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Bonjour from Toronto, Canada
We are the Bertmount Bunch, a blended family of 8! Lianne with 3 girls and Phil with 3 boys. Our home was renovated in 2010 to accommodate our new family configuration. We love our home and look forward to sharing it with other families who will hopefully enjoy it as much as we do.
Our girls are 11, 16 and 20 and our boys are 15, 17 and 19. We originally joined Home Exchange to do a longer exchange as an entire family (3 weeks) which ended up being an awesome trip to Costa Rica. Now that our older kids are in University and the others are closing in on post-secondary, our travel budget has been kidnapped by our education budget! So our ability to travel is minimal. We have maintained our profile however as we are always open to hospitality exchange or non-simultaneous. We love hosting people so check in with us if you are passing through. We also spend lots of time at the family cottage in the summer so our home is often sitting empty for a few weeks at a time in July and/or August. Anyone interested in an open-ended exchange where we "might come someday" is welcome to contact us. We have also become aware that Home Exchangers are renting each other their homes, and are open to that option. We did rent our home for 2 weeks this past summer to a family from France and it went very well.
As for personal details, Phil is a 54 year old high school English and Photography Teacher, Lianne is a 49 year old Professional Organizer and Vision Coach. We met through mutual friends while camping with our children. We love to meet new people, enjoy sharing our home and community with home exchangers and are as flexible as possible to make people's experience in our home pleasant.
Here are a few comments from our past exchange partners:
We're leaving now and already missing Bertmount Ave! We had a lot of fun, it was a great HomeExchange experience. We loved each and every moment here at your gorgeous home. Thank you again, you are a very special family and it was very nice to meet you.
Waiting for you back in Brazil.
Cris and Eduardo, Brazil
Thought I would write and let you know that you and your family are missed down here! Everyone I talk to has such great things to say about you all. What an impression you made. Everyone wanted to know about your home, and what could I say? Perfect, just perfect! A great exchange which doesn't happen all the time. Feel welcome to return.
Madeleine and Glen, Costa Rica