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.
“Lovely, home from home” 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 would highly recommend book
Lovely 2 Bed, 2 Bath Garden Flat in Primrose Hill, Central London. Simply furnished, with all the basics to make the perfect base in this wonderful part of London.<br />TO PROTECT YOU AND US WE ONLY TAKE PAYMENT THROUGH THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF HOLIDAY LETTINGS …see more
“Fantastic, homey, well equipped and spotless - loved it !” The cottage is beautiful - we felt at home as soon as we walked through the door. The views of Porthminster beach are impressive.
My 18month old granddaughter also felt right at home.
Excellent place to stay,hope to stay again next time we go to St Ives.
Brilliant decor excellent bathroom excellent bedrooms and kitchen… More
“Fabulous break in beautiful unique Cornish Cottage”
Reviewed 14 Nov 2012
I have just enjoyed a fabulous break at Primrose Cottage with my husband for our sons 2nd birthday. The cottage was perfect. A lot of thought has clearly gone into providing everything needed for fa… More
Myself my partner and our young son stayed in nuthatch cottage for 3 nights, it is a stunning little cottage in a picturesque setting, wonderful views and so quiet! The wildlife is amazing and our son… More
We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your review. We try to attract the wildlife with our bat and bird boxes, and a new wildlife pond.
Reviewed 15 Nov 2016
What a excellent find. The cottage is so relaxing .It is done to a very high standard . The log burner in the evening was great Wonderful views . Away from the stresses of city life. A comfortable bed… More
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Nuthatch Cottage and thankyou for your kind words.
We look forward to seeing you again.
Vicki & Tim
A beautiful country home, with private gated drive (4+ cars) and enclosed garden with hot tub. Within the house you will find a country style kitchen, large dining area and huge lounge supplied with 55" TV, Sky TV, Wii and Xbox. A small office is next to the lounge …see more
Location:Coach house rebuilt on one level with 3 bedrooms, large oak beamed living area, separate kitchen in quiet Georgian residential area of Bath, 1.5 km from City centre, Crescents and historical sites. Secure parking, private patio, easy access to all amenitie …see more
“Beautifully appointed house in St. Ives” I spent a wonderful New Year's holiday with my husband, two children and parents at Gwithians Reach. The house is beautifully and comfortably furnished, the kitchen nicely kitted-out, and there is a lovely vie
Loved this place. Gorgeously presented, beautiful setting and we were blessed with sunny weather. Bedrooms small but perfectly formed and the house was decked out with absolutely everything you would … More
“Great location, lovely house.”
Reviewed 6 May 2015
The house was very nice and clean, the beds were comfortable. The view from the conventory was great! We definately would recommand this house.… More
“Perfect Cottage in Perfect Location”
Reviewed 28 Jul 2015
Gwithians Reach has everything you need for a lovely holiday in St. Ives. It is immaculately clean and extremely well equipped. The booking process was very easy and Lizzie always got back to me very … More
“Great forest accommodation!” 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 paper and a dolls house.
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 jou… More
Thank you for your lovely review.
We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Sanders Cottage and found it well equipped and comfortable.
Sanders Cottage is situated opposite woodland which is accessed by a wooden bridge a two minute walk from the cottage.Cycle trails can be picked up easily from the cottage if you bring your own cycles.
The Forest of Dean is beautiful and we are so lucky that the Wye Valley is close by.There are buses but a car makes it easier to visit all the attractions available in the Forest of Dean and surrounding area.
Thank you for taking the time to review us.We value feedback from our guests.
“Lots of light and space inside, surrounded by peace and countryside beyond.” Celebrated our Ruby Wedding week here with 7 adults, a teenager, a 2 year-old and 3 dogs. Loads of space to gather in - or disperse to. Full-length windows fold to give level
Such a lovely retreat. Even though it is quite remote it is not a problem if you have a car.
Everything is done to a high standard.… More
Thank you for positive review. We are please you had a good stay.
Reviewed 24 Oct 2012
Absolutely beautiful property which boasts stunning views. Plenty of parking and enough space inside for 10 people to be comfortable. This house was clean beyond clean and very well equipped! If charm… More
Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay
Reviewed 1 Nov 2016
We have just spent another amazing weekend here and it was just as good as first time the barn is so well equipped for all your needs and scenery is amazing will certainly be going back in the … More
“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
“Cosy cottage in good location” The bedrooms were spacious, comfortable and furnished to a high standard. Location was excellent. The cottage was at the end of a (very narrow) lane, so no through traffic. Table and chairs provided outside on the lawn.
