Great Notley Garden Village home swap
Our house has five bedrooms (double, double, bunk, single, single), plus a study with a sofa bed too. We have two bathrooms plus a cloakroom. We have a medium sized garden with trampoline, slide, swings and summerhouse. We also have a piano.
We live in a new "garden village" which won an award when it was built. It has been likened to living in Centerparcs - it is self-contained with lots of green space, cycle paths, three playgrounds and shops, and a pub and amenities.
About the location
Less than 10 minutes walk away is the fantastic (and free!) Great Notley Country Park (http://www.visitparks.co.uk/places/great-notley-country-park/). From here, you can walk straight on to the Flitch Way, old railway line, and out into the countryside.
The nearest town is Braintree which is an old market town. It is a "Mary Portas" designated town and is need of a re-vamp, but has a weekly market, local museum, library and lots of charity shops!
London is accessible from Braintree station (50 minutes to Stratford/Liverpool Street) or Chelmsford station (a 20 minute drive then 25 minutes to Stratford/Liverpool Street).
There are lots of wonderful places to visit nearby, though most will require a car to make them easily accessible. Here are some of our favourites:
Rayne (nearby village with a cafe in the old train station - you can eat in the train carriage museum too)
Colchester (historic castle and shopping area similar to the Lanes in Brighton)
West Mersea Island (eat fresh seafood in the harbour - but remember to bring your own booze)
Plenty of "chocolate box" villages to visit
Frinton/Walton/Maldon seaside resorts less than an hour away
We will leave a comprehensive file of information at the house, but for some more ideas see: www.visitessex.com. - See more at: www.visitessex.com
Conditions of home exchange
- Non smokers only
- No pets allowed
- Children welcome
- Baby / children facilities
- Washer / Drier
- Shopping facilities
- Local restaurants
- Car recommended
Closest airport: Stansted
Nearest city: Braintree
Property type: House
Location type: Suburban