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 stay” Our stay was simply perfect. Dreamlocation - central, close to Borough market and still so calm and quiet in the night. The appartement had a well thought out layout with a light and modern feel to it. It had everything we needed to co
“Breathtaking” 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 everything is provided to start you off...t
“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!
“Fantastic views, cute cottage”
Reviewed 28 Sep 2014
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 vi… More
Thank you very much for your review, we are glad you had such a good time in the forest. It really is a stunning place and we feel privileged to live here!
“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.
“Great studio/bed sit apartment in good position. Value for money” Clean neat garage refit in modern building. Good size for couple, with kitchen, lounge, eating area and Q/S bed in one room with divider. Separate loo and shower stall. Parking out fron
“Fabulous Waterfront Apartment” Great Apartment in quiet location with easy access to the city centre. Michael's instructions and photos meant that finding the apartment and getting access to it was simple and straightforward. We had no issues at al
I found the apartment online. The price was really good and it looked beautiful. Upon booking I was contacted very soon by the manager and given all the details of how to get there and some useful inf… More
“Great apartment, would recommend”
Reviewed 18 Feb 2014
I had a chance to stay in this apartment in Jan/Feb time for a long weekend with friends and I can't fault it for anything. Very good size, spotless clean, fully equipped kitchen, large flat screen TV… More
“Better than promised”
Reviewed 31 Oct 2013
We stayed for a week at this stunning apartment. As you can see from the pictures its very modern. The apartment ist well equipped with all you need. At our arrival we were greeted very friendly by Ma… More
“Excellent location” We enjoyed our stay at Admiral Cottage very much, what a fabulous location, even if the seagulls are a little noisey! The Cottage is very well equipped, and a pleasure to stay in. Fabulous views! Would recommend.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Admiral Cottage. We have three young kids (8,6,4) who loved every minute. The cottage has been refurbished to a high standard, with lots of thoughtful details t… More
“Light, bright, stupendous view”
Reviewed 19 Feb 2015
I, and my two daughters aged 20-30, plus two dogs, had a wonderful Christmasstay in Admiral Cottage. Good bedrooms, lovely bathroom. The attic room, especially, has a panoramic view (believe the pictu… More
“A room with a view”
Reviewed 2 Apr 2014
My family (teenage daughter) stayed at the cottage during school half term last October. It was during the period of heavy gales on the south coast. We arrived on a dark rainy evening and finding the… More
“We had a great family holiday” The apartment is very comfortable, very well equipped and clean. It is central located close to all services (metro, shops, restaurants, ...).
Communication with the owner was excellent and fast return of the deposit.
Stayed here for 3 nights with my partner who was at a training course in London. The house is very well presented and luxurious and very centrally located within a few minutes travel of all the touri… More
“A Lovely London stay with our three youn children”
Reviewed 15 Nov 2012
All mod cons comfortable flat in London, very close to amenities and Tube. Will recommend to family and friends!!… 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
“What it says on the tin” This really is the retreat villa; a beautiful, traditional villa in a remote (ish) location in the picturesque countryside of San Juan.
The location wasn't too much of a problem for us as we hired a car (shops nearby) and
“Incredible villa, absolutely perfect in every way!” We absolutely loved Casa Honeybee during our recent stay in Ibiza! It was absolutely perfect for a group of 10 friends looking to spend time relaxing on beautiful terraces and by the pool (with slide
When we arrived in Ibiza we got a taxi and a hire car to go to this villa, following the directions emailled by the owner we found the villa fairly easily, just missed the very last turning but we got… More
“Apartment Edinburgh 16 Trone Square” Small but clean newly furnished and fully accessoried apartment, 200 meters from Royal Mile and 7 minutes from Central Rail Station.
Placed in a very silent and strategical area. This is the best for anyone want
The apartment had everything you could need. Fully equipped kitchen along with everything you could need to cook and wash up. Very nice living room with flatscreen tv. very nice bedroom and bathroom. … More
“Nice place to stay in Central Edinburgh”
Reviewed 20 Aug 2012
This is a nice, small one bedroom apartment right off of the Royal Mile.
