Lovely 4 Bed home swap in Chilbolton, England

A swap with a difference! Ideal if you live in NZ & would like to tour in the UK.

How would you like to use our car to tour the UK any time in the next two years? If required, we can also offer you a tent (various sizes available), camping and/or child equipment, and a few days at home with us at the start and end of your trip.

In return, we are seeking a car in New Zealand from 24th January to 10th April 2012. We have our own tent and plan to tour the North and South Islands, camping with our two young children.

About us

Professional couple in our early 40s.
Have just started a career break for a couple of years, to travel the world with our two young children (2 and 3 years old).

Live in a beautiful Test Valley village in countryside near Winchester in Hampshire (South of England).

Very respectful of other people's property.

Careful drivers. Each with 25 years driving experience. No motoring convictions. No motor insurance claims.

On offer (to lend)

Car in UK for up to 3 months anytime in next two years (so you can catch our summer!).

Blue Honda Civic 1.6l (mid-January to early June 2012) or white Ford Fiesta 1.3l (any other time).

Mileage not an issue - so you can tour right up to Scotland if you wish!

A few nights at our house (with us) at the start and end of your trip. You'd get your own bedroom with en suite bathroom, front door key and, if needed, a second bedroom and use of plenty of children's toys (including outdoor toys).

Loan of roof bars, roof box, children's car seats (ranging from infant, through toddler, to older child's booster - depends on which sizes we are using at the time), tent (various sizes), camping equipment (stove, kettle, saucepans, table, chairs, etc.), child paraphernalia (pushchair, portable booster dining seat, travel cot, stairgates, etc.). This gives the flexibility to suit a range of touring holidays, from camping, to hotels, to cottages.

Luggage storage at our house if you want to travel light.

Possibly transport to and from airport (e.g., Heathrow). But please note this is over 60 miles (100 km) each way from us, so an airport coach might be better and we'd collect you from Winchester or Andover. We can advise coach timetables and prices.

Possibly a pay-as-you-go UK mobile phone (you pay for calls).

Wanted (to borrow)


Any reliable car/van in New Zealand mid-January to mid-April 2012. Minimum of four seats please and some luggage space.

We have already booked our flight tickets, so our dates are not flexible, although we'd consider a few days with no car at the start and/or end.

Desirable, but certainly not essential:

Pick-up/-off in or near Auckland. Would consider other locations. Plan to tour both North and South Islands.

Two children's car seats (for 2.5 and 4 year old).

Roof box and camp chairs/table. We'll bring our own tent, sleeping and cooking equipment.

Transport to and from airport, and a day or two with you so that we get to know each other.

Storing 1-2 empty cases with you (used to carry tent, etc., on the flight, but unlikely to pack easily into a car).

Loan of a NZ mobile phone (we'd pay for calls).

Type of home swap

  • Long Term Exchange
  • Non Simultaneous Exchange
  • Open to Offers

Conditions of home exchange

  • Children welcome

Chilbolton (HE25896)

Hampshire,   England

  • 4 bed   (sleeps 8) 3.5 bath

Preferred destinations

  • New Zealand

Dates available

Open to offers

Swap duration: 3 - 6 months


Meet the member

Adults: 2      Children: 2

Membership expiry date: 06 Jan 2012