Get festive by booking a city break near a spectacular Christmas market. Packed full of unique handmade gifts, light shows, ice rinks, fairgrounds and much more, Christmas markets offer plenty of festive cheer to get you into the Christmas spirit.
Cities across Europe play host to Christmas markets from November. Visit Berlin to see Charlottenburg Castle bathed in romantic lights. Or discover unique handmade gifts in between seeing the sights in Vienna, Brussels or Prague.
In the UK, some of the best Christmas markets are held in London, York and Bath. Go there for traditional German-style stalls selling handmade jewellery, crafts and toys and tasty yuletide delicacies. And there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained with street theatre, fairgrounds and, of course, Santa’s grotto.
“comfortable, convenient and quiet” Stayed for 4 nights and would have happily stayed longer. Travelled with husband, teenage daughter and her friend and found this apartment a good base with easy access to central London, which suited the girls, whi
Our family stayed at this apartment for 10 days in Dec 2012 /Jan 2013 for New Year celebration. We are from Armenia, and wanted to find comfortable, clean and secure home. The reality was more than t… More
“Perfect home from home”
Reviewed 14 Nov 2012
We stayed at this Surbiton apartment for 2 weeks in October / November 2012. We were in UK from Australia, visiting family in the local area and wanted a home from home. That is exactly what we foun… More
“Lovely house, great location” Can't fault house, everything was perfect, Richard was very approachable and informative. We had no reason to contact the owner when we arrived but he was very approachable and would not have hesitated contacting him if
We stayed here with another family (so four kids aged 6-9 years) and would highly recommend the house. Sufficient space for us all, with good communal areas (lounge / dining room / kitchen). Having a … More
Reviewed 24 Jul 2016
Fantastically refurbished Victorian townhouse literally 10 minutes walk from York city centre. Visited with family for short break, two boys aged 13 & 9. House met all our expectations and is accurat… More
“Excellent stay” Lovely clean modern flat. We stayed for three nights. Two separate bedrooms, one double room en suite and one bedroom with twin beds plus separate bathroom with shower.
Beds very comfortable and the flat overlooks the River Ouse.
This was our second stay at 44 Emperors Wharf and we can't wait for next year. Excellent apartment in a brilliant location. Great views from the balcony and very comfortable beds. Secure car parking i… More
“Best Place Ever”
Reviewed 4 Jul 2016
We stayed here two nights and of the 3 places we rented on our trip to Europe this was my favorite. Great view, location and flat. No problems at all. Would definitely stay here again and hope to agai… More
Reviewed 20 Nov 2016
Beautiful apartment everything we needed stunning views would definitely come back again would highly recommend this too anyone… More
“Excellent property to stay if visiting York” Excellent property to stay if visiting York. Very clean and all you need for a great get away. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and have already recommended to friends and family and will definitely go back. So
The apartment was perfect and we could not think of anything that would have made it better apart from maybe a second bottle of prosecco!! The location was so central with everything right on your doo… More
Your review made me laugh out loud! Cheeky! I am so glad you both enjoyed the stay and we'd love to see you again one day.
“Great location and well equipped flat”
Reviewed 29 Jul 2014
We had a lovely time in Gillygate. The location couldn't be better. It is a fully well equipped, clean and comfortable renovated flat . Good quality linen!
Charming and friendly owner!! We will come… More
Thank you for your review. You will be back? Delighted!
“This is the perfect place for a city break in York.”
Reviewed 1 Feb 2017
Gillygate was perfect because it was within walking distance to York Minister, Clifford Tower and all the other attractions in York City centre. We took the train from Cambridge and walked here from t… More
Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. Our location is terrific and I am so pleased you liked the decor. We'd love to see you again!
