Our home is detached, has three bedrooms (two double, one single), a family bathroom with bath and shower, downstairs toilet, study with computer with broadband internet connection and webcam for free), large living room, conservatory, dining room, kitchen with all necessary appliances, utility room, detached garage and shed. Our large rear garden backs on to open fields with ponies and horses. A large park with football pitches very close by. You can see 7 counties from our bedroom window!
Our neighbourhood is close enough, yet far enough away from City life. There is a bridle/walking path seconds from our front door leading to open fields and a country walk to a nearby village. There are 4/5 english pubs within walking distance. The nearest bus stop is 50 yards away from our front door, with buses every ten minutes into the Cathedral City of Derby, which is full of history, museums, shops,galleries, restaurants and pubs. We are 12 miles from East Midlands airport, where cheap budget flights can be taken to destinations all over Europe such as France, Germany, Spain, Potugal,Poland, Prague (also Scotland and Edinburgh in 20 minutes! Using easyjet or bmibaby airlines you can fly return to these destinations very cheaply. From our front door it takes 10 minutes (driving time) to get to Derby and 20 minutes to get into Nottingham. From Derby railway station you can be in Sheffield (another major City, famous for its Steel/Cutlery) in 40 minutes, or our Capital City, London in under two hours. The Peak District National Park (the second most visited National Park IN THE WORLD) is a 30 minutes drive away from our door, where you will see breathtaking scenery and lovely quaint Derbyshire stone walled villages, with village pubs. In Derby you are centrally located to travel and explore most parts of England within three hours (we are a small island afterall !). The City of Nottingham (home of Robin Hood) has Nottingham Castle, Nottingham Caves and the oldest Pub in the World built into caves (Ye Old Trippe To Jerusalam) to visit. There are countless Stately Homes nearby - Haddon Hall, Chatsworth House and Newstead Abbey (home of Lord Byron). PLEASE DO NOT THINK THAT LONDON IS THE BEST PLACE TO EXPLORE THE UK FROM !! London is a huge polluted City with too many cars and too many people !! The best way to explore it, in our opinion, is to take a two or three day hotel break there, by which time you will be ready to return to real English living!
We are a married couple in our 30's/40's and share our home with Mia our 11 year old cat. We have two adult children/step children who normally live close by and stay with us regularly. One is a Medical Student away at University, the other is about to take a Gap Year to travel and work away. We are both Police Officers, who enjoy travel, socializing, real ale/micro brewed beer, motorcycling, cycling, walking. We have travelled extensively but have never been invloved in a house exchange, something we would love to do.