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 views, cute cottage” We based our holiday around our dog, who loves a good forest, so this seemed the obvious choice. None of us were disappointed, we were right in the middle of the most stunning forest location with views to die for. It
We have just returned from 4 nights at Wren cottage.After parking the first thing that you notice is the fantastic view as you make your way down the path to the cottage. Inside it is small but everyt… More
Thank you very much for reviewing Wren Cottage. We are so glad that you enjoyed your holiday here and that you would like to come back and stay! Your comments are very helpful to those who are thinking about coming here and I am sure they will be appreciated. We are very much looking forwards to welcoming you back!
“Lovely and cosy dog friendly cottage in beautiful surroundings”
Reviewed 30 Aug 2015
For a getaway from hectic work schedules - this was a hidden gem in the Forest of Dean. Karen and Lis are impeccable hosts ensuring that all your needs are met. The cottage was extremely well equipp… More
Thank you fro your lovely comments and we're so glad that you had a relaxing time here. It was great to meet you both and Crumble too!
“I would happily live here.. its beautiful”
Reviewed 24 Mar 2014
Beautiful cottage, perfect for short weekend breaks. Would liked to have been nearer a local pub/food place so that i could walk there and back safely at night/evening.
The owners were really welco… More
Thank you for your great comments, we are please you and your dog enjoyed your stay.
“Cosy and comfortable cottage” 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. A couple of things we
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 s… More
So pleased you enjoyed your stay so much and thank you for taking the time to post your review.
“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
“Mrs” The accommodation was great and just as expected from the description. The owners were on hand and very helpful. The kids loved the access to the garden with trampoline and swings. The location was great for cycling, being able to get onto the cy
“Cosy cottage in a beautiful location” Lovely and comfortable little cottage overlooking the Forest of Dean.
We really liked the location, easy to get to but away from it all. Nice secluded place with unspoilt views and access to paths and walkin
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.
“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.
“Fantastic - Enjoyable Stay” The Saltings is just the perfect little cottage! Great location, with space to park your car & leave it for the weekend. Access to the center of Bath is so easy, there is a bus stop right outside of The Saltings & the numbe
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 :-)
“Great Apartment for visiting Bath” My wife & I and her 2 sisters stayed in this apartment in Septemeber 2014 for 3 nights.
The apartment is well located just outside Bath with the bus stop very close for people without transport.We had a car so parki
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!
“Really Good, Perfect Retreat After Hectic Shopping Trip”
Reviewed 29 Jan 2014
Group of 4 Stayed, Both rooms were set out as double's, Good to have seperate bathrooms for both rooms to use.
Lovely finish to the whole place, welcome pack was.. Welcome, loved the views from mai… More
Nice to hear you enjoyed the Old Workshop and the Xmas market. It was really great this year - even better than before, we thought. We think it's nice to retreat to a quiet spot after the hectic bustle of Bath, so we are glad you found the same :-) Same time next year? :-)
“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
“Excellent Chalet, wonderful owner and exceptionally good value” I booked this chalet on behalf of friends who were staying with us at John Fowler Holiday Village. The owner Gail was fantastic from start to finish, lovely and exceptionally accommodatin
We had a fantastic time here at Trevawood!The cottage was in a very quiet part of the park and was of excellent standard,well equipped ,very clean and newly decorated. All in all a real home from home… More
“Comfy, cosy , fully equipped ground floor apartment in wooded country setting and disabled friendly”
Reviewed 28 Sep 2016
Tiny but adequate bathroom proved awkward for husband but we coped. Everything was supplied you could possibly need including DVD player incorporated into TV , local info for places to visit ,which, … More
“Cosy, well-maintained, excellent location” Brocklebank Cottage is just as the pictures suggest: pretty, cosy, well-maintained - a nice place to return to in the evenings, especially after a long day of walking and exploring. The location is perfect:
Brocklebank Cottage is delightful, cosy and well-kept. It is the perfect base for exploring the wonderful Hay-on-Wye and the surrounding area. Walk along Offa's Dyke or the Wye Valley Trail without ha… More
“Beautiful cosy cottage in fantastic central Hay location!”
Reviewed 14 Sep 2011
We stayed at Brocklebank Cottage for a week in late August with our 2 children and labrador dog. Good communication and organisation before arrival to ensure we could get keys and knew what we needed … More
“comfy cottage with all essentials, well located”
Reviewed 17 Aug 2011
We had a lovely week break in Brocklebank cottage. It caters for all essential needs, is comfortable and clean. The cottage provides a great base, a few minutes from Hay town centre and Black Mountain… 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
“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
“Amazing beautiful cottage” Fantastic everything you need for a holiday beautiful cottage fully equipped owners only next door if you needed them not that we did lovely only complaint was i didn't want to leave will definitely go back
In a magical and utterly peaceful setting by the River Avon, in the grounds of an impressive country house, Avon Turn Barn provides stunning accommodation within an imaginatively designed, timber-clad barn. …see more
“Loved it.” An exceptionally spacious, comfortable & well equipped cottage in a beautiful, tranquil location. Lovely furnishing & high quality appliances, every amenity thought of with care.
