Lovely 3 Bed home swap in Cambridge, England
Our cosy 3 bedroom house is surrounded by a cottage garden, full of roses, hollyhocks, and wisteria. English houses tend to be smaller than their European counterparts, and our house is only 1000 sq ft, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in charm.
The house was built in 1922 and has many features of the period, including wooden paned windows and wooden floors. The house is full of windows and light streams in from all directions. In the summer, we often dine in the large garden and large open fireplace makes the living room cosy in winter.
The house has a kitchen/dining room with a large oak table, which seems the heart of the house. We have a queen size bed in the main bedroom, a bunk bed in the second bedroom and a single in the third. There is a piano and entertainment equipment downstairs. The house is full of art and books.
The house is right in the middle of Cambridge - only about 2 miles from the medieval city core. The city is a bustling, lively community with lots of boutique shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. (see http://www.visitcambridge.org/heritage-t8233).
Of course, Cambridge is most famous for its historic university. However, Cambridge also has much to thrill lovers of art and architecture. The centre has the Round Church, dating back to the 12th century, and built by the Knights Templar. The beautiful King's College Chapel, started by Henry IV, with its fan vaulted ceilings and fine masonary is also a must-see. Art museums include the Fitzwilliam Museum, the New Hall College collection of Women artist, the People's Portraits at Girton, and Kettles Yard, with a small but stunning collection of early modern art. And, of course, all the London museums are close by (50 minutes by train). Cambridge is especially well positioned for the British Museum and the British Library. And, of course, there are also many recreational activities in Cambridge. There is a tennis centre a few blocks away, bike paths allow safe biking throughout the region, and many visitors fall in love with the local tradition of punting on the beautiful river Cam.
It's very easy to get around Cambridge. Much of Cambridge is pedestrianised and bikes are often the fastest way to get around. We will leave our four bikes for your use and are happy to exchange our car as well. The bus also stops at the end of the road and goes straight into the city centre. London is only 50 minutes away by train and you can get from Cambridge to Paris within 3 and ½ hours on the train. You can explore this wonderful city then relax in your "home away from home".
East Anglia, our region, gets less average rainfall than any other part of Britain. It's a lovely area with lots to see locally, from the stately home at Anglesey Abbey with its famous winter garden to the charming medieval village of Lavenham (see http://www.visiteastofengland.com/be-inspired). If you enjoy the theatre, Stratford is a 2 and ½ hour drive away, and it's easy to get the to London theatres for the evening, and there is also great plays offered at the Arts Theater here in Cambridge.
We are also 45 minutes away from Stansted airport which is one of the hubs of cheap flights into Europe.
Type of home swap
- Home Exchange
- Non Simultaneous Exchange
- Weekend Exchange
Conditions of home exchange
- Non smokers only
- No pets allowed
- Children welcome