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10 stunning home swaps for UK staycations
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10 stunning home swaps for UK staycations

Lydia Altman
By Lydia Altman - 8 minute read

With the con­stant uncer­tain­ty of the pan­dem­ic, our mem­bers are embrac­ing the pure joy of hav­ing a great stay­ca­tion, in which they’re swap­ping homes in their own coun­tries. All over the world, mem­bers are redis­cov­er­ing the beau­ti­ful land­scapes on their doorsteps, and hav­ing fun exchang­ing homes for the most mem­o­rable adven­tures — all with­out get­ting on a plane. So with that in mind, we’re proud to present just some of our top picks for UK stay­ca­tions this year – and for our mem­bers fur­ther afield? Make a note of these amaz­ing prop­er­ties, because when­ev­er you feel ready to trav­el fur­ther afield, our mem­bers will be ready to wel­come you into their homes with open arms.

Staycations in England

Modern barn conversion in Devon. Love Home Swap

Modern Barn Conversion, Devon

This breath tak­ing barn con­ver­sion was designed and built by its archi­tect own­er! With a huge liv­ing space (at around 300 m² of floor area), this airy yet cosy rur­al retreat is one of our top picks for a home swap stay­ca­tion. Fea­tur­ing spec­tac­u­lar views of the coun­try­side, a dou­ble-sided log burn­er, a hot tub and a pool table, this is the per­fect way to shake off those lock­down blues! Close to many beau­ti­ful beach­es such as Big­bury-on-Sea, you also have the option to go pad­dle board­ing at the near­by Riv­er Avon. For a tru­ly love­ly evening meal, watch the sun set at The Crab­shell Inn at Kingsbridge.

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Family Home with sea views, Cornwall

Next up, is anoth­er home with stun­ning views, this time over Cadg­with Cove on the Cor­nish coast. The cove offers up love­ly British pubs such as the Cadg­with Cove Inn – pre­pare to while away a few hours with some local seafood and a cask ale or two, and stick around for folk music in the evening. Fan­cy a tra­di­tion­al cream tea? Then head to the Old Cel­lars restau­rant. The home is close to many beach­es on the Lizard Penin­su­la so you can go body board­ing and even try surf­ing, then retreat to your beau­ti­ful hill-top hide­out for a tru­ly peace­ful evening.

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Luxury Home, Saltford

This vast home is based between the beau­ti­ful cities of Bris­tol and Bath, giv­ing you plen­ty of daytrip options to enjoy dur­ing your stay. Open-plan, with a kids lounge/​playroom and an out­door kitchen and piz­za oven, this large five bed­room home is per­fect for big fam­i­lies! If you’re head­ing to Bath, take a trip to the Roman Baths, or stretch your legs at the 850-acre Ash­ton Court Estate in Bris­tol. Near­by there are many great restau­rants and pubs such as the Bird in Hand pub, or head to Keyn­sham for local favourite The Lock Keep­er.

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Idyllic Cottage, Yorkshire

If a great coun­try­side escape to a beau­ti­ful farm­house cot­tage is what you are seek­ing, then look no fur­ther than this stun­ning home exchange in the North York Moors Nation­al Park. The cot­tage is set with­in fif­teen acres of land and fea­tures its own ten­nis courts, plus you’ll find a riv­er run­ning through the exten­sive grounds! With­in half an hour dri­ve is Dal­by For­est with great moun­tain bik­ing trails, a lot of won­der­ful walks and a Go Ape tree­top expe­ri­ence, while The NYM Steam Rail­way and two theme parks – Flamin­go Land and Light­wa­ter Val­ley – are also on your doorstep.

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Modern Georgian Townhouse, London

In need of a gor­geous city break with a knock­out loca­tion? Then this prop­er­ty is for you! Based in Angel, Lon­don, this mod­ern home is per­fect­ly tran­quil, despite being in the heart of the hus­tle and bus­tle of the cap­i­tal city. Locat­ed near the tube sta­tion (which pro­vides you with direct access to London’s many tourist des­ti­na­tions!) plus Regents Canal, you can walk the tow­path to Cam­den, explore the quirky bou­tiques and wind down in one of the many local beer gar­dens.

