We stayed at the apartment for 10 days and had a wonderful time. It is ideally located right on the beach and central to all of the Gold Coast's attractions and shops. It's the perfect place to stay for the ultimate Gold Coast holiday. John and Kim stayed at our place and left it in immaculate condition. We look forward to future exchanges.
We had a lovely holiday at Beth and Matthew's. It's a very nice apartment which has beautiful views across the city. It is conveniently situated above a train station so easy access to all parts of Sydney. Beth and Matthew left our apartment in excellent condition and we would love to exchange with them again one day.
We spent the month of November 2010 in Surfers Paradise and had a amazing time. The apartment had wonderful views, great facilities and was more than ample for the 2 of us. If you want an escape to the beach then this is the perfect place. We would be more than happy to revisit John and Kim's apartment, and hope we get the chance to!
We had an amazing holiday in Bournemouth. Hannah and Chris have a lovely spacious apartment which is conveniently located and offers everything you might need to make it feel like a home away from home. Their apartment is a great spot from where you can explore England, Wales and Scotland. Hannah and Chris left our apartment in excellent condition and we would love to exchange with them again one day.
We loved our stay in Kim and John's beautiful home on the Gold Coast. Beautiful views of the ocean, surfing, swimming in the pool and games of tennis were enjoyed every day. We explored the local area, including wonderful dining spots as well as ventured out on other excursions, all recommended in Kim and Johns very well organized welcome manual. In short, we had the perfect holiday in the perfect home. Cecilie and Family
We had a fantastic time at Kim and John's outstanding apartment. Although our main travelling aim was a family reunion with my husband's family who live close to the Gold Coast, we certainly enjoyed being right at the most beautiful beach of our lives and so close to all facilities. Surfer's Paradise is simply a holiday's paradise, especially for families (we are a family of 4 with two little kids). There is so much to do and see. We can recommend the theme parks (especially Sea World), Currumbin Wildlife's Sanctuary (20-min-drive) and also the lovely Hinterland with the rainforests (e.g. at Mount Tambourine). Walking up and down the beachfront with the stroller was lovely, my husband also enjoyed going for long runs there. We had lots of yummy feeds at the many Surf Life Saving Clubs (lovely views and good food) and other restaurants. Surfer's is also a shopping paradise - Oasis, Pacific Fair and Harbour Town are only a short drive. Surfer's offers lovely beachfront markets, but we also always loved it to return to the peace and quiet of Kim and John's unit again (especially for a decent sleep, because the centre of Surfer's is very loud and lively!!) As a family with small kids, we actually preferred the relaxed and quiet atmosphere of Broadbeach, that can also easily be reached by foot (20-min-walk). You'll find a nice shopping centre, restaurants and a beautiful playground there. You also shouldn't miss to visit Byron Bay and Coolangatta (about 1 hour drive). Kim and John's unit was spacious and light, both of our kids could have their own rooms. The kitchen and bathrooms offer everything you need, even when you stay longer (we actually stayed for 4 weeks). The reception staff were really friendly and helpful. The apartment complex offers lovely indoor and outdoor pools, a small playground, a sauna, tennis courts and spas. We also often used the nice barbecue facilities. We will miss it so much to wake up to the sound of the waves and the exotic bird sounds, something that was so special for us Europeans. We were happy to escape the dark and cold German winter and we would like to thank Kim and John for this wonderful experience. They were always friendly, helpful and ready to answer our questions. They are experienced home exchangers and absolutely trustworthy, honest and upright. We can fully recommend staying at their place - and we would love to do so again one time!
We had a fabulous exchange in Germany and feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to stay in Ingrid and Dan's wonderful home. Their country home is in a lovely location with easy access to the motorway and close to the train service so ideal for exploring more of Germany and Europe. Their home is extremely warm and comfortable with everything you may need to make it feel like you're at home. There are so many beautiful towns and villagers to visit, some of our favourites were Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Bamberg, Regensburg and Altdorf and a bit further a field was Munich, Salzberg and Vienna. Ingrid and Dan provided us with loads of helpful information to enhance our experience. If your ideal vacation is a winter wonderland with an abundance of snow or if you enjoy country walks then this is the place for you. Ingrid and Dan were easy to communicate with and when we returned home, we found that the family had left our apartment in impeccable shape and took terrific care of our car. If you're looking to do an exchange in Germany, look no further than this one.
