With the cost of living rising, more and more people are staying close to home and swapping their homes.
Also, people don’t just trade homes, they often trade lives as well — offering each other cars and sometimes even gym memberships.
Among the homes available for swap are a Grade I listed mansion on the outskirts of Sheffield, a super deluxe couples retreat in York, a dream family home in Wakefield and a stylish Victorian house on the edge of Ilkley Moor that has been featured in magazines .
Here are some of the stunning Yorkshire homes to trade your home with:
Stylish Victorian house on the edge of Ilkley Moor
Five bedrooms, nine people, six bathrooms
If you are looking to escape Ilkley Moor for a walking holiday or to explore then no worries if you can swap homes and maybe bring a few friends too.
Owner Ann Marie says: “Our spacious Victorian home offers plenty of space for many guests. We are a family of five (three children aged seven to 12) and there are many independent shops, there is plenty of space for all of us to relax and meet friends or have animated family meals.
“The house was completely renovated seven years ago and has been featured in many magazines thanks to Ann Marie’s work as an interior designer.
“We have five large bedrooms (three of them ensuite) and a home office, a spacious family kitchen overlooking the Wharfe Valley, as well as two spacious reception rooms with remote controlled gas fireplaces and a games room with wood burning stove, and a basement gym (with treadmill, squat rack, dumbbells and kettlebells), a utility room and a boot room.
“On the first floor is the master bedroom with a super king size bed, remote controlled gas fireplace and large bay window overlooking the large, private, south facing front garden.
“The master bath has a large shower, double vanity and freestanding bath. There are two other large double bedrooms (one of which is ensuite) with views of the Wharfe Valley and the family bathroom has underfloor heating and a separate shower.
“On the top floor, the attic bedroom (with ensuite) has a king size bed and the other attic bedroom has a single bed but is a large space with plenty of room to play. There is also a study in the attic, also with views across the valley.
“It is a great house for families or groups as there is plenty of space and it is on a quiet residential street close to Ilkley Moor and only 15 minutes walk from Ilkley. There is a huge driveway with parking for up to eight to ten cars and a large flat south facing private front garden.
“The back garden has beautiful views of the Wharfe Valley and contains enough equipment to set up a playground – a trampoline, climbing net, 5m slide, a set of swings and a playhouse.”
“Ilkley has great independent shops, restaurants and cafes as well as the famous Betty’s Tea Shop and a monthly independent food market.
“Ilkley Moor is on our doorstep with plenty of walks to Cow and Calf, the Twelve Apostles and beyond. The Dalesway starts in Ilkley and is a lovely walk along the river towards Addingham and beyond.
“The River Wharfe is a great spot for wild swimming and was the first river in England to be designated a bathing area. In the summer, Ilkley Lido is a great place to spend an afternoon.”
Reviewer Muriel, who stayed in August 2021, said:
“This is a beautiful home full of interesting items and style and we loved it. It is still a family home and its family values shine through from the children’s welcome notes to the numerous family photos.
“It was very clean and they left our house perfect too. Communication with Ann Marie was easy and she gave us lots of useful local information. Ilkley is a lovely town with plenty of independent shops, restaurants and good pubs – what’s not to like? Thank you for a great exchange, I will be happy to recommend you to all future exchanges…..”
Grade II Listed Manor House close to the Peak District
Six bedrooms, sleeps 14, four bathrooms
If you’re venturing into South Yorkshire and want to stay on the outskirts of Sheffield near the Peak District, you can have idyllic country walks in the Peaks from your doorstep at this ‘lovely, relaxing oasis with a rose garden, Victorian greenhouse and do a herb garden and a children’s play area.
The website states: “We have six double rooms including one family room with an extra bed. Four bedrooms are ensuite and the master bedroom has a wood burning stove.
“The elevated position of the hall allows for a great view of the surrounding landscape. There is a beautiful breakfast room with a real fireplace, a spacious drawing room with a log burner and the impressive great hall that runs the height of the house also has a log burner.
“The dining room is oak paneled and there is a new kitchen and breakfast room.
