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.
“This was the perfect place for us.” We had a great weeks stay at Archer House. Instructions to reach the apartment were easy to follow.
After being on the move, staying in hotels for a number of weeks it was terrific to have our own little pad. The
“Love this appartment, perfect for a couple, close to the river and central London.”
Reviewed 17 Feb 2015
What impressed us about Archer on Thames was the reality far exceeded our expectations. The owner's description and photographs given on the Trip Advisor site were very accurate but the reality was ex… More
“Can't wait to return”
Reviewed 10 Dec 2014
Just returned home after spending 5 nights in Annabel’s lovely apartment.
Having read the other reviews we had high expectations... and we have to say it didn't disappoint.
We travelled by ca… More
“Brilliant start to our UK holiday.”
Reviewed 28 Oct 2014
Archer on Thames was the first holiday rental on our first UK holiday. Soon after booking Annabel had contacted us to provide all the information we nervous newbies would need to comfortably travel f… More
“Perfect! Look no further” We are a family of 2 parents and 2 kids (10,15). We stayed there for a week.
The flat is lovely. Very nice decorated with thinking of the small details. The apartment is very well equiped. It is centrally located with a f
“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
“Lovely accommodation and a warm welcome” Stayed for a long weekend with family to celebrate a milestone birthday. Received a warm welcome from Philip and Buster (the dog) and the accommodation was very well appointed and comfortable with all mod cons.
Hi end barn conversion, done to the highest spec. A really lovely space. A fantastic setting. Can't wait to go back and relax. Thank you.… More
We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us so much that you have re-booked. We look forward to seeing you all soon. Thank you for your positive feed back.
“High quality accomodation in a beautiful setting within easy reach of many interesting places to visit.”
Reviewed 11 Jan 2013
We stayed over the Christmas week, my dad, sister and nephews in the downstairs apartment and myself, my husband and our 18 month old daughter in the upstairs one. Although we all spent most of our ti… More
We are really pleased that you enjoyed your Christmas with us. Thank you for you positive feed back. Many people like yourselves staying in group feel that it is an advantage to have the two separate lounges so we are delighted you benefited from this. We are pleased that you managed to visit many of the fabulous place of interest that we have on our door step.
“Fabulous Stay at Le Gro”
Reviewed 22 Oct 2012
Had a wonderful Weekend at Le gro with family,The accommodation was first class,and
Beautiful setting in countryside.But only short drive into Shrewsbury,which is also lovely,
Also had barbeque one … More
Thank you for your kind feed back, we are really pleased that you and your family had a happy and memorable stay with us and look forward to helping you have another joyful family get together next time.
“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
“Perfect house for NYE party and cosy New Year's Day” We had an absolute ball at this house over New Year's Eve. We were a mixed group of old university friends and we wanted a big house with lots of room to have New Year's Eve in together and chill ou
A group of 15 of us stayed at the house for a hen weekend and had an absolute blast. This is no ordinary rental - every room is completely individual and has its own story, we had great fun exploring.… More
Reviewed 13 Mar 2013
We had a great hen weekend the house was great for partying we particularly enjoyed the dressing up. Would highly recommend for a large group gathering and girls weekend. The chocolate and fizz were … More
“Fantastic House. Highly recommended.”
Reviewed 15 Nov 2012
This is a beautiful quirky house, the owner is lovely and helps to accomodate your every need. Highly recommended. One small problem we had was with the parking (we had 5 cars between us and the roads… More
“Gorgeous cottage and beautiful countryside.” My family and two friends stayed at Bronfelin holiday cottage from 27th December 2011 to 2nd January 2012, the cottage itself is tastefully decorated, extremely cosy, we loved the kitchen and the log fire i
“Ideal cottage, nice decor, clean, warm and in a perfect location”
Reviewed 27 Dec 2011
The cottage is in a lovely setting with stunning views of the surrounding hills and forests. It has ample offroad parking. Inside it is very clean and decorated to a high standard. The heating system … More
“The perfect 'getting away from it all' retreat.”