An idyllic spot with balcony overlooking the stream.listeni
My daughter and I stayed for a week in The Old Kiln. The property is beautifully maintained, very comfortable and spotlessly clean. There is everything you need. The location is very peaceful and pr… More
Thanks so much for your review and recommendation, we're glad you enjoyed your stay in this lovely part of Wales.
Regards Malcolm & Sue
“The Old Kiln is a wonderful cosy place in the centre of Wales”
Reviewed 2 Aug 2015
Perfectly linking the charm and cosy character of a traditional cottage to the comfort of a modern home, the Old Kiln is an outstanding apartment. We felt home from the first moment. Sitting on the ve… More
Thank you for your review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your wedding trip stay at The Old Kiln. This year we have had bookings from 4 honeymoon couples so each time we have decorated the cottage with romantic hearts and flower garlands to make your stay that little bit special. We look forward to seeing our German honeymooners for an anniversary trip next year.
Best wishes from Sue & Malcolm
“Tranquillity and plenty to explore.”
Reviewed 21 May 2014
The accommodation is of a high standard and fits into its surroundings beautifully. We ate breakfast on the balcony with the gentle sound of the stream below, whilst watching an amazing variety of bi… More
Thanks for your comprehensive review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Binoculars are provided at the cottage so that you can get a good view of the varied bird species that are in the grounds. Mobile Phone reception is best if you have Orange network reception. Other networks are not obtainable in the local vicinity.
Many thanks Sue & Malcolm
“The best place to stay....” What a location...
I visit Ibiza most summer's, and this was the first time I stayed in this Villa / location, it was perfectly located for me as it is seconds away from the best naturist beach in Ibiza,
The villa was amp
I stayed for 1 week in august 12. I love this place. Very quaint, homely cottage + beautiful setting a short bike ride or walk to salinas beach !! shop/ off licence and relaxed sunset bar all at the … More
Reviewed 8 Jul 2012
Perfect little hideaway for two...
We had a perfect holiday at Casasita Alegria, we enjoyed the calmness and beautiful sea view. The location is perfect near Salinas, two minute drive to the beach … More
Reviewed 9 Oct 2013
The Cottage was very nice, cosy, clean, and in a quite area.
The communication with Thomas and Enrique went very smooth.
If we go next year back to Ibiza, we will go back to the same cottage at Sali… More
“Lovely place to stay” We stayed for a long weekend at Silhouette Cottage. The accommodation was spotlessly clean, warm and comfortable and everything was fresh and light and airy. The pictures on the internet do not do the property justice and it was
This was a beautiful cottage, tastefully decorated and a real home from home.
The weather was lovely and the area very pretty. The cottage was well situated for local supermarkets, a quaint village… More
“Very good value, clean with everything you could possibly need”
Reviewed 14 Aug 2016
Lovely cottage with everything you could possibly need. Beautifully clean, great location for walking and cycling
Fantastic garden just a shame it wasn't fenced in. Otherwise perfect, would highly… More
Reviewed 8 Nov 2016
Excellent well appointed, warm, cosy, immaculately clean cottage. Lovely garden. Amazing walks right outside doorstep. Great pub down the road, excellent food.… More
“What a brilliant place to stay” We both loved this cottage which was warm and welcoming as soon as we walked through the door. it was both charming and quirky and it was soon obvious that everything possible had been done to make us feel at home. Th
“Perfect in every way!” An exceptionally clean and tidy accommodation with everything just as described. We had no problems whatsoever with the property or the location, with everything just as it should be. Les and Barbara run their business in a prof
“Perfect location to explore the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley”
Reviewed 27 Oct 2016
Valley View Cottage was warm, comfortable and exceptionally clean. Our hosts Les and Barbara were very welcoming and provided lots of useful advice about the local area. The wonderful Puzzle Wood and … More
Thank you Kevin for leaving a review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and the area.
Looking forward to seeing you again one day.
Barbara and Les
Reviewed 26 Sep 2016
We had a very warm welcome from Barbara when we arrived at valley view and that was just the start of what turned out to be a lovely weekend. The property is modern, clean, and very well equipped,… More
Hi Maria and Judith
We are so pleased you found your stay so enjoyable and thank you for the lovely review.
Looking forward to seeing you again sometime.
Barbara and Les
“Fabulous cottage” What a fabulous cottage perfect in every way.decorated to a very high standard and very clean. It felt like no one had stayed there before you and it was your very own place. It is very central to the shops, beach and harbour so onc
“A truly lovely cottage in a fantastic central location.”