“We have plenty to do for children of all ages in the house and garden such as badminton, football, croquet. For indoors we have a pool, table tennis, air hockey and table football as well as many board games as well as two PlayStations and an Xbox.
“Lots of space, lockdown and easy access for walking, cycling and climbing.”
Reviewer Leonid, who stayed in May 2021, said: “Starplatz! Large, historic yet modern with plenty of outdoor space. Would highly recommend.”
Dreamwood Cabin in Wakefield
Three bedrooms, sleeps eight, two bathrooms
They say Wakefield is the “heart of England” when it comes to being connected to other places, but you don’t just have to commute from this up-and-coming neighborhood as owners of Dreamwood Cottages are offering their house on the outskirts of town for swap in Crigglestone.
The website states: “This house is located in West Yorkshire, five minutes from Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 20 minutes from Leeds and one hour from the Yorkshire Dales, in the heart of England. With a hot tub, open kitchen, beautiful dining room and more, this is the ideal home for families.”
It even has a chill-out summer house, but they say it’s for families, not parties.
Reviewer Fiona, who stayed in May 2021, said: “An ordinary house in an ordinary place. It worked out very well for us as a family of five coming together for a cultural weekend at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Hepworth Gallery.
“The house was nicely presented and a bit quirky (original features, lots of stairs, different levels, great outdoor kitchen and hot tub. The weather was great so we made use of the hot tub and BBQ.
“All in all a great weekend and it was nice to be reunited with my family after such a long time at home without a holiday. Many thanks to Fran for organizing the weekend and we will have no hesitation in recommending the house to friends who want to do the same cultural visits.”
Uber Deluxe Couples Retreat in York
One bedroom, sleeps two, one bathroom
Those looking for a romantic getaway in the historic center of York can swap their apartment for this luxurious home.
The website states: “Do you want an elegant and beautiful home away from home, yet with all the comforts you would ever need?
“Our home is on the doorstep of magical York, offering the space and amenities of the suburbs within close proximity to an iconic English landmark city. Great garden and parking are additional perks.”
What is home exchange?
Love Home Swap has seen an 82 per cent increase in new UK members over the last 12 months (Q1 of 2021 compared to Q1 of 2022) and you can see why people are choosing this money-saving solution for luxury at a fraction of experiencing the cost.
A home swap is as easy as it sounds. Here you exchange the apartment to treat yourself to a great break – and save a lot of money on your holiday costs. You can either swap houses directly (either at the same time on different dates) or you can use Love Home Swap’s points system to go where you want, when you want.
These are the reasons people enjoy home swapping:
– It’s an easy way to save a lot of money
– It really is an economical way to explore the world for both stay and long-distance travel. Love Home Swap says the average member saves £2,000 on a 7 night stay by opting to swap homes instead of staying in a holiday rental (an approximate cost reduction of 90% of travel accommodation costs). That means you might be able to afford to travel more regularly, or at least enjoy a vacation if you have to be frugal.
– The pandemic has helped travelers start a love affair with their own country
And we Yorkshire folks love nothing more than staying in the best part of Britain… Yorkshire of course.
– Home swappers get more space
Home exchangers get all the added benefits that come with staying in a real home. From additional living space to outdoor features such as large gardens and private swimming pools.
– This makes home swapping a great option for groups and families.
Love Home Swap added: “Unlike hotels, no one will go through the home members that members are staying in, making it a Covid-safer option.”
– You come to authentic holiday experiences
Home swapping gives you insider knowledge about a specific travel destination that you don’t often only get from travel guides. Home exchange hosts share tips on local restaurants, activities, and most importantly, what to avoid so their guests can enjoy an authentic vacation while immersing themselves in a different culture or neighborhood. Home exchange is simply the best way to get to know an area and experience what it’s really like to live somewhere else amazing.
Célia Pronto, Managing Director of Love Home Swap, said: “We expect it to become a more mainstream way of vacationing in the coming year and we are very excited to help our members enjoy unrivaled travel opportunities.”