Get the lowdown on the top summer festivals plus the finest places to stay, without a sodden tent in sight! The running of the bulls, tomato fights and cheese chases – we've got plenty of ideas for your summer break, from the wondrous to the downright wacky.
Renowned for its pockets of eccentricity, there are plenty of fantastic summer festivals in the UK. Stay in Gloucestershire and chase the cheese down Cooper’s Hill, or try Llanwrtyd Wells for World Bog Snorkelling, Salisbury for Stonehenge Summer Solstice, Bristol for Balloon Fiesta and Llandrindod Wells for Victorian Festival. If you prefer something arty, it’s all going on in August and September at the Notting Hill Carnival, Edinburgh festivals and St Ives Festival.
Summertime is party time on the continent! Stay near Pamplona in Navarre for the running of the bulls, near Buñol in Valencia for the world’s largest tomato fight or in the heart of Paris for Bastille Day. Music fans should rent a pad in Barcelona for Primavera Sound, a villa in Costa del Azahar for Benicassim or fly to Ibiza for the closing parties. While over in Morocco you’ll be wowed by Berber musicians and acrobats at Marrakech Popular Arts.
Visit Britain four star graded C17th cottage,luxury king size bed, woodburning stove, rural views, charming courtyard garden with bbq, modern shower room with large shower, well equipped kitchen with condiments included, welcome tray including local and homemade produce Charming country pub, restaurant and village shop all within a 20 minute walk.
Tranquil Shepherds' Hut in an elevated position, just behind Upper Rectory Restaurant, which serves a 7 course dinner, Tuesday to Saturday evenings. Log burner, very comfortable double bed with memory foam mattress …see more
A beautifully renovated cottage, situated in a quiet lane in the countryside between Bath and Bristol . An ideal location for exploring both the surrounding countryside , coastal areas and the West Country. …see more
AA 3 Star. Bobby's Nook is a purposely converted cosy, comfy, well equipped ground floor holiday apartment for just the two of you. Fantastic views and sunsets. Free WiFi+welcome pack incl milk+fresh eggs. On site parking. Fab walk-in shower. Walking distance pub. Great place to cycle, walk, relax or explore the Cotswolds, Stroud Valleys and the Cotswold Way. Bath, Oxford etc …see more
A 19th century converted coach house providing comfortable accommodation for two set within the grounds of our renovated rectory. Panaramic views of Pen-Y-Fan and the Brecon Beacons. Ideal base to combine THE HAY FESTIVAL starting 23rd May 2014 with walks in the Beacons …see more
Honeysuckle Cottage - The Forest of Dean. Luxury holiday cottage, sleeps 4; 2 bedrooms; 2 ensuite shower rooms; large garden. Electricity, towels and bedding and WiFi included . Family friendly, pets very welcome by arrangement. Free unlimited WiFi; washer/drier; dishwasher; BBQ; garden, under floor CH; wood burner and more …see more
For those wanting an active holiday there are many walks directly from the cottage, as well as the use of two mountain bikes. There is also tennis, golf, horseriding, fishing and sailing nearby. Alternatively you just might want to relax and take in the scenery. The cottage is very pet friendly and we do not limit the number of pets you can bring with you. …see more
Lake house New England style Lodge property with 3 bedrooms
Leisure pool and soft play
Historic (Grade II) cottage. Large open-plan living area downstairs. Two bedrooms, one has a double bed, the other has twin beds which make a king-size. High quality furnishings, full kitchen facilities. Pretty garden, private parking. Close to bus stop and amenities. …see more
A brand new apartment in a convenient location and yet within easy walking/cycling distance of the beautiful Royal Forest of Dean. Secure storage for cycles and plenty of off road parking in a quiet residential area. Private courtyard with BBQ. Easy walk into town. Would suit 2-3 people comfortably and there is a sofabed in the sitting room suitable for a child. …see more
A charming house in the south of Valencia (Spain) near of the beach with of 4 bedrooms up to 8 guests with an strategic location and a privileged weather which enables to make diverse activities all year: running, cycling, hiking, golf, gastronomic and cultural tourism. …see more
Stunning Cotswold stone Cottage built 250 years ago by The Duke of Beaufort on the edge of the picturesque quaint village of Castle Combe just one and a half hours drive from London. Surrounded by apple orchards and farmland the perfect place to escape for the weekend! The three bedrooms all have ensuite bathrooms which is ideal for a family as no queuing in the morning! …see more
Set in a stunning lakeside position Heron is a new detatched Lakeside Cotswold Stone built house with a wonderful views and private decking running out over the picturesque lake,it is the Premier Property at Lakeview Holidays. Awarded an AA 4 Star rating. …see more
Idyllic 17th century farmhouse cottage, black & white, peaceful and private.
