A UNESCO world Heritage site. Historic Durham City is steeped in roman, saxon, norman and viking history. Excellent transport links - airport - 25 mins drive, daily cheap flights to Dublin, mainline train station - 20 mins walk at the most or 5 mins by car. Train takes around 2hrs to Edinburgh, just less than 3 to London). Main motorway running from Scotland to London is 3 mins from the house.

Hi, we are experienced swappers. I am a recently retired academic with two responsible grown up sons (24 and 22) who might accompany me. The house is a new build but built in keeping with traditional Durham City 18th C style. It has 3 storeys and comprises of: 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 single bedrooms and family bathroom with shower/bath. 2nd floor: large double bedroom with walk in study room and adjacent 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. An easy place to reach most of the country and Ireland: Ryan air fly daily to Dublin (and it's cheap!). Trains run from Durham to the furthest part of the south of England (Penzance) and the north of Scotland (Inverness). Yorkshire (my home county) and Whitby and Haworth are around an hour and a half drive away and the Lake District the same.

Durham City is surrounded by beautiful countryside and steeped in english history: Roman (Hadrian's wall is half an hour drive away), Norman and Viking. Plenty of good restaurants, pubs, 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 all important to the onset of Christianity in Britain at one time the epicentre of England post Roman). Only five to ten minutes walk along the nearby river will take you out to the countryside. Durham has some beautiful countryside and the Durham Dales forms part of the back end of the Pennines. Durham and Northumbrian coastlines are spectavular with castles a plenty (including Harry Potter's!).

About the location

UNESCO World Heritage status, Durham is not a big city but more like a small town which makes it a pretty friendly place where people are valued as individuals and strangers engage each other in conversation. The countryside is stunning and surrounds the city where two major rivers flow, making 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 ranking order for research. The city has everything to offer with most things within walking distance. Regionally it has some of the best castles in England and together with Durham Cathedral and it's castle, has been used for many a film set (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 helped shape it. Hadrian's Wall and 'Vindilandia' - the Roman fortress is half an hour drive away. Durham is entitled 'Land of the Prince Bishops' owing to it's 'powerhouse' heritage. The north east is a friendly and welcoming place - a 'real' place, a piece of 'proper' England where traditions still hold strong and 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. 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 enough to get to. I have more photographs - please ask.

Type of home swap

  • Home Exchange
  • 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
London, Canada, USA, Sydney Australia, UK and Europe

Dates available

July 2017 - September 2017
July 2018 - September 2018

Swap duration: 1 - 2 weeks


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Membership expiry date: 15 Oct 2017