Comfortable Victorian family house in pretty market town of Dorchester, birthplace of novellist and poet Thomas Hardy. Town centre location but within walking distance of beautiful countryside and 20 minute drive to beaches. On street parking. Ground floor living room, very large and sunny kitchen and dining area with french doors to patio and 25 metre garden with childrens' swing. Ground floor has toilet and utility room. Laundry Room in Basement. First floor; 3 bedrooms - 2 have single beds and the third is a double-sized room with a single bed plus pull-out guest bed. Bathroom with shower and toilet. Master bedroom in attic with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Computer with broadband internet access.
We live right in the centre of this attractive County Town, the "Casterbridge" of Thomas Hardy`s novels. Just two minutes walk to town centre shops, cafes, museum etc. Our street has lots of families and friendly neighbours. Behind our house is the Town market which is held each Wednesday and Sunday. Even though we are in the centre of town we can walk out into open countryside in 15 minutes.
5 minutes walk to main line Railway Station which runs direct to London (2hours 40 Mins, hourly) and Railway Station for Bath (Less than 2 hours) and Bristol. Stonehenge is just over an hours drive away.
The Iron Age fort "Maiden Castle" is situated on the outskirts of the town and there are several Roman sites dotted aound the area.
Dorset lies on the 'Jurassic Coast' and is listed as a World Heritage site. Local beaches include Ringstead, Burton Bradstock, Lulworth. Weymouth, a popular tourist destination with a magnificent sandy beach is a 15 minute train ride away. Adjacent to Weymouth, lies Portland harbour. Portland is set to host the sailing events for the 2012 London Olympics. There are also many other sports available on Portland including SCUBA diving, rock climbing and wind surfing.
We are a family of five; Melanie and Peter and our children, Florence(20) Jack(18) Matilda (15). Melanie is a lawyer working for the local council, Peter is a civil servant. The older two children don't always travel with us but normally meet up later on in the holiday. We have had happy experiences of house exchanges in the past. We hope that by swapping our home with yours we will get an insider's view of your country and way of life. We want you to be welcome and comfortable here and experience some of the things we enjoy: the English countryside, the sea, walking, local food, watersports and exploring! We would consider swapping cars but only under certain circumstances.