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Traveling Group
  • Colin Retired businessman (72)



  • Football
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Historic Sites
  • Museums
  • Theater/Cinema
Especially Passionate About

Country and Beach

Col loves his farm as do I to a lesser degree! I go for warm water and body surfing which he definitely does not .............

Vacation Type

Exchange Reviews

January - December 2010

We spent nearly two weeks split between Penny and Col's ...

Todd & Susan
Todd & Susan from San Francisco said

We spent nearly two weeks split between Penny and Col's Melbourne home, and their Mornington Peninsula beach cottage. Our hosts couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming. Their Melbourne home is beautifully decorated and is in a neighborhood with very nice older homes and mature trees. Eating breakfast on the deck while watching the local rainbow lorikeets forage in a flowering tree is one of our all time favorite home exchange experiences. It is easy to explore this city without a car. There are very convenient train and tram connections to downtown. For day trips outside the city, we were able to walk to a local Europcar. We especially enjoyed tasting wine in the internationally famous Yarra Valley. The Mornington Peninsula is scenic, and has good opportunities for hiking and exploring the coast. A highlight was seeing wild kangaroos in the upland area of the peninsula. We also enjoyed visiting the small local wineries. We had a wonderful time. Penny and Col were excellent home exchange partners!

What we said about Todd & Susan's house:

We count ourselves as amazingly lucky to have exchanged homes with Todd and Susan. The condo is situated in a perfect spot to explore all that SFO has to offer. Public transport is a breeze although most of the best sights are within walking distance. Food in SFO is good and there are plenty of restaurants or supermarkets just around the corner. Susan and Todd couldn't have been kinder or more helpful. On a scale of 1 to 10 this exchange had to be an 11 !!! Thanks a million, From Penny and Col Coridas

April - April 2013

We visited Camberwell, Melbourne for 7 days in March 2013 in order ...

Roger from Sabah said

We visited Camberwell, Melbourne for 7 days in March 2013 in order to attend a family wedding and visit friends. Penny and Col (our exchange partners) have a fantastic property. It more than lived up to our expectations. They were friendly and helpful when answering questions over email and provided a very useful printed document with information on the house and surrounding area. We were in contact during the exchange and upon returning to our home in Sabah we had the chance to meet up in Kota Kinabalu. Penny and Col treated our home with care and respect and we found it pretty much just as we had left it. This was our first exchange, and so we were a little nervous, but all-in-all it was a fantastic experience. We're looking forward to our next one! Roger and Cara

April - April 2013

We visited Penny and Col's lovely home in April 2013 along ...

Roger from Sabah said

We visited Penny and Col's lovely home in April 2013 along with some of our close family. The house was everything that was promised on the website and more. The location was fantastic, quiet with easy access to the town through public transport. Penny and Col were friendly and helpful during the planning stage, and took great care of our apartment during the exchange. All-in-all it was a great experience and we are looking forward to more successful exchanges.

What we said about Roger's house:

We, along with another couple enjoyed a great week in Roger and Cara's home. Their apartment is in an excellent position, i.e. night markets, food, beach etc. Cara had thought of everything and left useful notes on places of interest and most importantly, how to get to them. We used the drivers recommended by Cara and found them to be very reliable and honest. Roger and Cara took good care of our home in Australia and we would be happy to recommend them to anyone wanting an exchange in Sabah.

November -1

Al and I spent a wonderful week in Colin and ...

micky and Alistair
micky and Alistair from Waimataitai said

Al and I spent a wonderful week in Colin and Penny's Camberwell home. It is a lovely comfortable place, and the street is SO QUIET! The patio is the perfect place to recoup the day, and watch the birds busy at their feeder Penny is an accomplished artist, and we were lucky to see some of her work. . It is just 2-3 minutes to the metro, and we found it very easy to find the main routes out of the city from Camberwell. Many thanks for a great exchange, hope we get to meet sometime.