*** For our next trip, we're looking for a simultaneous/non- simultaneous/points swap to Sydney Australia for the period Dec 23rd 2018 to January 11th 2019***
Our HOME is in Twickenham: an affluent and desirable leafy suburb that has a village atmosphere. We are 15 minutes from the heart of Richmond and with direct train to centre of London. The borough is approximately half parkland – large areas of London's open space fall within the borough boundaries, including Richmond Park, Kew Gardens, Bushy Park and Old Deer Park.
Our home comprises of 3 bedrooms, two doubles and the third with a single bed and all with fitted wardrobes.
We have a modern bathroom, an open plan kitchen and dining room and a large lounge area. For entertainment, bring your Android as we have blue tooth speakers, Wifi and we also have a large flat screen plasma TV, which is connected to cable with surround sound. We have a washing machine and a Tumble Dryer.
Our home has a 20 square metre rear garden with a 6-seater outdoor dining table. A large gas barbecue and a natural coal barbecue provides for great casual meals outdoors. The Garden has a large sandpit for children to play in, along with a slide and a 12ft Jump King Trampoline. The home is very secure fitted with a Telecommunicating alarm system with secure key guard entry code. There is room to park two cars off road in front of the house. One of our cars has 7 seats and can be used as part of a home/car Swap.
The surrounding areas have three grand period mansions with public access: York House, Marble Hill and Strawberry Hill House. Twickenham 'the home of English rugby', as is Twickenham Rugby Stadium, the world’s largest stadium officially solely for rugby but which also hosts seasonal and particularly charity music concerts.
There are many good quality restaurants, pubs and cafes within walking distance from our home, as we also border on Teddington and Hampton. A selection of high-end providers, bakeries and patisseries can be found locally. Twickenham is on the River which is a beautiful walk on most days.
Royal Botanical Gardens Kew (Kew Gardens): Just a short bus ride away to see floral splendor and scenery, the UNESCO-listed estate comprises 326 acres (121 hectares) of beautiful scenery with rare plants from around the world. Kew Gardens consists of acres of tranquil grounds with one of the world’s largest collections of plants. Either walk around at leisure or join one of the free guided walking tours that take place daily in the gardens.
Richmond Park: Again just 7 minutes by train or a short bus ride away. At almost 1000 hectares (the largest urban parkland in Europe), this park offers everything from formal gardens and ancient oaks to unsurpassed views of central London 12 miles away. It’s easy to flee the several roads slicing up the rambling wilderness, making the park perfect for a quiet walk or a picnic with the kids, even in summer when Richmond’s riverside heaves.
Herds of over 600 red and fallow deer basking under the trees are part of its magic, but they can be less than docile in rutting season (September and October) and when the does bear young (May to July), so keep your distance (over 50m) during these times. Birdwatchers will love the diverse habitats, from neat gardens to woodland and assorted ponds. Floral fans should visit Isabella Plantation, a stunning woodland garden created after WWII, in April and May when the rhododendrons and azaleas bloom.
Set in a beautiful 13-hectare garden and affording great views of the city from the back terrace, Pembroke Lodge was the childhood home of Bertrand Russell. The Georgian tea rooms can garnish your visit with warm scones and clotted cream after 3pm.
The pastoral vista from Richmond Hill has inspired painters and poets for centuries and still beguiles. It’s the only view (which includes St Paul’s Cathedral 10 miles away) in the country to be protected by an act of Parliament..