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.
“Fantastic Villa, Great Location, Lovely Owner” We stayed in Villa Can Miro at the start of June 2016 and we had such an amazing experience. Aida (the owner) couldn't have been more helpful. We were arriving late and so all of the shops would be shut m
“Lovely” Myself, partner and teenage son stayed at this lovely cottage and what a treat it was. From the minute we walked through the door it was relaxing. Tea+chocolate biscuites greeted us after our long journey. The lounge has a log burner with logs
Liz and Alan were extremely attentive landlords, providing a welcome basket and local information. We were visited by friends and family while there and Liz very kindly brought around crayons and pape… More
“Exceptional apartment in a perfect location” Perfectly situated with wonderful views views to the castle! We (a group of seven girl friends) stayed for a two night city break. We usually stay in hotels when we go away together and this was our first
“Warm welcome to perfect apartment, highly recomended”
Reviewed 19 Jul 2016
This was a fabulous apartment in a perfect location, The owners couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful to ensure that we enjoyed our stay in Edinburgh… More
“Fantastic property in a great location for a fair price with brilliant customer care.”
Reviewed 4 Sep 2013
We very much enjoyed our fifth visit to Edinburgh. This property is really well located almost in the heart of the City but pleasingly quiet too. Lots of bars, restaurants and shops nearby and buses, … More
Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed the apartment and we would love to welcome you back in the future.
“Great host, great apartment, great location”
Reviewed 20 Aug 2013
North Castle Street apartment is well located within easy walking distance of Edinburgh's tourist sights and restaurants. Convenience stores (for some food and sundries) are within walking distance b… More
Thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to welcome you to our apartment and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Just to be clear for our future guests, the apartment is on the top floor of a 3 storey apartment building, so there are actually 3 flights of stairs, not 4. There are stairs in the apartment but this is because it is a double upper. Being at the top affords us the fabulous views we enjoy across Edinburgh.
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“Nice place” My husband and I stayed few days at the Chestnuts in April 2013. The place is very nice, clean and light, very well organised. The cottage is of good size and has everything you need. I had few questions before the trip and sent emails to
we stayed in this lovely little cottage for a week in august. it was such a home from home in all aspects....... the welcome we received from peter and rae and all the little touches made this a perf… More
“Wonderful house for a family re-union” Picture and description does not do it justice. Not fancy and luxurious but comfortable and homely. Large and roomy house with plenty of space for everyone, none of the rooms are too small. Nicely furnished and
“Spacious house with everything you need to have an enjoyable stay!”
Reviewed 27 Feb 2012
I stayed in the White House with a group of 8 friends for a short weekend break to explore The Forest of Dean.
This house is very spacious and can easily sleep 10 people with just about everythin… More
“Great for large groups”
Reviewed 3 Feb 2013
Our group of 8 adults and 4 under fives had a great weekend stay. this is a great house for large families or groups in a nice village location. Plenty of space to spread out and nice big bedrooms whi… More
“What a super location for cycling and walking and a cosy place to stay”
Reviewed 9 Dec 2012
The Whitehouse is a large and well equipped place for a group or large family. Its location is great for cycling and walking in the forest. You will need a car but local taxis can be booked - just m… More
“Great experience for Edinburgh tattoo weekend” We could not have asked for anything more and had a great weekend here, a fantastic penthouse accommodation located perfectly on the beach front of portobello and just a short taxi ride to Edinburgh's Roy
“Wonderful 4 days in Edinburgh” Apartment perfectly located within a few minutes walk to the centre- very comfortable and clean-all modern appliances x welcome pack extremely generous - nothing too much trouble x very enjoyable thank you very much-my d
Words fail me when trying to review this superb property. Eve, the property owner was just fabulous allowing us to both check in early and leave our luggage at the property until the evening on the da… More
Many many thanks for that lovely review. You were fab guests. Please come back soon
“Perfect- in every way.”
Reviewed 19 Jul 2016
Lady Wynd is the greatest little apartment in the most perfect location. My friend and I took our 2 teenage daughters to Edinburgh to see the Stereophonics play live at the Castle and we could not hav… More
Thank you very much Jane. And I am so glad that you enjoyed the apartment, and the Stereophonics. And many thanks for leaving everything so neat. It would be great to see you all again.
