- Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
- Aug 22, 2021 - Aug 24, 2021
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We are a retired Australian couple who live in La Creuse, France. Bill 65, Information Technology Manager and Wendy 60, Online Communications. Married 40 years.
We are open to all destinations. For 2023 we would love to visit Italy (Cinque Terra, Pompei, and southern Italy) and Norway (Bergen, Trondeim or anywhere north ) but would consider other places. We have had many successful swaps and house sits since arriving in France in 2016.
Please get in contact if you are interested or would like further information.
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IT Manager and Online Communications (Retired)
Non-simultaneous Home Exchange
Simultaneous Home Exchange
Weekend Home Exchange
Long-term Home Exchange
Smoking Not Allowed
No Children Please
Use of Personal Car is not possible
|Dec 1, 2022 - Dec 31, 2023||Open to all destinations|
Description of the home we are offering for exchange
Dream of relaxing in the French countryside, then this is the house swap for you.
Come and enjoy the calm, relaxed way of life here.
Our stone house was built in 1906 and added onto in 2017. Then almost completely renovated in 2022/2023 after a water disaster. The plumber hadn't connected a few pipes correctly in our attic bathroom renovations but all absolutely fine now.
The first floor consists of 2 bedrooms. One has a queen size bed (160 x 200) and the other bedroom has a double bed (150 x 190). Both bedrooms have bedside tables, lamps and tables for luggage. They have both been recently renovated with a new ceiling and new walls, freshly painted, new carpets.
On this floor is also a large bathroom with a shower over bath arrangement, toilet, hand basin and heated towel rail. This has also had a new ceiling and new flooring and fresh paint.(January 2023).
There is also a large office with 2 desks and a bookshelf and large cube unit which has board games, books, CD and DVDs. We have very good Wifi. This room didn't receive any water damage so has been left alone.except for the door and frame which we've painted.
You will also find a large linen room with extra blankets, doonas, pillows, towels, sheets etc.
On the ground floor is a well stocked large brand new kitchen - Jan 2023 - with all new appliances (except for a coffee machine as we like to go out for our coffee fix), new lounge room and dining room with large doors opening to the front of the house. The house faces south so receives the beautiful French sun. These rooms have also had new ceilings, walls and new tiles in Jan 2023.
There is a slow combustion heater and we will provide plenty of wood and kindling if swapping during the colder months.
The extension to the rear of our house consists of an anteroom and craft room. As well as a fully equipped laundry including double trough, washing machine, dryer and extra fridge/freezer and another bathroom with shower, toilet and hand basin.
There is electric heating and fuel heaters throughout the house. Overhead fans are located in the kitchen and office with extra pedestal fans if needed.
We have a beautiful terrace at the back of the house which has shade, barbeque, tables and chairs.
You will require a car as there is no public transport - we would consider a car exchange depending on circumstances. You will need an Emission Sticker for your car if travelling into certain larger towns or cities of France.
Also note - we have an attic bedroom on the 2nd floor which has a king size bed and new full bathroom ( hopefully finished by March 2023- will be uploading photos as soon as finished). The use of this bedroom can be discussed if more room is required. So potentially the house could sleep 6 (3 couples) although our preference is only swapping with couples or 2 couples as our house is not suitable for children.
House - 2 or more floors/ Main Residence
Description of our neighbourhood and surrounding area
Our village is very small with about 50 inhabitants. There are a number of maison secondaires.
We are situated in a rural part of France where there are wonderful areas for walking (randonées/hiking). Many lakes and picnic
areas. Lots of little villages to explore and not too far from the Central Massif where there's skiing at Le Mont Dore (about 1 and a half hours drive). Great for eBiking around here.
The nearest amenities are 10kms & 14kms away so you will need transport.
You will find a supermarket, 2 boulangeries, 2 cafes and 3 restaurants, plus 2 pharmacies, doctors, post office, banks and tourist office in Gouzon. A bigger village 14kms (Boussac) has more restaurants, fantastic markets as well as the usual banks, post office, hairdressers, pharmacies, large health centre.
There are many larger towns within or just over an hours drive such as Limoges (Porcelein capital), Montlucon (train station connection -30 mins), Gueret, Chateauroux (train station connection - 1hr), Aubusson (tapestry capital). There are great market towns as well such as Felletin, Argenton sur Creuse, Gargalisse (beau village), St Severe, Chambon sur Vouieze plus many more.
The church at Moutier d'ahun is a must to see as very unique.
Being in central France is handy also as you can be in many different countries in less than a half days drive. Remember, you will need to investigate whether to buy an Emission sticker for your car if you are travelling through some of the larger French cities.
Our neighbours are all french and are just lovely and welcoming.
We have some English friends in hamlets close by.
Our home exchange - places to go and things to do while staying in our home
There are many hiking trails around this area.
Up through forests at Toulx St Croix are many walking paths. Some that follow along
a Roman wall.
We have a number of small amazing old churches that are open to the public and free of charge around the area.
There are adventure parks, trails that lead to boulders, historic preserved villages from WW2 (over an hours drive - Orador sur Glane).
Tapestry towns, Porcelain town, Market towns nearby. There are a couple of horse riding schools close by.
There are many lakes that are within driving distance. Examples are The 3 Lacs, Lac Vassavierre, Treignat has a beautiful lake and camping grounds, big lake at Gueret and at Montlucon. La Creuse is known for it's lakes.
Or if you just feel like relaxing there are plenty of books to read, lots of movies on disks or just sit on the terrace with a glass of wine and watch the french life go by. Entirely up to you.
Our favourite restaurants
Cafés & bars
Leisure and cultural activities
Interesting day trips
Our home exchange - here are our Preferences and House Rules
Our house is suitable for a couple or perhaps 2 couples. (However, it can accommodate up to 6 people - 3 couples, which we can discuss).
Prefer not to care for pets with a swap as we may be away from your house for one or two nights to explore the area further.
Just to keep our home clean and tidy as we would with yours.
We would need to exchange with someone that has a dedicated parking spot/area or garage/carport.
We have completed many successful and wonderful swaps.
If we send a request to swap then we'd love/appreciate a quick response. Doesn't matter if it's a negative response or just to
say you are thinking about it.
We are interested in seeing all over Europe. Big places, small places, rural, city, beach, mountains.
For 2023 we would love to visit Italy and Norway in particular but would consider other destinations.
We hope to finish the renovations by mid April (probably before).
Please no children as the house is not suitable.
We do have an inflatable spa that we normally set up on the pavers near the terrace in summer. This can also be discussed.
Use of Personal Car
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