Staycations in Ireland

Converted church in Ireland. Love Home Swap

Converted Church, Strangford

If you fan­cy ven­tur­ing to Ire­land for your stay­ca­tion, this delight­ful­ly unique prop­er­ty could be per­fect for your change of scenery. Dat­ing back to 1845, the church is a pro­tect­ed his­tor­i­cal build­ing and is locat­ed in Strang­ford, one of Ire­land’s most pic­turesque sea­side vil­lages – great shops, bars and restau­rants are just a short walk away. Castle­ward (AKA Game of Thrones’ Win­ter­fell) is next door, while a fer­ry ser­vice links the home with Porta­fer­ry, which is locat­ed on the Ards Peninsula.

Staycations in Scotland

Coastal home in Galway. Love Home Swap

Coastal Home, Galway

In need of a break in a rugged­ly beau­ti­ful area? Then a home exchange in Ire­land is just the tick­et! This home is a large hol­i­day cot­tage ide­al­ly locat­ed right on the water’s edge. Boast­ing awe-inspir­ing views of Clif­den Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the three-bed­room prop­er­ty is both spa­cious and cosy, with slid­ing doors lead­ing from the din­ing room onto the patio. On the doorstep of The Wild Atlantic Way, there are great walks direct­ly from the prop­er­ty, and there are oodles of fan­tas­tic eater­ies to try such as Mar­coni Restaurant.

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Waterfront Property, Isle of Skye

This amaz­ing prop­er­ty is hard to beat. Housed in an 1830’s har­bour­side devel­op­ment, this char­ac­ter­ful home swap is based in the heart of the pret­ty town of Portree on the Isle of Skye. If you enjoy wildlife spot­ting, you’re in for a treat. Pack your binoc­u­lars, as from the prop­er­ty you’ll be able to see herons, seals and pos­si­bly even dol­phins. If you’d like to see even more, then take one of the har­bour­side tours from right out­side the front door – Spin­drift Boat Cruis­es get a great write-up. Once at sea, you may get a chance to spot whales or even a white-tailed eagle. And after all that fresh air, you’ll be in need of a hearty meal. Head to The Three Chim­neys for a real treat.

Seaview retreat Coldingham Love Home Swap

Minimalist Seaview Retreat, Coldingham

This home offers absolute­ly mes­meris­ing views of the sea from the com­fort of your own kitchen and liv­ing room. Built on the site of a for­mer Edwar­dian beach pavil­ion, this detached property’s hill­side perch com­mands far-reach­ing coastal views, while a pri­vate path leads down to soft gold­en sands at Cold­ing­ham Bay. Surfers love this beau­ti­ful spot – though if you’re new to the sport, you can grab some lessons at the ultra-chilled St Veda’s Surf Shop. Pre­fer to stay on dry land? Then con­sid­er walk­ing The Creel Path, a love­ly 3.5 mile cir­cu­lar route that will take you to the attrac­tive fish­ing har­bour at St Abbs.

Staycations in Wales

Modern home in the Isle of Anglesey. Love Home Swap

Stunning Modern Home, Isle of Anglesey

Last, but by no means least, this mod­ern prop­er­ty is based in the Isle of Angle­sey, a short walk from the vil­lage of Treard­dur Bay. With four bed­rooms and plen­ty of liv­ing space, this Welsh home swap can accom­mo­date up to ten guests. The local vil­lage offers a small num­ber of quaint shops, ice cream par­lours, bars and great restau­rants, and the beach is a huge hit with those who love water­sports and build­ing sand­cas­tles! For kayak­ing and coas­t­eer­ing, try local busi­ness B‑Active. The island also offers 124 miles of coastal walks as well as a fer­ry to Ire­land – and you’re just 40 min­utes from Snowdonia!

These incred­i­ble prop­er­ties are just a taster of the best places for a UK stay­ca­tion. From Edin­burgh to Nor­folk, there are so many excit­ing places to vis­it. If you’re still mak­ing your mind up on where you want to go, take a look at our blog for loads of trav­el inspi­ra­tion. Or share your swap tips on our social media chan­nels using #welove­home­swap. And don’t for­get that we always want to hear about your best home swaps in the UK! If you’d like to share your expe­ri­ences or sug­ges­tions with our com­mu­ni­ty, then get in touch with us.