Reviewed 7 Oct 2016
Met by eve at the apartment, very helpful, what can I say, gorgeous apartment, everything you could ask for n much more, decanter of whiskey, milk, eggs bread, cereal n little basket of goodies, toile… More
Thank you Paula
I enjoyed our chat. I hope you had everything you needed. Thank you for staying at my wee apartment.
Come back soon.
“Delightful location will huge productive garden and distant sea views.” Casa Maria certainly got us hooked in to the bohemian vibe of the 'other-side-of-Ibiza' - Lovely rustic country setting with fig and almond trees. Fresh farm eggs from our organic
“Couldn't have asked for more!” We stayed in this villa for a week with family/friends as we were getting married in Ibiza at the end of September. This villa is stunning and has everything you need or could wish for. Richard (the owner) is super quick
“amazing villa amongst great surroundings, with great facilities nearby”
Reviewed 21 Jun 2013
This villa was more than we could have hoped for. The villa has every facility you could need from coffee machine, through to wireless Internet and a great sound system. The villa is in a great locati… More
“Fantastic value for money, luxury villa!”
Reviewed 26 Sep 2012
This villa exceeded all of our expectations. It is beautifully presented and sits in a perfect and convenient location with amazing views over the island.
All of the rooms are very modern and well de… More
“Badgers End Cottage” Had a relaxing break at the cottage. A pretty cottage in a lovely area. Everything you need is supplied and the owners are friendly and welcoming, with great ideas of places that are worth visiting. Bryan the dog had endless fun i
Fantastic cottage in great location. Carol was a superb host and nothing was too much trouble. Carol's hospitality went the extra mile when she offered to collect us from a local pub!!!! Will not hesi… More
“Bliss at Badger's End”
Reviewed 18 May 2017
Another lovely stay at Badger's End Cottage, nothing is too much trouble for the owners who are extremely accommodating. The cottage is beautifully kept and in a great location for exploring the Fores… More
Thank you all. After you have visited us I always feel like getting on my bike cycling for miles (coming back with the rosy glow!), then walking into the Forest to view the wildlife and finally having a Forest adventure.
You are definitely inspirational and I look forward to welcoming you back.
“We love the Forest of Dean!”
Reviewed 30 Jun 2016
Lovely cottage, really comfortable beds, everything we needed to make our holiday complete.
Carol and Tony were perfect hosts, not too intrusive but there if they were needed. Lots of wild life inclu… More
“Excellent location and furnishings.” We stayed in St Ives for New Year, it was a great success all round. The apartment is well located for the town and is very well furnished to a high standard. Everything that you need is available. Having on site p
We stayed at Lower Talland between Christmas and new year for a couple of days.
The apartment was perfect for the two of us. Just a couple of mins walk into the Center, and easy access out of st Ive… More
“Perfect for honeymooners”
Reviewed 18 Sep 2014
The apartment was clean and perfect for 2. It's location is great, about a 5 minute walk to town. The car parking was brilliant due to lack of parking in St Ives. Quiet area, some coffee and biscuits … More
“Wonderful little property close to town”
Reviewed 5 Dec 2013
Great little apartment for a couple and conveniently located 5 minutes walk from the town. The property was lovely and clean. Small but had everything we needed for a week long stay. Corinne the owner… More
“Wales vs Scotland” A fantastic apartment in a fantastic location. Ideal for the train station, Princes Street and the Grass market. The apartment it's self is modern and the homely touches just make it complete. Thanks for helping to contribute to an
“Beautiful spacious apartment in a great location” We were 4 couples and a single adult visiting Edinburgh for a long weekend and hadn't had the chance to get together for some time. We therefore all wanted to stay together and make the most of communa
My friends and I went to Edinburgh for a friends wedding and we could not have picked a more perfect place to stay.
From the moment I emailed the owner, I knew Pied a Terre was the right choice fo… More
“Beautiful apartment in central location!”
Reviewed 27 May 2013
The minute we walked into Pied a Terre, we fell in love with the apartment. It is so beautifully decorated and all the bedrooms are fabulous.
