Chalmore Hole Ferry House home swap

A beautiful and historic ferryman's cottage, the site of which is mentioned in Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat, which is situated directly on the banks of the River Thames, adjacent to the Oxford University Rowing Club.

This unique property, which sits on Edwardian brick arches, overlooks its own private riverside garden and pontoon and benefits from a large deck overlooking the river. On the other side of the river is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a working dairy farm.

The house is on the southern edge of the town of Wallingford, just over an hour's drive from London, 15 minutes from Henley and 20 minutes from Oxford.

Until c.1950 the house was occupied by the Wallingford ferryman, who transported horses, people and freight across the river at the point where the River Thames tow path changed sides. The raised outhouse was the ticket booth associated with the ferry.

Wallingford is a pretty medieval market town situated along the banks of the River Thames. The centre of the town is a five minute walk along either the riverside or quiet roads, and has a picturesque town square with a 17th century arcaded town hall, a number of historic inns and restaurants, three ancient churches, the Corn Exchange theatre and cinema, a large Waitrose and a summer outdoor swimming pool. You can also enjoy the Cholsey and Wallingford Steam Railway, or a walk around the ruins of Wallingford Castle, once one of the largest in the country but largely destroyed by Oliver Cromwell.

There is a town museum and Agatha Christie's home and boathouse nearby. Midsomer Murders was filmed in the town. A bus service runs to Oxford and Reading and the stop is only a few minutes walk away.
You will find the house a restful and fun place, surrounded by the quiet of the Thames, with only its water wildlife for company.

About the location

Oxford, Henley and London are all easily accessible.

Private pontoon with fishing rights.

Boat hire is available at the nearby village of Benson at the Marina, only a 20 to 30 minute walk.

Abingdon offer a number of small boats for hire.

Swimming in the summer in the large communal outdoor pool.

Walk around the ruins of Wallingford Castle, and other lovely riverside walks

Agatha Christie trail

Type of home swap

  • Home Exchange
  • Non Simultaneous Exchange

Conditions of home exchange

  • Non smokers only

Wallingford (HE31925)

Oxfordshire,   England

  • 2 bed   (sleeps 4) 2 bath

Preferred destinations

  • Open to offers
New England

Dates available

Open to offers

Swap duration: Open to offer


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Membership expiry date: 03 Mar 2015