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.
A unique rural escape near Hay on Wye. Restored sympathetically, it features a wealth of oak timbers, with flagged floors throughout. Welsh Oak kitchen, large, beamed living room with log burning stove linking to superb oak framed garden room overlooking private patio. Welcome pack on arrival- including our own free range eggs, home made bread and cake, marmalade and jams! …see more
Stunning newly renovated 5 star Cotswold Stone Cottage nestled in a beautiful valley between the village of Edge and the picturesque town of Painswick. Aga, Wood Burning Stove, beautiful private gardens and peaceful, idyllic location make Washbrook a home from home. …see more
The cottage is opposite the farmhouse on a 300 area livestock farm in an isolated valley with great views, old coppice woodlands & numerous ponds full of wildlife, birds. Please take a walk around the farm, but ask first as some areas may not be suitable to go walking. Just 1hr from Hereford, come by train and we will collect you from the station. Bring your bikes to explore. …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
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
Cosy stone built cottage in the Tanat Valley, ideal for romantic breaks or as a base for walking and cycling holidays.
Near to Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall - one of the seven wonders of Wales.
Dog friendly, we accept one medium or 2 small dogs.
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
Delightful self catering 2 bedroomed cottage in the centre of Hay on Wye. In the centre of the town within easy walking distance to all local facilities including five great pubs, restaurants and shops. We are completely flexible over arrival and departure dates. …see more
Boundary Barn is a beautiful converted Cotswold stone barn in a quiet village location on the edge of the Cotswold water parks and 15 minutes drive from Cirencester. It sleeps 8+2 people in 4 bedrooms, 2 double and 2 twin with an extra 2 spaces available on a sofa bed. Nearby Cirencester allows for all your shopping and eating needs and the area has pubs and restaurants galor …see more
Two-bedroom wing of 17th Century former farmhouse near Bath. Spacious, centrally heated accommodation offers high quality, comfortable, modern facilities combined with period features, including inglenook fireplace. Both bedrooms en-suite. Private garden and parking. Can be booked with The Bungalow (Property No 370259), which sleeps 2 people, for slightly larger parties. …see more
Spacious and charming 3 bedroom villa with large garden and pool. Very private and not overlooked. Situated in a secure development only 25 minutes away from the centre. The development has a Clubhouse and Spa, mature communal gardens and walkways. An excellent maid service is also provided and cooking can be arranged for you at your request. …see more
This clean and comfortable cottage is an ideal base to explore the attractions unspoilt Mid Wales has to offer then to relax in front of the stove or in the gardens before enjoying a soundless nights sleep leaving you refreshed to do it all again the next day. There are 5 cottages at Glyngynwydd and Ty Canol Mawr can be rented along with other cottages for groups. …see more
A tranquil and well-appointed luxury log cabin with views across the Cotswolds yet with easy access to London and the A40, Coomb Cottage is the perfect country getaway for walking, touring, biking or just soaking up the sunsets and recharging the batteries. …see more
This clean and comfortable cottage is an ideal base to explore the attractions unspoilt Mid Wales has to offer then to relax in front of the stove or in the gardens before enjoying a soundless nights sleep leaving you refreshed to do it all again the next day. …see more
The apartment is beautifullly furnished and ideal for self-catering. There is a washing machine, dishwasher, microwave and large fridge freezer. There is a big sofa in the front room for relaxing and a terrace. The bedrooms are each en-suite with shower facilities. Ibiza has mild winters and with a summer season from May to October. …see more
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.
At Crooked End Farm we grow a delicious range of organic vegetables , and our eggs and lamb are famous across the Forest. Make use of our on-site farm shop and cafe to stock up these and other delicious local produce. Flexible changeover!
Hot water and heating are supplied by a solar thermal and biomass system, electricity by solar PV. …see more
Hope Cottage is a charming 18th Century detached property in a quiet, picturesque village, perfect for a romantic getaway. Its private garden is tranquil on sunny days, while the wood-burner keeps out the winter chills, and a cosy local pub is just two minutes walk away Perfect for a romantic break or a walking holiday in the beautiful south Cotswolds …see more
Appletree Cottage is detached and offers spacious, well equipped and comfortable accommodation for 5 guests + cot. It is situated in a quiet village location in the heart of the Cotswolds, approx 1 mile from Stow-on-the-Wold. Many popular attractions within easy reach. …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. 3/4 night breaks, rates at bottom of price panel. Welcome pack including our hens eggs. …see more
Lying in the tiny hamlet of Deerhurst Walton, this is a converted, Grade II listed dovecote. Set in the grounds of the owner's 17th-century farm, this romantic 2 bed conversion has been lovingly converted into a 2 bedroom property with comfortable acco for upto 4 pax. Restaurants, pubs, supermarkets & take aways nearby
On main bus route to Tewkesbury, Cheltenham & Gloucester …see more
4* former cider making farmhouse , sleeps 8 + 2 babies. 2 bathrooms.Enclosed gardens. Pets welcome free.
