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.
“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
I have spend the weekend in the Big Bristol House with group of friends and although the house was clean on the surface, (such as clean bed sheets and towels) the house is in real need of a deep clean… More
Thank you for your review. We will certainly take action on the points you've raised. We're always keen to address things as quickly as possible and pride ourselves on providing a clean, well-maintained house. We're easily contactable 24 hours a day and encourage guests to get in touch during their stay if they have any concerns. Sorry for any inconvenience and we hope to welcome you again soon.
“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
“Great location, comfy base” Stayed over the weekend as a pre- Christmas break and really enjoyed the use of the house. Great location to access central London. The house is very comfortable and with two bathrooms was a real home from home. Will defini
“Mrs” We spent a lovely weekend in Bath - 8 old university friends.
Mignon House is in an amazing location but was still very peaceful. We loved the character of the house and Paul was a very friendly and relaxed owner.
Most things about the house w
My friends and I stayed here for a hen weekend and it was perfect for everything we needed! There were 8 of us in total and there was plenty of room for us all. The apartment is located really central… More
“Perfect for what we wanted it for.”
Reviewed 3 Apr 2013
I was very impressed with this house as it was in the very centre of bath. We had a lady who couldn't walk too much and it was the perfect for her. The house was well maintained and there was good att… More
“best for comfort and location”
Reviewed 24 Mar 2013
most enjoyable weekend made to feel very welcome welcome pack was most appreciated.the accomodation was lacking in nothing ,warm and comfortable… More
“Absolute Opulence” With a view of St.Ives Harbour to die for, Chynalls offers everything you could possibly want from a luxury holiday home.We were a group of 8 adults and an 8mth old baby and the house met our requirements on every level with everyth
“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
“Stunning mansion set into the Welsh hills” This place really does have the "wow" factor. Driving up the hill to the Fron you won't be disappointed. Sauna, hot tub, log burner, BBQ, widescreen TV - there is a feeling of luxury in this renovated farm ho
lovely barn conversion cottage, with all the amenities which make it a home from home.
Very clean and spacious. Ideal location for a getaway break with stunning scenery from every window and the hot… More
“Beautiful house, well equipped, glorious views, especially from the hot tub, the most perfect week”
Reviewed 13 Nov 2013
We really enjoyed our stay at The Fron last week. We had a great holiday, and will return to the house and area in the near future.
The house was ideal for two families. We were very impressed with h… More
“Quiet location, excellent hospitality” We stayed here with our 4 month old daughter for a week. The property was easy to find, not far from the main road yet in a quiet cul de sac. We were made very welcome by the owner, and there was lots of informat
Very nice and quiet place. The house is clean with all conveniences. It is very well situated. It's very easy to go to Edinburgh by bus.
So it's a very good adress ; more, the proprietor is very very… More
“Perfect place to stay as a group!” A group of 9 of us stayed here this weekend for a hen party and all of us were so pleased we chose this house! It was perfectly located to everything we wanted to do and see, brilliantly laid out and so comfortable.
“Fantastic hen weekend in centrally located apartment”
Reviewed 28 Mar 2016
The apartment was as advertised - centrally located, only 10 mins from all the attractions in Bath. Bathrooms were extremely clean and bedding really comfortable. Great apartment for a group of frie… More
Reviewed 26 Mar 2016
This house is in a very central location; couldn't be bettered.
Set up for groups of friends with multi bed rooms and good living rooms.… More
“Perfect weekend away!” I booked this apartment fo my hen weekend with 9 other girls. It's was fantastic! We didn't want to leave! Perfect location, lovely modern but cosy interior. I had the most fantastic weekend and this apartment just made it! The
“Lovely quiet property with plenty of room” Welcomed on arrival by owner & shown around the property, nice welcome pack (wine, beer & welsh cakes). Property was well equipped for all your needs & located within reasonable travel time for most major ven
“This house should not be available for a holiday let”
Reviewed 15 Aug 2016
Upon arrival to the property with my four children and elderly parents we found the property to be in an unacceptable state. The property was dirty, smelt strongly of cats and was completely filled th… More
I am saddened and genuinely surprised at this review since I always tell my guests when I greet them that I am on site and always happy to address any concerns. Other reviewers will confirm this to be the case. Not once did they come to me with any concerns.
We do not have a cat. If there was a smell of cat it was because the guests from the previous week brought their cat. This was not cleared with me beforehand so I had to allow the cat to stay as part of the group. I could easily have dealt with this had it been mentioned. Likewise I could have dealt with any issues relating to the shower. I dispute any suggestion that the property was not clean. There have been smoke detectors (2) and a CO2 alarm since the property was first available for letting so I am at a loss to understand why the guests failed to spot them.( In the breakfast room and on the landing window ledge.) I cannot see a problem in a room doubling as a study bedroom. Lots of people like to have a workspace and access to a printer.
