1890s Town house Sympathetically Modernised with Garden and views of Cathedral home swap

Our house is situated on a quiet street, with only eight houses. We have neighbours only on our side of the street, and views that extend to the cathedral. The house is a typical high ceiling-ed house, with some nice cornice work and ornate wood work. It's spacious with two living rooms, a relaxing and airy open plan kitchen and dining area in a classic bright conservatory. Modern kitchen with black granite worktops, iroko topped island and long dining table with seating for up to 12 people available. Laundry and drying room at rear of the house.

We use our front room for extra guest bedroom with sofa bed, playing board games, reading in front of the open marble Victorian style fireplace and playing music. There are lots of games for all ages especially young children. It's a warm room with a west facing bay window.

Upstairs the children have the biggest room! Bunkbeds and lots of running around space with a bay window with views to the cathedral, and a ton of lego and great books. Chest with dressing up outfits, music system and again, more storage. Another study/bedroom with a toddler bed. Ours is double bedroom with ensuite shower room. Another study /day bed and family bathroom. Upstairs is double bedroom with separate shower room with velux window overlooking the Spire of the Cathedral.

Our garden has a playhouse and shrubs, a table tennis table and we also have one adult bike and two small bikes for children upto 7.

We have UK freeview TV, netflix and amazon Prime available on our DVD player. A 3 way speaker control system for music in kitchen, dining room or TV room.

Last, but by no means least, we have a stunning tabby cat called Alpha, who adores playing and having a good tickle.

About the location

Salisbury is listed in 2015's Lonely Planet's top 10 cities to visit guide. It is also the UK's 13th smallest city making it a relaxing place to get to know and shop in! Our house is within a 5/10 minute walk from all attractions in the city centre. It will be celebrating 800 years of the Magna Carta, the first legal document of its kind in the world. Salisbury will be buzzing with interest as it plans many events to celebrate this treasure which is kept in the Cathedral. Tied in with this is world heritage site Stonehenge, whose close vicinity has now been transformed for visitors to learn all about this incredible monument. The Cathedral is not only magnificent, it has superb tour guides who volunteer, and the world's oldest working clock.

Salisbury Museum is amazing - it has a huge meteor that an eccentric landowner kept on his terrace for many years. It's one of my favourite places, with beautiful hand-sewn clothes donated from the people of Salisbury over the centuries. And artefacts including the Bronze Age Amesbury Archer. 'The Salisbury Museum is outstanding' wrote Bill Bryson, in 'Notes from a Small Island' 'and I urge you to go there at once'.

Mompesson House is beautiful, with a lovely garden and cafe also. Sense and Sensibility was shot there (Kate Winslet).

Lots of good cafes with home made food, including Tea at the Top, Fisherton Mill Gallery, Salisbury Arts Centre cafe, Greengages and the Cathedral cafe. Restaurants include Jade Chinese, Noodle Camp, Eastern Chillout, Anokka Indian Cuisine, and best til last Charter 1227 in the market square. We've been to them all and highly recommend them.

Further afield, we have lots of picturesque villages and towns, Stockbridge, Pewsey, Shaftesbury, Bradford on Avon, Westbury, Calne, Corsham and Malmesbury which are really worth visiting.

Mottisfont and Wilton House are some of the nicest houses nearby. Longleat safari is great fun. Bath, Bristol, Winchester and naval Portsmouth are all very important cities.

There are the romantic hills all around, and areas of outstanding beauty including the Cranborne Chase and North Wessex Downs.

Seaside towns definitely worth a visit: Bournemouth, Lymington, Weymouth, Swanage, Bognor Regis. Boscombe Beach, Mudeford Beach in particular are very visitor friendly.

But Salisbury remains for us and many of my friends and family who visit a very uplifting place to live and visit.

Type of home swap

  • Home Exchange
  • Open to Offers
  • Weekend Exchange
  • Rental Offered

Conditions of home exchange

  • Non smokers only
  • Children welcome
  • Pet Care Offered
  • Pet Care required

Salisbury (HE31875)

Wiltshire,   England

  • 5 bed   (sleeps 10) 3 bath

Preferred destinations

  • Open to offers
Preferable walking distance to beach

Dates available

July 2015 - August 2015
March 2015 - April 2015

Swap duration: 1 - 2 weeks


Meet the member

Adults: 2      Children: 2

Membership expiry date: 26 Feb 2015