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
“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
“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!
“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
“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
“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
“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
“Wonderful holiday home” From the moment we made contact with the owner, he was extremely helpful and friendly, this certainly gave us confidence that the trip would go smoothly. Lake View is a stunning, fully equipped, very spacious and comfortable. T
“Everything you could need in a cosy cottage.” This was a well appointed cottage that we booked to use as a base for a family celebration. It had everything and more that we could have wanted for our stay. The owners were friendly and accommodating wit
Was lovely stay my husband and I stayed with our 2 very young boys and it was a lovely stay. We were free to please ourselves however they were also there for any assistance in directions, places to v… More
Thank you very much for this review. Glad you had a good stay. We Hope we see you again sometime, we enjoyed meeting you.
“Lovely little cottage” Lovely location ... Cottage was lovely and clean well maintained.. Very comfortable everything we needed for a weekend stay . Bath was easy to get to by Bus . The pub/restaurant by the mill was really good . We enjoyed the walk
Lovely cottage that suited our needs very well for a week (2 adults and a toddler). We thought it was a pretty cottage, decorated in a lovely style and had all the amenities we needed, for our first w… More
Thanks Lynley. Pleased you enjoyed the Saltings and made the most of the area, including Badminton! Regards, John and Jane
“Excellent cottage - a real home from home”
Reviewed 19 Oct 2015
The cottage was excellent, everything you could ask for to make your stay comfortable & relaxing. The welcome pack was a very nice touch & the comprehensive "making the most of your stay" information… More
Thanks for the review Duncan. We are pleased you found our guide useful. We have stayed in many other properties where they are out of date, so we make sure ours is updated regularly so it is useful. It's also a good excuse for us to try out many of the delights of Bath to make sure they come up to our standards :-) Hope you are able to visit us again sometime. Regards
John and Jane
“Beautiful cottage in a great location!”
Reviewed 23 Mar 2015
The Saltings cottage is a wonderful place to stay! The decor & feel is great, so peaceful. You are welcomed with fresh bread and stocked up with eggs, butter, drinks & milk too. Just down the road is … More
Thank you very much for the review - we really appreciate it! Glad you like the location - we are lucky to have the Bathampton Mill so close - it's even better in summer, so come and see us again :-)
“Amazing Views - when can we come again?!” Stayed here in May for a late spring long weekend and had a fantastic time. The chalet is open plan and beautifully modern with some lovely alpine touches to the decor. As a party of 4 with 2 year old there w
A fabulous chalet with the most amazing views. We went as part of a group of ten and the accommodation was perfect with a fantastic open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area. The slopes in this area… More
I spent a long weekend at this chalet with a group of friends. While we were there, we could ski back to the property and access to the mountain was a short walk, an even shorter bus ride and a quick… More
“Excellent apartment in a very nice resort” Our extended family of 8 adults spent the New Year's week in Zinal. The apartment was perfect for our group - enough space and well designed. It is also very well situated, close to the town centre, but off a
“Nice place to stay near Bath” My husband and I had a lovely time staying at the Cider Press Cottage. We were greeted with a warm welcome and a lemon drizzle cake baked for us by the owners.
The cottage was exactly as shown on the photographs and m
“Fabulous location with wow factor private beach!” Villa Petrosa is the perfect location if you value a truly relaxing and authentic Croatian' experience. The village of Gruda is exceptionally beautiful and the villa is an ideal base with its pool and
“A totally wonderful experience!” There are not enough words to adequately describe our stay at Rathmines Apt 1. We arrived tired and weary from a long flight, and were cheerfully greeted by Elaine and her colleagues. Even though guests had checked o
Had a lovely weekend away with hubby and our friends. The appartment had everything we needed and more, we were able to sit back and relax in the home comforts. The apartments querky layout was very d… More
Reviewed 8 Apr 2016
Superb apartment! lovely and clean with a perfect location in the centre of York, couldn't ask for more… More
“High Standard as usual”
Reviewed 28 Feb 2015
We have stayed several times at both Sandra's lovely apartments, they are so comfortable, homely, clean and have everything you need. They are located in an ideal spot only 3 minutes walk away from t… More
Caledonia Mews is perfectly situated in the village of Clifton, near bus routes to the city, suspension bridge, supermarkets, independent shops, a fine selection of eateries and a lovely park for the … 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.
