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.
“Perfect Location” From before actually booking the flat, Jennifer answered all our questions & was always there to answer our question throughout our stay. Check in was super cool, she left the keys at Castle Arms Pub with Donald, who was amazing & ma
Excellent location, lovely character to the place . TV is beginning to lose the pic, radiator also developed a periodic weird knocking sound each evening. Host Jenny was very friendly kept in touch to… More
Thank you for taking the time to review our apartment I am glad that you enjoyed your stay. I have had a look at the radiator and it seems to be ok now (perhaps an airlock) we will certainly get the TV checked out. Many thanks Jenny
“Perfect place, perfect location”
Reviewed 4 Nov 2012
We were in Europe for 1 month and this was our favorite place! Nicely decorated, super comfy bed, great location and easy to work with hosts. We would definitely stay here again!… More
Thank you so much for staying with us. I am really glad you had a nice time.Hope you are well and look forward to seeing you again.Jenny x
“Perfect Stay - location, accomodation, weather, friendly and helpful owner”
Reviewed 28 Feb 2012
My partner and I stayed here 25-27th Feb 2012 and found our stay to be wonderful. We were 5 minutes away from Waverley train station and on arriving at the property the owner met with us and we found … More
“Flat in Eixample” We are just back from a brilliant holiday in Barcelona. The flat was perfect for our family - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, sitting room, dining area wifi.
The location was great. We were within walking distance
“Warm welcome, great location, clean and well equipped cottage.” Lovely welcome from both Steve and Fiona, including valet parking right up to the front door of this lovely cottage. Very clean and tidy accommodation, with a well equipped kitchen and l
We stayed here with our two children aged 11 and 13 for six nights. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We got a very warm welcome. Lovely walled garden. Near enough to local shops. Easy parking The cottage was… More
“Lovely apartment” We have visited Bath several times and tend to book apartments now our children are teenagers. Number3 certainly met our needs. It was beautifully decorated and had all mod cons including the teenagers number 1 requirement (WiFi!). I
I stayed here with 3 other friends on a girls weekend in Bath. We very much enjoyed our 2 night stay and felt very much at home. We were greeted by Alison who handed over the keys and explained where … More
Thank you for your lovely review! We do try to provide a few extra touches to make guests feel at home and it is good to hear you liked them (I am particularly pleased you liked my bread!). I hope to see you in Bath again.
Reviewed 22 Aug 2014
Spacious, comfortable and well appointed. A great location for exploring Bath. We loved the complimentary breakfast too.… More
Glad you liked it - thank you! You can't beat fresh bread for breakfast with some good jam! Do come again!
“Delightful and convenient flat.”
Reviewed 17 Jun 2014
Exceeded all expectations. Extremely well appointed. Helpful and friendly owner. Easy walk to center. Highly recommend.… More
It is a pleasure to hear that we not only met your expectations but exceeded them - thank you!
This apartment is really central location, very close to tube station - not more than 5 mins, to Westminster Abbey is about 15-20 minutes by foot.
Very clean and modern, with all necessary equipmen… More
Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate the positive review. We have thought about the constructive comments and have refined the communication systems ensuring the response time is very quick. If you choose to stay with us again, we will give you a 5% discount.
Reviewed 3 Aug 2011
We stayed in Lower Marsh for 4 days in July. Although the apartment wasn't quite ready for us, this was rectified very quickly. The Apartment is in a fabulous spot and is very large, comfortable and… More
Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate the positive review. If you choose to stay with us again, we will give you a 5% discount.
“Nice apartment, Great Location” This apartment, while a little small, was more than enough for our family of four. It was extremely well located and well maintained. Rafael was very helpful with all aspects of the trip and answered any questions or co
My husband and I enjoyed our stay in this well appointed apartment, which was ideal for our requirements. The location, on the 2nd floor of a quiet block of apartments, with a lift and good security, … More
Dear Ann, your review on my apartment is greatly appreciated, I am glad to learn that we met your expectation.You are welcome anytime.Warm regards, Rafael
“Fantastic location, uncomplicated booking process and great customers care.”
Reviewed 20 Nov 2011
I have enjoyed a fantastic London experience thanks to this aparment and his owner, Rafael.
