Enjoy a European staycation: with foreign travel proving to be challenging for many countries, travel-lovers are opting for staycations. But with hugely inflated rental prices, it’s time to consider the option of home swapping! Love Home Swap’s members have properties all over the world, and with 18,000 to choose from, there’s bound to be something in your own country that suits your needs. So whether you want to secure a home swap in France, find family-friendly accommodation in Germany, exchange homes in Italy or source a holiday home in Spain, read on…
If you’re lucky enough to live in France, then these properties should be top of your list…
If you enjoy wine, great food, golf, sun, sand and culture, then this lovely 5-bedroom property in the Bordeaux region will be perfectly suited to your needs. Renovated to the highest standards, this elegant home enjoys an enviable location in the heart of Pauillac, which some would say is the world’s greatest wine village! Overlooking vineyards, there are multiple wine chateaux on the doorstep, lots of beaches and scenic hiking and cycling trails – or you could just enjoy lazing around the pool in the huge back garden.
City break or chilled holiday by the pool? It’s a tough decision to make, but this stunning home is the answer to your prayers. Located just a 20-minute drive from Paris, this beautifully renovated family home offers the best of both worlds. Located in an upscale Paris suburb, the home boasts a 2,000m 2 garden, a luxurious swimming pool and a jacuzzi. And that’s not all! With 5 bedrooms and a movie theatre in the basement, this is the ideal retreat for the entire family.
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If you’re based in Germany, then consider a staycation in one of these incredible properties…
Passionate about great architecture and luxurious touches? Then look no further than this incredible property which was remodelled by its architect owner. Located on the outskirts of Hamburg, the home is based around a large open-plan kitchen, and even has a stylish sauna building in the spacious gardens. Previous home swappers have raved about the family- friendly touches such as toys for the children, while parents have appreciated being able to borrow the owners’ car and bikes.
Located in a picturesque village, this fantastic family-home is ideal for nature lovers. Cycle 1km to the incredible Lake Simssee where you can safely swim in the water and enjoy the lakeside restaurants. Alternatively hop in a cable car to go up the mountains, borrow the family’s kayaks to make the most of the lovely lake, or take a hike in the Alps. If you fancy a bit of city life, then Munich and Salzburg are just a one-hour drive away – then retreat home to enjoy the pretty enclosed garden that features play equipment for the kids.
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If you’re based in Italy, then make the most of these stylish properties…
This impressive 4-bedroom family home has the most gorgeous mountain views, making it the perfect property for a holiday in the heart of nature. Situated in Umbria, (which is also known as ‘the Green heart of Italy’), it’s ideally located for both culture and nature lovers. Take the kids for a hearty stroll in the lush countryside, followed by a cooling dip in the private pool. Fancy a bit of culture? Then head to the nearby towns of Assisi and Gubbio and treat yourself to some traditional Umbrian truffle pasta. However you choose to fill your days, this home swap will provide you with plenty of opportunities to make some lovely family memories.
Treat yourself to a little dose of culture in the lovely city of Turin, where this incredible city- centre penthouse apartment is located. Boasting 3 bedrooms, the home is spacious, light and airy – and it’s a huge hit with Love Home Swappers, who have already exchanged it 41 times! On the doorstep of the property are plenty of restaurants and bars, and thanks to its great location, you won’t need a car. With plenty of space for the whole family, you’d be forgiven for not wanting to leave this seriously comfortable and stylish property – so curl up on the sofa with a glass of wine, and lose yourself in one of the hundreds of books that are available.
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If you’re living in Spain, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a great array of local homes…
Fancy a seriously relaxing holiday? Then look no further than this beautiful 3-bedroom villa. With 360-degree views of the mountains and the sea, this stunning property boasts an incredible infinity pool with an in-pool bar. If you fancy stretching your legs, then walk down to the sandy beaches and multiple bars and restaurants, or hop on the bus for the 10-minute journey to the pretty village of Mojácar. Children will love the nearby waterpark, while golf, horse riding, hiking and quad biking are all available locally.
With clean lines and stylishly decorated throughout, this sleek apartment (which is owned by a family of interior designers) is an elegant feast for the eyes. Located in a trendy area of the city, the home is just 200 metres from Zurriola Beach, and 800 metres from Playa de la Concha – or borrow the family’s bikes to explore further afield. With an open-plan living space and pretty children’s bedrooms, the property is on the doorstep of San Sebastian’s incredible food scene, so you can enjoy a holiday of lazing on the beach and exceptional dining experiences (pintxos are big business here!)
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