|| We are Les. and Betty Wright, a semi retired, none-smoking couple in our early 60's. Les worked for Shell U.K.Oil for most of his working life. I, Betty, previously a teacher, am currently intermittently involved part time with teacher training. Since retiring from full time employment in 2001 we have developed and widened our already extensive travel experiences through five hugely succesful exchanges, three international, and two in England.
Our 4 bedroomed, 25 year old, random stone built detatched house has one bath/shower room and one 1 en-suite shower room, a kitchen, lounge, dining room and conservatory. It is set in an attractive, relaxing garden which in turn backs onto open farmland. Indeed, it was the garden and location which particularly attracted us when we moved here 6 years ago. It is situated in a delightful, picturesque, village complete with traditional, friendly, village pub.
We are ideally located 18 miles from the historic city of York, and about 15 miles from the dynamic vibrant city of Leeds which offer all the shopping and diverse historical and cultural attractions you could want. For shopping at a more local and leisurely pace, we are 5 miles from the market town of Selby, with its world heritage abbey.
Within 2 hours drive is the varied and attractive north east coast and 4 of England's most beautiful national parks, The Yorkshire Dales, The Lake District, The Derbyshire Peak District and The North Yorkshire Moors.
Easy access to the motorway system and main line railway network facilitates more wide ranging travel. ie. Direct trains from Selby to London or Leeds or York Edinburgh mean both these capital cities are only two hours away by train or 3/4 hours driving respectively. There is also a local rail link directly to Manchester Int. Airport.
Travelling less than an hour east by motorway to Hull, you can even travel on two routes to mainland Europe on luxurious overnight cruise ferries. Low season we use thes as a 2 night treat mini cruise to give ourselves a day out in either Bruges or Amsterdam.
Our local airport is the base for several low cost airlines which make mini breaks to many European destinations a viable option.
Our car, currently a Peugeot 206, could be made available for the duration of any exchange, and we, in turn would like to have transport provided.
Winter sunshine is very appealing to us, (India winter 2006 now planned) so anyone with a good climate who wants to vist England in winter 2007 we'd love to hear from you. We have just returned from the second of two very different but equally enjoyable consecutive winter exchanges to east coast Australia. Perhaps Perth next time?
We are also particularly interested in exchanging to mainland West coast Canada, Vancouver area, between June and September 2007.
I will enjoy replying to any e-mails received, so if you want to know more, just contact us.