“Perfect placement, and ideal for family with kids” Very easy to find, and easy to access. Whole experience was so easy, clean property, great facilities, very homely and comfortable. Lots of outdoor space if the Manchester weather permits. Great park
We really enjoyed our stay at this wonderful cottage. It's beautifully furnished, spotless and really well equipped. It was a great location for visiting our friends in south manchester. The owners ar… More
“A home away from home”
Reviewed 20 Apr 2013
Being a family with young children, we had a few requirements we could not compromise on in planning our daring trip to the North West England in the middle of winter. We wanted a place to stay for tw… More
“Warm, inviting, quaint, charming, should I say more?” We had the most remarkable time in Dublin and after a long day of exploring it was nice to come home to the cottage. This is how we felt staying at the cottage, coming home! The atmosphere was wa
“Birthday Weekend” What a wonderful house, bright and spacious, we loved our stay there... just right for our family weekend. Stylish decor with a lovely outside area looking onto the river. All the extra touches from the owner (wine, bread, milk and
This was a very well-kept place, and ideally located just outside the city wall. We enjoyed immensely the terrace, which overlooked the river. The only possible drawback may have been the fact that th… More
Thank you for your kind comments,most terraces in your have the one bathroom thou but pleased you enjoyed your stay
“Great location, beautiful house”
Reviewed 4 Aug 2015
We stayed for 2 nights, wish we could have stayed for more! Lovely clean holiday home, absolutely perfect location, walking distance to shops, restaurants etc. A welcome pack of breakfast bits and b… More
Thank you come and visit again soon
“A beautiful property just a short walk from the city centre! Lovely!”
Reviewed 2 Dec 2014
We absolutely loved this property! It felt just like home! The property is located just outside the old city walls which makes it convenient for walking into town. It sits on the River Foss and from t… More
Thank you so much for your very kind comments. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again in the future. We've now had riversmead for just over a year and are guest have already stared to revisit us , With help off all our guests kind comments .
“Why stay anywhere else in York” We started using this apartment a couple of years ago. Our requirements were a short walk to York with decent car parking and a good apartment.
We have just returned from our 6th stay, why would we consider anywhere el
“Fantastic, modern apartment in terrific location”
Reviewed 14 Mar 2012
Had a fabulous long week-end. Apartment is lovely, clean and modern, everything we needed and in a superb location.
Really glad we took the bikes, didn't realise York and the surrounding area was so … More
Thanks for your review and glad you enjoyed the cycling and the apartment - look forward to seeing you again!
“Brilliant apartment in fantastic location”
Reviewed 15 Feb 2012
Apartment was very well equipped and very secure. Centrally located for all city centre amenities. Free parking and only 2 minutes from restaurants and shops. We were greeted on arrival by Rachel who … More
Thanks for your review - glad you had a good time in York and you enjoyed staying in our apartment.
“Excellent for short break”
Reviewed 28 Dec 2011
The apartment is of a really high standard as specified in the website information. The location is fantastic and only a few minutes from the city centre. A great base to combine Christmas shopping wi… More
Hi - Thanks for your review and also for your repeat booking! Regards Carol
“An excellent rural location close to Bath” A very comfortable cottage in a quiet rural location with superb views over the surrounding countryside. We were made to feel very welcome and had a wonderful time visiting nearby Bath.
“Great place!” Our holiday was great! The location is absolutely beautiful, the house comfortable and well kitted for even small babies. Our son had an amazing time on the tractor outside and the hosts are very friendly and welcoming. We visited Longle
Had a lovely weekend away with the girls, the cottage was clean and comfortable. Charlotte the owner was really friendly and kind. We were provided with milk and breakfast which was a lovely touch. I … More
Reviewed 30 Mar 2017
We spent a week in the Coach House in March 2017 whilst our daughter was moving into new flat. The Coach House is in a delightful position just outside Bath with great views. It is extremely spaciou… More
“The Coach House”
Reviewed 3 Apr 2017
The cottage was beautiful and Charlotte had left some lovely bacon, sausages and eggs from the local farm. We had a fantastic visit, with everything we needed and wonderful hosts who were there if we … More
“Room with a view” What a wonderful apartment.
Beautifully decorated and well furnished with lots of lovely touches and gestures such as cake, fresh bread and flowers and a cold bottle of bubbly too.
Highly recommended - perfect location.
My wife and I can honestly say that, out of all the places we've ever stayed, this is by far THE best!
Sheena made us so welcome on our arrival. Everything you could think of had been catered for - r… More
WOW! Thank you so much! We really try to make things special and it is just great to know you all enjoyed your stay. What a fabulous review. You have really made my day!
