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.
“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
“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
“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
“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!
What a lovely cottage/apartment - were able to abandon the cars and walk into Bath via the canal toll path. Did return once by boat (trips ran from Bath to Bathampton mill) as too tired to walk back… More
“Weekend stay at Canal View”
Reviewed 4 Apr 2017
Very quiet property. Clean and tidy. Up to date bathroom and kitchen fittings. Nice meal at Bathampton Mill (walking distance) and no problem parking our car in residents' car park. Perfect for ou… More
“What a Find”
Reviewed 12 Oct 2016
What a top place to spend a holiday. The location is very picturesque. The apartment itself is very clean, spacious and comfortable. The kitchen is very well equipped and stocked with loads of condi… 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” My partner and I stayed at the Artpad for a couple of nights this month and had a thoroughly wonderful stay!
On arriving at the Artpad we were very impressed with the beautifully grand apartment. The rooms are huge with plenty of space to
My husband and I stayed in the Artpad at the end of July for 2 nights. I had high expectations from all the positive reviews so was surprised that in real life the apartment is even more amazing than… More
OOOOOOh so lovely to hear your feedback - thank you so much and I'm so glad you enjoyed staying at The Artpad. You must return one day x
“Wonderful apartment, wonderful location!”
Reviewed 23 Aug 2015
This apartment really has the wow factor, having been twice (once being for our wedding) I can say this really is better than the photographs suggest. It has the perfect location for walking out to Ba… More
It's so great to hear that your return trip to The Artpad was just as good as your first! Thank you for your lovely feedback and hope to see you back again one day soon...
“Paradise in Bath”
Reviewed 18 Jan 2015
We recently stayed here for our Christmas mini break, from start to end this place lived up to our expectations and more. Becky was so friendly and it was so easy to deal with her, she made our bookin… More
So glad you had a good Mini Christmas break with us - thanks for staying and hope to see you again this year!
“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
“Very homely and cosy” On our way to Cornwall we couldnt have hoped for a better place to stay in Bath. The cottage was clean and well furnished. My daughter loved the selection of books and immediately began reading!. my son was more into music!
We were very comfortable in this cottage. We found Bathford a convenient place to stay to explore Bath. We didnt use our car at all instead choosing to walk along the canal into Bath or use the bus. … More
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am so glad you enjoyed your time in the cottage and were able to do the lovely walk into Bath along the canal.
I understand your point about the reading lamp as the lighting is quite soft in the living room when only the two lamps are on. We felt that the directional spots overhead did the job well when required but we will certainly look at this again. We have never encountered a problem with the shower tray at the cottage but thank you for bringing this to our attention.
We hope you come back again to Bathford - we will be offering some lazy weekends in January and some of February with late Sunday departures on offer - perfect for the sales and sunday lunch.
“Excellent apartment in a great location” Robert was exceptionally friendly and helpful and made us feel very comfortable in the apartment.
Located literally a 60 second walk from Cabot Circus, the apartment was in a fantastic location. It was perfe
My husband and I stayed in this flat for 9 days and we couldn't find fault with it. The flat was very well equipped and tastefully furnished. Even a laundry hamper was provided! The owner, Robert, … More
“Excellent! Lovely apartment, centre of Bristol 'on your doorstep'”
Reviewed 9 Sep 2012
Very welcoming! Robert was very helpful, nothing was too much trouble, would recommend.
The Centre of Bristol with all amenities , restaurants, pubs, brilliant shopping all so very close to hand. Th… More
“little attention to detail makes for a disappointing stay”
Reviewed 29 Sep 2012
The flat has plenty of potential. It's a decent enough size, in a quite central location (very close to Cabots Circus). The owner seems very nice when i spoke to him to arrange some of the details. … More
The apartment is exceptionally spacious and in that context guests are constantly surprised. Such an refreshing improvement on the average hotel room which can be so claustrophobic in comparison.
The apartment is designed primarily with two guests in mind. Notwithstanding that, and because of its size, the dining table can seat six! Together with a most generously sized and fully equipped modern kitchen, a more than adequate supply of crockery, glasses and cutlery allows, somewhat uniquely, guests to entertain if they so wish.
The double bed is standard size with quality Slumberland mattress and extremely comfortable duvet and bed linen, always impeccably fresh and clean. The owner realises how important it is for discerning guests to feel at home and get a good night’s sleep.
This is a wonderful town centre location, incredibly near to Cabot Circus, Bristol’s flagship and upmarket retail and leisure centre, and yet so quiet. Parking is at a premium as in any city centre location but there is provision for three cars in the off road parking facility alongside the apartments – as clearly explained on this profile, and again in the notes which accompany the booking confirmation, this cannot be guaranteed as it depends on occupancy of the six apartments which it serves. However, for peace of mind, those guests who arrive in their own transport can park their vehicles in a very pleasant and secure compound two minutes level walk away for an extra fee of £10.00 for twenty four hours.
