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 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
The cottage combines its original character with excellent facilities to provide a comfortable base from which to explore this area designated for its outstanding natural beauty. The garden pond attracts wildlife and birds but please be aware this may be a danger for young children. …see more
Gable End is a newly renovated 18th century , luxury 3 bedroom cottage set in the pretty and quiet village of Northend,
and is within easy reach of the city centre and the pretty surrounding areas of Solisbury Hill and St Catherines Valley.
Perfectly situated for a city break or to enjoy the many walks and cycle paths of this charming area. …see more
400 year old traditional welsh longhouse, lovingly restored and bursting with original features. Nestled in stunning countryside, woods and streams. Wood burning fire. Renovated to a very high standard, pizza oven & hot tub. Suitable for 14+. …see more
The vast expanse of Clifton Downs can be found within quarter of a mile as can the historic landmark of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's world famous Suspension Bridge spanning the Avon Gorge. Bristol itself has many attractions including the SS Great Britain, The University T …see more
5 Star 'AA' Rated Cottage In The Stunning Woodford Valley Near Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral.
Opposite A Lovely Country Pub, Fishing on The Avon River, 35 Mins From Amazing Beaches & Attractions
Sleeps up to 6 adults. …see more
The Old Vicarage is timeless, in an unspoiled, rural peaceful village, with panoramic views. Perfect for those wanting to be active, creative or relax in beautiful surroundings. On site we make award winning, craft cider: Severn Cider and our premises are licensed. Guests can see cider being made from September to December and at all times are welcome to taste and buy. …see more
Deceptively spacious 3 storey granite cottage.
Just minutes away on foot from St Ives town centre/beaches.
Reserved parking space nearby.
Enclosed courtyard garden.
Gas log burner/central heating ideal for cosy for winter breaks.
50" flat screen tv + DAB/CD/ipod. …see more
ROMANTIC RURAL RETREAT. Special cottage for couples seeking a HONEYMOON HAVEN with very private large HEATED POOL, air-con, Wi-Fi and panoramic mountain views, even from the bed! Just relax by the pool or explore a beautiful and historic area, away from tourist hordes. Ideal for TOTAL RELAXATION, or as a tranquil activities base for WALKING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, BEACHES OR GOLF
Cheltenham, including the iconic Cheltenham Race Course is just 8 miles away meaning the cottage is ideally suited for anyone visiting for the races but is also located in the heart of the beautiful Gloucestershire Countryside. …see more
The Cottage is set in private woodland. Ancient with modern facilities Thick wool carpets, snuggly beds, a well equipped kitchen and a beamed lounge with wood burner. 800 ft up with wonderful views. A 15 min walk to the local artisan bakery
See the ariel view. Centrally placed in the Forest and close to the River Wye. The Orchard is perfect for picnics. …see more
Luxury self catering accommodation in Bath (4 Star Gold for special welcome),superior holiday let with parking, exclusive private south facing terrace, BBQ, free wifi, TV, DVD and dishwasher. Personal welcome, ideal for walking, cycling, city culture and country life. Ideal for wildlife spotting and total relaxation. Famous historic area with two renowned pubs nearby. …see more
A charming 19th century 3 bedroom (all ensuites) character cottage. Log Fire, Wi-Fi, Horses, Large Garden. On a private driveway with nice views in peaceful Welsh countryside. A lovely base for a relaxing "put your feet up" holiday or for exploring Mid-Wales & beyond. …see more
12 mins Bath city centre, this 4 Star Gold romantic self catering holiday cottage is ideal for short/long breaks. Newly renovated, with free wifi and parking, this cottage has a dreamy bedroom, spacious bathroom, clawed bath, a log burning stove. Private garden
Golf The main feature of the sitting room is the traditional wood burning stove. Ideal for honey and mini moons. …see more
The Cottage is perfect for those looking for a cosy cottage within walking distance of all that St Ives has to offer, yet is quiet and private. It has a whitewashed courtyard and a garden. WI-Fi and parking are included in the tariff.