Whether you are looking for sightseeing, fun, culture or all of this together, this apartment really tick a… More
Dear Daniel, your review on my apartment encourages me to continue offering the best service we can...Location is clearly a selling point of the property.Looking forward to host you again soon.Warm regards, Rafael
“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
“Delightful Accomadation and Location” We have previously stayed in Bath itself at various places - now regretting not finding the Coach House before.
Very spacious and thoughtfully designed.
The information supplied by the owners was most useful
Great place to use as a base to explore Bath. Very comfortable accommodation, £8 taxi ride into Bath and excellent recommendations in the letting folder.… More
Thanks for writing and so pleased you enjoyed the Coach House. We are lucky to be so close to Bath and yet have the views and countryside around us. Hope to see you again.
“Modern, perfectly clean and with a gorgeous view”
Reviewed 28 Apr 2014
We stayed two nights in The Coach House with another couple and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage seemed recently refurbished and was impeccably clean. The view from the top floor (where the ki… More
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay, liked the view and found everything you needed. Your positive comments mean a great deal to us and we would love to see you again. Best regards, John and Jane
“Wonderful quiet place to stay”
Reviewed 4 Dec 2015
Our second year there at this time of year. It is great place to stay, the walk along the towpath is a great beginning and end to a relaxed day in Bath. For our first night the housekeeper provided a … More
Thanks Kasia and pleased we are tempting you back again :-)
Our new food offering is proving to be very popular - we hope to continue and expand this, so we are very pleased you enjoyed it.
See you next year!
John and Jane
“Fantastic Location” We were a group of 3 girls and had a great time in this apartment. The location was amazing, 5min walk to La Rambla and restaurants and bars even closer!
The apartment was perfect size but the best bit was definitely the roof terr
“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
“Wonderful little cottage” 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 loved watching the birds
A lovely relaxing few days in this beautiful cottage, everything you need is provided for, we will definitely be returning!… More
Thankyou for your lovely review of Nuthatch Cottage.
We look forward to seeing you again.
Vicki & Tim
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
“The convenience of inner city living without the hassle of living in the city.” The location of the apartment is perfect for exploring London. 5 minutes walk to the tube station. 15 minutes to Central London by tube. For a more leisurely journey, take
“Very Comfortable, Cosy and Conveniently Located - We Will Stay Again!”
Reviewed 26 Jan 2014
This was 1 of 4 apartments we stayed on our trip to Europe, so we had quite a bit to compare to. We checked in, after dark, to a warm, brightly lit, freshly cleaned and very welcoming apartment. We ha… More
“Bright and comfortable, close to good Tube and bus stop”
Reviewed 16 Jun 2013
Easy to get around different parts of London, with Archway tube only a short walk. Grocery store very close buy, great coffee and baklava at the little Turkish cafe around the corner. The apartment wa… More
“fabulous holiday flat, high spec, great location...loved it!!”
Reviewed 20 Jan 2013
Arrived to a fantastic welcome hamper. Flat lovely, with high quality throughout. Very clean and comfortable. Great location with really good shops, bakers, cafes, supermarket in the immediate vicinit… More
“Perfect!” Perfect for our 'friends reunion' weekend ... lovely cottages, beautiful surroundings and plenty of space for the kids to play - outdoor/indoor play areas including wendy house, bouncy castle and go-karts. Facilities included a laundry room
“Weekend stay” John was very helpful with responding to emails and was quick to sort any booking issues I had. We had a grpuppy of 15 stay at the accommodation. There was plenty of room for more and I would well recommended it for a large group who wa
“Perfect location and fab stay at this cool mews holiday home” Perfect London get away for the family - tucked away down a quiet Mews lane but with literally everything from shops and cafes to underground to the National History Museum around the corn
My husband and I along with our 3 boys had a wonderful time in London.
Our 'home' was just as described and location was perfect for what we had planned.… More
“Excellent location and comfortable house”
Reviewed 5 Nov 2016
We had our original TripAdvisor booking cancelled two weeks prior to our departure for London so we were lucky to have found this lovely house. It is very close to the Gloucester Road tube station, … More
Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay.
The location of the house is one its best points – it's a short walk to the museum district and easy to get just about anywhere in central London and the West End. It's also great that you were able to relax there in the evenings.
We apologise for these niggles with the bathrooms. We are getting these fixed at the moment (they would have been dealt with last week, but we postponed this your late booking!).
In any event, thank you for staying with us - we hope to welcome you back at some stage.
