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 and cosy” We stayed here for a week and had a wonderful time. There was a heatwave going on so we were very lucky to have sun every single day. The cottage was nice, clean and had everything we needed. The view from the bedroom was beautiful. I
“Lovely, comfortable and well equipped holiday accomodation”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2012
Lovely cottage for a short break in Wales.
We were impressed with the flexibility with check in times and Maggies detailed directions to the property. The house was well equipped and there was a lar… More
“comfortable stay in a nice selfcatering home.”
Reviewed 13 Jul 2012
the stay at Ceiros cottage, gave us all we needed, including an internet acces.
It is situated in a quiet part of the little village up on the hill site.
The beds were very comfortable for us, over… More
Reviewed 12 Jul 2012
Very cosy cottage, provided all amenities and more. Really helpful owner - could not ask more of Maggie and her husband. Beautiful surroundings. Great hotel near by (Lake Palace) where we had many mea… More
“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
“Perfect holiday” Lovely villa with everything you need. Three bedrooms and enought space for six. Nice outdoor and Lovely decoration. Car is essential but only a short drive to some nice beaches and restaurants. Excellent comunication with Thomas who
“Fantastic Apartment” we stayed for 1 week in the apartment in July, the quality of the apartment is fantastic, it is equiped with everything you could possibly need for a totally relaxing & enjoyable stay. The bed is the most comfy ever.There is a lov
We booked a week in December 2011 to get away from London in the run up to xmas. We had an amazing week and spent the days exploring Cornwall and relaxing in the wonderful flat. The flat is very moder… More
“Beautiful apartment in a stunning location”
Reviewed 1 Jan 2012
Carbis Bay is an ideal location for exploring St Ives which is easily accessible by public transport, car , or a splendid coastal path walk. All the beaches in St Ives Bay are within a short distance … More
“Perfect Convenient Accomodation” The flat was absolutely beautiful, in immaculate condition, spacious and warm. There's a bus stop right outside that takes you directly into Edinburgh making it a perfect location for those who don't drive. There also
It's a lovely little flat with everything you need.
Definitely do not recommend driving down the slope (as recommend by owner ) to the flat as it's a pain to get out and does not do your car any … More
Thank you for the kind comments. Regarding 'shower over bath' this is inaccurate - sorry. We removed the bath and installed a new shower. We'll get the description updated. We'll look after your bread knife!
“HEAVEN!” Casa La Marina is the perfect holiday villa in Ibiza. The location is perfect with breathtaking views all day. The house is ideally situated with restaurants, bars and shops right on your doorstep although secluded enough feel like you are in
What a great place to stay for the Christmas and New Year Period! The house provided all that was needed and we enjoyed an amazing Christmas lunch for 10. Perfect for large groups as you do not step o… More
“Fabulous property & perfect location.”
Reviewed 17 Feb 2014
Mitchells is perfectly located for those wanting a weekend in Edinburgh - just a 5 minute walk from Princes Street and perfectly located for shops, pubs, restaurants and larger venues for example Murr… More
“Great location, well equipped.”
Reviewed 13 Dec 2013
Beautiful house in great location; very central location, 2 mins from George St. Easy collection of keys; hassle free. Rented the house for a few days for a family get together. Nicely decorated an… More
“Hidden Rustic Gem” Stayed at this charming rustic place last week. It benefits from an elevated position with slight sea views from front terrace.
It has added benefit of private terrace at rear. There is an outside shower and banana tree!
“Everything you could need in a cosy cottage.” This was a well appointed cottage that we booked to use as a base for a family celebration. It had everything and more that we could have wanted for our stay. The owners were friendly and accommodating wit
Was lovely stay my husband and I stayed with our 2 very young boys and it was a lovely stay. We were free to please ourselves however they were also there for any assistance in directions, places to v… More
Thank you very much for this review. Glad you had a good stay. We Hope we see you again sometime, we enjoyed meeting you.
“fantastic holiday” me and my partner stopped here and was amazed how nice the apartment was. had everything you could ask for, love the area loads to do. we walked into st ives via the coastal path which was relaxing. weather was on our side apart fro
Second visit and there will be a third. This apartment is gorgeous and so well equipped. The welcome pack is immense. The location is superb. I would not stay anywhere else. 5 stars is not enough.… More
Thank you we really appreciate you taking the time to give us a review & of course great to hear that you will be back again!
