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.
“Beautiful accommodation in a stunning setting” We had a wonderful time whilst staying in this very spacious and modern accommodation. There was plenty of room for the children to play inside and outside and the accommodation was well equipped. We part
“Peaceful and quiet location with lovely rural views , yet easy access to Llanwrtyd and very high standard accommodation.”
Reviewed 14 Jan 2014
We liked the location and very high standard of accommodation so much that we have booked again for next new year.… More
“High quality accommodation, great location”
Reviewed 10 Jan 2014
The name Gwedd y Glyn is fine but to call it a 'Holiday Barn' really doesn't do justice to this fantastic and very highly specified property. Despite the amazing space within the building, the under-f… More
Reviewed 7 Jan 2014
Exceptionally well restored barn, spacious,comfortable and luxuriously furnished. Warm welcome from owners. A real 'gem'!… More
“Fantastic Find” My partner and I booked a last minute trip to Edinburgh, and we found this fantastic apartment online. It was exactly what we were looking for. Great location, only a short walk to the new town, and gorgeous views of Nelson's Monument.
Excellent apartment couldnt fault it all shops restaurants etc well within walking distance would certainly recommend it and would definitely stay again if in Edinburgh… More
Hi, thank you so much for leaving such a positive review of our flat. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back soon!
“Fantastic holiday flat”
Reviewed 21 Nov 2014
Mark and Martin are lovely hosts in a really homely flat. The flat was really comfortable, had everything we needed to feel 'home away from home', and we enjoyed the log fire tremendously. The locatio… More
Thanks very much for your positive review, we are glad you had a nice time and look forward to seeing you again the next time you visit Edinburgh
Reviewed 25 Oct 2014
We decided to go to Edinburgh to celebrate a special wedding anniversary and chose the apartment cos it had an open fire and it seemed reasonably priced. From the beginning, contact with the owner wa… More
Thank you for such a positive review, we are glad you had a lovely wedding anniversary break and look forward to seeing you both again the next time you are in Edinburgh.
“Lovely and cosy” We stayed here for a week and had a wonderful time. There was a heatwave going on so we were very lucky to have sun every single day. The cottage was nice, clean and had everything we needed. The view from the bedroom was beautiful. I
“Lovely, comfortable and well equipped holiday accomodation”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2012
Lovely cottage for a short break in Wales.
We were impressed with the flexibility with check in times and Maggies detailed directions to the property. The house was well equipped and there was a lar… More
“comfortable stay in a nice selfcatering home.”
Reviewed 13 Jul 2012
the stay at Ceiros cottage, gave us all we needed, including an internet acces.
It is situated in a quiet part of the little village up on the hill site.
The beds were very comfortable for us, over… More
Reviewed 12 Jul 2012
Very cosy cottage, provided all amenities and more. Really helpful owner - could not ask more of Maggie and her husband. Beautiful surroundings. Great hotel near by (Lake Palace) where we had many mea… More
“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
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
“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
“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
“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
“HEAVEN!” Casa La Marina is the perfect holiday villa in Ibiza. The location is perfect with breathtaking views all day. The house is ideally situated with restaurants, bars and shops right on your doorstep although secluded enough feel like you are in
“Spacious, Great View, Lovely Island” We stayed at Casa Anna in early May 2013 so it was just at the start of the season. This meant that we didn't get full use of the pool. I would love to return to Casa Anna during the middle of summer as I am not
We stayed at casa Anna for a week and had the best time. The villa itself is simple and tastefully decorated. The thing that makes it so special is the view and infinity pool. The pictures don't do it… More
“Peaceful & relaxing”
Reviewed 12 Jun 2013
We had a great time with friends and our 8-month-old here - the house has all the necessary amenities and feels like home and is in a calm, quiet part of the island. You must have a car though. Beauti… More
Reviewed 24 Mar 2013
Great villa lovely pool with a stunning view. Perfect for a quiet weekend away. Had a great time villa in good condition all houseware usable clean and everything you could need is provided.
“Excellent holiday cottage” Probably the best equipped holiday home we've stayed in! Spacious with everything we could need in the kitchen as well as lots of towels and games & dvds. Lovely peaceful location, good walks for dogs and children, but clo
“A peaceful get away in comfort.” Thank you so much for a wonderful time in a marvellous setting. A warm welcome on arrival and with your local knowledge it was all simply perfect. The only down side was we couldn't have stayed longer!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Bryre it was like a home from home. Cosy and warm on arrival with the log fire burning away. We stayed for New Years and we were spoilt with a welcome hamper, a g… More
Thank you for your lovely review. We were glad you found it to be a home from home. We do our very best to ensure that you have a warm, cosy retreat in which to recharge those batteries. Best of luck for 2016 and we hope to see you again before too long.
