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Four bed rural retreat near Cambridge, UK, easy access to London, sleeps 7

Boxworth, England, United Kingdom
Preferred Destination: United States
Alternate Destination: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States | Open to any destination

House | House Sitting Negotiable
Available Dates:
From April 30, 2024 until December 31, 2024
Additional Dates:
From January 1, 2025 until December 31, 2025


Ideal Exchanges: USA and Canada, in particular New York State, Ontario (summers) Virginia USA at any time. Worldwide at any time. Our Home and Area: Our home lies a few miles west of Cambridge, UK, in a quiet location surrounded by arable fields. However, you can be in the centre of vibrant Cambridge in 20 minutes by car. Visit the Cambridge museums, galleries and Colleges, go punting on the Cam, choose from lots of good restaurants. From local stations a fast train will get you to London in 45 minutes with a vast choice of museums, galleries, heritage sites. The rest of East Anglia, including the lovely coast, is within reach on day trips. Our home is a semi detached house which used to be a farm worker`s home, situated in the middle of fields, a mile outside a beautiful, small village. Our home is characterized by books, oak, patchwork and art. There is a lovely sunny garden room and a snug sitting room with a woodburner. We have four bedrooms (1 king, 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single) and full central heating. One of the bedrooms is on the ground floor with an adjacent shower room and toilet, suitable for someone with limited mobility. In our driveway, there is plenty of parking space for three cars. We have a spacious garden with plenty of seating for you to enjoy the views over the countryside with miles of footpaths around the adjoining fields and small woods. The area is flat which makes it ideal for walking and cycling. For families, we have plenty of children`s books, dvds, lego etc. We have a home office at the end of the garden with power, heating and wi-fi, which make a great workspace. At present the broadband connection to the house is adequate but there are plans to install a fibre connection at some point in the future. Our village: Boxworth village has only 200 residents but has a pub and restaurant, a church, a village hall and a phone box book library! There is an M&S Food store two miles away and many large supermarkets within five miles. There are several National Trust estates and heritage sites nearby. The universities and museums and galleries of Cambridge are 20 minutes away by car.




1,800 ft2

Suited For

Property Type


From April 30, 2024 until December 31, 2024

Additional Dates

From January 1, 2025 until December 31, 2025

Minimum Stay

2 Weeks | Dates are flexible for this listing

Comments: We are both retired so we are extremely flexible about start and end dates. With long haul exchanges we prefer to stay at least 3 weeks and up to 2 months


House in Boxworth, England, United Kingdom

Closest University

University of Cambridge

Nearby Universities
Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge Campus


Nearby Cities


Comments: Our house is located in a very quiet and peaceful rural location surrounded by fields. Yet the city of Cambridge with its universities and lively cultural life can be reached in just 15-20 minutes by car. We have a garden office as a work space.

Explore the Area


  • Off Campus
  • Countryside
  • Writer's Sanctuary
  • Near Woods

Exchange Terms

Utilities are included

A cleaning service is not included

Comments: We are experienced at home exchange and know how to prepare our home for exchangees to a very high standard. We will take care to leave your property similarly clean and tidy.


The home is suitable for young kids

Pets are not allowed

Smoking is not allowed

Ask about the availability of a car

Comments: One of the double bedrooms is on the ground floor and has an adjacent shower room, suitable for the less mobile. We have an extensive collection of children's books and Lego for younger exchangees. Car swap subject to suitable insurance availability.

House Sitting

I may need help while I am away

I may need help with mail and deliveries

Mail is delivered to external boxes by front door, we ask exchangees to bring the mail into the house periodically.

I may need help with plants or garden

We would appreciate it if the few house plants are watered but none are precious







Cable or Satellite




Dedicated Parking



Temperature Control










Art Studio

Comments: There is a large garden at the rear of the house with a sheltered, south-facing deck with picnic table and chairs, sunshades, hammock. There is central heating throughout and a freezer in the utility room. There are three adult bicycles available.

Our Travel Preferences

Who's Coming?

Party of
2 Adults

Our Destination

Preferred Destination

United States

Closest University

University of Virginia

Alternate Destination

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States


Open to a home exchange in any destination

Comments: Thousand islands region, both Canadian and American, in summer. Open to any worldwide offers at other times of the year so please make contact!

What We Are Looking for





I prefer smoking not allowed in the home


I would like a car if possible

Comments: We have small cars, one manual and one with an automatic transmission possibly available for exchangee partners (subject to arranging insurance). We would like the use of a car for visiting family and friends and local exploring.


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Listing Owner

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Trust Score (29)
Independent Scholar or Retired Academic
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Independent Scholar or Retired Academic
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