“Daughters 1st Holiday.” I was looking for somewhere local to stay as my family is near Bath/Bristol and this cottage was an ideal location. Cosy, warm and quaint, plus the added consideration of a pint of milk and a packet of biscuits when I arrived a
“Good accommodation” The accommodation was great for what we wanted, with beautiful views of around the river. The owner was lovely and went out of her way to help us and make sure we were OK. For a reasonable extra charge she also met us from and re
“Perfect apartment in Verbier” We stayed at the apartment Clair abri for New Year with our child (14 months). The apartment was large, bright and well decorated. The owner was very friendly and easy to get in touch with. The apartment is well located,
Beautiful and spacious flat with great veiws from the balcony. The owners called on the day of arrival to check that everything was OK. Nice decor in the leaving room. Having two toilet rooms was very… More
“Beautiful!” We had an absolutely amazing stay at this beautifully located cottage just outside of bath. The owner was very helpful and also sent us clear directions to the cottage. When we arrived there was a tea pot with cups and saucers placed on t
“Secure parking and close to public transport” In an unfamiliar city the secure parking and house access were reassuring.
The house offered home from home comfort and was well fitted out. The property is located in Fallow Field, south of Manchester c
Myself and three friends stayed here for 4 nights. We where over from Ireland to see an Manchester United match and the location was great, just a cheap taxi ride to Old Trafford and into the centre o… More
“Great stay, thank you”
Reviewed 10 Aug 2016
Compact but very well equipped house, all rooms clean, comfortable and nicely furnished. The property is well situated for car parking, just across the road from a bus stop with a ten minute service i… More
Thank you very much for a very positive review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay.
“Clean, modern, child friendly”
Reviewed 31 Aug 2016
Very pleasant stay, the house was equipped with everything we could possibly need from pots and pans to sewing kit. Very clean and owner was very good at communicating. Would definitely stay here agai… More
“Location location location!” As soon as we arrived outside the building we could tell we'd picked a great place here, overlooking the quayside and extremely central. The flat was modern, spacious, bright and had everything we were looking for. Jacquel
Our annual get together with friends was arranged for Manchester and I booked this apartment. Jacqueline is excellent and the apartment really lovely and clean with everything you need for a short br… More
“Great apartment, local to town centre”
Reviewed 13 Jul 2015
Really enjoyed our stay. Apartment was clean and had everything you would need for a weekend away. Its within walking distance of shops and bars. Owners very helpful on arrival offering directions to … More
“Don't think about it, book it!”
Reviewed 2 Nov 2015
This apartment is excellent in every way, from the location to the host to the apartment itself.
It is right in the centre of town and yet very quiet at night (and both City and Utd were playing at h… More
“Superbly relaxing” We stayed in Cuckoo's Nest in Mid November. The cottage is a really lovely estate with a spa and tennis courts on site. The house is beautifully located on the lake with a stunning view. Our party included 6 adults and one small
We enjoyed a fabulous mid-week break at Cuckoos Nest with our 6 month old. The house is in a lovely position overlooking the lake and a very close walk to both the spa and the shop.
The house is v… More
“Lovely house, beautiful setting, good fishing and relaxing spa”
Reviewed 17 Jul 2012
We stayed here with 4 adult children, partners and 2 young grandchildren. The boys all enjoyed fishing from the back of the house, and I can recommend the artspa - we tried a variety of treatments an… More
“Lovely house, great location, wonderful spa”
Reviewed 21 Jun 2012
We stayed at Cuckoos Nest with friends and young children. It is a super house, beautifully equipped and a great wood burning stove - great to return to a roaring log fire after a crisp winter's walk … More
We stayed in the apartment over Christmas and it was just wonderful. Maggie met us on arrival and showed us everything in the apartment. The apartment was centrally located - a 5 minute walk to the … More
Thank you choosing to spend Christmas at Emperors Wharf. Its really good to hear that you enjoyed the apartment as much as the Christmas festivities in beautiful York.
