Spacious 3 storey house in quiet suburb of Birmingham - central location perfect for exploring the whole UK home swap

Our home is a modern detached 3-storey house on a small cul-de-sac in a very quiet residential area. Downstairs is a large guestroom which sleeps 3 (single loftbed and double futon) which also has its own shower room. On the first floor is a large lounge with dining area (seats 6) and an archway through to the kitchen. Beyond the lounge is the conservatory which we mostly use as a playroom but where you can also put your feet up with a coffee and newspaper. From both conservatory and kitchen you can access the garden which has a split-level patio area where you can sit and relax, eat or enjoy a barbecue, and steps up to the lawn area. Upstairs are a child’s bedroom with low ‘junior’ bed, a further single bedroom and a double bedroom. The family bathroom is also on the second floor.

About the location

We live approximately 5 miles to the south of Birmingham city centre - perfect for exploring the rest of the UK. As you would expect from the UK’s largest city after London, the opportunities for cultural activities are almost endless. The city buzzes with excitement and has been the scene of much renovation and architectural innovation over the last 20 years or so. There are numerous museums, art galleries and theatres as well as a variety of excellent shopping venues and markets. Birmingham is built on a network of canals and you can enjoy walking and boating in a number of different locations around the area. Our nearest train station (a 10 minute walk) is in Bournville, the pretty historic village which is also home to the world’s most famous chocolate factory – Cadbury World and the village itself are major tourist attractions. From Bournville station it is a 15 minute train ride into Birmingham’s main station, New Street, where you can get off and enjoy all that the city centre has to offer or catch a connecting train to virtually anywhere in the UK. Cultural highlights of the city, although far too numerous to list, include the fabulous new Central Library building, the Staffordshire Hoard collection of Saxon gold housed in Birmingham's Museum and Art Gallery, and the historic Jewellery Quarter.
From our house you can access the River Rea cycle path in a couple of minutes and enjoy a traffic-free ride into the city centre, as well as head off on one of a large network of connecting cycle routes and canal towpaths all over the West Midlands. South Birmingham is also blessed with a large number of parks, some of which you can walk to from our house, and we also have several local wildlife reserves including Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog where JRR Tolkien played as a child and which was his inspiration for his Lord of the Rings trilogy (indeed the area has now been renamed The Shire Country Park). Our nearest park with children’s play area is also only a short walk away. The area’s largest park, Cannon Hill, is located just 2 miles along the Rea cycle path toward the city centre, and boasts multiple play areas, mini-golf, a boating lake and duck ponds. It also contains the Midland Arts Centre which hosts art exhibitions, theatre, concerts and films as well as having a daytime café and a bar which serves evening meals. The park is also host to the Birmingham Nature Conservation Centre, a modest but friendly zoo beloved of local children and adults alike. Several supermarkets are within easy reach and nearby Kings Heath high street has all the usual shops (although Moseley 2 miles up the road is a bit posher), as well as holding monthly street food festivals and farmers markets.
We are just a few minutes’ drive from several major motorways - the M42, M6, M5 and M40 - which you can use to quickly reach other UK regions and cities such as London, Oxford, the Cotswolds, Manchester, Liverpool, Bath… In fact as we live in the geographical centre of the country, nowhere is very far away. From Birmingham airport, a few minutes’ drive away, you can take international flights to many destinations as well as speedily reach some of the UK and Ireland’s further flung cities such as Newcastle, Dublin and Edinburgh. Finally, for lovers of the Bard, the beautiful historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare and home of the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Theatre, is less than an hour’s drive away through beautiful countryside scenery.

Type of home swap

  • Home Exchange
  • Open to Offers

Conditions of home exchange

  • Children welcome

Birmingham (HE32435)

West Midlands,   England

  • 4 bed   (sleeps 7) 2 bath

Preferred destinations

  • Open to offers
  • Spain

Dates available

July 2015 - September 2015

Swap duration: 1 - 2 weeks


Meet the member

Adults: 1      Children: 2

Membership expiry date: 31 Dec 2015