Stayed for a weekend in this beautifully designed barn located on a peaceful small holding. The owners are extremely pleasant and thoughtful, and have done a magnificent job of renovating this barn. I… More
Thank you so much for choosing to stay at The Byre. There are guests...and then there are lovely guests, people who truly appreciate what we have tried to create. You were such lovely guests. We hope you will return.
“Outstanding! Best kept secret hideaway in the Northern Brecons…”
Reviewed 20 Jun 2013
We were typically late arriving to a lovely heartfelt welcome – with home-made canapés on arrival, we had a calming evening playing scrabble by the fire and woke in our own time to a breakfast of h… More
Thank you for your review of The Byre. We are especially pleased when people appreciate how hard we work to make our guests' stay extra special. It is indeed a labour of love!
“Lovely accommodation and a warm welcome” Stayed for a long weekend with family to celebrate a milestone birthday. Received a warm welcome from Philip and Buster (the dog) and the accommodation was very well appointed and comfortable with all mod cons.
Hi end barn conversion, done to the highest spec. A really lovely space. A fantastic setting. Can't wait to go back and relax. Thank you.… More
We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us so much that you have re-booked. We look forward to seeing you all soon. Thank you for your positive feed back.
“High quality accomodation in a beautiful setting within easy reach of many interesting places to visit.”
Reviewed 11 Jan 2013
We stayed over the Christmas week, my dad, sister and nephews in the downstairs apartment and myself, my husband and our 18 month old daughter in the upstairs one. Although we all spent most of our ti… More
We are really pleased that you enjoyed your Christmas with us. Thank you for you positive feed back. Many people like yourselves staying in group feel that it is an advantage to have the two separate lounges so we are delighted you benefited from this. We are pleased that you managed to visit many of the fabulous place of interest that we have on our door step.
“Fabulous Stay at Le Gro”
Reviewed 22 Oct 2012
Had a wonderful Weekend at Le gro with family,The accommodation was first class,and
Beautiful setting in countryside.But only short drive into Shrewsbury,which is also lovely,
Also had barbeque one … More
Thank you for your kind feed back, we are really pleased that you and your family had a happy and memorable stay with us and look forward to helping you have another joyful family get together next time.
“Lovely flat, very comfy, well equipped and central” This third floor flat (with lift) in a quiet building and street is brilliant. It had great ambience, was comfy and warm in December, with an excellently set up kitchen. The location couldn't be bett
What a beautiful flat! The owners are so accommodating. They answered all my questions and the flat was even ready with fresh flowers when we arrived. Our family of five was very comfortable. Good… More
“Fantastic apartment in great location!”
Reviewed 2 May 2012
This apartment felt like a home from home. Very well equipped, excellent if you are travelling with children.
The location is great, just behind Charlotte Street with a lot of restaurants, a 5 minute… More
“Perfect stay in London!”
Reviewed 5 Feb 2012
Nice apartment, cosy yet spacious. Plenty of room for the family to have privacy and together time. Close to Oxford- a short walk and you are there to shop! Lovely restaurants nearby and close to all … More
“A clean, pretty cottage that was perfect for us.” We're a family of two adults and two under 5's and the Little Twmp Barn was ideal for us. It's private and secluded, despite being on the owner's grounds. We only met the husband Martin, he was very
“Wonderful Place, views and the hot tub was the icing on the cake!”
Reviewed 29 Sep 2016
We arrived at Little Twmp Barn to the most amazing weather (always helps), the cottage was decorated to a very high standard and was even better than in the photographs, brilliant views were almost o… More
“Beautiful, spacious barn in stunning location”
Reviewed 4 Aug 2013
This pretty barn has been decorated to a very high standard, with lots of homely touches, that made our stay very enjoyable. My family and I found this an excellent location from which to travel to Br… More
Thankyou for a lovely review, as your family were our very first guest's to come and stay at The Little Twmp Barn it was very reassuring to receive such a positive response, hope you will come and stay again.
“Amazing New Years Getaway”
Reviewed 15 Jan 2017
We had an amazing relaxing break in a lovely house in a beautiful setting.
The property is well thought out with everything you could hope for provided you with an incredible hot tub added as a bon… More
“Gorgeous cottage and beautiful countryside.” My family and two friends stayed at Bronfelin holiday cottage from 27th December 2011 to 2nd January 2012, the cottage itself is tastefully decorated, extremely cosy, we loved the kitchen and the log fire i
“Ideal cottage, nice decor, clean, warm and in a perfect location”
Reviewed 27 Dec 2011
The cottage is in a lovely setting with stunning views of the surrounding hills and forests. It has ample offroad parking. Inside it is very clean and decorated to a high standard. The heating system … More
“The perfect 'getting away from it all' retreat.”
Reviewed 4 Dec 2011
An excellent self catering cottage. We found the location convenient (as we were competing on Wales Rally GB) and we needed to come and go early in the morning. We found the cottage to be warm, invi… 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
“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.
“a really nice apartment” We spent a wonderful holiday in this very nice and clean duplex apartment, well-equipped and comfortable, with a lovely sunny terrace.