South of Brecon Beacons, about a mile away from Brecon National Park. with its good walking paths and midway between Brecon and Swansea with the Dan y Ogof Caves and Craig y Nos Castle with it's lovely grounds a short drive away and a bit further on the Black Mountains. * We really struggled to find a cottage on edge of Brecon Beacons before stumbling across this little gem JN …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
A stunning 2 bed 1600s cottage with Original stone fire place / Wooden beams /Bay windows /Stable door /well
A cosy lounge / kitchen / dinner with all amenities included .Large shower room .
A great base to explore the Forest and Wye Valley .
The cottage is located in a residential area 5 min walk from the clock tower / shops at Coleford town centre …see more
A delightful luxury cottage on the edge of 2.5 acres of garden and private woodland with spectacular views and a huge variety of birds. Paradise for walkers, birdwatchers, cyclists , fishermen and horse riders. Children welcome. …see more
Refurbished sixteenth century cottage with original features and modern amenities: wifi and wood burners. There is an enclosed garden, with two outdoor seating areas, fire pit and BBQ. Also table tennis, bicycles, copious games, puzzles etc, Close to Bath, Mells. Very high satisfaction ratings from all guests. …see more
The Middleton holiday cottage is one of 5 cottages in a converted country inn. It is located in the beautiful Upper Wye Valley and is close to the Cambrian Mountains and the Élan Valley. The Middleton cottage is priced for 6 guests but can sleep 8 at an extra cost of £15 per person per night. …see more
The Faulkner is one of 5 holiday cottages in a converted country inn. Located in the beautiful Upper Wye Valley, it is close to the Cambrian Mountains and Elan Valley with the Wye Valley Walk just across the river.
Cambrian Mountains, Elan Valley, Wye Valley Walk, Cycling routes and trails, Angling, Canoing, Birdwatching …see more
Our charming 18th century converted Mill, on the banks of the Water of Leith, in surrounding woodland makes for the perfect relaxing break. This chic rural cottage has easy access to Edinburgh centre. Ideal for family/romantic breaks. We offer an upmarket break with many extras included and look forward to welcoming you to our unique spot.
A romantic retreat, a walker's paradise or just a place to chill and relax, the Old Piggery is within the garden of the C17th house of Cools Farm. Stonehenge, Salisbury, Longleat and Bath nearby. Organic farm with Red Poll cattle and roaming chickens. Children & dog OK …see more
Sleeps 4 to5.
Ideal for two couples or a family
Within walking distance of the picturesque village of Crickhowell in the heart of the Brecon Beacons.
Beautifully furnished throughout.
Cosy and welcoming.
Welcome pack on arrival.
high four star grading from Visit Wales …see more
Traditional Cornish Cottage
Close to all beaches
Suitable for children
May consider pets - please enquire
Travel Cot available on request
Storage for Bikes, Surf Boards and Kayaks etc Stair's from lounge down to the lower deck are very steep and children need to be supervised. …see more
A great place to stay for a romantic weekend or just being able to explore The Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons also a perfect base for walking or mountain biking. Behind the cottage is a pretty sunny court yard – so close to the centre of Crickhowell …see more
Idyllic cottage nestled in the rolling welsh countryside. Wake up to the sound of birdsong and relish the joy of unwinding from the stresses of modern day living.
Rural bliss, but not totally isolated, as facilities and transport are all nearby. Check in: 4pm
Check out: 11am
Subject to change by prior agreement …see more
Located in a wonderful setting facing due south
Beautiful views over the water meadows across the River Ebble to the village church.
Walk or cycle from the property with a choice of dozens of different tracks and paths.