Reviewed 4 Dec 2011
An excellent self catering cottage. We found the location convenient (as we were competing on Wales Rally GB) and we needed to come and go early in the morning. We found the cottage to be warm, invi… More
“The ultimate luxury penthouse in an unbelievably cool location.” Wow. This penthouse is amazing! A stunningly stylish apartment with touches of luxury throughout. Tucked away in a quiet courtyard, you almost can't believe that you are on the doorstep
I booked this apartment as a surprise for my wife for our 10th wedding anniversary. We both loved the apartment and had the most amazing long weekend in London. The penthouse is on two levels and the … More
“So much space and elegance in an exciting location”
Reviewed 24 Jan 2015
The overall feeling was of calm elegance and space after an exciting day in London. The apartment had everything that we needed to feel at home. We enjoyed eating in and preparing meals in the beautif… More
“Fantastic” Absolutely beautiful location, great recommendations by Debbie for nearby visits to go on walks but also beautiful walks around the area. Lodge is absolutely stunning, been on many holiday lettings holiday and this is the best quality. Were
Just woken up following my return from a three night stay at the gorgeous Cherry Tree lodge feeling very disappointed that I haven't woken up to the lovely views and crisp air I've gotten used to thes… More
What a lovely review, thank you.
We are so glad that you had an enjoyable, relaxing break, especially as I believe you were celebrating a birthday!
You were certainly very lucky with the weather which has been beautiful for the time of year, proving that it doesn't always rain in Wales :-)
We hope to be able to welcome you back again in the future.
Reviewed 11 Aug 2016
friendly welcome lovely people arrived to fresh homemade bread lodge was spotless place was beautiful will recommend to friends and family … More
Reviewed 15 Oct 2016
We had a lovely time staying at Cherry Tree lodge it was just what we needed. In the middle of nowhere with beautiful scenery and the amazing hot tub! We loved the set up of the lodge. We only are out… More
“Summer Holiday” The farm house was very spacious, very clean and had all the facilities a home could possilby offer. Surrounded by glorious countryside and so close to St Ives I would recommend this home to everyone. I hope to book next year and stay
“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.
“Perfect in every way” We have just returned from a week in The Annexe and had to drag ourselves away! From the welcome we received (after a long drive up from the south of England and resulting late arrival to find Fiona waiting for us) to the superb
That's right "The Annexe" was out of this world. So relaxing,quiet. It was a beautiful place to stay. We were celebrating my boyfriend's 50yr birthday. So many lovely places to visit and only a bus … More
“Excelled our expectations”
Reviewed 15 Jan 2013
A most warm and friendly welcome awaited us, well excelling our expectations; excellent facilities and extra personal touches, including food starter pack, were much appreciated. Very clean, constan… More
“Luxurious and relaxing holiday apartment”
Reviewed 11 Sep 2012
The apartment is perfect! All very modern but still very homely. The bed was the most comfortable one I have ever slept in! We were up for the festival but spent one day just relaxing and enjoying coc… More
“Ms” Beautiful flat in a very special magical place - cannot wait to return! This was our first visit to Ibiza and feel so lucky to have stayed in such a lovely and welcoming flat. Amazing swimming pool with idyllic beaches a few minutes walk away.
“Quality accomodation in a fantastic location” Everything we needed for our short stay in Edinburgh, quality apartment in a great location with a friendly owner who provided great information to make our stay enjoyable
We are a family with 2 boys 8 and 12 years old and we enjoyed really this apartment because of its perfect location on Royal Mile and because of its outstanding comfort : everything is perfectly execu… More
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and for your kind comments. We have tried to make the apartment comfortable for families, and we think that the large lounge plus the toys and other entertainments can help keep the kids happy - which helps keep the parents happy too!
We hope to see you again soon.
“Fantastic apartment, great location, home from home.”
Reviewed 31 Jul 2012
We loved our stay in this apartment. It is situated right in the city centre so it was only a quick walk from the bus station and all the best places to go. Although it is located over a bar, we neve… More
Thank you for such an enthusiastic review! We want our apartment to feel like home for our guests, so it is nice to know that we are managing to do that. We are also pleased that you appreciated the comfy bed. We look forward to seeing you again.
“Apartamento centrico y acogedor”
Reviewed 15 Sep 2012
Apartamento recientemente renovado y completamente equipado ( wifi, lavadora, lavavajillas, etc ). Está decorado con gusto y cariño y no le falta nigun detalle.