Fully comprehensive notes on the apartment are sent to guests in advance of their visit. Copies are also in the apartment.
There is a full wi-fi facility and it is provided totally free of charge.
All in all, this apartment provides a wonderful opportunity for guests to enjoy quality accommodation at a most affordable price and is such close proximity to one of the great cities of the UK!
For guests who stay in excess of three nights the owner provides a welcome pack which includes wine, juice, milk, biscuits and confectionery to complement starter supplies of tea and coffee already awaiting them.
“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
“Great location in the heart of London” Overall a great flat in a brilliant location in the heart of Soho. A group of friends stayed here and we had a great time. Flat had lots of space, good decour and modern tech in it. The location could not have be
“The apartment was fantastic, brand new and the attention from Sarah, outstanding!”
Reviewed 11 Aug 2015
The apartment is very well located, just in the city center and less than five minutes walking to major commercial streets like Oxford St o Regent St.
There is a Tesco and a Sainsbury close to the pl… More
“Fantastic Family Fun” We spent a wonderful Easter at Lower Mill in the delightful Skarv apartment. Suzanne and Ian are organised and thoughtful hosts who, despite little contact between us and not being there, welcomed us to their apartment with warmt
I came here for a week's escape and to recharge my batteries. I loved it! The apartment was very clean and well equipped. Two sets of bi-fold doors opened onto the large balcony which overlooked the l… More
Thank you for your lovely review - so glad the holiday was just what you needed. We would love to welcome you back in future.
“Excellent family stay in fantastic apartment”
Reviewed 28 Feb 2017
Myself and my partner visited with our two boys aged 1 and 3. A fantastic time was had at the beautiful apartment, arrival and check in was all very simple and the owners made us feel welcome. Great a… More
So pleased you enjoyed your stay at Skarv. Thank you for your kind words
We do hope we can welcome you back again in the future
Suzanne & Ian
“Perfect place to stay.”
Reviewed 29 Oct 2016
Beautiful accommodation, spotlessly clean and everything provided that you could ever need. Location is wonderful for families, plenty to do, swimming pool was lovely, will definitely go again now we … More
Thank you so much for your kind words. Do hope we can welcome you back very soon.
With best wishes
“Very comfortable and convenient for a city visit” Spent an excellent week in the apartment. Accommodation was clean, warm, comfortable and ideal for exploring the city of York. Access was easy and the owner's directions and local advice were very help
We had a lovely week in this apartment in York. It's a great location, just a short walk from everything in the city centre, the city walls. Extremely easy to find, with good directions provided by th… More
“Fantastic stay” Our stay was simply perfect. Dreamlocation - central, close to Borough market and still so calm and quiet in the night. The appartement had a well thought out layout with a light and modern feel to it. It had everything we needed to co
“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
“Absolutely amazing” We had such a wonderful time at the White willow lodge. It was relaxing and very tranquil. The views were breath taking, especially in the evening and the overall vibe was great. We loved our time here and would recommend this lake
We had a wonderful time staying here, it was such a cosy place. In a wonderful setting and a real get away from it all. If you want to escape the city and get some real rest and recuperation I highly … More
“The most amazing trip of my life.”
Reviewed 7 Jan 2015
It was an absolutely amazing stay and a hugely amazing trip and definitely worth it. We went for a winters walk out down by the bird hide and went down to the beautiful Coln river. As I am obsessed wi… More
Reviewed 23 Nov 2014
White Willow Lodge is stunning - an absolutely perfect place for a weekend away with friends.
The decor is gorgeous, from the amazing top floor bedroom and bathroom, to the open plan living and kitch… More
“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
“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
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
“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
“Excellent place to stay near central London” Me and my family stayed for a couple of weeks in this flat and it is in great conditions, also centrally located and with friendly landlord. It has all the comforts of home and it is well looked after. Gre
“Perfect stay for a London trip, very central and easy to reach.”
Reviewed 30 Jan 2014
Shared this apartment with two business colleagues. We were looking for something not too expensive but still central and close to our office. We really got a great value for our money! The apartment … More
“Home Away from Home!”
Reviewed 3 Dec 2013
It was as pleasant as it could get from the start , very supportive in the payment process. Kind enough to wait late in the evening on the check in day as we were carrying a lot of luggage.
“Nice & Accessible Accomodation”
Reviewed 2 Oct 2013
I had booked the apartment for colleagues hoping it will fit us five women but 4 were comfortable so I made other arrangements. But since they were going for regular academic sessions in Russell Squar… More
Thank you for your review, I am glad your colleagues enjoyed their stay with us, we look forward to welcoming you back in the future
“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