2 Bed flat in traditional Victorian townhouse in West End

Home exchange
Dowanhill, West End, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Apartment
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom

I live in a stunning first floor conversion in traditional Victorian townhouse in west end conservation area backing into private pleasure gardens. My home comprises of large lounge, two large south facing double bedrooms, study, galley kitchen with raised dining area, communal carpeted hallway. The property also has access to the private pleasure gardens at rear of property. Although the property is only 5 minutes walk from the bars and restaurants the property is very quiet with the feel of being in the countryside due to the huge pleasure gardens to the rear of the property and the boulivard gardens to the front. I would welcome exchanging with non-smoking, liberal-minded people who would respect my home, as I would theirs.

The flat is located in the trendy west end in the upmarket Victorian area of Dowanhill with a mixed student and professional population.

The Westend of Glasgow has a vibrant bar and restaurant scene. Located within 5 minutes walk you will find Byres Road where there is a vast variety of restaurants, cafes, bars, niteclubs and even a boutique cinema. Byres Road also offers 5 supermarkets as well as bespoked food shops and deli’s. Hillhead underground station will whisk you in 8 minutes into the city centre where you will find Glasgow’s gay scene.

Glasgow generally has some great restaurants and is one of the best shopping centres outside of London. The city has a very well established arts scene with numerous galleries, museums and theatres. Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are all based in the city.

The flat would be an ideal base for exploring the wider area around Glasgow and beyond, with Loch Lomond only 30 mins by car and Edinburgh only 50mins by train from Glasgow city centre. Glasgow International Airport is 15mins by taxi.


Interested in

  • Home exchange
  • Hospitality exchange
  • Weekend exchange
  • Open to suggestions

Preferred destinations

  • Copenhagen
  • Reykjavik
  • The Hague
  • Netherlands
  • New York
  • Open to offers
Preferred dates Open to offers
Preferred duration Short break (2-5 days)
Location: Nearest gay scene is 2.5 miles
City, Quiet
Features/amenities: Garden, Views, Total Luxury, Iron/ironing board available
Entertainment: CD Player, DVD Player, Radio, Satellite or Cable, Stereo System, TV, Plasma / LCD TV
Internet access: WiFi available, WiFi available
Activities available nearby: Convenient Transport, Cultural Attractions, Cycling, Fitness Centre / Gym, Food and Wine, Friendly Neighbours, Golf, Historical Sites, Hiking, HIV / AIDS Resources, Mountains, Nightlife, Park(s), Swimming, Tourist Attractions, Shops / Markets, Tennis, Theatre(s), Museums
Miscellaneous: Bicycle(s) available, No Pets, Smoke-Free Zone


Reviews from other users

We stayed in Paul's lovely apartment in Glasgow for a long weekend in cold early December, but the apartment was wonderfully warm and cosy, despite its very grand and beautiful large rooms.

'Grand' is the adjective which perfectly the situation and the wonderful building, set in the glorious West End of the city. It's incredibly quiet and peaceful and yet is only a 5 minute walk from excellent shopping, restaurants, and bars. The taxi from the station took about 15 minutes and cost around £12.

We had made the original approach and Paul was really amiable and interested right from the beginning although he was initially quite nervous as this was his first ever exchange. Through lots of emails and phone calls we soon established a good relationship and by the time of the weekend he was as excited as we were about the exchange. He is a really lovely guy and we're delighted to have made his acquaintance and perhaps even friendship.

The flat was immaculate and comfortable and Paul had gone to great trouble to make us welcome, leaving a "doggy bag" of local produce for us and one or two special presents. The fridge was well stocked with fresh milk, eggs, etc., and there was booze enough for an entire group of bagpipers (sadly, none appeared), and Paul had left a well-written and instructive "house manual" for us as well as a guide to local restaurants and bars. And to make it all really magical on our last evening it snowed (how did he manage that?) making the views from the enormous windows really lovely.

We were delighted by our 3 night stay and would love to return for a longer stay in warmer weather so that we could explore the city and the surrounding area without shuffling as fast as we could from one heated building to another. Glasgow is a really exciting city and has lots to offer, but perhaps early December is not really the time to go there!

Paul stayed with his sister in our flat in London during the exchange and they were superb guests. When we returned home the place was as immaculate as we had left it. Lovely people and excellent exchangers!

Tim & William

Tim Pryor stayed in Dec 2012

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