Our lovely Victorian high ceiled and happy family home is a spacious 2,200 sq ft, and über kid friendly packed with toys and books. Decor and furniture are high quality but some signs of kids over-running our lives are evident - ours is not a designer, pristine home but is an incredibly comfortable and large place to stay in London.
Downstairs is a big through lounge/diner which we use as a play area, to separate our space from the kids.
The hall and dining room/playroom lead into an extended family kitchen/diner with a huge oak table and then this leads out onto a sun trap of a (small) garden and patio with BBQ. There is also a small understairs toilet and washbasin.
On the first floor we have a huge main bedroom, facing the front of the house, with king bed, working fireplace and a comfy chair for reading. There is a modern shower room, toilet and sink. On this split floor level we also have a great home office with working fireplace, sofa and large desk for working. We also have a room suited to a baby through toddler age, with big cot/bed.
On the second level of the house our daughter has a lovely room facing the back of the house, just up the stairs from our main bedroom. there is also an additional bathroom up here with roll top bath, but no shower.
Finally on the third floor, we have a huge converted attic bedroom, with Velux windows and views towards Battersea over the rooftops which has a separate lounge area, double sofa bed and suited to adults or a teenage den as it is on a separate floor.
We have a 4 year old girl and 1 year old boy so we have all the equipment you can ever need for young children, including extra travel cots, high chairs etc.
We live in NappyValley (clapham/balham) in London, 6 mins walk from the tube and overground stations, a farmers market on Saturdays and 10 minutes on foot from parks, chi chi cafes, shops and a Michelin star restaurant.
Our road is typical of the Clapham/Balham area, the houses are larger than what they appear outside, and give you the feeling of walking into a tardis. We have friendly neighbours and its a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of central London. The area has the highest birth rate in Western Europe so if you have young children you can't go wrong with a weekend of week here in terms of facilities catering for kids.
We can organise qualified and wonderful babysitting and you can experience the bright lights of London. We love fine wine and food and eat out all the time, so can give you wonderful recommendations of both local and more central places to try. If you stay out late then we are a £20 black cab ride and 20 minute journey by car at night from Oxford Street/Soho.
We have rented our house previously, whilst we were abroad and will ensure you have everything you can possibly need to make your stay in our house fabulous and it saves you hundreds compared to London hotels.
We are interested in long weekend swaps and week long swaps only in the UK as we are not keen on long journeys abroad whilst we have such young children.
We are looking for the antithesis of where we live to swap with; rolling countryside, big gardens and farmland, so we get a total change of scene from wonderful but hectic London. We are totally and utterly flexible and accommodating people.