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Is your dream holiday pad unaffordable? Maybe not, if you try home-swapping

Homeowners across west London are looking to exchange properties with other families to cut the cost of their travels

More and more west London homeowners are listing their properties for home-swapping holidays(Image: www.homeexchange.com)

Do you dream of holidays at luxury homes but worry about the cost?

Plenty of West London residents have already found a way around the problem - by getting involved in home-swapping.

Home-swapping allows families who want to see each other's part of the world to coincide their trips and exchange homes, to keep costs down.

There's a wide variety of properties listed on websites such as www.homeexchange.com , so there's sure to be something out there to suit every family's tastes.

We have picked out five homes listed in west London, to give you a taste of what home-swappers are looking for.

Victorian cottage in Acton

This Victorian terraced cottage in Acton is surrounded by pubs and restaurants(Image: www.homeexchange.com)

This renovated 1870s terraced cottage in Acton retains many of its original features, according to its owners.

It is surrounded by pubs and restaurants, within walking distance, but also has a cottage garden and patio to relax in.

London and Surrey are within half an hour's travel, or visitors could opt for the local George and Dragon pub dating from 1759.

Victorian townhouse in south Ealing

This Victorian townhouse in south Ealing has a garden backing onto Walpole Park(Image: www.homeexchange.com)

This family home in Ealing , built in the late 1800s over three storeys, has been remodeled in a modern contemporary style.

It boasts five large bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen, music room and a large garden which backs onto Walpole Park.

It is next to two large parks with tennis courts, five-a-side football pitches and children's playgrounds. Weekly visits by a cleaner are thrown in too.

Family home in Wembley Park

This family home in Wembley Park has a south-facing garden ideal for meals(Image: www.homeexchange.com)

This home in Wembley Park is near the stadium, but the owners say it combines "living in a busy city and sleeping in a quiet area".

There is a large terrace facing south, ideal for breakfast in the morning or a barbecue in the evening surrounded by squirrels and birds.

There "typically British" bow windows opening on the garden, plus four bedrooms, two bathrooms and one cat called Elixir.

Flat in Chiswick period building

This one-bed flat in Chiswick has underfloor heating in a spa bathroom(Image: www.homeexchange.com)

Described by the owner as being in "the best London suburb", this one-bedroom flat near the River Thames in Chiswick has mod-cons including a 48" flat-screen TV.

It has full central heating throughout, cosy rugs and underfloor heating in a spa-like bathroom. If you prefer to go out, the owner's car is thrown in too.

The owner says there are dozens of cafes, gastro pubs, delicatessens, butchers shops, farmers' markets and even two Michelin-starred restaurants nearby.

Modern townhouse in Richmond

This modern townhouse in Richmond is right opposite Kew Gardens(Image: www.homeexchange.com)

This "simple yet modern" townhouse in Richmond is sutiated just across the road from the famous Kew Gardens .

If you'd rather stay at home, it boasts a very large garden with a trampoline, games area with a table tennis table.

The house is described as "ideal for families with kids" with a kitchen and barbecue area that comes fully equipped.

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