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 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. Rare breed sheep graze our fields and our chickens provide you with free range eggs. …see more
The cosy cottage is in Corris, in the southern most tip of the Snowdonia National Park. It offers a stunning location without the crowds. Surrounded by woods and hills and rivers it is perfect for walkers. The beautiful beaches of west Wales are a short drive away. www.cosycorriscottage.co.uk …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
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
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 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
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
A romantic little 17th century cottage retaining many of its original features with the benefit of full central heating, en-suite shower room and modern kitchen. Quietly situated in its own enclosed garden, The Cottage is popular with dog owners and non-dog owners alike …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
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
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
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
Wake up to nothing but birdsong, situated in the peaceful Pennant valley Fronlwyd was once a sheep and cow farm - you can still see reminders of its past around the property. Fully refurbished in 2012 the Old Stables date back 400 years. Set in four acres of meadows and woodland, with excellent walking and mountain biking closeby. …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
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
The Padd is a stylish Cotswold stone self contained detached annexe in the grounds of the owners' traditional Cotswold stone house situated on the edge of the attractive village of Ampney Crucis. With views across open countryside the cottage enjoys a tranquil setting. Beds can be configured as 1 double and 1 King or 1 double with 2 singles. Travelcot available on request. …see more
A quintessential 18th century 2 bedroom stone built cottage right in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold, with delightful exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings and walls. Comfortably equipped for up to 4 people with 2 double bedrooms and dining for 4 both inside and out. Just a short stroll to numerous tea shops, restaurants, pubs, shops, take-aways and antique shops. TV & WiFi …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
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
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
2 bedroom cottage all on one level. Near Cheltenham with great views to the hills. Easy access. Comfortable. 4 star Visit Britain Rating. Staddlestones is well equipped spacious and comfortable. …see more
Situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Upper Slaughter is one of England's most unspoilt and picturesque villages. In the heart of the village is Buckle Barn, a beautiful listed Cotswold Stone cottage offering luxury accommodation for two. …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
A detached Cotswold-stone cottage offering high-end accommodation for two in the beautiful hamlet of Upper Slaughter. Surrounded by breathtaking countryside it's perfectly positioned for lovebirds looking for a romantic sophisticated break away.
Ideal retreat for an autumn break, woodburner, underfloor heating, beautiful walks right from the doorstep …see more
Newly available, stylish Grade II weaver's cottage located on the hillside over picturesque town of Bradford on Avon, near Bath. A base for Stonehenge, Longleat & Cotswolds. Tremendous views. Cycle hire, walks, golf, horseriding and fishing nearby. Sleeps max 4. Please note I only take bookings for a full week. …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
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 Bullshed is our smallest property, suitable for a couple and perhaps another person on a sofa bed in the living room. Well equipped with a flat screen TV and DVD player, it also has a separate kitchen with all the mod cons. Please be aware the bathroom is only accessed via the main bedroom. …see more
Spacious cottage which is on the direct bus route to Edinburgh City Centre and the surrounding areas. £1.70 for any journey. Fully equipped with tastefull furnishings. Free Wi-Fi. Central heating. Garden. Whealchair friendly. Beautiful walks but close to the City Centre …see more
Elvin's cottage is a luxury self-catering holiday cottage situated on 35 acres of beautiful countryside in the rural town of Presteigne with plenty of exciting places to explore including the famous Offa's Dyke, Élan valley, Rhayader, Hay on Wye and the Brecon Beacons. …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
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
Cotswolds stone cottages full of character with a modern touch. Rural, wooded grounds. Pub 200 yards away. Great walking countryside and well placed for exploring the Cotswolds. Excellent facilities and value for money. Fantastic getaway for couples, families & groups. Cheltenham 4 miles, Racecourse 6 miles, Bourton on the Water 10 miles. Local shop 1 mile. …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
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
If it is peace and quiet or an active holiday you are looking for then give us a try. Our area has a wonderful network of footpaths. Cycling is very popular but we do have hills! Our unique attraction is Peace and Tranquility. No traffic passing, no light pollution. …see more
Trout fishing walking distance Sea Fishing in St. Ives Bay & Penzance
Lands End - Eden Project - St Michaels Mount - Minack open air Theatre - St.Ives Tate gallery -
Only 10 mins away Beatuiful walks along the coastal paths managed by the National Trust - Bird watchers
The porch leads to the cosy
with inglenook fireplace,
wood-burner …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
Set within the peaceful tranquillity of an organic farm overlooking the Pentland Hills and Cobbinshaw Loch, this gorgeous 2 bedroomed cottage is the perfect retreat for a relaxing Scottish holiday while being only 22 miles from the centre of Edinburgh Furnished to a high standard the cottage has a private enclosed garden with views of the Pentland Hills. …see more
This peaceful,cottage is a rural retreat standing in an elevated south facing position overlooking open countryside on the southern end of the Cotswolds, yet within 6 miles of the famous and elegant Georgian city of Bath, designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site. …see more