If you're up for the Fringe or Hogmanay, it's a great location to be in.… More
“excellent accommodation wonderful hosts” my family stayed at wits end in late august our hosts sam and paul were very friendly and welcoming the apartment was furnished to the highest standard 5*+ including a very large wet room all bedding was sup
“Absolutely spot on” This house was perfect for 4 girls visiting Ibiza for the first time.
After reading previous reviews, a car was highly recommended for Roca Llisa. After picking up the car from Ibiza airport (which was pretty painless) we made
“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
“Gaudi nest in Barcelona” This apartment was amazing. Views to die for and the staff were so helpful and friendly. This was a truly great find and we would recommend it to anyone who is fit enough to climb the 5 flights of stairs...although as explaine
Just returned from a lovely holiday in Barcelona staying at Gaudi's Nest. Fabulous apartment with amazing views, overlooking the Sagrada Familia, spotless and great attention to detail for a comforta… More
“First class access to everywhere” Cottage was spotless and fully equiped and I was provided on arrival with milk,coffee, bread, biscuits, eggs and a bottle of wine ! The public transport links are amazing,two railway stations,trams and buses all withi
“A very good , economical stay in a well appointed apartment, conveniently situated for all our requirements.” No one there to meet us, despite having to stop several times to text "greeter", then having to go into an unfamiliar public house to pick up
“Quiet but very convenient location for Edinburgh.”
Reviewed 3 Sep 2016
Pleasant location on excellent bus route to central Edinburgh. Apartment had everything needed for a pleasant stay and the Sainsbury's Local across the road was really useful. Some problems communicat… More
“A true gem” We spent two nights here to celebrate a family birthday. We were welcomed at the flat by the owner, Moira, with a bottle of wine and some sweets on the table, and she showeed us around the flat, explained what was necessary and answered ou
I stayed at Chessels Court Apartment for 3 nights with my friend, my sister and mum. The location is absolutely fantastic! Right on the royal mile, but the quieter end so not too busy. The beds are… More
Thanks so much. You will be welcome any time.
“Perfect and lovely place”
Reviewed 9 Nov 2015
Everything was absolutely perfect with that place. Moira was really nice and helpful. The location is great and the fireplace a pleasure !!!… More
“Convenient, clean and everything we required.”
Reviewed 1 Sep 2012
Very conveniently placed, easy access to all areas of Edinburgh but not in the very 'noisy' centre. Everything you needed was provided and the Landlady very thoughtful and informative. Stayed with fa… More
“Beautiful Apartment - Great Location” Enjoyed a 2 night stay in this beautiful apartment. A bright and modern décor throughout. Well equipped, with everything you would require for a break away. Great location and enjoyed being able to walk everywhere
Just arrived back home after my girlfriend and I enjoyed a lovely 3 night stay at Jackie's apartment in Cumberland street. The flat lived up to the previous reviews, modern interior, homely feel and i… More
“Fabulous City pad for Hogmanay stay”
Reviewed 10 Feb 2015
The apartment is beautifully presented, clean and looks better than the photos. Set in a charming location with your own entrance. Local amenities a few minutes walk away and all attractions within … More
“Lovely. Clean and cosy”
Reviewed 30 Nov 2014
Lovely apartment..was very clean and tidy. Had a bit of bother getting the key out key safe but phoned Jackie and when she explained we got it straight away. Ten minute walk to princess street. Fairly… More
“Fantastic little find” Well appointed flat in easy walking distance of the city centre. Dog friendly and located close to several pubs/restaurants. Would definitely look to stay here again when we next visit Edinburgh
“Excellent base for an Edinburgh visit” Stayed here with my wife and 2 young children as we visited Edinburgh to meet family. The flat is well equipped and the owner met us on arrival and ran us through the basics.
There is a surprisingly pleasant 24
We had a wonderful time in Edinburgh staying in Eunice & David apartment. I enjoyed the magnificent view of Newhaven harbour as I eat my breakfast every morning
The apartment clean and bright with a… More
Thank you for the feedback Patrick, we are always delighted to hear when guests have enjoyed their stay.