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 two bedroom luxury apartment with stunning sea views in Carbis Bay. The apartment looks out onto St Ives headland and the Atlantic and is part of the award winning Hawkes Point portfolio at the Sands in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.Welcome hamper for you on arrival. …see more
Fabulous front line holiday apartment with stunning uninterupted views over Carbis Bay Beach and out over St Ives Bay. Private terrace for alfresco dining overlooking beautiful gardens and Wifi internet access. An absolutely perfect base for exploring Cornwall. …see more
It combines the beauty of nature with the comfort of modern architecture. Constructed with quality materials and including all the latest technology. As soon as you enter into this property, you will appreciate the sea view from the inviting living room and the two bedr …see more
“Lovely family break” Stayed at cider press cottage for four nights.beautiful location. Well equipped both inside and out.Sue the owner lives next door and was there to meet us on arrival. Very helpful and informative. Would recommend this for a great
Had a wonderful time staying at Cider Presse Cottage. with 2 dogs and 4 adults. From the very beginning Sue was very accommodating and friendly. The whole process of booking ran very smoothly. The… More
Reviewed 29 Oct 2016
Had a lovely stay at Cider Press Cottage. Welcomed by Sue, whom left a lovely welcome hamper including doggie biscuits! Thank you for that,went down well with all.
4 adults, 2 kids and 2 dogs had ple… More
“What a brilliant place to stay” We both loved this cottage which was warm and welcoming as soon as we walked through the door. it was both charming and quirky and it was soon obvious that everything possible had been done to make us feel at home. Th
Charming apartment with shared lovely gardens and 2 pools. Los Rosales complex is privileged located, very close to Siesta beach and just 800m from Santa Eulalia centre. Ideal for families seeking relaxation. Car is not essential. …see more
Evergreen lodge is a cosy holiday home set in beautiful and peaceful setting in Mid Wales adjacent to river Irfon (with fishing rights - Local fishing permit required).* Tranquil and open parkland location.*Within easy walking distance of the market town of Buil …see more
5/6 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, downstairs WC, Kitchen, Lounge, Laundry Facilities, close to the Cathedral, Stonehenge and shops.please note small party bookings of 6 or less at the lower price have 3 dbl rooms on the first floor not the whole property and family bathroom …see more
“Beautiful, spacious barn in stunning location” 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 Brecon
“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
“Waw what a beautiful weekend!”
Reviewed 22 Nov 2016
Please get a sign at the front of the layby! The satnav took us further down the road to another layby which totally confused us!
We stayed at little twmp barn on 4th November for the weekend. We w… More
“Gem of a cottage”
Reviewed 17 Jun 2016
This was our first stay in this part of Wales and we couldn't have picked a nicer cottage to stay in. It had everything we needed and more. Coleen & Martin were great hosts, close at hand if needed bu… More
Tucked in the stunning hills of Salisbury, a village on the West Coast of the island, Louis Villa is a newly refurbished, modernized villa, providing a relaxing retreat for up to six people looking to escape the hustle and bustle. A fully fitted kitchen, two shower room …see more
“Perfect weekend away” The cottage and stay was perfect. David the host was on hand to offer tips about the local area, and was very easy to communicate with before the booking as well.
Would highly recommend,
This property is in a woodland area which has a good wild life right on your door step. Laylant Beach is only about 1mile away and you can sit and watch the windsurfers going up the esturary. There is a club house on site with indoor pool, sauna, …see more
Lovely little chalet and in a perfect area on the holiday park. However the chalet smells very musty and several of us woke in the night with breathing difficulties including our 18 month old. On leav… More
“Excellent locatation, all the comforts of home and great service” I stayed for 2 nights with a friend in October. We were on a Geology field trip so we needed somewhere comfortable and warm for the weekend. We found this property to be perfect. We
This luxury, newly appointed independent cottage or holiday let overlooks the glorious Midford Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the fringes of Bath, just 12 mins (2.9 miles) from the Bath City Centre.
Every attention to detail has been taken to ensure …see more
Bluebell' offers guests stunning views, peace and relaxation in an apartment which has retained many old features from the original Barn but incorporates all the modern facilities and comfort you would expect from a modern holiday property.Bluebell was awarded a 4 …see more
Beautiful beachfront apartment in the quiet area of Torrenostra near Torreblanca, Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast).
