Meet The Members Monday

This week, we meet Love Home Swap members Judi who swapped her luxury retreat in New Zealand for Elaine's equally stunning riverside retreat in the French country. Judi and Elaine were both able to enjoy the comforts of their own home but halfway...

This week, we meet Love Home Swap members Judi who swapped her luxury retreat in New Zealand for Elaine's equally stunning riverside retreat in the French country. Judi and Elaine were both able to enjoy the comforts of their own home but halfway across the world. Take a look at what they thought of their home swaps!

Experienced home swapper Judi is a Landscape Architect from New Zealand, she lives with partner Allan who is an environmental planner and keen birdwatcher, both being very interested in natural history, conservation and design.

Award Winning Mountain Forest Retreat in Manaia, New Zealand

Part of a private gated conservation estate, this architecturally designed home offers total privacy, tranquility and luxury in a beautiful area of wild New Zealand. The two bedroom home was newly built, winning design and sustainable home awards.

The main living area boasts a high quality sound system, home theatre, library and spectactular forest views all round. Judi and Allan love cooking and fine dining which is reflected in their ultra modern and stunning kitchen. The home is a perfect couples retreat, only 5 minutes walk from the house is a breathtaking 20 metre waterful with natural pools for swimming and a popular place for picnics and a great bottle of New Zealand wine.

What Elaine loved about staying in Judi's home:

The opportunity to explore a wonderful unspoiled part of New Zealand's native bush

A few days of calm and rest in a hectic tour Watching the Moreporks perched on the trees outside he illuminated deck at night

How much they saved: Can't put a price on the ability to stay in such an unusual place!

To see more of Judi's home on Love Home Swap, click here.

Active retired British couple Elaine and her partner have two grown up daughters living in the UK but have now made France their home. Being enthusiastic travelers, Elaine loves home swapping because she is able to enjoy the same comforts and standards at home; a good place to relax with good food and company!

Fully modernised 4 bedroom house on the banks of the River Charente, France

A beautiful riverside setting within 1 hour of the coast with a wide range of activities with a spacious and light filled property, secluded garden, pool, and summer kitchen. This 19th century Charantaise house comprises of a modern fitted kitchen and open plan dining area. Wonderful countryside views can be seen from all the main rooms and the ground floor opens out to a large dining terrace overlooking the river. A perfect lounge area with heated pool, fully equipped summer kitchen and large barbeque.

The nearby village Port D'Envaux is popular with its bakeries and restaurants erving Charentaise specialities. The village is well known locally for its attractive riverside setting, perfect for a picturesque stroll towards the boulangerie for freshly baked morning baquette and croissants!

3 things Judi loved about their home swap to France:

Watching the passing boats on the riverside terrace with a glass of bordeaux in our hands

Staying in this beautiful historic home Exploring the lovely un-touristy countryside by bike

How much they saved: 5000 euros

To see more of Elaine's French property on Love Home Swap, click here.

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