We had a wonderful stay at Kim and John's Gold Coast apartment June 2014. The apartment is right on the beach (you walk out the back door and can feel the sand in your toes) located between Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise, minutes from shops, restaurants and great coffee. The apartment has amazing views to the water and up to Surfers Paradise, is beautifully set out and extremely comfortable, complete with communal pools, gymnasium, tennis courts and BBQ areas. We can highly recommend an exchange with Kim and John and hope we can do so again in the future.
We had a fabulous time in Christine and David's beautiful home. It offers all the mod cons and is extremely warm and welcoming. It is basically located right in the centre of Canberra city which means we didn't need to use our car very much at all. It is only a short walk to Commonwealth Park and the Canberra Theatre and sits right behind the National Convention Centre. It has amazing views of the Brindabellas which are even more fabulous when covered in snow. The apartment is in Glebe Park and surrounded by lots of lovely trees and parkland so very quite. You can see Parliament House, Questacon and the National Library from the balcony and it is quite a treat to have seen several lovely hot air balloons fly by. We would definitely recommend Christine and David as excellent exchange partners and hope one day to exchange with them again.
I stayed in John & Kim's lovely apartment directly on the beach and must say I enjoyed my time there. You can go to the beach or pool every day and a wide variety of things to do are available nearby. I took some day trips inland to see the natural sights of the area, which made an interesting contrast to the urban feel of the coast where their apartment is located. I also took my first-ever hot air balloon flight nearby which gave me a literal bird's eye view of the area. Of course they left my home perfect, so that is just one more reason why I enjoyed exchanging with them. I have done quite a few exchanges and to me, one of the greatest pleasures of home exchanges is the nice people one meets!
We had a wonderful time in Carmen's lovely home. It was very warm and welcoming and extremely comfortable and an excellent place to come home to every night after exploring all day long to relax and put your feet up. Carmen's home is located in the lovely coastal village of Sitges and only a short walk from the train station, within an extremely enjoyable 30 minute train ride along the glorious Coast line of Spain you are in the middle of Barcelona, and what an amazing city that is. There is wonderful eye opening architecture everywhere you look and the most beautiful scenery. Carmen left our apartment in excellent condition and we would definitely recommend her to anyone as a terrific exchange partner and we hope one day visit Sitges again.
Thanks to Kim and John, we had a wonderful two weeks on the Gold Coast. Their apartment is right on the beach, with plenty of eateries, pubs and shops within easy walking distance. Also secure parking - we had a car for most of the time, and did a fair bit of touring. Apart from being very comfortable, their apartment gave access to all the facilities of the complex - so we were even able to enjoy the (for us) strange experience of a Christmas Day barbecue. For a touch of home on the same day, we even discovered an Irish pub just round the corner!
We had an absolutely amazing time in Noreen and Uwe's lovely apartment in Pankow. It is very warm and welcoming and offers all you need to make it feel like a home away from home. It is only a short walk to the tram line so easy access to the city, the tram goes right into Alexanderplatz which means you also have direct access to the main train line as well so easy to explore more of beautiful Berlin, Germany and Europe. We would definitely love to exchange with them again and they left our apartment in excellent condition.
It was our biggest luck that we could make a home exchange with Kim and John. We could even meet personally, they are warm and welcoming people and it's a pleasure to know them. There home is stunnig, the location and the view from the apartment is breathtaking. You can never be bored of the sunrise on beautiful Gold Coast. The apartment is perfectly organized,very confi, well equipped and their folder was a big help full of ideas and catalogues of where to go and what to see. Perfect place to relax on the beach,but the busy streets of Surfers Paradise are just in walking distance. Kim and John are ideal exchange partners, they left our home nice and tidy. We would be happy to change with them again any time.
We had a fabulous time in Zoltan and Val's lovely apartment. It offers all the mod cons and is extremely warm and welcoming. It is located very close to Budapest and is only a short walk to the bus stop so exploration was a breeze. They took excellent care of our car and left our apartment in a clean and tidy state and just as it was when we left. We would definitely recommend Zoltan and Val as excellent exchange partners and hope one day to exchange with them again.