Reviewed 19 Aug 2013
We enjoyed a lovely stay in this beautiful cottage. Brilliantly located opposite the Barbara Hepworth garden in a quiet central St Ives backstreet. Provision of a parking space a little way away is a … More
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay at "Cornish Cottage".
We hope to see you in St Ives again soon!
Ylenia & Paul
Gorgeous, remote, historic Welsh Cottage. Breath-takingly spectacular views of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. Beautifully restored and modernised to the highest standard. Just a few miles from Hay-on- Wye, Glasbury-on-Wye and the Brecon Beacons National Park. …see more
Snuggle up in front of the wood burner and feel the stress released as you loose yourself in this charming cottage with original stone walls and oak beams.
As morning comes you will be awakened by the chorus of birds and the bleating of sheep.
The village has a lovel …see more
“brilliant” we had a wonderful stay Hectors house was lovely such a lovely big place and so comfortable with all amenites. we found the people of the forest of dean so warm and friendly we would definetley return .
Hector's House was a lovely, clean and well equipped cottage. It felt like staying in a home rather than a rental property. The communication from Lynda before the stay was really good, telling us eve… More
Thank you Ruth and so glad you found everything to your satisfaction. We endeavour to give that little bit extra and make it comfortable for our visitors.
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
This pretty barn conversion is only 10 minutes from the centre of Bath but nestled in peaceful countyside. The cottage has a large corner whirlpool bath, wrought iron bed, exposed brickwork and beams. Only a ten minute walk from a traditional West country pub. …see more
4* Gold, Mill Cottage dates back to circa 1695 and sits in beautiful private grounds of 7 acres on the edge of the village of Longhope. A large cosy cottage which has been recently refurbished to a high standard, exceptionally well equipped with wood burner. Gas Bar B Q …see more
“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
“Lovely” What an amazing cottage. Clean, plenty of space and very complete. Everything you need is available. Gillie has a way of making you feel at home away from home. Me and my family had a great week there and we were sad to leave. Lots to do nearb
“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
Situated on the Lelant Downs near St Ives, this 200 year old, stone barn enjoys far reaching views to the coast and offers an ideal base for exploring Cornwall's Lands End and Lizard peninsulas. Brunnion Barns has a Visit England 4 stars, Gold Award grading. …see more
4* Graded. Railway Cottage is situated on the old railway station at New Radnor. Surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Mid Wales it is an ideal base for walking, biking or exploring the area. Open all year round. For details visit our website www.oldrailwaycottage …see more
“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
“Brilliant cottage, great location!” We stayed here for a week. The cottage was exactly what we had hopped for, beautifully presented, fully equipped. The location is perfect, whether to go to Bath or to explore other local tows/country side. A 10 mins
“Clean, comfortable and excellent value for money”
Reviewed 7 Apr 2014
We were delighted with our stay in this quirky cottage. We have stayed in a number of guesthouses and self catering apartments when visiting our daughter at the University of Bath and this property de… More
Many thanks for taking the time to review our property. The walk along the canal is lovely and quite easy being level. During the season there is also a river bus to town with is another nice alternative to the bus or taxi.
I hope we will see you soon.
“Great value for money”
Reviewed 3 Jun 2013
Excellent apartment, very clean, spacey (for up to 4), quite and nicely furnished.
The double bed and blanket were amazing. I slept as good as at home!
Pubs and convenience store open til 10pm nearb… More
That is a really useful comment about the cafes near the train station where you can leave your luggage. I am sure other travellers will find it helpful
The street directly opposite the cottage does have a limit on parking during weekdays, although no one have ever seen a warden. However, if you go towards Bath for a few yards the parking is unrestricted and plentiful.
Please come again.
“Wonderful memories at the Batch in Batheaston”
Reviewed 3 Nov 2012
My husband and I have such wonderful memories of our stay in the Batch. The rental was perfect for us. The bed was comfortable, the sitting room was cozy, and the kitchen was equipped for every type… More
You really did get around and pack a lot in. It sounds like you really did get the best out of your stay. It is very rewarding for us to know that our efforts are appreciated and I thank you for pointing this out. I do hope we will see you again soon.
“Highly recommended- will definitely be back!” 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 cosy and
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 c… 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
5/6 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, downstairs WC, Kitchen, Lounge, Laundry Facilities, close to the Cathedral, Stonehenge and shops.please note small party bookings of 6 or less at the lower price have 3 dbl rooms on the first floor not the whole property and family bathroom …see 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
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
Stone built cottages with breathtaking views. Secluded but not isolated, suitable for those wanting to chill out or be more adventurous with the many outdoor activities locally. Family friendly with a play barn for the youngsters and dogs welcome.Close to Hay on Wye; p …see more