Founder on the Move: Your success is meaningful to us  By

Founder on the Move: Your success is meaningful to us

As the founder of, I enjoy taking an active role in the academic traveling community we’ve created over the years. I enjoy seeing what our members are up to and hearing about their travel experiences. When I received this particular heartfelt email from a member, it struck me, as it so succinctly sums up what we strive to do here at Sabbatical Homes–share our spaces with like-minded individuals and develop friendships. I wanted to share it with you:

I have been renting my London flat through successfully for nearly 8 years now to guests who have come from all over the world. It is in a quiet well-maintained house, which is partly let to long-term tenants and  in part our home. We have friendly relations with our long-term tenants. The sabbatical homes flat is my base when I am in London furnished with some family antique furniture, paintings, sculptures and books, so it is important that those who come to stay are considerate and appreciative guests both within the flat and also considerate of their neighbours. This has always been the case, with some people returning a second time. On one occasion my husband and I rented out the London flat to an academic from New York who had rented her own flat out through sabbatical homes while we then rented a flat in Paris through sabbatical homes. We were all happy with the experience. We make new friends from all over the world. As  a lifetime Londoner, I enjoy hosting and helping  our tenants, who I think of as “guests”, discover the city by providing information, books, guides, maps. But with some guests we have discovered particular affinities and I have taken them on walks on nearby Hampstead Heath, to exhibitions and shared meals together.

The sabbatical homes website is clear and straightforward to use and the network that it helps to create makes it more likely that one will find a suitable tenant. I also adhere to the very important advice given by sabbatical homes, that one should check references and be certain of the identity of any prospective tenants. I always exchange as much relevant information with prospective tenants before agreeing to any rental. Renting a home and parting with the money for such a rental when the two parties will meet for the first time when the keys to the flat are handed over is a potentially hazardous situation for both parties, so it is vital to create a situation of trust and I think that sabbatical homes helps to avoid some of the pitfalls through its system of cross reference.

Rea Stravropoulos  Maragno (Artist living in London, Brighton, and Florence)

If you’re interested in seeing more of Rea’s work, she will be having an “Open Studio” in her Brighton studio, doing a mini retrospective of her career. Use the contact page through her website for details.

 I hope to hear your success story next!

Founder on the Move is a series written by Nadege Conger, Founder of She created the site in 2000 to help academics worldwide pursue their research by providing a home exchange and rental website. Connect with Nadege on Facebook.


  1. Jerry Lubenow

    I would like to explore renting my home in Berkeley for sabbatical homes.

    It is a large, charming craftsman home with three bedrooms and two baths. It is a 15 minute walk to the campus of the University of California, Berkeley and an easy BART ride to San Francisco. .

  2. Chère Nadege
    Je vous félicite pour tout ce que vous faites.
    Les personnes qui ont loué mon appartement à Paris venant de sabbaticalhomes ont toujours été très responsables et respectueuses des lieux.. ce fut un grand plaisir reciproque.
    Je vous envoie mon renouvellement demain.
    Bien cordialement.

  3. Toni Devereaux

    Thanks for sharing this, Nadege. Sabbatical Homes has become an important part of my life in retirement here in Pasadena. I look forward to future guests!

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