World Heritage site historic Durham City - steeped in roman, saxon, norman, viking history - excellent air (40 mins to Dublin), train (2hrs to Edinburgh, 3 to London) and road links (Main motorway which runs from Scotland to London 3 mins from the house).

Hi, we are experienced swappers. I am a recently retired academic with two responsible grown up sons, both studying and it may be that an extra two people will accompany depending on time and location etc. The house is a new build but built in keeping with traditional Durham City 1800s style. It has 3 storeys, ground floor, large lounge, bay with French windows opening to outside patio, kitchen diner, washing machine/dryer and dishwasher, downstairs toilet and shower, lst floor four bedrooms and family bathroom with shower/bath, 2nd floor large double bedroom with walk in study room and adjacent is a double shower ensuite bathroom. The house is 3 minutes walk to Durham University (Bede College), lovely walks/runs along the river, 10 min walk into the centre and about 15 minute to Durham Cathedral and castle. It is a very clean house. The surrounding countryside is stunning with the Durham dales half an hour drive away. Mainline train station is about 20 minute walk away or less than 5 minutes by taxi. Less than 3 hours to London, around 2 hours to Edinburgh and half an hour by taxi to Newcastle airport. Ryan air fly daily to Dublin. Trains to London and York and Edinburgh and Manchester are regular throughout the day. Yorkshire and Whitby and Haworth are over an hour's drive away and the Lake District around the same. Durham City is surround by beautiful countryside and steep in english history: Roman (Hadrian's wall is half an hour drive away), Norman and Viking. Plenty of good restaurants, shopping, theatre, cinema, coffee and tea shops etc all in walking distance. Durham is probably one of the smallest cities in England, and awarded city status owing to its Cathedral. Saint Bede is buried inside the Cathedral (Durham and nearby Lindisfarne and Jarrow important to the onset of Christianity and at one time the epicentre of England post Roman civilisation). Only five to ten minutes walk along the nearby river will take you out to the countryside or - walk the other way and the same into the city. Durham has some beautiful countryside. Lakes (1.15 mins), York, Whitby, Northumbria coastline, castles a plenty (including Harry Potter's!) beautiful coastlines, Leeds, Edinburgh, London etc all on the mainline train.

About the location

A UNESCO World Heritage status, Durham is not a big city but much more like a small town which makes it an exceedingly friendly place where people are valued as individuals. The countryside is stunning and surrounds the city where two major rivers flow and makes it great for walks/jogs along the river (it's a 4 minute walk or 2 min jog down to the river from the house). Durham houses the third eldest University in England after Oxford and Cambridge and is ranked 8th best in the university world ranks. The city has everything to offer and is steeped in history and with most things within walking distance. Regionally it has some of the best castles in England and together with Durham Cathedral, has been used for many a film set (i.e., Harry Potter, Elizabeth R etc). Rich in settler history - Viking, Saxon, Angles (French) and Romans came, conquered and settled In Durham and the north east region, leaving behind legacies that have shaped it. Hadrian's Wall and 'Vindilandia' - the Roman fortress is half an hour drive away. Post Roman Durham and the region were at one time the epicentre of England and where Christianity was born - it is known as the 'Land of the Prince Bishops'. The north east is a friendly and welcoming place - very family orientated and a 'real' place where history and culture thrives. I have lived up and down and in and out of the country and know where I'd prefer to be! All areas of the country are easily accessible either by car or the main line train station which is nearby. If you are an international swapper looking for a piece of the 'real' England I would say look no further. I would also say that Durham and the north east is slower paced than the south of England and as such, has managed to keep hold of its more traditional values. If you want fast pace and a large city, Newcastle is 15 mins away by train or 30 by car and Leeds, London and Edinburgh are easy to get to. I have more photographs - please ask.

Type of home swap

  • Home Exchange
  • Housesitting Wanted
  • Open to Offers
  • Hospitality Exchange
  • Weekend Exchange

Conditions of home exchange

  • Non smokers only
  • No pets allowed
  • Children welcome

Durham City (HE32384)

Durham,   England

  • 5 bed   (sleeps 6) 3 bath

Preferred destinations

  • Open to offers
  • New South Wales
Canada, USA, Sydney Australia and Europe

Dates available

July 2017 - September 2017
July 2017 - August 2017

Swap duration: 2 - 3 weeks

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Membership expiry date: 15 Oct 2017