Christian House and Church Swap

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'Christian House and Church Swap’ (CHACS)  is a UK based holiday organisation which has been running since 2003. There are registered members throughout the UK, and an increasing number in Europe and further afield.  House-swapping works well for everyone; single people, married couples, friends and families. 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!

Six comments from many, received following their house-swap holidays in 2018:-

From Alison in Surrey (a member since 2011)  "... Like all our other experiences, we have found the house swap a great way to share our house, spend less money on holiday and go to parts of the country we don't normally visit. One less good thing about house-swapping is that you don't get to meet the family you swap with; so this time we arranged to meet up on the last day and it was wonderful to meet them and share holiday stories! We have only good things to say about CHACS and we tell all our friends! So thank you for making it possible for us to have memorable holidays in this way."

From Debbie in N Ireland  (joined in 2016)  ".. We had a wonderful time in Oxford. We felt really at home there and the location is absolutely fantastic"

From Martin & Diana in Devon 0-169 (joined 2004)  "...Top marks all round! This was particularly good for our teenage grandsons who loved the fact that the West coast mainline railway was right outside their window. They were timetabling the freight trains half the night! Also lovely for adults as lots of comfy spots to sit and read."

From Steve & Jo in Shropshire 1245 (joined 2017) ".. We had a lovely holiday! Great locality & lots to do in the area. The home had all that we needed, well equipped, & plenty of space. Made a great deal of use of the table tennis room - loved it. All communication was good, & we enjoyed having Sunday lunch together at a pub half way between their house and ours, on the way back. Two families united in a shared love for Jesus, and demonstrating that love in a practical way by sharing our home with each other. John 13.35 in action.

From Annemeike in the Netherlands (joined 2017) "... We had a great time in Deal. Very kind people. Very hospitable. The owners did not go in our house as they had already planned another vacation when we asked them to swap with us. But they offered their house to us for a vacation, very kind!!  Deal is a great place for a holiday. By the sea, and we were lucky to have very good weather. But even when the weather is not so good, I think there is enough to do and to discover. Kent is lovely, we liked the landscape very much. The house is big, but cozy and very practical.

From John & Linda in Wiltshire (joined 2017) "... We are very glad to hear that the family had a great time in our home. We both thoroughly enjoyed our time in London, lovely big house, and for free bus pass owners a fantastic opportunity with a bus almost outside the front door every 7 minutes, and thus easy access to Ealing Broadway tube station and the whole London network.

  Following are more reasons why house-swapping works so well.


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!


You get to choose from the descriptions of a variety of properties, all found in the online brochure. You pay us the admin fee only when your house swap is confirmed.  

There is never any pressure on you to make a specific choice…the choice is yours!

Some reviews from previous years:-   
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).... ''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!'
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!"