“Lovely home in great location”
Reviewed 20 Jul 2016
We had a lovely 5 days. The owners we very helpful prior to and during our stay. It is conveniently located near shops transports and museums which was perfect for our family. We found the accommodat… More
“Breathtakingly beautiful” My partner and I stayed here along with our 2 year old daughter in June 2015 for 1 week.
The reason we picked Cala Tarida was because we were getting married and as soon as we spotted Atico Tarida on the internet, we knew th
This is a fabulous apartment and if I could give it six stars, I would. Internally, it is very tastefully decorated with everything you would require for your stay. However, it is the external terra… More
“Great, great, great”
Reviewed 10 Sep 2014
It is the second time we spend our holidays there. One could say: well after the delight we experienced the first time, the place is less amazing... No way! We enjoyed our holidays at least as much as… More
“Most Amazing Apartment”
Reviewed 26 Jun 2014
Totally loved this apartment, the views were incredible and just a very sort walk away from the beach. Tarida Bay is a quite family oriented place, perfect for those who like to dip in and out of craz… More
“Good apartment in a great location” 4 of us stayed in the apartment and it was ideal for us. Good facilities including 2 bathrooms which seemed fairly rare in other 2-bed properties in the centre that we looked at.
Location was excellent, small su
“Very Comfortable. Clean and well equipped. Excellent Location.”
Reviewed 28 Mar 2016
Our first visit to Barca with family members. 2 couples stayed in Antonio's apartment in Girona. This is an excellent central location from which to explore the city by Metro, foot or cabs. Antonio co… More
I am very grateful for Andy's comments. I try my guests feel at home. I thank them that they have been so careful with my apartment, they left it very clean and tidy.
I will be happy to receive them back on their next visit to Barcelona
“Tidy, clean apartment”
Reviewed 1 Jan 2016
Great location in Barcelona for this 2 bedroom apartment.
Modern, clean and tidy.
Stayed with family and our 1 year old son. High chair and travel cot that was provided was suitable for our 4 night … More
Thanks for your review, sorry I could not meet you. It has been a pleasure to host you and your family. I thank you that you have been so careful with my apartment and I'll be happy to host you again in your next visit to Barcelona.
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
“Perfect location for a relaxing break!”
Reviewed 28 Jun 2015
Lovely welcome (and cake !) from Michelle, and lots of useful information about Silhouette Cottage and local area. The cottage is very comfortable and everything you might need is provided. The proper… More
“Delightful and quirky” This was our second stay at The Old Chapel and was as good as our first visit. Lovely comfortable accommodation with everything that you need for a great stay. Ideally placed for us as we have family in the next hamlet. Commun
We arrived at The Old Chapel and were met by its quaint charm. It is in a beautiful location and is ideal to get away from it all. There were 6 in our party including 3 teenagers and we all adored i… 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
“Exceptional views, location and high end fitout of apartment” The apartment was spacious, well fitted out with high end furnishings and accessories, whilst the views over Carbis Bay and it location was excellent.
The onsite management were very helpf
“Excellent” Stayed for 2 nights as part of a pre Christmas family break. Excellent communications from Gareth all the way from the booking to the stay.
The apartment is absolutely wonderful, clean and well furnished, and everything you could need is a
I stayed here with my wife and another couple in May 2013. It was a great find.
Great location off of Rose with access to many shops and restaurants right outside the door. You can walk to New To… More
“Quality apartment in a great location!”
Reviewed 6 Nov 2012
What a great find! This modern, well furnished and equipped apartment had everything we needed and in such a great location, everything Edinburgh has to offer is within easy reach, with plenty of rest… More
“Excellent city centre property”
Reviewed 28 Nov 2016
Well equipped city centre property. The property was close to local amenities. Property was clean and tidy and furnished to a high standard. I would certainly stay here again and recommend it to fam… More
“Fabulous” Everything about this cottage is great, starting with being met by Elaine and once in a lovely tray of goodies including some gorgeous Welsh cakes. The wood burner is lovely for those cosy nights in especially after lunch in the Rising Sun (
Warm, spotlessly clean, lovely welcome with a tray of goodies on arrival - what more could you ask for! We loved the log burning stove. We travelled with our 4yr old and there was plenty of room to ma… More
So glad you enjoyed your break, many thanks for your glowing review - much appreciated! Also tips for other guests are always helpful.