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.
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
Quintessential 18th century 2 bedroom stone built cottage right in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold, with delightful exposed stone walls & beamed ceilings and walls. Comfortably & beautifully equipped for up to 4 people. Just a short stroll to numerous tea shops, restaurants, pubs, shops, take-aways and antique shops. TV & WiFi …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
Also a good base for visiting places of interest in the area ,South and West Wales, Hereford and Ludlow in England. Should you just want to relax, Hay is famous for it's second hand book shops, So browsing and reading are always high on our guests to do list. This part of the Welsh/ English Marches is steeped in British History with many Castles, Historic sites etc. …see more
Whiteshoots self catering cottage is well equipped for all guests to enjoy, as well as being beautifully presented it is very comfortable. Also being just on the outskirts of the town centre it makes it that bit easier to explore the Cotwolds and its surrounding area. To add the cherry on top there is always a fresh milk and a homemade cake waiting your arrival!! …see more
Stunningly 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 away from home. …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. …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
Sun, sea, rest and space, can be found in El Perelló and its surroundings. Casita Joya is detached, with lots of privacy, fantastic views and pool. Enjoy the real Spain with cheap terraces, friendly people, local markets, local products and fïesta's …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
Granary Cottage is a comfortable and stylish cottage situated in the old courtyard of Ty Gwyn Farm. Stunning views and absolute peace and quiet yet only 2 miles from pretty Victorian Spa town. 2 ensuite bedrooms, beamed sitting room, full central heating and WiFi. Graded 4 stars. Dogs welcome. …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 17th century cottage in an beautiful cotswold town within an area of outstanding natural beauty. A wonderful mixture of ancient and modern, with exposed beams, gas central heating, wifi internet, flat screen tv, dishwasher and washing machine. An ideal base for a walking holiday as were on the Cotswold Way. …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
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.
A very attractive cottage, conveniently close to pubs and shops, yet is quietly situated. It has high quality furnishings and fittings. Pretty cottage garden. Situated in the Cotswolds, close to the river Thames and beautiful walks nearby. VisitEngland 4 star rating. Visit our website www.plumtreecottage-cotswolds.co.uk for more photos and information! …see more
Bluebell Cottage is a comfortable, privately owned, modern property set within the grounds of an old Manor House. It is a delightful, well decorated, fully double glazed, compact thee bedroomed property. There is a flat screen tv/dvd combination with Freeview.
Many guests have said that the cottage is ideally situated for visiting and touring mid to west Cornwall. …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
Cider press cottage is perfect for holiday makers who enjoy the outdoors and want to experience the natural beauty of the Royal Forest of Dean. From walking enthusiasts with dogs to those who require a somewhere with easy access our holiday home is the perfect retreat. …see more
19th century converted coach house in the grounds of our renovated Rectory. On the Brecon Beacons National Park boundary with panaramic views of Pen-Y-Fan. Welcome pack including our hens eggs. Peaceful rural setting and a welcoming log burner for chilly winter nights. A haven for wildlife, including Red Kites. Flexible short breaks available, prices at bottom of price panel. …see more
Boutique, beautiful, cosy, quirky and lovingly-restored holiday cottage nestled in the Brecon Beacons National Park, which is also an International Dark Sky Reserve. Watch the stars from the summerhouse in the garden or from the roll-top bath in the bathroom. …see more
Pretty Grade II listed three-storey cottage built from traditional Cotswold stone, complete with peaceful garden. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac near the River Windrush in Bourton-on-the-Water, yet within five minutes walk of all the local attractions and amenities. …see more
Lovely cottage sleeping up to 5 people right in the heart of Tewkesbury. Only 15 minutes from Cheltenham and the Racecourse. Very comfortable cottage with owners living nearby. Great location for exploring Tewkesbury Abbey and nearby coffee and antique shops. Medieval Market Town offers something for everyone with so many things to see and do in and around the town …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 stunning 2 bed 1600s cottage with Original stone fire place / Wooden beams /Bay windows /Stable door.
A spacious yet 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
New in 2012 - the Woodman is one of 4 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 cosy character 3 bedrooms (all ensuites) cottage on it's own private driveway, with countryside views across the valley. A lovely base for a relaxing "put your feet up" holiday OR for exploring Mid-Wales and beyond. Log fire, horses, exposed brickwork, beams. …see more
Stone built cottages with breathtaking views. Secluded but not isolated, suitable for those wanting to chill out or be more adventurous with the many outdoor activities locally. Family friendly with a play barn for the youngsters and dogs welcome. Close to Hay on Wye; pub within walking distance (Summer only); home made meals can be provided. …see more
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 basket of wood and scuttle of coal provided free. Outside seating and BBQ provided. …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
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
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
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
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
This Cotswolds country cottage situated at the foot of Cleeve hill for lovely walks and cycling and is within easy access to Cheltenham Spa offering great shopping, eating out and night life. Visit the autumn literature and summer jazz festivals on offer too. Cheltenham plays host to world class racing throughout the jumping season including the Gold Cup Fesitval. …see more
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
Steeped in History, Oozing Charm. Bourton Croft Cottage is built of local Cotswold stone under a traditional Cotswold stone roof and now boasts the ultimate in amenity and comfort. No expense has been spared in creating a wonderful Cotswold base and sanctuary. Location, Location. Location in the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water
Just two minutes walk from Biggar High Street, this 19th century listed cottage was sympathetically restored in 2014, Ideal for couples wanting a quiet, cosy retreat near shops and restaurants and a base for exploring Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Borders. Stays of 3 - 6 nights also available on enquiry. …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
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
Sun, sea, rest and space, can be found in El Perelló and its surroundings. Casita Tres is detached, with lots of privacy, fantastic views and pool. Dogs are welcome. Enjoy the real Spain with cheap terraces, friendly people, local markets, local products and fïesta's …see more
Renovated (Aug '14) Captain's Cabin offers a quirky little terraced cottage with exposed beams and honey stone in a quiet cul de sac a few steps away from the town . Part of original village which dates back to medieval times. Log burner and modern kitchen and bathroom. …see more
A private, secluded 2 bedroomed barn conversion in its own grounds, accessed via a secure, electronically controlled gated drive. An ideal location for walkers, twitchers and those just in need of a break! We are also pleased to welcome well behaved dogs downstairs. Fully equipped with free Wifi and free Sky TV (including Movies and Sports) !! …see more
The Studio is entirely private with its own entrance. Organic and locally sourced breakfast ingredients are supplied for you to prepare for yourselves whenever you wish. A bottle of wine, local beer, tea, coffee, juice, biscuits and fruit are also provided. Activities such as cookery, yoga and painting classes can be organised during your stay.