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The Top Love Home Swaps of 2020

Published in News - January 15, 2021

While our members have many stunning properties all over the world, these gorgeous retreats were the most popular with our home swapping community in 2020. From lakefront townhouses to homes nestled in the Himalayas, this list showcases the spectacular range of Love Home Swap places that you could stay in. They’re just the tip of the iceberg (we’ve got thousands of amazing homes for exchange across the world), so take a look and get some inspiration for your future home swapping adventures!

Beautiful Country Estate, Connecticut

At number one, stands this beautiful country estate based in Fairfield, Connecticut. This large property sleeps up to six people and is walking distance to the centre of Newton’s shopping and restaurants, or a twenty-minute drive to Candlewood Lake! Boasting a uniquely large in-ground heated pool with diving board, hot tub and separate pool house (that features its own bar, kitchen and bathroom!), it’s no wonder this was the US’s top swapped property in 2020!

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The Old Rectory, Devon

This beautiful Devon-based home is a firm favourite with visitors to the UK. Located just 20 minutes from the sea, this impressive property offers ten acres of woodland and pristine walled gardens. With ten bedrooms available to sleep twenty people and a fabulous swimming pool, we can see why it’s so popular with our members!

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Large Country Home, Tennessee

This stunning country home is based in Brentwood, a mere twenty minutes from Nashville. Set in 8 acres of land and sleeping up to twelve guests, the gorgeous property features its own theatre, indoor sauna and outdoor swimming pool. You can easily spend your days lounging by the pool or admiring the beautiful surrounding landscape from the comfort of your covered balcony – or venture out to explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and the world-famous honky-tonks in Lower Broadway. In short, this home has a lot to offer!

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Beach Condo, Florida

Love a peaceful waterfront view? Then this could be precisely what you’re looking for – particularly as your view will be over the Gulf of Mexico! The property is only a few short blocks from John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk offering waterfront dining, shopping and water sport rentals. There’s also very easy access to the beautiful white sand beach, which is located just across the street from your doorstep! Though we wouldn’t blame for you to not wanting to leave home, as you’ll also benefit from a shared heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and fitness room.

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Himalayan Villa, India

This unique property is tucked away in the fruit-growing belt of the Kumaon Hills in district Nanital. It boasts spectacular panoramic views of the Himalayas at a staggering 7000ft above sea. With this property comes your own fruit orchard and two acres of land for a digital detox. The ultimate place to relax and unwind, this nature-enveloped home comes with a housekeeper who will clean, make your beds and even wash your dishes! Previous guests to this beautiful home have raved about the peace and quiet, views and outside areas for sunbathing. 

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Cosy Apartment, Dusseldorf, Germany

This cosy little flat is located in the old city of Dusseldorf. Although small, this lovely one-bedroom home is situated perfectly for the city’s key sights. The hosts will even allow you to use their car, which you can use to explore the many beautiful nearby medieval towns, villages and the famous Saturday market in Venlo, Holland!

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Spacious Home, Porto, Portugal

Boasting a beautiful white aesthetic, this stunningly minimalist apartment is based in the heart of Porto. Spend the day exploring the fascinating city, and don’t forget to check out the famous port cellars before heading home. The bright and spacious interior will undoubtedly help you relax when winding down after a day of exploring.

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Luxury Beachfront Apartment, Queensland

This beautiful beachfront apartment (which can sleep up to six guests) was Australia’s top property in 2020. Located opposite the pristine beach, this airy home offers spectacular sea views, plus kayaks and boogie boards so you can make full use of your amazing location! There are also many fantastic natural attractions on your doorstep. From feeding the dolphins at Tin Can Bay to a day trip to Fraser Island, it comes as no surprise this stunning house was so popular with our home swapping community.

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Artist’s Retreat, Bath

A perfect home for an artist in need of a digital detox. With no television to distract you from the beautiful landscapes, this serene location is a favourite with our members for the sense of calm and escapism that it offers. However, if painting isn’t your style, there’s a huge swimming pool and tennis courts to keep you occupied.

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Art Deco Apartment, London

Situated in Richmond, London, this top swap is different to the rest. With the bright interior and light streaming in through the window, it’s every bit as serene as the countryside retreats in the top 5 list. Yet it’s just a short walk away from the River Thames – and the 24/7 buzz of London. In short, this glorious apartment is the perfect base for a city escape.

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Perfect Getaway, Lisbon, Portugal

This modern apartment is the perfect city escape, bright and airy with two double bedrooms and tall French windows to allow the sun to stream in. Situated in a trendy area, enjoy the multiple restaurants, cafés and quirky shops right at your doorstep. On top of this, the famous sights of Lisbon such as the Castelo de Sao Jorge  and the Belem Tower are only walking distance away.

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Ocean View Home, Canterbury

This stunningly situated home has beautiful views of South Bay and the mountains beyond. There is a large deck for outdoor dining in the summer and even a hot spa for the winter months! Within walking distance of the township of Kaikura, make sure you pop into the Old Kaikura Winery for an elegant meal or their popular Sunday brunch. The home is also just steps away from the water where you can see seals and dolphins, so it’s no surprise that this was the top New Zealand swap in 2020.

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Luxury Beach House, Queensland

 

This stunning, architecturally-designed beach house is situated on top of the sand dunes at Currimundi and was the winner of the Master Builders award in 2015. Spread over five floors and benefitting from an elevator, all levels offer stunning sea views. With a spacious open plan layout and plenty of luxurious touches, guests enjoy being immersed in the natural beauty of the area – while local trips to the famous Eumundi Markets and Noosa are just a short drive away. 

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Converted School, France

This luminous, double-height space is a unique stay, as it is based in a converted school in Le Monestier. On the mezzanine level, the huge windows allow beautiful views over the garden and mountains beyond. The apartment is based in the heart of the beautiful Livradois Forez Natural Park where you can enjoy some lovely walks. Or if exploring is more your style, there are many small medieval towns and even volcanoes nearby at the Puy de Dome.

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Lake Tahoe Townhouse, California

This incredible mountain retreat features hotel amenities and a tranquil lakefront setting in South Lake Tahoe. This spacious home is located just a few steps away from the beach and is surrounded by beautiful mountainside woodlands and ski pistes – making it the ideal location for every season. Combining the best of every world, the property is perfect for a city escape as it is within 1 mile of the casinos of South Lake – and it’s equidistant from the Heavenly Ski Resort. Based within a luxurious resort, the shared facilities include a gym, two pools (one of which is heated year-round), two outdoor hot tubs, and access to the stunning private lakeside beach.

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