Christian House and Church Swap
'Christian House and Church Swap’ (CHACS) is a UK based holiday organisation which has been running since 2003. There are over 200 registered members throughout the UK, and an increasing the number in Europe and further afield.
House-swapping and house-sitting works well for everyone; single people, married couples, friends and families.
Four comments from many, received following their house-swap holidays in 2017:-
From Sue in Eastbourne 0-327 ( a member since 2005)
'... we arranged a second swap during August this year with the family in Salisbury and had a very nice and relaxing time in a very interesting city .Thank you for all you do to enable these swaps to happen. We have never had a 'bad' swap. All the swappers have looked after our house beautifully and left it spotless. We have had some fabulous weeks exploring different parts of the country ... Amazing! '
From Alison 1182 in Surrey (joined 2011)
‘We really enjoyed our time in Devon and have had three great house swaps since joining CHACS.’
From Mairi in Edinburgh ref.1248 (joined 2017)
'The house-swap was a great success and we very much enjoyed staying in the house. This was our first ever house-swap and we would definitely do it again.'
From Chrissy 0-623 in Doncaster (joined 2008)
Paid £60 for 16 days holiday- wow! In two super places, and such very nice people to deal with!
Following are more reasons why house-swapping works so well.
Instead of paying a substantial amount of money for holiday accommodation, and then leaving your house empty, you can simply swap homes with other Christians.
Your house, however humble or grand, will provide a great holiday base for someone else.Your locality, so familiar to you, has lots to offer to someone new to the area.
There is a huge rise in house burglary when occupants are away from home. By house swapping you have automatic Christian house sitters! When people register with us, we contact their church leader. This is for everyone’s peace of mind.
Another great feature in its favour is that you will holiday in a local community. A local person, friend or neighbour, will have agreed to give you the key, check that you are okay and to deal with any queries. That person will also be able to give you up-to-date information about nearby amenities, local events, places to visit, best pubs, good restaurants and so on.
House swappers are usually happy to water the garden and indoor plants, and feed the cat and goldfish! Mutual dog owners are generally happy for the dogs to be included in the swap!
There is never any pressure on you to make a specific choice…the choice is yours!
And from 2016:- From the family living in Oxford (ref 061-374) 'We have been holidaying through CHACS (Christian House and Church swap) since 2006, and have done between one and three holidays a year with them. We have been to Scotland several times, Wales, all over England -where we live- France, Spain, Germany and Australia. Truthfully, we have only ever had good experiences, and experiences we wouldn't otherwise have had, and I see these holidays as a blessing from God. (Rebekah & Graham)
And speaking of property 116-964.... ''We had another fab time at New Year and were able to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks & go to a West End musical, which would never have been possible without 5 nights' free accommodation at this lovely central London home!'