Everyone who stays with us knows how we go the extra mile to deal with requests and complaints so I am puzzled as to why nothing was mentioned at the time yet the guests say they are "negotiating compensation." I expect they didn't take photos of the soiled bedding - together with a strong urine smell -they left me to deal with.
I could have made this holiday so much better had they come to me in the first place. So sad.
“Excellent stay” We had a wonderful weekend in hay staying at the old new inn. We stayed 2 nights and used it as a base to do a stage of the offas dyke path from Pandy back to hay. A superb location and Gill was very helpful with instructions of how to
“Beautiful warm,cosy town house in a fantastic location for shopping and sightseeing!”
Reviewed 11 Nov 2013
Just arrived home from a wonderful break of 3 nights with my husband, and elderly parents. The house is extremely comfortable, tastefully decorated and in a great location, near to shops,cafés, pubs … More
Thank you for your lovely review.
“A wonderful base within Hay on Wye”
Reviewed 5 Nov 2013
My daughter and I had a wonderful weekend break at The New Old Inn in Nov. We booked this property as it offered luxurious accommodation in the centre of Hay. The house is comfortable, decorated to a … More
Thank you Wendy for a really lovely comment.
“Wonderful place to stay”
Reviewed 29 Aug 2016
The house was immaculate and had everything you could need . Stayed here with my wife,son and his partner over the bank holiday weekend . Plenty of room to relax and the ideal place to stay and explor… More
Thank you for your generous comments . I am so pleased that your weekend in Hay was a success ! I look forward to hearing from you in the future.
“A great place to stay for family holiday” We stayed at Sea Ayr for one week at the end of September together with extended family - five adults and two young children. The house is very clean, welcoming and comfortable. The kitchen was very well equip
“We had a very good vacation - House & Service is at Top level” I found Explorers' Rest on internet and decided to book here because of good references.
I was there with my wife and 2 teens (15 and 13). What to say:
It is clean, confortable, with all
I stayed at Explorers' Rest for three nights in February 2015 with my Partner and our 15 and 6 year old girls.
Put simply, we loved it. There was plenty of space for all of us, the house was very c… More
Thank you kindly for those glowing words, Daniel; I REALLY appreciate you taking the time to leave such a lovely review! I'm super pleased that my house met your needs and hopefully we'll get to meet in person next time. All the best to you and your family, Krista.
“Not just a property rental, more a comfortable, welcoming home.”
Reviewed 4 May 2015
Needed a base for extended family to get together between Christmas and New Year. Krista couldn't have been more helpful , both before the trip and even in helping us with travel arrangements from dif… More
I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay. Yes, although transport between my house and central London's tourist areas is really easy thanks to the transport hub near my house, there were unfortunately no direct links to the outer part of the city where your family is based since they only have bus and train options in that area. Luckily though, thanks to finding the right bus routes, we managed to find a pretty simple solution in the end and the family reunion was successful.
“Just perfect. A place you can book with your eyes closed.”
Reviewed 4 May 2015
For the first time, I found a rental that lived up to and even surpassed the photos/description! This house has everything you could conceivably need during your stay. There's even a cupboard with cer… More
“Return visit - would not wish to stay anywhere else in Bath!” We had a lovely stay again at the Almshouse. Edith (the owner) gave us a very warm welcome and provided a fab welcome basket. House was beautifully clean with lots of nice touches and ver
This cottage is beautiful. It is clean, comfortable and has been decorated and furnished to a high standard and in keeping with the period of the property. The owner Edith was friendly and helpful an… More
Janette and Fiona were absolutely lovely, great communicators and perfect guests; I look forward to welcoming them again and can highly recommend them to future hosts!
“Wonderful mews in an excellent central location.” Took my three kids to Edinburgh and stayed in this lovely, yet secluded, little house. Excellent location, with everything within walking distance.
The accommodation was clean and welcoming. All of u
“Fantastic week in Edinburgh - great house, location and amenities”
Reviewed 16 Jul 2012
We stayed with our three children (2, 6 and 9) - the accommodation worked extremely well. The house is well equipped and extremely comfortable. A short walk to all sorts of shops, cafes, pubs, bars an… More
“Perfect place to stay for a week in Edinburgh”
Reviewed 14 Jul 2012
We were staying in Edinburgh for one week to attend the Church of Scotland's General Assembly. & GS made a perfect place to stay - not too far from the centre of town, spacious, well equipped and very… More
“This tasteful mews house was welcoming, convenient, clean and comfortablele, quiet”
Reviewed 23 Sep 2011
My husband and I first went to the Edinburgh festival for honeymoon 41 years ago and have been going ever since, missing only a few years when our children were tiny. Consequently we have stayed in m… More