La situación en la “ Royal Mile … More
“great size for large group but needs updating” We stayed here for a hen weekend - really good and close enough to city centre (via 10 min taxi) penthouse does need attention to detail - curtain was hanging off in one room, ripped sofa, lightbulbs need
“Beautiful and spacious fantastic period house, sleeps 8” Situated in Batheaston, near the Historic City of Bath, fabulous period property with 4 large double bedrooms, (2 ensuite), plus separate family bathroom. Spacious, fantastic kitchen/ with brea
“A beautiful house with amazing decor and facilities”
Reviewed 21 Jul 2014
The house was a lovely old farmhouse renovated in a modern way but keeping its original features. It had plenty of room and the bedrooms were fantastic. There were 16 girls staying here and in the two… More
Glad you thought Mulsanne House was an old property that has been renovated, because that's how I wanted it to look when I had it built in 2000! Really pleased you enjoyed it and hope to see you again. Regards
Reviewed 21 Nov 2016
We have just returned from a mid week break at mulsanne house and we had a wonderful time.
The house is beautiful and had everything we needed, we will defiantly be visiting again in the summer as … More
Thanks Christine - sorry about the weather, but I know you had a great time, so it will be even better when you come again in the summer and can enjoy the garden :-)
“well appointed and ideal for a stay in Bath”
Reviewed 4 Oct 2015
Mulsanne House was very clean, comfortable and perfect for a family get together, providing a quiet location and secluded sunny garden with plenty of seating areas. The bus stop was a stones throw awa… More
Thanks for the review and very pleased you enjoyed your stay. Sorry the BBQ wasn't clean for you - not sure what happened there, it should have been. A shame you didn't go for food to the Bathampton Mill where you got the river bus from, which we strongly recommend in our guide. As you know it's easy walking distance and is a lovely setting. You can have reasonably priced bar food or more choice in the restaurant. Also in our guide is the George and Dragon in Batheaston, just 3 or 4 minutes walk. Quite simple, but good food. Plus there are two other foody pubs we mention within walking distance. And of course, a choice of over 400 restaurants in Bath. But perhaps another time :-) Best regards, John and Jane
“Brilliant Location.” Booked this for the Scotland - Wales rugby weekend and travelled as two couples. Faultless communication and arrangements with the owner over early/late check in/out. Apartment is spotless and well appointed, warm and comfy. Car p
Beautiful appartment great location will be staying again. Good communication with the owner. Would definitely recommend a stay here.… More
“Great place to stay”
Reviewed 14 Nov 2016
This apartment was fantastic. We were really close to the city centre so pretty much everything was within walking distance. The accommodation itself was really well equipped and finished to a reall… More
“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.
“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
“"Everithing perfect"” Very good Location. Grassmarket is faboulus. The flat was really comfortable,very cleaned,very well equipped and everything was new and refurbished. Mrs Stevenson is very nice and friendly. She provided us with a very big breakfa
A true doll house, perfectly cared for, elegantly combining the historical style with modern comfot. The best possible location in Edinburgh: 5 minutes walk from the EICC en just 1 minute walk down to… More
Thank you very much! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back again.
Reviewed 18 Feb 2015
Perfect location with amazing views of the castle.Very clean and tidy inside accommodation with all facilities that you require for a great stay in Edinburgh.… More
Thanks for this great review, we are glad you had such a good time in Edinburgh, it is a city full of surprises!
“Nice flat close to everything.”
Reviewed 23 Jan 2015
Great place to stay. Good location, walking distance to most things. Bed was a bit firm. All in all a great place to stay. … More
Thank you for providing a great review of your stay in 21 Cordiner's Land, we are very glad you enjoyed yourself and hope you will return. Edinburgh has so much to offer in regards to attractions within the immediate area, so you would never be short of something exciting to see and do!
“A fantastic apartment” An amazing apartment in an excellent location. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in London after having a wonderful stay here. Maid service is efficient with plenty of clean white towels and it is always kept clean. There is a haird
A stay of three days in London where we spent 2 nights in this apartment . Simply decorated but well decorated , very clean and well equipped kitchen . Nice and right in the heart of London , just min… More
“Perfect location. Everything you need.”
Reviewed 20 Sep 2015
With Covent Garden subway stop literally right around the corner and Covent Garden Market mere steps away, this is an ideally located vacation rental property that has everything you should need (almo… More
Reviewed 7 Jan 2016
This apartment is located on the doorstep of Covent Garden Market. We have been regular visitors to London for many years and have found this area to be the most convenient to most of the attractions … More
“wow fantastic apartment in fantastic location” We would recommend this apartment to anyone. Firstly our dealings with the owner were fantastic and he met us at the apartment as agreed. We text him when we reached he train station and when we arrived
“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