We appreciated its ideal situation in the centre of Barcelona, close to a metro station an
“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
This has been one of my most favourite places to stay so far. The website pictures are exactly as they state and so is the promised peace and quiet. Listening to the owls in the forest late at night… More
Yes we like listening to the owls and enjoy all the wildlife around here and it is great to be able to share it with others who appreciate it too
Reviewed 19 Nov 2012
Lovely cosy cottage, exactly what I was hoping it would be! beautiful views with stunning walks nearby. The cottage came with everything we needed, the logs and firelighters and the refreshments provi… More
Glad you loved the ammenities as much as the cottage. Thank you.
“Regret we coudn't have stayed for longer”
Reviewed 21 Oct 2012
One of the easiest cottages we have ever had to book and one of the nicest , delightful owners . The cottage is in a peaceful location with wonderful views and it was spotlessly clean. Regret we coul… More
Thank you for your very positive comments we are so pleased that you loved the cottage as much as we do.
“Total relaxation in a beautiful home” The house and St Ives lived up to and exceeded our expectations. The facilities within the house were excellent and we wanted for nothing. The views from the top floor look out room really were superb and with the
“A charming cottage full of character with stunning seaviews”
Reviewed 29 Jul 2014
We stayed at Kittiwake Cottage in St Ives earlier this month with our family and had a superb time. The cottage itself is less than 5 minutes stroll from both the town and the main beach, has a lovely… More
“Sehr schön eingerichtetes Cottage an guter Lage”
Reviewed 13 May 2015
Wir verbrachten 5 wunderschöne Tage im "Kittiwake", welches sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet und gut ausgerüstet ist.
Die Lage ist gut, man erreicht schnell zu Fuss die Strände und das Städtchen.… More
Reviewed 13 Nov 2016
This is a truely lovely cottage. Just like the pictures. We had a wonderful week in St. Ives. Our 11- and 14-year old adored the attic room. We want one ourselves! The view from up there is gorgeous, … More
“Perfect escape” This is the second time staying at this lovely cottage and no doubt we will stay again. It's in a stunning area of Wales with a very friendly little pub straight across the road. The cottage is very clean and comfortable and has fantas
Myself and my family (including 2 teenagers) stayed at Bethania Cottage 2 weeks ago for a short break. The cottage was comfortable, we loved the quaint stove, it resulted in the cottage being very cos… More
“lovely cottage for 2 and a dog”
Reviewed 19 Nov 2016
Great place to stay for short breaks. Ideally located with a pub opposite and two lovely restaurants within a 10 minute drive. The electric heating was an unexpected bonus due to my inability to lite … More
“A very comfortable and welcoming villa in a peaceful location-Perfect!” The villa has everything you need for a trip away with family our friends. Great WIFI, lovely pool and set in spacious, private grounds. Pato, the owner is extremely helpful and
“Excellent apartment in fantastic location!” The apartment was beautiful and spacious and perfect for our family stay. We loved that it was so close to the Notre Dame and also lots of shops (great cheese shop, wine shop, deli & bakers only a 2 minute
This is a very large 1 bed studio. Our kids slept on sofa bed and were comfortable. We were within 5 minute walk to neared metro (underground stations). With washer, internet, kitchen and very quiet… More
“It's like being a guest in your uncle's spacious art studio.”
Reviewed 25 Aug 2015
Spacious and open studio with bed in alcove, light during the day, overlooking two green courtyards with eight windows. Bed and sofa bed are perfect for a couple with an extra family member or for two… More
“Location and charm!!”
Reviewed 25 Aug 2015
What a lovely apartment and what a fabulous location! My husband and I stayed for four nights with our 16 year old daughter and her 16 year old cousin. The apartment accommodated us perfectly. The gir… More
“AMAZING, WE LOVED IT!” We had an incredible stay at the Ferryman's Cottage, it's such a beautiful place, with so much character. Pubs and shops just down the road and the cottage its self is extremely well kept and tidy. We will definitely be staying
“Perfect base” The cottage is perfectly placed to enjoy all the beauty and activities of the Forest of Dean and beyond.
Immaculately presented and well equipped, the cottage is an ideal retreat.
Although small, there is plenty of space to store all
Lovely hosts who made us feel relaxed and welcome. The house is part of the farm, with sheep, horses and friendly dogs for children to enjoy.The accommodation is very comfortable with large bedrooms, … More
“The most relaxing weekend ever - thank you!”
Reviewed 2 Apr 2013
We have just left The Acorns and have already booked our next visit! The cottage is well equipped with everything that you could possibly need during your visit. It is warm and cosy, home-like but w… More
Reviewed 3 Jul 2012
We visited The Acorns in June 2012. Weather wasn't great, but the same couldn't be said for the accommodation and the Hosts.When we arrived we automatically felt relaxed and started to unwind. We all … More