Our home is about 20 years old and is situated on the outskirts of Derry City(also known as Londonderry) about one mile from the border with Donegal.Derry has just been chosen as "UK City of Culture" for 2013. The house is close to many excellent shops, bars and restaurants and is only a 15 minute bus ride to Derryâ€™s historic walled city centre. There are several golf courses nearby â€“ the closest being only 10 minutes drive away. The nearest beach (EU blue flag status) is 7.5 miles or 10 -15 minutes drive away. There are numerous historic sites within a short drive, including the Neolithic Grianan of Aileach Fort (visible from our street) where St.Patrick is said to have preached in 405 AD , 17th Century Walls of Derry, Oâ€™Doherty Tower, Derry Craft Village, ancient Churches, Round Towers, Castles and Celtic monuments. Slightly further afield (about one and a half hoursâ€™ drive) lie the dramatic beaches, mountains and cliffs of Gaelic speaking(Gaeltacht) West Donegal, Donegal town, Aranmore Island, the world famous Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle and Bushmills Distillery. Irelandâ€™s amazing history is on display in the Tower Museum, Doagh Island Famine Village and the Ulster American Folk Park.
Our home is a four bedroom, detached property suitable for 6 people and is set in a large and very quiet corner plot of a modern housing development. It has a newly updated kitchen, dining room, large sitting room, a study and bathroom, downstairs WC and the master bedroom is en suite with shower. There is a garage, front garden and very large private rear garden.
The house has all the usual mod cons ,3 (wireless) computers linked to internet, 3 TVs, 3 DVD players, numerous sound systems, 2 fridge freezers, 1 small freezer, washing machine,tumble drier, cooker, microwave, phone lines etc). The bedrooms consist of master bedroom en suite, 2 more rooms each with 1 single bed and the fourth with 2 single beds. A large air conditioned Ford Mondeo hatchback car is also available.
Woodbrook West is a modern private housing development situated on the western outskirts of Derry and is 30 minutes from City of Derry Airport. It is very family friendly and is only 10 minutes walk from Templemore Sports Complex with its large indoor swimming pool, squash courts, fitness suite, football pitches, running track and many other facilities. Woodbrook West is situated right on the border with County Donegal and all its beautiful attractions. The historic walled centre of Derry is just 15 minutes by bus or ÂŁ3.50-ÂŁ4.00 taxi ride where you can grab a pint of Guinness in one of the many fantastic pubs such as Sandino's (our favourite), The Dungloe Bar, Gweedore Bar or Peadar Oâ€™Donnellâ€™s and listen to some traditional folk music.
We will happily have someone to welcome you upon arrival and we will provide all literature on what to do and visit. We are situated approximately 65 miles or 90 minutes drive from Belfast International Airport, which is connected to Derry by a good road network City of Derry Airport is only 15 minutes from our home and Dublin Airport is about 3 hours drive. We are strictly no smoking. Car exchange would be preferred. Some very useful websites are : www.derryvisitor.com and www.donegaldirect.com and http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=rfJk1f0FS5M
|Auto Exchange is negotiable
We are a married couple, Paul and Honora and have 3 grown up children â€“ David 25, Amy 21 (both of whom almost definitely have separate plans and will not be travelling with us) and Andrew 20 who are all still at school/college. We are both teachers. We are non smokers and would prefer to exchange with non smokers. We enjoy travel, eating out, walking, music and cinema.We had our first home exchange in July'07 with an American family and it was a great success for both families. We take good care of our home which is very comfortably furnished. We promise to look after your home as it if were our own. Languages we speak are English and very basic French.