A jewel of a Victorian house in Cambridge, and only an hour from central London

A jewel of a Victorian house in Cambridge, and only an hour from central London


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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
1 Bathrooms
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Our home

My lovely Victorian terraced house was built around 1870 on a street immediately adjoining the central area of Cambridge. It has been renovated to a high standard, so the kitchen, the en-suite shower room, and the bathroom are all modern and streamlined, while the house retains many original features and is carpeted and freshly-decorated throughout.

The house is compact, as you'd expect of a house so near ot the centre of the city. There are three bedrooms, and a study, a bathroom and an ensuite shower room, arranged over three floors.

Downstairs, there is a small but elegant sitting room with a fireplace and big Georgian windows, as well as French doors leading onto the patio; the sitting room is furnished with fine original paintings, ceramics and sculptures, as well as having a flatscreen HDTV, stereo equipment, and is an antique desk with wireless access for laptops. The modern kitchen has an adjoining dining area with French doors onto the patio.

Upstairs, there is a master bedroom with ensuite shower room, a separate family bathroom, the second double bedroom, and a study with computer and high speed internet access.

The third double bedroom is located on the lower ground floor. Outside there is a pretty little patio with olive trees and a table and chairs where you can take meals in warmer weather. There are potted plants and flowers, but no garden. (With the University Botanical Gardens just around the corner, I've never felt the need.)

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Who we are

  1. I am in my mid-fifties, with two grown-up children (one or both of whom may join me abroad). I am a full-time novelist and former university teacher, looking in the first instance for a home away from home where I can do a little writing and which I can use as a base to visit friends and family on the West Coast. Since I was born in Victoria and grew up in Nanaimo, a house exchange to Vancouver Island would be like coming home.

    I'm a non-smoker. I love my home, and take good care of it; I would treat the home I visit with equal care and concern. A car exchange would be helpful, as I would want to visit relatives up island during my stay.

    This will be my first home exchange. I am very excited at the prospect and a little nervous, too. Any advice that more experienced swappers can offer would be very welcome.

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Where is it?

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Cambridge is one of the prettiest and most interesting cities in England, home
to the ancient colleges of Cambridge University. My house is situated very centrally; the famous King’s College Chapel, the Fitzwilliam Museum and Cambridge open-air market are all within easy walking distance, as are a good selection of shops, restaurants, cafes, wine bars, gyms, entertainments and parks. (Panton Street itself boasts the much-loved pub, the Panton Arms, where home-cooking and a pint of fine ale are always available.) For those who love gardening, the Botanical Gardens, literally two minutes walk away, will be a delight.

Although Panton Street is virtually in the city, it has easy access to beautiful countryside; the River Cam, the water meadows and the world-famous University Botanical Gardens are just around the corner. This is the perfect place to relax and explore -- to stroll to Grantchester and take tea at the Orchard (where Virginia Woolf and Rupert Brooke used to hang out) or poke around in the second-hand bookshops, or punt down the River Cam with a picnic lunch and a bottle of champagne.

From the railway station, only ten
minutes' walk from my home, you can take a train to Edinburgh and points north, or catch the Cambridge Cruiser that delivers you to central London in 45 minutes; this makes Cambridge an ideal base for exploring the capital city and for taking in the galleries, the sights and the shows.

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