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Kendal, Great Britain

Our house.

Our house.

Spacious living room with gas fire.

Spacious living room with gas fire.

Main bedroom - Moroccan style.

Main bedroom - Moroccan style.

2nd double bedroom.

2nd double bedroom.

Large modern kitchen.

Large modern kitchen.

Dining room looking out on garden.

Dining room looking out on garden.

Main bathroom

Main bathroom

2nd bathroom (wet room) with shower.

2nd bathroom (wet room) with shower.

Garden in Spring.

Garden in Spring.

Secluded patio, good for morning sun.

Secluded patio, good for morning sun.

Garden terraced - lots of steps so not good for very young children.

Garden terraced - lots of steps so not good for very young children.

View (Winter!) from Scout Scar - a half hour walk from house.

View (Winter!) from Scout Scar - a half hour walk from house.

The Lake District and Windermere is a short drive away.

The Lake District and Windermere is a short drive away.

Wilder hills a few km north of Kendal.

Wilder hills a few km north of Kendal.

Good location for hill walkers.

Good location for hill walkers.

Woodland walking

Woodland walking

Morecambe Bay has beautiful sea views.

Morecambe Bay has beautiful sea views.

Jill & Dave

Jill & Dave

A view from our garden.

A view from our garden.

View from bottom of our road, park, river and castle on hill.

View from bottom of our road, park, river and castle on hill.

River walk 10 minutes from our house.

River walk 10 minutes from our house.

Our house. Spacious living room with gas fire. Main bedroom - Moroccan style. 2nd double bedroom. Large modern kitchen. Dining room looking out on garden. Main bathroom 2nd bathroom (wet room) with shower. Garden in Spring. Secluded patio, good for morning sun. Garden terraced - lots of steps so not good for very young children. View (Winter!) from Scout Scar - a half hour walk from house. The Lake District and Windermere is a short drive away. Wilder hills a few km north of Kendal. Good location for hill walkers. Woodland walking Morecambe Bay has beautiful sea views. Jill & Dave A view from our garden. View from bottom of our road, park, river and castle on hill. River walk 10 minutes from our house.
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English Lake District - House in Kendal, Great Britain

We live in a detached, architect designed house in friendly residential area of Kendal, a historic market town. Sunny conservatory/dining room; large modern kitchen; three double bedrooms + one large single; modern bathrooms, one with shower, one with bath; gas fire useful on cooler evenings if the central heating is off. It is a comfortable and spacious modern house, on three floors, with a lovely terraced garden. There are sunny and secluded areas to sit outside, BBQ and relax! However, there is little outdoor play space, so is not a good garden for very young children. In the house you will find a computer, lots of books, CDs, DVDs, games, maps and walking guides.

Main line railway and motorway links make Kendal a good base for city trips to Chester, Manchester, Blackpool, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh and York. London is less than three hours by train. Oxenholme main line train station is a 10minute drive from our house.

Local Attractions:
Our home is an ideal place for active families, hill walkers, climbers, nature-lovers, mountain bikers and water-sports. There are lots of local walks straight from the house (river, woods, hills, open countryside and even a ruined castle for children to explore) plus lots more places a short drive away (hills, forests, lakes, mountains, coastline).

Kendal, “The Gateway to the Lakes”, is an excellent base on the edge of the beautiful Lake District National Park. Tourist sites/activities within 10-25km include Windermere, Grasmere, Coniston, Ullswater etc, steam trains, boat trips and adventure places, such as Go Ape,  for children. We are also close to Yorkshire Dales (30km) and the less well known Howgill hills, Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay.

The area has a wide range of cultural, historical, literary links and places of interest including the Wordsworth Museum, Beatrix Potter's house (good for children)  Brantwood (home of John Ruskin), Holker Hall, Levens Hall, Hawkshead and Furness Abbey. 

For lovers of wildlife there is Morecambe Bay and Leighton Moss Bird Reserve. South Lakes Wildlife Park and Lakeland Wildlife Oasis are good for children.

There is good public transport into the Lake District and trains to places of interest so you could enjoy our area without a car. We can exchange cars if helpful.

