Attractive victorian London terrace, with garden, in peaceful area with good transport links to centre home swap
We live in an attractive, quirky victorian end-of-terrace with a small private walled garden and lots of charming period features, such as an open fireplace, quaint stained glass windows and original stone floors. Our house is homely and well-loved, and also well-designed and well-maintained.
We have a large master bedroom at the front, a baby's room with a single adult-sized bed, and a smaller double bedroom overlooking the garden, with one bathroom. Downstairs we have an open-plan living-dining area, an old-fashioned kitchen complete with a gas-electric cooker, a dishwasher, a microwave and a four-slice toaster. We also have a 'sun room', which catches the afternoon sun and opens onto the garden, or is relaxing in the rain.
We don't have a garage, but there is free parking in the street (rare in London!). We have several bicycles, which can be borrowed by any exchangers.
The house faces east-west but is great for retreating to the cool during midday summer heat as it holds cool temperatures well in the summer.
The house is on quite a steep hill, which may be difficult for anyone with health of mobility issues.
We grow vegetables in our garden, and we'd appreciate it if exchangers would water our vegetables in dry weather, and eat them if they're ready to harvest!
About the location
We are located on a quiet street with friendly neighbours with a charming park 1 minute's walk away, which boasts one of the best views in London (see picture), as well as a very popular children's playground.
For beer-lovers and any fans of Irish music, there is a fantastic pub at the end of the street (the Blythe Hill Tavern) which serves real ale (really good fresh beer) in a really welcoming atmosphere, has a children's playground in the garden, and also has world-class Irish musicians gathering on Thursday evenings to play together. Not to be missed if you enjoy Irish music and good beer.
From the house you can easily walk to three local stations with regular services to central, North and East London, as well as train routes out of the city and into rural Kent and Sussex. Honor Oak and Crofton park have useful local shops and pleasant cafes, bars and restaurants: Honor oak boasts an award-winning Indian restaurant, while nearby Catford also has a range of international cuisine offers.
Nearby is also a leisure centre with a large pool, sauna facilities and a climbing wall (great for children). Also a short bus-ride away is the Horniman museum with beautiful gardens, a wonderful natural history collection, with regular holiday activities for children and adults alike, see here: http://www.horniman.ac.uk
Our location is great for those who want to see London but also have some peace and quiet to come back to, who may have a young family to enjoy the park, and who are interested in multi-cultural urban London.
Conditions of home exchange
- Garage / Parking
- Baby / children facilities
- Use of bike
- Shopping facilities
- Local restaurants
- Art galleries
- Good public transport
- Car not required
Closest airport: London Gatwick
Property type: House
Location type: Urban