We would like to spend one to three weeks in or around London this summer. Ideally the house would be near a rail line so that we can do day trips and occasional overnights (for places further afield).
Our house is a lovely 1928 bungalow in a wonderful historic neighborhood with sidewalks and tree lined streets.
Outdoors: a front porch (with wicker furniture and a porch swing) for drinking your morning coffee and greeting the neighbors walking by. We also have a large (28' x 14') screened back porch for privacy, meals (the dining table seats 8) and just "taking it easy" (feel free to play our guitars, banjo, mandolin or dulcimer if you're a musician). The entire yard is an award winning garden with several seating areas. But don't worry, you won't need to do anything (it's very low maintenance).
Indoors: Main level: There is a cozy living room with a gas fireplace and modern, comfortable furniture. We have a new gourmet kitchen with a gas 5 burner stove with warming drawer, an espresso machine, the works. Cooking is fun in this kitchen. The master bedroom (also on the main level) has a adjustable memory foam king sized bed. Each side of the bed adjusts separately. 42" flat screen tv (satellite tv). The second bedroom has a queen sized bed. There is one full bath on the main level (a large shower but no tub) and a half bath upstairs. Also on the main level, in addition to the kitchen, living room, bath, master and second bedroom, are a dining room and a tv room with two recliners. Wi-fi is available throughout the main floor.
Upstairs: there are two small bedrooms (with a low ceiling because it's a converted attic) and a half bath. One of the upstairs BRs has two twin beds (see photos) and the other upstairs BR has a futon sofa bed that can sleep two. Our home is lovely and comfortable (everyone says so), and while you're here, you'll feel that your own home is in good hands - which it will be.
Our home is well insulated and has new central heat and air conditioning, so it's very comfortable in any season. Note about children: they are welcome but we should discuss it first. We have a two year old grand-daughter who visits often so there are toys about. Also, we don't allow pets or smoking anywhere on our property. For those who might have mobility problems: there are just three steps (with hand rails) at the front of the house. There are stairs at the back (into the yard), but you can take a path along the side of the house, where there are fewer steps.
We live in the wonderful historic neighborhood of Ardmore. Most of the houses here date from the 1920's. We have porches and sidewalks and tree shaded streets, so it's ideal for walking, jogging and biking. We're within walking distance of a large park (Miller Park), Wake Forest Baptist Hospital (a teaching hospital) and an easy drive (10 minutes or less) to downtown and lots of shopping, restaurants, clubs, etc. Winston Salem has 5 colleges or universities, including Wake Forest and UNC School of the Arts (a performing arts school). WS has several nationally known festivals, such as the River Run Film Festival, the National Black Theatre Festival , the Western Film Festival and the Winston Salem Open (tennis). We have a professional baseball team (with a new stadium), a symphony, an opera company, several professional theater companies, and a 365 acre lake (where you can use our 3 bikes to do the 7 mile loop around the lake) just 15 minutes away. We are less than a 2 hour drive from Charlotte, Asheville, Greensboro and Raleigh, and 5 hours or less from either Washington DC, Charleston SC, Atlanta, the Smokey Mountains, and the Outer Banks on North Carolina's Atlantic coast (where you can deep sea fish, scuba, hang glide, parasail, kayak, and more). We're half an hour from an Amtrak train station that will take you to DC, NYC and beyond, and less than an hour to other mountains and lakes, with a great many hiking trails within easy access. Really, it's an ideal location. Our city is often listed as one of the best places to live or retire in the USA.
We are retired, healthy and active (bikes, kayaks, hiking, yoga, non-smoking, vegetarian). My wife is learning Spanish and after retirement I have taken up songwriting. My wife also quilts and does other crafts - you will see her work all around the house. We both love to cook.
Although we would prefer London this summer, we are open to other areas, although we do not want to be in an isolated area and we don't like cold weather. We would consider a long term exchange - anything from a week to two months would be wonderful - depending on the location. We would prefer to be able to walk or take public transportation to restaurants, galleries, shops, day trips, etc. but we would consider renting a car. Be aware that you will need to rent a car in Winston Salem (or almost anywhere in the US). We might also be available for non-simultaneous swaps, long term swaps or weekend swaps, depending on the locations and situations. Even short hospitality exchanges (4 days or fewer).
We would love to be in or near London this summer. Starting in the fall, we could do short exchanges with homes within driving distance, but we won't be able to do full exchanges during the 2017/2018 school year because we help with our grand-daughter. We can do short exchanges with DC at any time of year (we love DC). Let's swap homes!!