Sleeps 8+. Beautiful gardens, surrounded by wonderful countryside and wildlife.
Perfect for day trips: hiking in Snowdonia, visit castles, beaches, mansions and gardens, famous walking trails …see more
The chalet is a Riverside Retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life,but close to all amenities, (including an excellent butcher), easy access to many walks, easy driving through beautiful scenery to many outdoor pursuits, and national trust locations.
New for 2014 guests can pick their own fresh produce from the courtyard salad garden.
5 Star Self Catering Accommodation
Located in the heart of beautiful Mid Wales and only yards from the River Wye.
Vicarage Holiday Homes are for people seeking quality accommodation in blissful surroundings. …see more
WTB 5 star self catering accommodation
Beautifully situated in Mid Wales and only yards from the River Wye.
Vicarage Holiday Homes are for people seeking quality accommodation in blissful surroundings.
The River Wye is only a short stroll from the garden of each propery …see more
4* Graded. Railway Cottage is situated on the old railway station at New Radnor. Surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Mid Wales it is an ideal base for walking, biking or exploring the area. Open all year round. For details visit our website www.oldrailwaycottage …see more
Set at the foot of the Epynt Mountains a few minutes walk from the village of Llangammarch Wells, this comfortable 200 year old cottage puts you at the heart of nature - you can enjoy walking, mountain biking, riding and a host of outdoor activities from the front door. Mid Wales gives you everything from majestic mountains and ancient monuments to extreme sports. …see more
Llangynidr is a pretty Welsh village in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Horseriding, cycling, hill walking or hire a boat for the day, all within easy reach. BBQ on the patio overlooking river Usk and mountains or stroll to the local pub, 2 mins away. Market towns of Brecon 9 miles, Crickhowell 4 miles, Abergavenny 12 miles away. …see more
The fully equipped kitchen has an eye level cooker with separate hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and toaster. There is a small freezer in the hallway. Comfortable seating is provided in the living area, together with TV/DVD and WIFI. Guests have the use of part of the garden, which includes a patio with seating. …see more
Romantic, cosy and private.
Fantastic walking, wild moorland and hills or peaceful country lanes and tracks - we are a stones throw from Glyndwr's Way and a couple of miles from Offa's Dyke.
Brilliant mountain biking and horse riding (bring your own)
A fabulous view Car free? we'll pick you up from the train if you prefer. Request in advance and I'll cook supper.
Self Catering Accommodation in Carbis Bay near St Ives, Cornwall.Large detached family home enjoying spectacular sea views, just 300m walk through a wooded valley to the beautiful sandy beach of Carbis Bay. Located on a quiet footpath away from main road and traffic …see more
Ideally situated Vineyard Cottage is the perfect place for a romantic weekend or a weeks walking holiday, Set in beautiful countryside among narrow winding lanes there are many places of interest to visit and lots of country walks and trails in the surrounding areas. All rates include a welcome pack, luxury bed linen and fluffy towels, electricity and wood for the fire. …see more
This delightful bungalow is set in one acre of beautiful gardens with a summer house and a large pond. Set amid charming countryside within easy reach of the forest of dean, symonds yat, cheltenham, gloucester, the cotswolds and malvern. Close to numerous attractions.