Country pub and local shop is 300 metres away. Annual attractions include The Chalke Valley History Festival and Salisbury International Arts Festival. …see more
Beautifully converted cottage with modern amenities and wood burner. Set on the Mon and Brec canal, by a traditional canal boat marina and the Brecon Beacons. Close to country pubs and a great base for exploring the Brecon Beacons Park. Boots, Bikes and Boats welcome …see more
The cottage is full of charm & character, has been newly refurbished to a high standard with wood burner & an attractive 2 poster bed. A babbling stream meanders through the estate with large willow trees along its bank. Guests will have full use of the gardens. A walk to the National Trust owned, May Hill, is the most familiar landmark for miles around. …see more
Our cottage is finished to a very high standard, comfortable beds and living. Located within the peaceful grounds of Laurel Farm; watch the sheep, poultry, pigs and bees; enjoy a walk by the ponds fed by a natural spring in our woodland. A place to come back and relax. Comfort with conscience. …see more
The Woodman is one of 5 holiday cottages in a converted country inn located in the beautiful Upper Wye Valley and close to the Cambrian Mountains and the Élan Valley. Cambrian Mountains, Elan Valley, Wye Valley Walk, cycle trails, birdwatching, canoeing, angling: all nearby. …see more
A Grade 2 listed 'Arts and Crafts' cottage built in 1908 surrounded by beautiful heathland yet in almost the centre of London. Newly refurbished to the highest specification. A warm and friendly welcome awaits all visitors. Modernised yet retaining loads of character. A cottage in Hampstead Garden Suburb surrounded by gardens and heathland allowing you to peacefully relax . …see more
Saddlers Cottage, a warm, cosy, well equipped clean cottage, away from roads and the noise of traffic, where you can relax, enjoy the peace, wander through the Forest of Dean. Pets welcome. Children's Play area. Paddock for picnics, Barbecues and ball games. Bike Shed. …see more
Welcome to Bethania cottage in the heart of Mid wales. This is a traditional welsh cottage but has just been completely refurbished to a very high standard. There is a fold away Cot available at the property, a High chair is available upon request. …see more
Built in 1830 originally as a row of 4 cottages. Equipped to a very high standard. This fabulous cottage nestles on the north edge of the Forest of Dean in an elevated position overlooking the Severn valley, between villages on the borders of England & Wales. Stunning Views In Forest Of Dean, Near The Wye Valley, Plenty Of Activities In The Surrounding Area …see more
Wonderful Cottage with stunning views of the River Severn. Well equipped, with underfloor heating, a log burner. Sleeps 4 in two en-suite bedrooms, one double and one double/twin. A great spot for families, walkers, cyclists and visiting the nearby Forest of Dean. …see more
The cottage has quirky features and the woodburning stove in the inglenook fireplace add charm & warmth in winter. In summer, sitting outside, gazing across the valley and smelling the wild garlic will remove the stresses and strains of modern life. I have sourced all the interior furnishings/fittings from family, friends, charity shops & free websites …see more
A delightful cottage for 2 (or a small family) with stunning views of the River Severn. Comfortable and spacious, it's a great cottage for a relaxing break or to enjoy all the activities the Forest of Dean has to offer. Dogs welcome.
The Old Corner Shop is situated in the centre of the village with the Church, two pubs, the river and shops all within a few yards of the front door. An ideal place to park up the car and just enjoy village life. An ideal location for walking, cycling, bird watching, fishing, playing golf or just relaxing. …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
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
Nestled in a valley between rolling hills and wildlife, Littlelonghouse is an idyllic romantic country getaway.
Set amongst six acres of thriving young woodland and wildflowers, explore the surrounding grounds,
enjoy exhilarating walks and be at one with nature. Come and view the incredible starry skies whilst warming yourselves around the chimenea! …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
Gwarcae cottage offers fantastic views over the surrounding countryside, whilst the cottage has road access it is incredibly secluded with neighbours a mile away. Peaceful and picturesque Gwarcae has been extensively renovated to provide excellent modern facilities. Guests can simply collect the key and relax the beds are made, towels in the bathroom even the fire is laid! …see more
Situated in a small village in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the doorstep of Bath, the Dye House is a charming self-contained cottage. An ideal escape for one or two people, it marries a beautiful space with all modern comforts in a peaceful, private setting. We will consider babies and up to 2 additional guests over the age of 10 for an additional fee, please ask. …see more