Pam and Malcolm were fantastic exchange partners. Leading up to the exchange, they were so helpful by providing detailed recommendations for exploring their neighborhood, London and the surrounding English countryside. They were excellent communicators, getting back to us quickly when we had questions.
Their home is located in Kensal Rise, which is adjacent to the famous Notting Hill. Kensal Rise is a diverse neighborhood, which has been inhabited by folks in the media and art industries, but has more recently been discovered by bankers who enjoy the easy transportation into the City Center. We could walk to many shops and pubs, and had excellent access to the 52 bus (just a block walk) and the Willesden Green underground station (about a 10-15 minute walk). Our children really enjoyed Queen's Park, which was about a 10 minute walk: a 9-hole golf course, tennis courts, Ping-Pong tables, a wonderful play structure with a zip line, a petting zoo, a first-rate café, wading pool, and lots of fields.
Their immediate street is very quiet, and we were able to sleep in without the noise of traffic. It is amazing to be so close to the "action" but to have such a quiet respite away from the hustle and bustle. The beds were all very comfortable, and we woke up each morning relaxed!
Their home is splendid. The three story house had everything we needed for our home away from home. The downstairs has a comfortable media room, where our boys enjoyed playing the Sony Wii U video games in the morning on the flat screen TV. The kitchen is recently updated with top notch appliances. Pam and Malcolm left us some wine, cheese and essentials, so we didn't have to shop upon arrival. We enjoyed wine in the garden and coffee in the morning in their warm sunroom. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a full bath. Our boys were very comfortable in their son's and daughter's rooms. The third level is the master suite, which had a comfortable bed, French doors that opened to a view of the garden, and an en suite bathroom. Very roomy!!
They took wonderful care of our home in Pleasanton. We would do another exchange with them in a moment!!