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.
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
A charming, 4 star rated cottage on two levels, Ferniehaugh is just a stone's throw from picturesque Biggar High Street with its wide range of independent shops and pubs. Perfect for couples, it's both a cosy retreat and a great base for a huge range of activities. Complimentary eggs and flowers on arrival from our farmhouse B & B at Weston Farm, Dunsyre. …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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
A 200 year old, lovingly refurbished cottage, retaining its period features and character, whilst providing all mod cons. Set in the peaceful village of Freshford, 5 miles from Bath Spa, this luxurious cottage has a beautiful garden, with stunning views of the valley. It is full of atmosphere, and provides all you need for a comfortable stay, at any time of the year.
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
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
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New in 2012: The Middleton is one of 4 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 is priced for 6 guests but can sleep 8 at an extra cost of £15 per person per night. …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 peaceful picturesque village of Lower Oddington. This 17th Century cottage features an inglenook with wood burning stove, old beams, in a large lounge/diner. A walk-in shower downstairs & bathroom upstairs, next to the double bedroom. Toilets in both. This 2 bed 17th Century cottage has 3 floors, is suitable for 2 couples who like some space of their own. …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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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