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5 Bedrooms
Sleeps 9
3 Bathrooms
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Our home

Our home has recently been photographed by House Beautiful Magazine UK November 2017 issue

Our home is a Victorian House dated from 1855 when it was the manor house on the hill in Kingswood Surrey, we are about 30 mins from Gatwick and 10 mins from Epsom Downs and Racecourse.


We bought this house in 2016 and have recently renovated it. We love being in Surrey as we have the best of both worlds we live in the greenbelt and hear owls at night but can jump on the train and be at London Bridge in 45 mins
We are located in Surrey with easy access to the airports of Gatwick and Heathrow and direct train to London Bridge from our train station at Kingswood. Our large family home is the perfect location for exploring both Surrey/Sussex/Kent & London. We are an easy drive to Brighton or to Kew Gardens in Richmond

We lived in Singapore as expats for several years and our home is decorated with a mix of quality asian and contemporary furniture and original art throughout. We are a family of 5 with 2 cats. We would prefer to leave our cats at the house during the exchange so we welcome any cat lovers who are happy to oversee our cats, they have a cat flap to go outside but they sleep inside and have a litter tray.
Also happy to care for your cats of course!
Alternatively we can arrange to have them cared for elsewhere with notice

Our home has tons of original period features and we have a real log fire in the main living room so if you swap with us in the colder months you have have a real fire - its one of our favourite things

1 Master bedroom with four poster bed from Singapore and new, ensuite luxury shower room
US Size massage table. (masseurs can be arranged)

2. 2nd bedroom with Queen bed, wall hung vanity unit and power shower

3. 3rd bedroom with Single bed, washbasin and original fireplace

4. 4th bedroom is on the 2nd floor and has a kingsize bed and a vanity sink basin

5. 5th Bedroom /Kids Tv Room
One separate tv room /bedroom with comfortable double bed settee,

6. Large garden - walled garden area, large grass area, parking for 2 cars

We have a cleaner / housekeeper can organise cleaning at the end of your stay and during and would love a reciprocal arrangement for a swap

Car Swap Negotiable
Smoking Permitted outside the property, thank-you

The house is 14 miles from Gatwick airport by taxi takes 30 mins.
The house is 29 miles from Heathrow Airport by taxi takes approx 45-mins depending on traffic

Property features

Who we are

  1. We are a British family of 5, Clare is an artist and works from home, Owen works for a petrochemicals company. We have 3 children one at 6th form college, one at high school one at primary school

    We have lived in Singapore for 6 years having moved here from Kingston upon Thames, London.

    Our 2 older children Teddy 13 yrs and Scarlett 11yrs go to a British International School and we also have a toddler of 3 years so the house is well kitted out for children. We also have 2 friendly cats.
    We are loving living in this amazing house but we also love travelling and have done so around Asia since our posting 6 years ago.
    Our main travel periods are April, July, August, and December plus one week in October and a few days around Chinese New Year in February.

    Our house is decorated with quality furniture, a mixture of asian and contemporary influence.
    The house is partly a gallery showcase for Clare's paintings.

    We take good care of our home and belongings and would treat your home with the same care and respect

    We are interested in Asian, Australian or New Zealand swaps during 2014

    3 PREVIOUS SWAPS
    Bondi Beach, Australia
    We had a fabulous first home exchange in 2012 with a family in Bondi Beach Australia.
    DUBAI
    Our second home exchange in Dubai we exchanged with an European family living in Grand Hyatt residence. Both our exchange experiences gave us a real insight into our hosts country with all the added benefits of having children's and or baby toys and equipment so we were able to travel with less.
    BORDEAUX, FRANCE
    We can provide references by request.
    Open to looking at any destinations for longer stays, tempt us with your house and location, we are open to experiment!

  2. We lived in Singapore for 8 years which is where we started home swapping and we have done sucessful home exchanges in Dubai, Sydney, Brisbane and Bordeaux in France. We love to travel to new places

  3. We love arts and culture and our home reflects our passion

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Where is it?

Your neighbourhood

The House is situated on a private road with houses all surrounded by green leafy gardens.
We are 7-9 mins walk from Kingswood train station where you can get a train direct to London Bridge and discover London with ease

Surrey
www.visitsurrey.com/things-to-do
www.visitsoutheastengland.com/places-to-visit/surrey
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regionlondonsoutheast/surrey-hills
www.surreyhills.org/

London
www.timeout.com/london
https://www.londonpass.com/things...do-in-london/top-10-things-to-do-in-london.ht...
http://londonist.com/category/things-to-do/free-and-cheap

TOURS
You can book chauffered tours of the LOCAL area or LONDON with a company local to the house https://www.kingdomprivatetours.com/

Best restaurants
The Kingswood Arms - English Pub Food / gastropub
Nightlife
Our favourites areThe Ivy in Cobham or The French Table in Reigate
Favourite cafés
The Waterhouse Cafe, Kingswood, its local and friendly
Where to go shopping
Reigate, Epsom or Central London
Your area's cultural and historical landmarks
Boxhill Park, Polesden Lacy, Hampton Court Palace, Wisley Gardens,
Local walks
Surrey Hills, Epsom Downs, Priory Park, Banstead Woods
Places you love to exercise
You can walk out into countryside straight from the house
Top day trips
Kew Gardens, Theatre and Chinatown in the West End, Brighton Pier, Castles in Kent,

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