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 11 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Retired Lecturer
  • Retired Lecturer

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 3
  • Environment: In a small town
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeping Capacity: 4

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In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Long-term exchange wanted
  • Non-simultaneous exchange
  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Computer available
  • Central heating
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Television

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Park / playground
  • Bicycles: 2

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Use/Exchange of car

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Finland
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Morocco
  • Sweden
  • Iceland

Spoken Languages

  • English

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: Manchester - 80 miles

  • golfing Kendal Golf Club (0.8 km)
  • shopping Town centre - all shops (1.7 km)
  • forest Serpentine Wood (0.9 km)
  • river River Kent (1.8 km)
  • lake Windermere (29.4 km)
  • sea Morecambe Bay (21.8 km)
  • boating Windermere (14.8 km)
  • mountains Lake District (23.4 km)
  • beach Coast Road, Bardsea (43.5 km)

 We live in Kendal with a wide range of shops, farmers' market, cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, leisure centre with swimming pool, cinema, arts centre all within 10 minute walk. Kendal's lively Brewery Arts Centre offers a wide range of live music, drama and films (www.breweryarts.co.uk ).
You can walk to the River Kent, ruined Kendal Castle, a wood and open hills straight from our door. There is a hill-top golf course a short walk away. Also a small museum, art gallery and the Quaker Tapestry all within walking distance for rainy days. But don't take our word for it. Kendal was awarded 2nd place in the 2013 Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain. The report says:
 
"This picturesque Lake District town has superlative shopping, bags of community spirit and an enviable location in the heart of one of Britain's most beautiful landscapes. It is also spectacularly well connected .... trains reach London in 2hrs 40 minutes."
 
"A magical place full of festivals, friendly people and stonking local produce."
 
"Why we love it: Friendly, fecund and slap bang in the middle of some of the world's most beautiful countryside." 
 
So why not give us a try?

For more information about our area:

 http://www.lake-district.gov.uk/

http://www.golakes.co.uk/

http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/

http://www.visitnorthwest.com/
http://www.wel2.com/

http://www.visitcumbria.com/index.htm

A Base for England and Scotland:
There are lots of World Heritage Site you can visit from a base in Kendal. For thousands of years of history and soaring architecture, explore the great cathedrals of Durham and York and the largest monastic ruin in Britain, Fountains Abbey. To follow in the footsteps of Roman invaders, a trip to Hadrian's Wall is a must.

If you're interested in our industrial heritage don't miss Derwent Valley Mills and Saltaire. Liverpool, about 90 minutes awy, is recognised as a ‘supreme example’ of a British port at the time of Britain’s greatest global influence and it's here where you can see the towering Liver Building, the Albert Dock and take a ferry across the Mersey river.
Take a trip to Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. The Old Town, topped by the castle, oozes history and a stroll along its cobbled streets and dark alleyways is a walk through time. 

http://www.visitbritain.com/en/EN/

http://www.visitengland.com/ee/

Flights:
Budget airlines fly into Manchester, Liverpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newcastle, Leeds-Bradford airports, which are all within comfortable driving distance. Manchester Airport is a 90min drive away or a one hour train journey away. (see: www.jet2.com; www.ryanair.com; www.easyjet.com; www.bmibaby.com; www.flyglobespan.com; www.flybe.com)

Occupation

  • Retired Lecturer
  • Retired Lecturer

Children

  • We do not have children.

Pets

  • Pets are NOT welcome in our home

About Our Family

 Dave and Jill are both in their early 60s with 4 grown up children away from home. We are recently retired and happy to swap almost any time, long weekends in the UK or long exchanges anywhere in the world. In Summer 2013 we visited  Canada and New England, travelling from Vancouver to New York  between July and October.  
We have a four seat, manual gear box, Audi A5 convertible and we are happy to exchange cars where helpful.
Dave originally house swapped successfully over ten years ago and we are now enjoying swapping in the internet age. Recently we have enjoyed a great summer exchange to Finland, Ireland at Easter and New Year in Edinburgh too.
We speak a little French and Spanish if helpful and of course we will be careful with your home and things. 
 

Lifestyle

Our home is an ideal place for active families, hill walkers, climbers, nature-lovers, mountain bikers and water-sports. There are lots of local walks straight from the house (river, woods, hills, open countryside and even a ruined castle for children to explore) plus lots more places a short drive away (hills, forests, lakes, mountains, coastline).

Kendal, “The Gateway to the Lakes”, is an excellent base on the edge of the beautiful Lake District National Park. Tourist sites/activities within 10-25km include Windermere, Grasmere, Coniston, Ullswater etc, steam trains, boat trips and adventure places, such as Go Ape,  for children. We are also close to Yorkshire Dales (30km) and the less well known Howgill hills, Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay.

The area has a wide range of cultural, historical, literary links and places of interest including the Wordsworth Museum, Beatrix Potter's house (good for children)  Brantwood (home of John Ruskin), Holker Hall, Levens Hall, Hawkshead and Furness Abbey. 

There is good public transport into the Lake District and trains to places of interest so you could enjoy our area without a car. We can exchange cars if helpful.

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