Home exchanges are becoming ever more popular thanks to websites such as Home Exchange.com Back in 2006 when Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz swapped their homes in 'The Holiday' home exchange was a relatively unknown entity. Now thousands of householders are finding they can enjoy a wonderful holiday for next to nothing.
All you need do is spend some time listing your property - with photos and a description including local advice on what attractions are in your area - then find a property that takes your fancy and start negotiating for an exchange. It's a fantastic way to experience a destination with more of a personal and local approach. We've found five of the most unusual properties on the site to get you inspired...
This house is set only a 20 minute journey away from Mont Tremblant - perfect for all skiing and hiking enthusiasts.
Swap your house for this charming red roofed family home on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. It has a terrace with stunning sea views as well as a pool.
This stunning horse farm is on the equator and you'll wake up to elephants walking past your door. Quite a change from the number 37 rattling past on a Monday morning!
The architect owners of this home, 20 minutes from Madrid, have created a haven deep in nature which will offer a tranquil holiday setting.
This stunning villa on Phuket has a 270 degree full ocean view of Surin and Bang Tao bays. Swap your home and treat yourself to a palatial holiday with a 50 foot infinity pool, heated jacuzzi and swim-up pool bar facing the Andaman Sea.
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Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.
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