Excellent base for touring, fishing, cycling and walking. …see more
The Coach House is quiet and beautiful but within a few minutes walk of the High Street and all its amenities - shops, restaurants, pubs, spa, gym, Court Barn Museum, The Silk Mill, tennis courts, swimming pool and the bus stop. …see more
A perfect cottage for two to relax in comfort and enjoy peace and quiet after a busy day in the beautiful Forest of Dean. It is within walking distance of forest tracks, shops and pubs. Enclosed garden, utility room with bike storage and every convenience thought of. …see more
Wye Cottage is situated 1.5 miles from the town of Builth Wells in Mid Wales. This lovely cottage has exposed wooden beams, sleeps 6 people, all 3 bedrooms have ensuite wet rooms, a wood burner, hot tub with panoramic views childrens play area. Disabled friendly cottage …see more
Irfon Cottage is 1.5 miles from the town of Builth Wells.This lovely barn conversion has exposed wooden beams, one bedroom, flat screen TV in the lounge. Hot Tub on the patio where you can relax and enjoy the panoramic views. Ideal for lovely long walks. …see more
Granary Cottage is a cosy one bedroomed cottage with loads of character set in a quiet rural location with easy access to the beautiful Forest of Dean. Ideal for couples and perfect location for walking, mountain biking or visiting Ross-on-Wye, Monmouth and Cheltenham Ideal for couples - perfect location for walking, mountain biking or visiting Ross, Monmouth and Cheltenham …see more
The Cottage is in the Golden Valley within an area named Five Valleys. Fresh air, trees, wonderful walks, great nearby pub food, enticing interesting shopping, and historic houses. Complete with fireplace - wood burner, fully equipped kitchen, and all linen provided. "Cannot wait to go back" "Better than you can imagine!" "Thankyou for a lovely break, we intend to return." …see more
Beautifully presented and newly refurbished Victorian terraced cottage sleeping 6 which is situated just a few minutes walk from Portobello Beach and local pubs/restaurants as well as being within easy reach of Edinburgh City Centre and Leith Shore amenities. This is a home away from home boasting all modern amenities plus a fully enclosed garden and log fires. …see more
B&B cabin retreat. romantic break, single travellers, swimming pool, wifi, bbq, Chulilla - Valencia's secret paradise, medieval village, canyon & Lagoons, hiking trails, fossils, tapas, cheap back packers, rock climbers, unique holiday, escape to the continent, a place Price is based on 2 people only. No room for travel cots or inflatable matteress to accommodate more family. …see more
Holly Cottage offers high quality accommodation for 2 or 3 people. It is ideal for a couple, 3 friends or a small family.It has period features, ceiling beams, a private enclosed garden and pets are welcome.
Log burning stove
Bed linen Pets cannot be left unattended and conditions apply. Guests must check directly with owners before booking …see more
Rural holiday villa with private pool, ideal for peace, quiet, relaxation, walking and cycling. Furnished with all that is needed for modern day living whilst keeping its traditional Spanish feel. Private pool 6m x 4m and ample sunbathing, BBQ area & Paella house.
Fully equipped kitchen, family bathroom bath/shower and lounge with log burner, English & Spanish TV, WIFI. …see more
Recently renovated converted stone barn with stunning views. Set within easy reach of the Wye Valley, Royal Forest of Dean and South Wales. For further information please see our website: www.wibdonbarn.com
Feel your cares roll away as you take your first glimpse.... Superb apartment within the Lakeview Holidays courtyard complex overlooking a pretty mature lake, near Fairford and part of the Cotswold Water Park. Ideal for exploring the glorious countryside …see more
An exceptional and beautiful Cotswold cottage. With both spacious accommodation and an extensive garden in a very peaceful hilltop location,
Lyncroft provides an excellent centre for walking holidays. All of the the Cotswolds can be easily reached by car. …see more
2 double bedroom country cottage - sleeps maximum of 6
Large private gardens
Fully equipped kitchen
Dining area seats 6
Large lounge with vaulted ceiling / exposed beams
Hammock / BBQ / fire pit
Good dogs welcome
River Wye private fishing
Close to Hay on Wye …see more
The Forest of Dean is a glorious stretch of ancient oak woodland. It spreads out from the sublime beauty of the Wye Valley across to the mighty River Severn. The enchanting forest, the magnificent rivers, and the soaring 500ft high limestone outcrop that is Symonds Yat provide the setting for every conceivable outdoor activity with which you could wish to fill a holiday. …see more
Stylish Period Property very close to Edinburgh City Centre. Fully modernised with all amenities including wifi and cable TV. Situated just off Broughton Street which hosts a great selection of restaurants, bars and shops. Supermarket within walking distance. Check in time is 2pm on day of arrival unless an earlier time has been agreed. Check out time is 11am. …see more
Bedding, towels and all basics included (soap, toilet paper and cleaning materials). Some tea, coffee, sugar provided. T.towels. Wood burner. Mobile reception. Parking nearby, well behaved pet owners welcome, great base for exploring the local area, lovely quiet town. King size bed. First log basket and scuttle of coal provided free. Outside seating and BBQ provided. …see more
Situated in the heart of Edinburgh's New town this cosy one bedroom self catering apartment is a great base for both work and leisure trips. Fully equipped with all you will need for your stay the apartment also offers free wifi, freeview tv, BBQ and private garden. …see more
Renovated secluded retreat with stunning mountain views sleeps 8. Ideal for walking, cycling, golfing, bird watching and more importantly relaxing. Plenty of facilities to suit all ages in the area. Private garden and bbq. Log burner. Walking distance to pub. Boys - 3 golf courses nearby, all within 15 miles.
Girls - Luxury Spa within 8 miles.
Free Wi-Fi …see more