Thanks for your review. Maggie
“Could not fault the property”
Reviewed 9 Nov 2016
The property was in a very good location, and the apartment was excellent, no attention to detail was too much for Maggie Abel, she really cares about the property and was really welcoming.… More
Thank you for your kind words. It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your break and appreciated our efforts. I hope you will return. Best wishes, Maggie
“Lovely, clean, quiet and comfortable barn just a short walk to Bath” We loved our stay in this great barn, the pictures do not do it justice and were surprised with the size of it. On the first night we discovered how easy it was to walk to Bath when
We stayed at the cottage for 2 nights and it was just wonderful. Beautifully presented,cosy and very clean.
It had all we needed and more.
Location was great just a short walk to shops and restaur… More
Reviewed 9 Dec 2013
The barn was perfect for our girls' weekend in Bath! The property is beautifully furnished & provided a warm, cosy retreat for a relaxing stay. It is very luxurious & the lovely finishing touches made… More
“Beautiful area, spacious house, friendly helpful owners, wonderful pool!” Excellent property in a rural setting with beautiful views of forests and mountains. Very well equipped house which is clean, spacious and has efficient air con in all the rooms
“A fantastic apartment” An amazing apartment in an excellent location. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in London after having a wonderful stay here. Maid service is efficient with plenty of clean white towels and it is always kept clean. There is a haird
A stay of three days in London where we spent 2 nights in this apartment . Simply decorated but well decorated , very clean and well equipped kitchen . Nice and right in the heart of London , just min… More
“Perfect location. Everything you need.”
Reviewed 20 Sep 2015
With Covent Garden subway stop literally right around the corner and Covent Garden Market mere steps away, this is an ideally located vacation rental property that has everything you should need (almo… More
Reviewed 7 Jan 2016
This apartment is located on the doorstep of Covent Garden Market. We have been regular visitors to London for many years and have found this area to be the most convenient to most of the attractions … More
“Oh my gosh! So sad to leave...!” Lovely, reliable, kind, helpful owners.
Lovely home - beautifully appointed.
Worried about recommending this place because it will become too popular!!
David and Leah.
From the moment I went to the website and viewed the accommodations, I was looking for to having a relaxing experience.When we had arrived, it simply was fabulous!
I would rate a "10" and would be a… More
It was a pleasure to have you and your friends to stay and thank you for your kind words. The cottage is a new project and we welcome your feedback and support, many thanks again.
“Lovely house with everything you need”
Reviewed 8 Jun 2015
Lovely location in Hampton. Allison met us upon arrival and showed us around. The Old Coach House is lovely and has been beautifully updated and decorated. It is comfortable, has amenities for youn… More
Thank you for your lovely review and we are very happy that you enjoyed the cottage, please do come and see us again soon. Alison and Tim.
“An excellent venue for a group of 6. So, clean! The Old Coach House I an excellent place to stay, amenities all great!”
Reviewed 11 Jul 2016
Tremendous stay at The Old Coach House! The house is really clean with lots of amenities.
The garden is beautiful.
The bedrooms are 2 Double and 1 twin.
The kitchen is well stocked, with all the … More
Thanks for the great review, it was a real pleasure to meet you all, Alison.
“Picture perfect weekend away” We had a wonderful stay at Yew Tree Farmhouse, made even better by a good spell of weather, although it's the kind of house which you would happily lock yourself away in and stay by the fire.
We were all lost for words
A very comfortable house to stay in. It is well furnished without being fussy, and there is plenty of room for a large group of friends and their dogs. Once the fires are lit, it feels very homely and… More
“Wonderful house, plenty of space, perfect location for long walks”
Reviewed 5 Dec 2012
We booked this weekend for a birthday celebration on the first weekend in December, and the house was perfect for our four families (14 in total plus a labrador). The 6 teenagers had the top floor, wi… More
“Perfect location, atmosphere & farmhouse!”