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
“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
“Gorgeous” Lovely house, beautiful spot. Great for kids, in our group ages went from 7 to 13. We ate on the beach, went beachcombing, walking and kite flying.
Decent pub close by in Lelant if you don't want to cook. Galley kitchen in the house perfec
“Fantastic” We spent a long weekend with the extended family at Can Skye. It suited everybody.
Josie was very welcoming and made sure we had everything we need.
The Location is perfect if you want some peace and quite and still be close enough to eve
“Absolutely beautiful, clean, spacious! Private! Relaxing” We stayed for our wedding anniversary weekend in July and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Charlotte gave us a warm welcome, left some goodies. The apartment is so pretty, spacious, very clean
“lovely cosy cottage, great location, beautiful views” Cottage was cute and cosy. Big enough for the 3 of us (2 adults and a child) plus a dog. Situated in a great location for visiting the various attractions. Would recommend the gold mines, son lo
Excellent location with 360 degree walking straight from the colttage. Great timing to hit the real ale festival which was on unbeknownst to us. A great way to spend a couple of hours each night after… More
“want to return...” made very welcome, so were our dogs. lovely quiet, relaxing break. 1st class accommodation, with excellent facilities in stunning surroundings. Would not hesitate to return, have already recommended to friends.
Gorgeous cottage in a lovely setting, very peaceful and easy access to lots of beautiful settings nearby.
Hot tub was amazing even though the weather was freezing was nice to sit in the warm water … More
“Exceeded all our expectations.” Great location with all the amenities that we could need. The villa is huge. Set up with a nice flow yet still allowing for the privacy of each couple. The owners generosity and customer service was of the highest le
As shared with the owner, villa sol is obviously lacking of maintenance...a pity as location is good and villa was luxury when built i assume. Electricity needs urgent review (no jacuzi nor safe parki… 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
“Comfortable, spacious and well-located.” This place was brilliant! It had all the little extras that makes it feel like a home away from home - tea, sugar, olive oil, iron, washing machine, toiletries!!! The house is beautiful and spacious and it was
“A charming cottage full of character with stunning seaviews” 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, ha
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
Green Cottage is for all seasons. If it's cold, light the fires and cosy up playing games. If it's hot & sunny, enjoy the huge garden & patio whilst lighting up the BBQ. Great Rissington is in the heart of the Cotswolds, so there is lots of sightseeing …see more
A simply huge but homely and lovely house in the heart of Paddington next to Hyde Park. Almost uniquely, we have parking, though this must be reserved. We have 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms - a perfect family or break out corporate retreat space.
Apologies about the pict …see more
“Ideal weekend break” I had a fantastic weekend break with my friends.
The owners kept in contact with us, and were constantly helpful.
The house itself is appointed with everything you could need, it's got a great kitchen, wonderful comfortable
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 do… More
Many thanks for taking the time to leave feedback on Carregywen farmhouse especially a review so positive.
Great to hear you got to see a snapshot of the farming world too, both children and adults are always curious when the big barn doors get opened!
Hope you all had a good journey home and we hope to see you all again in the not too distant future.
Reviewed 2 Dec 2015
Great house in a quiet location.
Kitchen had all we needed for catering
Woodburn soon made the whole house cosy
Good walks all around and as at the house… More
“Lovely cottage, secluded location”
Reviewed 8 Nov 2013
Spent a great weekend here, Gary was very helpful prior to, and after the holiday. Lovely cottage, good facilities, great log fire - it definitely needs it in winter. Thanks… More
“Really great apartment, perfect for family city break.” We stayed at this apartment for 3 nights and it was ideal for us. Great location, within walking distance/30 mins from natural history museum, v&a etc. Very close to public transport links. Nice
Share your postcode with the Queen! This magnificent house is brilliantly situated in the heart of London in a quiet street two minutes from the nearest underground ('Tube') station and one minute from great bus routes. Victoria Mainline Station, Buckingham …see more
“New, clean and stilish apartment.” The apartment is very clean, nice and modern. It is fully furnished with anything needed including wifi. Nice welcome and explanatory tour of the aparment upon arrival. The apartment is 400 mt away from the tube Quee
“A slice of paradise” We are spending and amazing week in Casa sea view celebrating a 30th Birthday. There are 11 of us and the villa is stylish and quirky with plenty of space for all of us. Perfect location for Talamanca beach with easy access to Ib
“Very comfortable, spacious, very well equipped apartment. Had everything we needed and more.” Arrived to a warm welcome, guided around the apartment and shown where everything was. Despite being in the basement of a tenement (shared access via stair
Helpful and accomodating letters- including flexible check in and departure.
