“Oh where to start with this wonderful couple. Thank you so much Barbara and Iain for such a truly fantastic and memorable swap. You were absolutely lovely people to deal with and thank you for sharing your MAGNIFICENT, very large, bright and tastefully designed London home with us. Located in a lovely quiet side street in Barnes, with great views to the Thames (also near many tube stations at Hammersmith across the bridge). Your apartment was really so neat, tidy and you have great taste as regards your furniture and decor. We were always SO happy in the evening to get back to your very cosy home. Thank you also for proving so much information in advance and also daily ideas during our stay. From start to finish ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT & WONDERFUL swap with Barbara and Iain. You are welcome to Vienna ANYTIME. Thank you soooooooooo much for making our London stay such a lovely family holiday. David, Verena, Carla and Vincent ”
“I couldn't have been luckier in exchanging with Barbara and Iain: I felt welcome like and old friend, communication has been efficient and reliable. Their London apartment is gorgeous, large and confortable, and the neighbourhood itself is a piece of London that I never had the chance to discover: perfect if you want to explore the nature and like to enjoy a taste of rural nature, you still have downtown London 30 minute away from the frontdoor, and, last but not least, it is particolarly well located if you travel via London Heathrow. I may have a good knowledge of London, but my stay at Barbara and Iain's place could give me a pleasant and unexplored perspective on the British capital. ”
“Wonderful apartment, lovely hosts, all around great experience. Thanks so much!”
“It was a great pleasure exchanging our home with Barbara and Iian. Their cozy and very comfortable cottage with beautiful gardens is in the most idyllic setting, on the edge of a quintessential Cotswolds’ hamlet. We immediately felt at home and much appreciated their sense of detail and good taste. Our hosts warmly welcomed us in person and they left well-organised information about the house and things to do in the Cotswolds and beyond. We had a wonderful time discovering the beauty of the surroundings. There are plenty of stunning walks and hikes to be made, visits to thatched medieval villages, market towns, beautiful gardens and lovely (gastro)pubs. Cities like Oxford, Bath and Shakespeare’s Stratford-on-Avon can easily be visited in a day. Communication was easy and Barbara and Iian are a couple with great experience of home exchanges, which made the process very simple. We highly recommend these expert home exchangers if you wish to visit the best of England and meet lovely people! We would love to come again, thank you Barbara and Iian.”
“We spent twelve marvelous days in a lovely cottage near the pretty town of Northleach.. The landscape is totally rural with old trees and a superb ancient church. The hamlet is entirely composed of old cottages built with the same light brown stones, typical of the Cotswolds. Everything is well attended, quiet and very peaceful. We feel people really care for their gardens and flower beds and Barbara and Iain in particular. The back garden is quite large and has a patio which was very pleasant to sit out. The cottage is very well renovated and comfortable. It was recently extended to provide a new bathroom, a new bedroom and a large dining room. It is decorated with great taste, nice material and nice furniture. Barbara had got in touch with a very friendly neighbour whom we had the opportunity of meeting regularly. This is what exchanges are all about : being part of a small community. Northleach has all that is needed in terms of shopping, pubs and restaurants. Barbara and Iain are experienced exchangers and left our house in perfect order. This was a very successful exchange. Dominique and Pierre”
“This fine and spacious apartment which situated near Hammersmith, across the bridge along the riverside of Themes made our London trip very enjoyable. Hammersmith is an excellent location direct to reach any center of this great world city by good choices of underground and buses, easy to reach the Eurostar terminal and Heathrow airport. We admired the immediate neighborhood of a quiet and upper scale residential environment. Edwardian distinguished apartment buildings gave us a good impression of the London atmosphere. We liked staying in this comfortable and nicely decorated apartment with a river view. Living room is especially cosy and relaxing with a fire place and a piano. We had a very good exchange with Barabara and Iain, who are excellent in communications and did good preparation for us. And of course we had a great time coming back to our good memories of London. So, we can highly recommend Barbara and Lain's apartment to all the earnest exchangers.”
“We had a very pleasant stay at Iian and Barbara's. Their flat is very well-located in a quiet area of London and yet only about 10 minutes from Hammersmith tube station which provides you access to the whole London. This apartment is nice, spacious and comfortable with an enjoyable view on the river Thames. We also had the opportunity to meet Iian and Barbara who are very kind and helpful people, always eager to give us more information to guide us before and during our stay. We highly recommend this exchange.”
“We have just finished an exchange with Barbara & Iain who are very experienced exchangers. Their London flat could not be better positioned to see London properly; an easy 10 minute walk to tubes & buses which can get you to Covent Garden in twenty minutes or so and everything the West End has to offer, but just as easily we were able to pick up a River Boat from Westminster to explore Greenwich, the Tower & the City. There are pleasant river-side walks and close by Barnes, which is like a countryside village in the City - weekly Farmers' Market included! It's too easy to miss all that London has to offer and staying here in the comfortable home of Iain & Barbara will certainly help you see it properly!”
“Un grand appartement meublé avec goût, très confortable. Une vue superbe sur la Tamise, on resterait des heures à regarder les entraînements d'aviron sur la Tamise et les joggeurs le long du fleuve. Barbara et son mari sont des hôtes charmants et nous ont accueillis avec confiance, faisant tout pour rendre cet échange agréable.”
Where is it?
Peaceful location on the Thames very close to Central London, with many riverside pubs and restaurants nearby. Lively cosmopolitan Hammersmith a few minutes walk across the river; peaceful, pretty Barnes Village with its picturesque pond only 10 minutes in the other direction, and a range of charming local shops and restaurants two minutes' walk away. Riverside walks to Kew gardens, Putney, Fulham, Chiswick, Richmond Park, alongside the river all the way. It is possible to walk ( or cycle) to Hampton Court (12 miles)all the way along the river, barely crossing a road, and to catch a bus home if you prefer.
Our Cotswold cottage is in a small and very pretty village 10 minutes' drive from Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford, Cirencester, Cheltenham and Bibury and 35 minute drive from Oxford, 45 minute drive to Stratford on Avon. The nearest small town, Northleach, is a 15 minute walk across fields or a 5 minute drive away. It has an excellent restaurant, several friendly local pubs and a well known wine bar as well as a renowned local butcher, a pharmacy, baker and general grocery store.
You may also like
OUR HOME IS AVAILABLE FOR POINTS from the 25th May until the 3rd of June. LOOKING FOR SWAPS OR POINTS FOR APRIL AND AUGUST 2018. Our fun family friendly home...
Beautiful 5 bed house in leafy Queens Park - one of London's trendiest residential areas. Close to gorgeous Queens Park and within easy tube ride to Central...
Not less than 7 nights.... thank you. This not Airbnb. NO POINTS... straight swap but can be non-contemporaneous. 1 bedroom Edwardian purpose built flat on...