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Home Exchange and Live with the locals - Dordogne, France




We have been home swap members of IVHE for two and a half years. In that time we have used our our Dordogne holiday home to have fabulous vacations in TobagoVenice and Dorset, EnglandOur house in the Dordogne in France (property no. 0552) is ideal for groups as well as families.

Spring and autumn have a lovely climate for your home exchange, with the opportunity to visit the many historic chateaux including Beynac, Fenelon (near the village), Castelnaud, Montfort and the famous river village of La Roque Gageac. Other attractions include the prehistoric caves at Les Eyzies, Rocamadour and the gardens at Manoir d'Eyrignac, Jardins de Cadiot (Carlux). Also, the famous Romanesque abbey at Souillac and beautiful medieval town of Sarlat. There are also beautiful walks and cycle tracks (hire in the village or nearby town) - as well as canoeing and fishing.

But of course one of the main draws is the wonderful restaurants - several within easy walking distance of our house in the pretty village of St.Julien de Lampon. Our favourites include La Gabarre with it's blackboard focus on regional specialities, So why not use your vacation home exchange to live the French experience with fresh croissants and delicious bread from the local boulangerie, a short walk from the house?

St. Julien de Lampon is a lively village with a weekly market held all year round on Thursdays. A three day summer festival is held in July each year and each September hundreds of boats float by on their way to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle at the start of the national canoe and kayak marathon. 


For more information on house swaps and how it works please visit www.ivhe.com  We would be delighted to help arrange your home exchange to these or any of our other great home exchange properties! 

Barbados, your next Vacation Home Exchange



You could use your vacation home to be here!

Find out more about home swap the IVHE way
More and more people around the world who have invested in second homes are beginning to appreciate the huge opportunity now available to them through using IVHE - the leading vacation home exchange organisation. Using points gained by letting their unused time periods to other  members, IVHE vacation home owners can holiday virtually free anywhere in the world, including many luxury properties in fabulous locations.
Without doubt one of the most attractive destinations available through IVHE’s home swap system is the Caribbean, and in particular Barbados, one of the most beautiful and sought after Caribbean islands.  With its crystal blue sea and pink coral beaches, Barbados has long been the preferred retreat for many celebrities – from the British royalty to Michael Winner and Luciano Pavarotti!   Barbados truly has it all – apart from the large number of beaches there are first class restaurants of every kind, plenty of night life, top class shopping and sightseeing, and several of the best golf courses in the region.  With daily direct flights from many European and North American cities, Barbados is easy to get to and the easy going and friendly Bajans guarantee a memorable experience for visitors to the island.  Indeed, there are so many year after year repeat visitors that the Prime Minister has an annual reception for them at his home!
To date there is only one Barbados vacation home available to IVHE members, but there will surely be more registering soon.  The one that is available, Rainbow Coral, is a super two bedroom apartment, fully equipped to a high standard, directly on the beach on the breezy, up and coming south coast, which has attracted rave reviews from every single guest to date.

I urge you to use your IVHE points to have an unforgettable beach holiday in the best part of the Caribbean – Beautiful Barbados.

March 2012

We are friendly team who care passionately about making your home exchange experience the best possible. We all share a great love of travelling and are keen to enable our members to travel the world in comfort and style. contact us now to find out more about IVHE- Vacation Home Exchange or home exchange in general.

Home Exchanging and Cooking Destination of Note, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Home Exchange in Mexico
  Our Home Exchange Christmas  2011 By IVHE.com Member Richard Maloney

When my partner and I travel, where it makes sense, we try and find an apartment or home exchange property with a nice kitchen where I can prepare some of our meals using the freshest seasonal ingredients. 

Home swap Puerto Vallarta
This past holiday season, for two weeks we stayed at an excellent IVHE.com home swap in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Being able to self-cater there helped us stay healthier during our sojourn: dining out in restaurants and hotels for all breakfasts, lunches and dinners, quickly add up to a lot of calories!  Further, having a great kitchen space in our Vallarta vacation home exchange gave me an opportunity to explore my interests in culinary-cultural experimentation.  Cooking in another country, with totally different ingredients, is a challenge that I enjoy with gusto.  Of course, having previous Mexican travels and a Tlaxcala-based weeklong cooking class experience under my belt, really helped me to make the most out of amazing culinary opportunities I found exploring Vallarta’s wonderful food markets and gourmet shops.  If you like Mexican cuisine and cookery, Vallarta is the place in Mexico to cook your heart out.  Amazingly ingredients are all there, just waiting for you!
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Here are some of my favourite markets and shops to source great ingredients and products in Vallarta:

Mercado ‘5 de Diciembre’   
Best market in town, with excellent produce and seafood.  A popular tortilleria is on site to stock up on all sorts of tortilla, soft, baked or fried.  Take a taxi to this market, ask driver to wait, do your shopping, then get dropped off back at your pad.  I recommend visiting this market earlier rather than later, arriving around 9:00 a.m.  Our favourite fishmongers are at ‘Pescaderia La Morena’, selling red snapper, black sea bream, and shrimps and prawns of all sizes.