The living room is far more beautiful- and cosy- than t… More
“This accommodation was totally outstanding - everything was top class!!”
Reviewed 15 May 2013
I would reccommend this accommodation to groups of up to eight people, for the sheer luxury of the apartment, as well as the proximity of all the shops and restaurants within walking distance.… More
“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.
“Absolutely Stunning Villa” Great villa in an amazing location, quiet and relaxing. Only a 5 minute drive to Jesus for provisions or 10 minutes to the outskirts of Ibiza town and larger supermarkets.
15 minutes will get you to the Marina in Ibiza t
We had a wonderful stay at the villa - it was so beautiful, and the pool and outdoor area was wonderful. Thomas was so helpful and it was great having Martin to drive us. Thanks again, we would love t… More
“Great self contained accommodation” Nice comfy beds, well equipped kitchen, friendly owner. Milk, egg and biscuits provided. One bedroom downstairs and other upstairs in the eaves, no door to this room but fine for us with small children. Plenty of dr
“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
“Wonderful cottage and facilities” A wonderful cottage. Four of us had a bedroom each, there were two bathrooms / toilets and an additional shower room with toilet on the ground floor. This was very important to us as one of our friends only has one le
“Perfect flat, perfect location!” Eva's flat was amazing and she appointed it with absolutely everything in mind, including eggs from her hens and lovely soaps that she made herself. The kitchen had everything we needed and more, the beds were comfy an
We loved this apartment just off the Royal Mile,its set up with all you need for your stay and more! Eve is lovely and made us very welcome and left lots of treats and goodies as well as basics milk b… More
Thank you. And thank you for leaving the apartment so tidy. And yes, I look forward to meeting you again.
Reviewed 24 Oct 2016
Just back from a weekend stay at this fabulous apartment. Clean and fresh apartment in an absolutely brilliant location just off the Royal Mile. It has everything you need and the owner had left a lo… More
Thank you Jeanie. I am so happy you liked it.
“Great Location - Excellent Amenities”
Reviewed 6 Feb 2017
I stayed here with a group of friends for the weekend to see Ireland V Scotland in 6 nations.
Apartment is about a 5 minute walk from Waverley Train Station. Very central.
As others mentioned there… More
Thank you so much, Thomas. You were fab guests. And you will always be welcome back. If you visit with your partner, you might like my other apartment on the grassmarket. It is smaller, better for just two persons. And it has a jaccuzi.
this is a lovely apartment based right beside the sea. Lovely sunshine greets you each morning on the balcony area with lovely sea views. The apartment have everything that you need for your stay, a f… More
So glad you enjoyed your stay and the amazing views .
“Everything as described ...... and much much more”
Reviewed 2 Jun 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your home away from home with us. I don't know quite where to start with how thrilled we were with our stay at Xaloc Panoramic Seaview. Firstly the correspondence with … More
Thank you for such a detailed and glowing review, it is lovely to share the apartment and view and great to hear you love it just as much as we do. You're welcome back anytime!
“Haven of relaxation in Ibiza with stunning views”
Reviewed 26 Oct 2012
My husband and I had a fantastic holiday, the apartment was very comfortable, clean, tidy and has the most stunning views over the crystal clear waters! The apartment is fully equipped with all you ne… More
Thank you for your kind words and we would be delighted to have you come stay again :)
What a great place to stay for the Christmas and New Year Period! The house provided all that was needed and we enjoyed an amazing Christmas lunch for 10. Perfect for large groups as you do not step o… More
“Fabulous property & perfect location.”
Reviewed 17 Feb 2014
Mitchells is perfectly located for those wanting a weekend in Edinburgh - just a 5 minute walk from Princes Street and perfectly located for shops, pubs, restaurants and larger venues for example Murr… More
“Great location, well equipped.”
Reviewed 13 Dec 2013
Beautiful house in great location; very central location, 2 mins from George St. Easy collection of keys; hassle free. Rented the house for a few days for a family get together. Nicely decorated an… More
“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
“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
“Perfect holiday” Lovely villa with everything you need. Three bedrooms and enought space for six. Nice outdoor and Lovely decoration. Car is essential but only a short drive to some nice beaches and restaurants. Excellent comunication with Thomas who