Reviewed 1 Nov 2012
I booked Yew Tree farmhouse for my sister's hen weekend and there were 16 of us altogether. We spent a lot of time at the house with the log fires going in each room, and there was always enough room … More
“An amazing winter wonderland” Our stay in Finland, organised with Fun with Santa was fantastic. Jane was superb in organising everything so smoothly and making sure we had some excellent trips sorted out. Everything ran very smoothly. Akoslompolo
Excellent service from start to finish. This is our second time back here to this truly magical place. The village is lovely and quiet but has everything you need within walking distance. The superma… More
“Excellent stay, great location”
Reviewed 17 Mar 2014
Lovely clean log cabin with all the comforts of home. Short walk to ski bus, supermarket and the many restaurants, but also far enough away to give the feeling of being in your own little world. Just… More
Reviewed 9 Jan 2014
We visited Akaslompolo and stayed in the Dasher cabin in December 2013. It really was a fantastic holiday and was so much more than we had expected.
Jane was so helpful in helping us organise the h… More
“Great Dublin Rental in convenient location” This beautiful apartment is in a very convenient location for taking public transportation. It is furnished and decorated in a modern and stylish manner that is very comfortable. For anyone with limited mo
“Mrs” We spent a lovely weekend in Bath - 8 old university friends.
Mignon House is in an amazing location but was still very peaceful. We loved the character of the house and Paul was a very friendly and relaxed owner.
Most things about the house w
My friends and I stayed here for a hen weekend and it was perfect for everything we needed! There were 8 of us in total and there was plenty of room for us all. The apartment is located really central… More
“Perfect for what we wanted it for.”
Reviewed 3 Apr 2013
I was very impressed with this house as it was in the very centre of bath. We had a lady who couldn't walk too much and it was the perfect for her. The house was well maintained and there was good att… More
“best for comfort and location”
Reviewed 24 Mar 2013
most enjoyable weekend made to feel very welcome welcome pack was most appreciated.the accomodation was lacking in nothing ,warm and comfortable… More
“Great location for a weekend get-together” We are four mature nursing friends and The Old Workshop was the perfect place for our annual get-together. It was comfortable, well equipped and we enjoyed just relaxing and being able to cater for ourselves
The Cottage was very well presented, In a very quiet location. It was clean and tidy and everything we needed for the stay was provided.… More
Thanks for the review Michael. Glad we made it so you were totally happy :-)
John and Jane
“clean, quiet and well equipped”
Reviewed 23 Sep 2014
We had a great time when we stayed at the old workshop. The caretaker could not have been friendlier and the welcome bottle of wine was very nice. Would definitely recommend and we would love to visit… More
Glad you enjoyed it and found us friendly. We try to be! :-) Hope to see you again soon. John and Jane
“Excellent rental house”
Reviewed 23 Sep 2014
Very comfortable, well equipped property in a quiet village just outside Bath. Ideally situated for travel into Bath (bus stop just outside house) and also for touring around the countryside.
Glad you enjoyed the property and thanks for the review!
“Amazing stay! 5* Apartment” Booked Kenilworth apartment for a girls weekend for 6 of us to stay. Apartment was spotless, gorgeous, great value for the price and just perfect for a mix of nights in with a takeaway and a night out on the Toon. Landlords
Just arrived back from a fantastic stay at Kenilworth Road Newcastle. The apartment is out of this world,its so spotless, modern and spacious. There is also a allocated parking spot which is good. It… More
Thank you so much for your lovely comments it was a pleasure so pleased you and your family had such a great stay in the North East and loved Kenilworth We hope you will return in the near future.
Nige & Michelle
“Beautiful apartment, very helpful owners!”
Reviewed 29 Jul 2014
We loved this place. It was more like a house than an apartment and beautifully renovated to a very high standard. The owners were extremely helpful from the initial booking and we met Michelle in per… More
Many thanks for your very kind words and comments delighted you and the family loved your stay in Kenilworth and the North East. Glad we were able to help in some small way to make your sons graduation special. We look forward to welcoming you again the next time you are in the UK and England.
Nige & Michelle
“Couldn't have been better.”
Reviewed 29 Jul 2014
Kenilworth House must be one of, if not, the very best place place to stay in Newcastle.
I am from the area and stayed here with my Canadian Husband and his 2 children. Every person was very impre… More
Thank you so much for the lovely words and fab comments we were delighted you loved Kenilworth and so pleased you thought it was the perfect start to your married life. Enjoy your new life in Canada and hope you can stay with us again when you return back to the UK.
Nige & Michelle