WE ARE SEEKING A 3-MONTH LONDON EXCHANGE(S) FROM OCTOBER 5 2018, INCLUDING CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR. OUR DAUGHTER AND HER PARTNER LIVE IN N16, SO WE ARE LOOKING FOR NORTH, CENTRAL OR EAST LONDON, PREFERABLY WITH CAR EXCHANGE.
Our Victorian-era home was built in 1892 and renovated by us in 2007, retaining its charm and original features. We added an architect-designed extension to the rear which, while modern, is sympathetic to the older part of the house.
In the old section, which is at the front of the house, there are three bedrooms, plus a double living-dining room with antique furniture, piano, stereo and gas "coal" fire, and a lovely private verandah leading off it.
The main bedroom has a king-size bed and the second has a double bed, plus desk, so it can be used as a study. The third is currently used as a child's playroom, with a double foldout sofa bed for grandchildren sleepovers. We have a wooden baby's cot which, if needed, can be assembled in this room.
All bedrooms have built-in wardrobes (those in the second and third bedrooms are partly used for storage but there's plenty of space for guests' clothes). None of the bedrooms has an en suite bathroom, as we didn't want to spoil the original character of the house.
The new section of the main house comprises a large open-plan kitchen, casual dining area and family room, with 106cm flat-screen TV, DVD player and stereo, plus many books, CDs and DVDs, as well as a gas-flame fireplace. The floor has been tiled recently and there are two new sofas (pix to come). It opens via glass bifold doors on to a dining terrace, with mains gas barbecue, overlooking the 9 x 3-metre solar-heated saltwater pool.
There's a lockup garage, accessed via the rear lane, with a small bathroom attached - perfect for showering after a swim.
Back indoors, the main bathroom has a large tub and separate shower stall, while the second bathroom, which doubles as a laundry, has a shower, toilet, washing machine and dryer.
We would prefer car exchange. We have an automatic Honda CRV which, while not new, is roomy and reliable.
Our 13-year-old cat, Smudge, is a free spirit who pops in twice a day to be fed. If you're allergic to cats, we can arrange for neighbours to care for her.
We also ask that guests water our small herb/vegie garden and potplants.
We do not want to have to clean at the end of our stay, so are happy to pay for a professional - and assume this would be reciprocated - or swap cleaning services with you. We have a team of four who come for an hour once a fortnight and leave the house spotless. If needed, we can arrange for them the continue this service during your stay, at your expense.