Kenilworth, Warwickshire home swap

We’ve just finished a total upgrade of this classic 1920s semi in a quiet corner of Kenilworth. There are two lounges, front and back, plus a large open-plan kitchen and dining area and two double bedrooms and spacious study. We`ll shortly be fitting out a small single bedroom. The master bedroom has an en-suite, air-conditioning and lovely views over the back garden and trees beyond. There`s a full-size roll-top bath with a shower in the main bathroom. Downstairs, there’s s also a separate WC and cloakroom. The massive 35m-long garden is east-west facing and a quite a sun-trap. It`s very private with tall trees all around and a massive oak at the back. The wide patio has outdoor dining chairs, table and sofa, plus smaller seating areas around and about. Facing the house from the back is a raised timber Scandi-style summerhouse with decking, plus a woodland garden behind with further seating. The whole house has been reconfigured, replastered and redecorated in the past 18 months. The original doors have been stripped and waxed and everything else (fittings, fixtures, carpeting, gas central heating, plumbing, electrics) are all new. There`s wooden flooring in the kitchen/dining area. The front lounge has the larger tv, while the cosy rear garden room also has a tv. Also downstairs is large pantry with washer/dryer, breadmaker and storage space. Parking is available on the drive as well as on the street - ample spaces for two cars. It’s a peaceful location, with many attractions within easy reach. Although new to the Guardian house exchange, we’ve completed around 15 house swaps in the UK and overseas with another company. Overall, it`s a very relaxed dog-friendly house and garden.

About the location

Kenilworth is a delightful small town in Warwickshire with easy access to Leamington Spa, Warwick (10 minutes` drive), Stratford-on-Avon (15 minutes) and the Cotswolds (30-40 minutes). Although relatively small, it is well supplied with supermarkets, craft shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs and cocktail bars. The town centre is about 15 minutes’ walk from our house and there’s a post office and vet just down the road. Literally. Our most famous landmark is Kenilworth Castle, a huge romantic ruin in glorious red sandstone (five minutes’ drive). At the centre is Abbey Fields, a large wooded park with a lake, and there are many nature reserves in the town as well as surrounding areas – ideal for dog walks. There’s also an indoor pool and outdoor lido at the heart of Abbey Fields which we’re hoping will reopen soon. Many stately homes are dotted about Warwickshire, including Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House. A quarter of an hour to the north is the historic city of Coventry its two cathedrals, transport museum and Herbert Art Gallery. The University of Warwick, with all its amenities, is just four miles away. Dog owners, garden lovers, golfers, fans of food, history and architecture are all spoilt for choice. We’ll provide a list of all the highlights, along with all our favourite places and maps of walks in the area.

Type of home swap

  • Home Exchange
  • Open to Offers
  • Weekend Exchange

Conditions of home exchange

  • Non smokers only
  • Pets welcome
  • No small children

Kenilworth (HE39628)

Warwickshire,   England

  • 3 bed   (sleeps 4) 2 bath

Preferred destinations

  • England
  • Wales
  • Open to offers
England (especially South) and Wales - good for dog walks

Dates available

Open to offers

Swap duration: Open to offer

Meet the member

Adults: 2     
Experienced Exchanger

Membership expiry date: 15 Aug 2021