Entertainment items for big and little kids plus home comforts in a clea… More
Thank you for taking the time to give us a positve review. Hope you will visit again soon.
“Fantastic xmas stay with family”
Reviewed 8 Jan 2013
We had a family get together here over the Christmas period. On arrival the owner gave us a tour of the apartment and made us feel very welcome. We had been travelling all day and it was wonderful to … More
Oh my! That is a fantastic review, thank you so much. It is great to hear that we can get things right. It was lovely to have you as guests and I am really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope you will return.
“What an amazing find”
Reviewed 18 Sep 2012
I loved this place! It's clean, roomy, very stylish and has just about everything going for it in a holiday let.
In the heart of Edinburgh, nowhere is too far on foot (big plus for pubs and bars) and… More
Thank you for a wonderful review and we look forward to welcoming you back.
“A chilled out beach holiday stay in a cosy cottage” Downalong was a lovely little cottage that was just right for us. There were 2 of us and a friend came along to stay for a couple of nights and we also had our little border terrier with us. We wer
Villa with capacity between 8/10 people, located in the heart of Island, Playa den Bossa and Ibiza town are a few minutes. Easy access on foot, by public transport or by car.
The Villa is located in an exclusive area of Villas and luxury homes.
The Villa is div …see more
“Wonderful location, incredible house, lovely people!” Well not sure where to start. Booked this last minute as another place in Hay lied about having an open fire. So not off to a great start, but this place really pulled through for me. I was surpris
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.
“A peaceful get away in comfort.”
Reviewed 21 Nov 2016
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… More
Thank you for taking the trouble to write a review! We look forward to seeing you again.
In a beautiful rural setting, Colourful villa is located in the municipality on San Antonio and it is only 2 miles from the center town where you can find almost anything, plenty of restaurants, pubs, grocery shopping, beach, fitness center, tennis, boating and more.
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“Fantastic for the Forest Of Dean” 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, a decent kitchen
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
“A brilliant stay”
Reviewed 6 Aug 2016
Amazing and relaxing place to stay. Great welcome and accommodating owners throughout stay. Very child friendly. Cottage very clean and comfortable, suited our needs exactly. Wonderful views. Lots of… More
Bickley Holiday Cottage is a wonderful old cottage in the heart of wales, recently renovated Bickleys is a cosy cottage with a lounge/ dinner, kitchen, games room, family bathroom and two double bedrooms, one of which has a fold down single bed, and a travel cot if re …see more
Lilac Cottage is an archetypal two bedroomed Forest of Dean stone cottage. Built around 1890 to house the family of a forestry worker, it now provides modern day luxury for that perfect get away holiday. The Forest of Dean occupies some 35 square miles of protected fore …see more
The Cottage is tastefully decorated and furnished in muted tones with very comfortable beds. There is a large garden just under an acre which wraps around the property with lots of seating areas, trampoline, swings, football nets, cricket stumps, bbq etc. The living roo …see more
“Midweek 2 night stay” We had a lovely stay at perfect for two. It's like a home from home and the location is great for Bath. There are lots of lovely walks nearby down the canal and the river and to the local pubs. Andrew was lovely and couldn't be m
Andrew and his wife have thought of everything. Andrew was very welcoming and helpful. The accommodations were well located and lovely.… More
“Perfect apartment in perfect location”
Reviewed 11 Sep 2014
Immaculate apartment in convenient location with easy access into Bath. Good pubs serving great food within a reasonable walking distance. Great for walks in surrounding countryside offering breatht… More
“This property is Perfect for 2”
Reviewed 13 Jul 2014
The property is exceptionally clean and well presented. Although we did not cook it is well set up for self catering. The property is well located for visiting Bath with regular bus services passi… More
“Perfect in every way!” This flat was perfect for our 9 day trip to London! Location, decor, art and furnishings, books, and a delightful solarium fitted with antique dining furniture, this flat has it all!
The flat is decorated with original art t
A NEWLY RESTORED DETACHED STUDIO WITH GARDEN & PARKING*
Careless Whisper is a stunning detached stone studio dating back 100 years, now newly converted to a very high standard providing a wonderfully stylish, contemporary retreat for couples …see more