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Chester Springs, USA

Front of our house and front yard.

Front of our house and front yard.

Front sitting room and piano.

Front sitting room and piano.

Kitchen - recently renovated.

Kitchen - recently renovated.

Family room - good cable TV.

Family room - good cable TV.

Dining room.

Dining room.

Screened side porch

Screened side porch

Back yard.

Back yard.

Side patio off porch.

Side patio off porch.

Guest bedroom #1

Guest bedroom #1

Upstairs hall bathroom with tub and shower.

Upstairs hall bathroom with tub and shower.

Ensuite bath with shower.

Ensuite bath with shower.

Master bedroom - with ensuite.

Master bedroom - with ensuite.

Guest Bedroom #2 - bed opens to 2 twins or a king.

Guest Bedroom #2 - bed opens to 2 twins or a king.

Fran and Bob.

Fran and Bob.

With our two sons as they embarked on a big trip a few years ago..

With our two sons as they embarked on a big trip a few years ago..

With nieces and nephews in our backyard.

With nieces and nephews in our backyard.

On a visit to the seashore nearby, with friends and family.

On a visit to the seashore nearby, with friends and family.

Front of our house and front yard. Front sitting room and piano. Kitchen - recently renovated. Family room - good cable TV. Dining room. Screened side porch Back yard. 
Side patio off porch. Guest bedroom #1 Upstairs hall bathroom with tub and shower. Ensuite bath with shower. Master bedroom - with ensuite. Guest Bedroom #2 - bed opens to 2 twins or a king. Fran and Bob. With our two sons as they embarked on a big trip a few years ago.. With nieces and nephews in our backyard. On a visit to the seashore nearby, with friends and family.
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2014


Unavailable for exchange at the moment

The member has not specified any exchange dates

So sorry - we must temporarily remove our exchange offer - we have our first grandchild coming in a few months and want be near home. Will repost in 2018!.

FOR 2017!!
We have an exchange for 2016, but would like to travel to Italy or Switzerland in 2017. We are eager to travel ANY time of year - winter or summer - as we are retired.
NEW ADDITION - we have installed a beautiful new, heated JACUZZI outdoors on our private patio. Seats 5 to 6 people.

Our home is a 3-bedroom, 2-story house with a basement, garage, and very large screened porch for enjoying the weather. Our location, only a few minutes from the Pennsylvania turnpike and with commuter train and Amtrak close by, has easy access to Philadelphia (33 miles), New York City, Washington, D.C., the Pocono Mountains, and the Amish country. The New Jersey seashore is only 80 miles away, and many of our visitors love nearby Longwood Gardens and the Valley Forge historic site. Also within a morning's travel are several famous Civil War sites such as Gettysburg, and our county was the center for the Underground Railroad during that time period. We are also very near a good train connection for all those locations as well! We are open to exchange of cars, too.
Our house has a nice front porch with a glider seat, rocking chairs, and a sun shade. Inside on the first floor we have a sitting room with a piano that we hope you will enjoy, a nice stereo and collection of both classical and blues music. Also on the first floor is a nice, eat-in kitchen, a family room with a good TV and cable connection, a large dining room, and a very, very large screened and windowed side porch. Off the side porch is a large patio with steps down to another patio and the large back yard where you can barbecue.
The second floor has 3 bedrooms and a nice hall bath with shower and tub. The master bedroom has an ensuite bath wtih a large shower. There is also a small office on the second floor.

We have no pets at the moment, having lost our dog to old age a few years ago, but well-behaved pets would be welcome. Any dogs must be kept leashed when outside according to local ordinances. We would be happy to care for your pets in your home while we are there.
We did a house-exchange years ago when our sons were young and this past summer of 2016 we enjoyed a lovely exchange in Wales. Our next destination is Italy or Switzerland as I have been studying Italian for 3 years .
We hope you will want to come to the U.S. and explore all the things in our area - for anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks!

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 1 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Retired teacher and Retired Representative of NEA

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Environment: In the suburbs
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sleeping Capacity: 8

In my house

  • Pets - Allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Non-simultaneous exchange
  • Home exchange
  • Hospitality exchange
  • Renting possible

Indoor

  • Air conditioning
  • Baby equipment

Outdoor

  • Garden

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Car necessary
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Seclusion/Privacy

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Greece

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Italiano
  • Français
  • Español

Occupation

  • Retired teacher and Retired Representative of NEA

Children

  • We do not have children.

Pets

  • We do not have pets currently, but well behaved pets are welcome.

About Our Family

My husband, Bob, and I are young retirees (mid-60's), very active and healthy. We raised two great sons in this house, but they are grown and living in L.A. and Virginia, so will not be traveling with us.
We love to travel, but also are involved in our community as volunteers, activists, and teachers. Bob is an experienced bird-watcher and photographer; I greatly enjoy sewing, reading, and a research project that is a memoir dealing with my father's work as a college professor.

Both of us are very interested in the arts, music, history, architecture, theater, and literature. Bob was an English teacher in our high school here and I was a representative for the Pennsylvania affiliate of the National Education Association.

We enjoyed a very successful exchange with a family in the UK in the summer of 2016.
We are looking forward to 2017 and would like very much to travel to Italy or Switzerland because I have been studying Italian for about 3 years. So if you are interested in coming to a beautiful, historic area near many, many wonderful sites to tour, please be in touch!

We would like to do house exchanges or stays in vacation houses and prefer to be on our own, if possible, but would consider a hospitality stay if necessary. Our home is available for as little as a week, even if we are going to be away longer than that.
NOTE - while I have a very small knowledge of French, Spanish, and Italian, our only reliable language is English!

Lifestyle

We are active, curious travelers. We like being in the middle of cities or near walkable small towns, but would also enjoy a stay out in the country. We much prefer old, traditional housing to ultra-modern or cookie-cutter housing tracts, but are open to all kinds of accommodations.

We have recently installed a 5-person, heated Jacuzzi outside on our patio. It is very private and can be used in any weather or temperature. We use it for relaxation and also for water therapy for sore muscles or aches - it is wonderful!
We would enjoy locations that are historic or near historic sites and hope to have public transportation nearby. We enjoy hiking, biking, going to museums, historic sites, libraries, government buildings, or just relaxing!