Family-friendly townhouse in chic riverside - world-class art, romantic Rhine

Family-friendly townhouse in chic riverside - world-class art, romantic Rhine

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Our modern, family-friendly 3 storey townhouse is in an upmarket residential area close to the river & 1.7 km from the official city centre (the cathedral), less to many other attractions.
- Downstairs: Living, kitchen, dining room (tv, dvd, small hifi). Small garden with deck & furniture.
- 1st floor: 3 bedrooms, 1 double, 1 with toddler bed, 1 with cot (more adult beds on 2nd floor... see below), 2 bathrooms with good showers, 1 with large corner bath.
- 2nd floor open plan living-lounge area with 2 single sofa beds. Sloping ceilings up to 3.5m, large windows (tv, dvd, playstation 2, hifi). Balcony.
- Private parking space in underground garage.
- Housekeeper can come once during the week to clean and iron.
- Organic/normal supermarket delivery services available.
- All baby/toddler mod. cons., e.g. high chair, potty, steriliser, toys - no changing table though.
- Communal area with sandpits in front of house (we are in a courtyard, not on the road)
- All decorated in light colours, parquet downstairs, carpet upstairs. Some white sofacovers which are all washable.

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More about us

  1. We are a married Dutch-British couple with a small child who will soon start preschool. We are both thirty-somethings and work for an international organisation. We are also non-smokers.

    We have not done a home-exchange before, but travel a lot keeping up with our many friends and relatives abroad. We find staying in hotels and eating out is not always convenient, especially with a small child, so we thought this might be worth a try.

    We are mainly interested in staying in London & St. Albans to visit friends and family there, but would also consider exchanges to Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Eastern Europe (anywhere nice for a summer or winter holiday or citybreak that we would not need to fly to.)

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

Affluent new riverside development with many professionals and young families.
- 50m away is a large riverside playground and down a level by the river away from traffic is a wide green "promenade". This goes west right through the city and east through parks past rowing clubs to the Gerbermühle where Goethe once visited.
- 500m away are local supermarket, shops & cafes in the "Colosseo" or "Florentine Quarter" surrounding a cobbled "piazza" with a fountain open on one side to the river. Ice cream cafe (also serves cheap hot food), tapas bar, sophisticated Italian restaurant & Michelin restaurant (New Brick).
- About 20 mins. walk away (or a few mins. by tram, underground, bike etc.) is the town centre, with historic buildings, amazing art & other museums, skyscrapers with viewing platforms & a restaurant, large, glamorous and unusual shops. A huge and stunningly romantic botanical garden with rowing boats, hidden corners, children's train, theatre & playground & a v. charming old-fashioned German restaurant.
- 10-20 minutes walk south of the river is the pub & club & "applewine" area of converted timber-frames called Alt-Sachsenhausen which blends into the beautiful turn-of-the-century, less rowdy, more elegant Schweizerstrasse with its shops and cafes.
- From Frankfurt, you can take a one-day Rhine cruise or in less than 1 hr reach historic Heidelberg with its world-famous castle and old town.
- The Taunus hills around Frankfurt also boast spas and ancient castles

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