaply from most places in Britain, Ireland and continental Europe. Personally, I often fly from Krakow to Liverpool because I most often visit the Wirral in the UK. If we exchanged, it may be possible to leave one of our cars at the airport for you to use when you arrived, assuming our dates of exchange overlapped.
Another feature of holidaying in this area is that the cost of living is less than that of the UK. I recommend you try the beer, brewed in the small local brewery and served on the premises and for less than a pound a pint, at today's exchange rate of 33 crowns to the pound. Delicious. Eating out in the pub can cost as little as three to five pounds each, including a glass of wine.
Why not give it a try?
Type of home swap
- Home Exchange
- Non Simultaneous Exchange
- Open to Offers
- Long Term Exchange
- Hospitality Exchange
Conditions of home exchange
- Non smokers only
- No pets allowed
- Children welcome