Old Town Farmers Market- Tianguis Cultural (www.oldtownfm.com)
Love home swapping!
Excellent farmer’s market every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  All sorts of vendors set up shop here, featuring local growers, and artisan food makers selling homemade breads, tamales, empanadas, pies, B.B.Q. meats, dairy products, pickles, preserves and so on.

Pollo Feliz (www.pollofeliztepic.com)   
A convenient B.B.Q. chicken take-out shop where you can order a quarter, half or whole chicken, beautifully grilled.  Order a whole chicken or more, and they throw in extras like a grilled jalapeño and green bell pepper, plus, nice fresh homemade tomato sauce.       

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Temperature controlled wine shop where you can purchase higher quality wines than what is available in supermarkets and liquor stores in Vallarta.  Portfolio features wines from Mexico, Argentina, and Chile, with a decent collection of Champagne, Prosecco and other sparkling wines.  Another plus: this wine shop is located in the upmarket ‘Los Mercados’ gourmet shopping gallery housing a nice butchery, bakery and produce sections, equaling a convenient one-stop shopping experience.     

Our property is Stratford Ontario

Lastly, there are many excellent restaurants in Vallarta, and these were our favourites:

·         EL ARRAYAN (http://elarrayan.com.mx/)
·         EL DORADO (www.eldoradopv.com/)
·         LA LECHE (www.lalecherestaurant.com)    
·         LA PALAPA (www.lapalapapv.com)
·         NO WAY JOSE! (http://nowayjosemx.com/
·         RED CABBAGE (http://redcabbagepv.com/)

Our Kitchen in Stratford Ontario


Home swap /trade with us, and we will include Complimentary lunch or dinner inside our restaurant Rundles, including very interesting and local Ontario wines to pair with your meal and airport transfer included*  * (May 25th thru September 29th, 2012.) We look forward to hosting you!


Love home swap's and try IVHE.com now with a 1 years free trial and you too will be enjoying vacations like the above! Remember to use BL10 in the promo box for your free year. Offer ends 15th March 2012, no other offer can be used in conjunction with this one.

To find out more about luxury home swap /vacation house exchange contact me at suzie@ivhe.com

Home Exchange - The Perfect Family Vacation





Before the arrival of our daughter, the idea of home exchange had never crossed our minds. We enjoyed a variety of great holidays from winter-sporting in Whistler to backpacking around Thailand with only a very rough route in mind. Previously great lovers of hotels, we found that they no longer suited our needs and several nights of whispering in the bathroom while waiting for our daughter to go to sleep quickly lost it's appeal.

With a lively six year old to consider, our idea of what constitutes a good vacation has changed and we have thoroughly embraced the idea of home swapping since being introduced to IVHE. What we love is the flexibility of destinations it offers, allowing us to stay in varied, but always lovely accommodation that truly feels like a home away from home. Home exchange gives us the flexibility to eat when and where we like, vary the size of group we travel with and enjoy a glass of wine together on the balcony or just flop in front of the television once our daughter has gone to bed. This is without mentioning the obvious great financial benefits ...

Fabulous Apartment in Spain
Thanks to home exchange we have stayed in locations ranging from Marbella to Brighton,  Dorset to Mallorca. Particular highlights that stick in the memory are visiting the Barbary Apes in Gibraltar (although I think the little one was more impressed by the ants!), a horse and carriage ride round the beautiful Spanish town of Ronda, watching our daughter learn to swim in the swimming pool of a MallorcanFinca and taking in the sights and sounds of the 
world-famous  Edinburgh festival.

Now that 2012 is fast approaching we are turning our thoughts to where to visit next. A Riad in Morrocco has already been booked, but a house sitting on the banks of Lake Como and a Welsh cottage are also beckoning! A big thank you to IVHE for the travel opportunities you have opened up to us, we can't wait to get some more trades arranged, we just love home swaps and trading!
A weekend in a Boutique Hotel in Devon
For more information on house swaps and how it works please visit www.ivhe.com  We would be delighted to help arrange your home exchange to these or any of our other great home exchange properties! 

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