“Fantastic Views of Dubrovnik's Old City Walls and the Dalmatian coastline”
Reviewed 25 Jul 2013
We wanted a holiday property with a good view and we certainly got absolutely fantastic views from the balcony at the Musladin apartment.
The apartment is spacious with three good sized bedrooms, on… More
We are deeply touch by your nice words and we send to you our deep thankfulness.We wish to you all the best! Nikola & Antonija
“An amazing experience”
Reviewed 14 May 2013
Fantastic position, incredible views and unsurpassable hosts; if you're looking for somewhere to stay in Dubrovnik, look no further.… More
Reviewed 12 Jul 2012
We could not have asked for more welcoming, friendly and helpful apartment owners as Nikola and Antonia, from arrival their generosity showed by greeting us from the bus terminal We arrived at the apa… More
Thank you for the review and for all positive comments that you have given here.
Many kind regards, Nikola & Antonija
“Wonderful” We enjoyed our stay in Les Naturelles. Studio was nice, comfortable and clean. Balcony and view from it was amazing. It is quiet place so you can have a good rest. Hope to stay in Les Naturelles in winter.
This apartment is small but very comfortable and perfectly situated on the edge of Leukerbad. It was perfect for us. The view from the balcony is wonderful as you look across the fields towards the mo… More
“Brilliant Place to go..”
Reviewed 23 May 2012
Accommodation was perfect. Really nice location. very friendly staff.
if you want peace of mind and stay away from busy & hectic life this is worth going place.
Definitely recommend to go..… More
“fabulous location so close to the city, difficult to imagine a more perfect spot” This property is perched on a steep hillside in Deep Cove overlooking the inlet of Indian Arm and the mountains beyond. It is difficult to imagine a more perfect spot wh
Eagle's Nest was our sanctuary for deep relaxation. From the hot tub to the majestic mountain and water views, we felt a sense of renewal we had not experienced in years! I tried reading a book on the… More
What a delight to read your review. These are many of the reasons that we love living here in Deep Cove ourselves, the mountain air is so clean and invigorating. There are no end of logs for the fire with all the wonderful crackle and radiant heat to warm you. Nice to come back to after adventures or a soak in the hot tub outside, or the jacuzzi inside.
Next time, we agree that kayaking is a great experience. 10km of fjord and so many islands and beaches to explore from the kayak rental here in the cove is heaven. It was lovely to see your little dog enjoy the safety of the enclosed deck and the beautiful trails in the woods and parks.
Do come back again and enjoy more rejuvenation.
“Wow! What a location!”
Reviewed 23 Dec 2011
Eagle's Nest has the most fantastic location and fabulous views. We had a great holiday break to meet up with family, the property has all the comforts you would expect and more. And the area is so … More
Congratulation on finding Vancouver's best kept secret of Deep Cove!!!!!!!!!Welcome back again in 2012.
Certainly many people rate this as their favourite location in all of Vancouver, so you are not alone with your opinions. We have even better views for you now,as recently more view has opened up to the 2 marinas and also the park and beach below. We have repainted this year and added to the already well stocked kitchen.
We look forward to seeing you again.
“Ideal location, beautiful house, and wonderful owners to work with”
Reviewed 20 Dec 2011
My family and I are currently staying at the Eagle’s Nest house in Deep Cove, Canada. We are visiting for three weeks from the U.S. and we are having an excellent experience. We are enjoying our sta… More
Thank you so much for coming and taking the time to write a helpful review. We certainly enjoy to keep improving the standard of the house in all ways.
It has been a pleasure to help you have such a positive experience. Please come again and enjoy the discount given to returning guests. Let us help you again with so many more things to explore in and out of the city. After 12 years here I still am surprised by finding gorgeous new hikes and venues in the city.
“Great apartment; great location.” Like the other reviewers mentioned, the owner clearly lives in the apartment when it is not rented so his belongings are there. Assuming that doesn't trouble you, the apartement is fantastic. Copenhagen is a remarka
Very nice modern Apartement, with a great view over the Copenhagen harbour. Very friendly contact, with no problems at all. Good infrastructure. A big Mall ca. 150m, bus station ca. 200m, Metro 300m, … More