“Perfect holiday home in an excellent location”
Reviewed 20 Jun 2016
We could not have wished for a better apartment. Everything was as we would have it in our own home. Clean, comfortable, well furnished and appointed. A lovely welcome basket greeted us with a cream t… More
“Beautiful apartment in a splendid location”
Reviewed 15 Jun 2016
Arrived by train from London into Carbis Bay and was extremely happy about the very short walk to Seaview, 1 minute!! We loved the comfortable beds, the layout of the apartment and the beautifully dec… More
“A beautiful chalet in a wonderful location.” This was our fourth visit to Tan y Coed and it was as enjoyable and relaxing as ever. Tan y Coed is quite small but is beautifully furnished. The view from the balcony is so picturesque that we generally
“With a stunning view across the valley, private sheltered deck, cosy logburner & lovely furnishings, it's truely idylic!”
Reviewed 21 Mar 2014
A newly refurbished lodge which has been tastefully and sympathetically furnished. The log burner was easy to light and quickly threw out the heat. There was also a plentiful supply of wood. The deck… 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 Cottage, ideal location.” We stayed for 3 nights with our dog , the location was ideal for exploring, cottage was very clean and comfy and having the Forest at the bottom of the garden was amazing.
“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
“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.
“Great host, great apartment, great location” Could not have had a better time. The apartment was really comfortable. The location awesome - a little away from the touristy areas but great location (Walking to Sagrada). Alex and team very sweet and cou
Me and my partner shared the apartment with my parents, the apartment was very clean, there was plenty of space, it was in a nice part of time with lots of patisseries nearby for a fresh breakfast, re… More
Thank you for your lovely words and recommendation, we are looking forward to host you again soon. Best
“séjour très agréable”
Reviewed 5 Jan 2014
L'appartement était conforme à notre attente. L'équipement et le confort étaient comme dans le descriptif de l'annonce. Le quartier était excellent car beaucoup de petits commerces de proximité … More
Reviewed 24 Oct 2013
Hemos estado encantados con este alquiler que coresponde perfectamente a la description: muy bien equipado, limpio, bien situado, en breve hemos pasado unos dias excelentes!… More
“Fantastic accommodation in fantastic location” 2 Clodgy View delivers everything you see on the website and more. The accommodation was spotlessly clean, well decorated and very comfortable. The beds in particular! The lounge was spacious and with 4
“very quiet and renovated apartment, perfect for us !” this 3-room apartment was very well, so quiet (not easy in Barcelona !)
everything worked perfectly, this flat is on the 4th floor, but there is a (small) lift, no problem !
everything in the apa
“Outstanding appartment... Beyond all my expectations”
Reviewed 25 Jun 2013
I have been to this appartment with three of my friends early June 2013... We spent such a lovely time there to the point we felt at home... The appartment was clean, perfectly equiped, modern kitchen… More
Thank you for your lovely words and recommendation, we are looking forward to host you again soon. Best
“ottimo appartamento in una buona posizione”
Reviewed 4 Jul 2014
vicinissimo alla metro fra la sagrada famiglia e Hospital San Pau (assolutamente da visitare entrambi), zona tranquilla adatta anche alle famiglie, appartamento ampio, pulitissimo e fornito di tutto.… More
Grazie della vostra gentile recensione!
“Casa perfetta e completa di tutti i confort”
Reviewed 25 Jul 2013
Abbiamo soggiornato per 10 giorni nei due nuovissimi appartamenti nei pressi della sagrada familia e li consiglieremmo vivamente.
Sono completi di qualsiasi confort: lavapiatti, lavatrice, aria cond… More
“Excellent apartment in a great location” Robert was exceptionally friendly and helpful and made us feel very comfortable in the apartment.
Located literally a 60 second walk from Cabot Circus, the apartment was in a fantastic location. It was perfe
My husband and I stayed in this flat for 9 days and we couldn't find fault with it. The flat was very well equipped and tastefully furnished. Even a laundry hamper was provided! The owner, Robert, … More
“Excellent! Lovely apartment, centre of Bristol 'on your doorstep'”
Reviewed 9 Sep 2012
Very welcoming! Robert was very helpful, nothing was too much trouble, would recommend.
The Centre of Bristol with all amenities , restaurants, pubs, brilliant shopping all so very close to hand. Th… More
“little attention to detail makes for a disappointing stay”
Reviewed 29 Sep 2012
The flat has plenty of potential. It's a decent enough size, in a quite central location (very close to Cabots Circus). The owner seems very nice when i spoke to him to arrange some of the details. … More
The apartment is exceptionally spacious and in that context guests are constantly surprised. Such an refreshing improvement on the average hotel room which can be so claustrophobic in comparison.