Wealth of character. Idyllic gardens. pet friendly. baby and toddler friendly. Ideal for family or friends. Walker & Cyclists welcome.
Charming Cotswold Stone Cottage situated in a Conservation Area and an Area of Outstanding National Beauty.
Short car journey or a lovely country walk to the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold or Bourton-on-the -Water
Cheltenham 20miles-Stratford 24miles-Oxford 27miles Please contact us for SHORT BREAKS and special requirements e.g.Christmas tree, anniversaries, birthdays. …see more
If you want to escape the rat race and settle into a quieter pace of life, Dan Y Coed and Llanidloes offer you a warm welcome in friendly, green and pleasant land.
Nearby are hills, mountains, rivers and the coast. Something for everyone. Eco brownie points:
We have insulation, fair trade tea and coffee, eco friendly washing up and recycling. …see more
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
Badgers End Cottage is set in unique grounds of Scowles (ancient limestone formations), woods and pasture. It is beamed, with original fireplace (with wood burner), but equipped with modern facilities for comfort and Old World charm.. …see more
Luxury penthouse apartment with fantastic lakeside views.
Spacious well equipped decking area perfect for relaxing. Please be aware that from July 2014 there will be some ongoing building works around Howells Mere. …see more
A detached Cotswold-stone cottage offering high-end accommodation for two in the beautiful hamlet of Upper Slaughter. Surrounded by stunning countryside it's perfect for couples looking for a romantic break away. SHORT BREAKS available please contact us for a quote. We're proud to have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2014. …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
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
A cosy character 3 bedroom (all ensuites) cottage on it's own private driveway, with nice views across the valley. Quiet and peaceful countryside. A lovely base for a relaxing "put your feet up" holiday OR getting out and about exploring Mid-Wales and beyond. …see more
Arlington House is an older style family house, in the stunning village of Lower Slaughter. The large garden is surrounded by a dry-stone wall giving a private secluded feel to the property, perfect for getting away from it all!
Visit Britain grading ***
Green tourism Bronze award
Quiet and secluded detached Property
Wood burning stove
Wonderful walking country
Bed Linen & Towels Incl.
Short Breaks All Year
Welcome pack of home made Welsh cakes, free range eggs, seasonal local produce, milk, tea and coffee .
Visit Britain grading ***
No internal steps
Quiet and secluded detached Property
Wonderful walking country
Sky free view Television
One Pet by arrangement Welcome pack of home made Welsh cakes, free range eggs, seasonal local produce, milk and tea or coffee .
This charming one bedroomed Victorian cottage lies within five minutes walk from the centre of Hay. Ty Bychan is ideal for anyone seeking a relaxing week/weekend exploring the town, or for those looking for a more active stay using it as a base to explore the mountains. King size bed. First log basket and scuttle of coal provided free. Outside seating and BBQ provided. …see more
The Cotswolds are designated as England's largest ANOB – as an area it's 100 miles north to south. Here in the South Cotswolds the area has a slightly wilder nature, especially in the five beautiful valleys around Stroud, Slad Valley is considered the most unspoilt. The house is surrounded by nature reserves, meadows, wild orchids, steep climbs and wonderful views. …see more
Amber Cottage is a 4 Star, well equipped, comfortable cottage situated in the Cotswolds, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Plenty of activities in the local area and 15 minutes by road from both Cheltenham and Gloucester. " Lovely cottage, lovely welcome. Great location and perfect for the children too. " Graham & Jill. Kent. …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
Traditional Stone Cottage in Tetbury in the Cotswolds. Sleeps 2 to 4, ideal for couples, friends or small family. Great combination of modern convenience and old world charm. Easy reach of Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham and Cirencester, Highgrove Estate and Westonbirt. Tetbury is an old Market Town famous for antiques, which has a variety of quality eateries and event venues. …see more