The apartment is designed primarily with two guests in mind. Notwithstanding that, and because of its size, the dining table can seat six! Together with a most generously sized and fully equipped modern kitchen, a more than adequate supply of crockery, glasses and cutlery allows, somewhat uniquely, guests to entertain if they so wish.
The double bed is standard size with quality Slumberland mattress and extremely comfortable duvet and bed linen, always impeccably fresh and clean. The owner realises how important it is for discerning guests to feel at home and get a good night’s sleep.
This is a wonderful town centre location, incredibly near to Cabot Circus, Bristol’s flagship and upmarket retail and leisure centre, and yet so quiet. Parking is at a premium as in any city centre location but there is provision for three cars in the off road parking facility alongside the apartments – as clearly explained on this profile, and again in the notes which accompany the booking confirmation, this cannot be guaranteed as it depends on occupancy of the six apartments which it serves. However, for peace of mind, those guests who arrive in their own transport can park their vehicles in a very pleasant and secure compound two minutes level walk away for an extra fee of £10.00 for twenty four hours.
Fully comprehensive notes on the apartment are sent to guests in advance of their visit. Copies are also in the apartment.
There is a full wi-fi facility and it is provided totally free of charge.
All in all, this apartment provides a wonderful opportunity for guests to enjoy quality accommodation at a most affordable price and is such close proximity to one of the great cities of the UK!
For guests who stay in excess of three nights the owner provides a welcome pack which includes wine, juice, milk, biscuits and confectionery to complement starter supplies of tea and coffee already awaiting them.
“Great location” This apartment is in a great location. It is within a few minutes walk to the train station and the fabulous Carbis Bay beach. All local amenities are close by. The apartment is very well equipped, lots of great extras.
“Wye cottage” Had a last minute weekend stay here in this beautiful cottage. Added bonus was the hot tub relaxing watching the night sky. Lovely views to wake up to, nice little welcome pack left by the owners. Will definately be going back with my gra
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 t… More
Reviewed 6 Dec 2016
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
“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
“Exceptional apartment in a perfect location” Perfectly situated with wonderful views views to the castle! We (a group of seven girl friends) stayed for a two night city break. We usually stay in hotels when we go away together and this was our first
“Warm welcome to perfect apartment, highly recomended”
Reviewed 19 Jul 2016
This was a fabulous apartment in a perfect location, The owners couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful to ensure that we enjoyed our stay in Edinburgh… More
“Fantastic property in a great location for a fair price with brilliant customer care.”
Reviewed 4 Sep 2013
We very much enjoyed our fifth visit to Edinburgh. This property is really well located almost in the heart of the City but pleasingly quiet too. Lots of bars, restaurants and shops nearby and buses, … More
Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed the apartment and we would love to welcome you back in the future.
“Great host, great apartment, great location”
Reviewed 20 Aug 2013
North Castle Street apartment is well located within easy walking distance of Edinburgh's tourist sights and restaurants. Convenience stores (for some food and sundries) are within walking distance b… More
Thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to welcome you to our apartment and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Just to be clear for our future guests, the apartment is on the top floor of a 3 storey apartment building, so there are actually 3 flights of stairs, not 4. There are stairs in the apartment but this is because it is a double upper. Being at the top affords us the fabulous views we enjoy across Edinburgh.
Using paypal allows our guests to make credit card payments from all over the world. Whilst there are transaction charges for international payments, there are no charges for payments made in the UK. This is a secure and safe way of taking credit card payments. As owners we do have to pay for each transaction but this is not passed on to our guests. We do also accept direct payments.
“Lovely” 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 journey. The lounge has a log burner with logs
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 pape… More
“Spacious, Great View, Lovely Island” We stayed at Casa Anna in early May 2013 so it was just at the start of the season. This meant that we didn't get full use of the pool. I would love to return to Casa Anna during the middle of summer as I am not
We stayed at casa Anna for a week and had the best time. The villa itself is simple and tastefully decorated. The thing that makes it so special is the view and infinity pool. The pictures don't do it… More
“Peaceful & relaxing”
Reviewed 12 Jun 2013
We had a great time with friends and our 8-month-old here - the house has all the necessary amenities and feels like home and is in a calm, quiet part of the island. You must have a car though. Beauti… More
Reviewed 24 Mar 2013
Great villa lovely pool with a stunning view. Perfect for a quiet weekend away. Had a great time villa in good condition all houseware usable clean and everything you could need is provided.