A well equipped 2 bedroom apartment could sleep up to 6 to 8 people, on the 2nd floor (with lift, 4 floors in total, with elevator);
There is an …see more
“A great base to explore Cornwall from...” Breakaway Lodge is a modern, comfortable 2 bedroom chalet in a woodland setting that has been completely re-furbished in 2014. The accommodation is spotlessly clean, well equipped and has everything you will n
The property surpassed our expectations for décor and comfort. All our needs were catered for and the property guide was very informative with lots of info on local services as well as tourist inform… More
Thank you :-) We'll be very happy to see you again!
“Great Place, Great Location”
Reviewed 30 Jun 2014
This is a great place to stay and very well equipped, we stayed for 4 nights and couldn't of asked for a nicer place to stay. decorated to a high standard and in a great location, it was the perfect p… More
Many thanks Chris - we hope to welcome you back again soon!
“Wonderful, didn't want to leave”
Reviewed 11 Aug 2015
Breakaway Lodge is a tranquil place set amongst a holiday village.
Its the best of both worlds, if you want to have a base and be somewhere peaceful then you can. If you want to use the facilities … More
Thanks for your lovely review and we are very happy that you enjoyed your holiday at Breakaway Lodge.
Can we just clarify that the facilities are not technically free of charge to everyone, as we do pay for them on our guests behalf!
We look forward to seeing you again in St Ives :-)
Stone built cottages with breathtaking views. Secluded but not isolated, suitable for those wanting to chill out or be more adventurous with the many outdoor activities locally. Family friendly with a play barn for the youngsters and dogs welcome.Close to Hay on Wye; p …see more
“A chilled out beach holiday stay in a cosy cottage” Downalong was a lovely little cottage that was just right for us. There were 2 of us and a friend came along to stay for a couple of nights and we also had our little border terrier with us. We wer
“perfect, peaceful and welcoming.” My elderly mum and I came for a quiet holiday in the countryside and was delighted to find a warm welcome from Del with the kettle on! Dolwen is perfect for people with mobility issues(wheelchair friendly) but also fo
Thank you for a very relaxing break in your wonderful bungalow. Very well equipped, warm and cosy as well as extremely spacious. My dog and I spent many a contented hour in the conservatory watching … More
Thank you for taking the time to review we are so glad you had music relaxing and tranquility, space and comfort. We so look forward to welcome you soon.
“Although deep in the countryside,the spacious accommodation was more than we expected as was the reception we received.”
Reviewed 19 Oct 2015
We arrived 2 hours late, but were greeted by our hosts in a splendid manner. The accommodation surpassed my expectation as we are not used to spacious areas to relax, cook and sleep in. The conservato… More
Ian, thank you very much for your review on Dolwen. It was a pleasure to read such a glowing review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again soon. Best wishes.
A spacious, peaceful villa located close enough to the action of Ibiza Town, yet far enough away to enjoy a restful holiday. Set on three levels and sleeping 16 guests, this villa is fantastic for large groups of friends or families. As you enter the villa to th …see more
“Great place to base your holiday to the Forset of Dean” A friend and I stayed at the house for are cycling trip to the forest of dean. The accommodation is modern and very clean. Separate entrance via a private courtyard nice, comfy beds and a nice lo
Had a lovely stay at Hopebrook, cottage was cosy and beds were comfy. The children loved the stay and didn't want to leave. Quite close to all the local attractions . Weather was good and we had a bb… More
So pleased to hear you all enjoyed yourselves and of course we'd love to see you all again!
“Excellent accommodation, hosts and surrounding countryside”
Reviewed 7 Jul 2013
Very comfortable cottage with everything you could wish for provided. Lovely secluded patio which was an ideal sun trap. The surrounding countryside is beautiful with lots of long and short walks th… More
Really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and had the time to explore the surrounding countryside! Look forward to seeing you again in the future!
“Great cosy getaway base to explore Forest of Dean and Wye Valley”
Reviewed 7 Jan 2013
We had such a lovely break, and we were very impressed at how welcoming the cottage felt. Had some great walks, and in the grey wintery weather, we couldn’t wait to come back and cosy down with a cu… More
Thank you for your lovely comments. We always strive to make people feel at home when they visit us. Hope to see you again soon!
“Exceeded all expectations” The house was in an ideal location in a small and charming town. Great local amenities and walks. The house had everything one could wish for. A real home from home. Very comfortable. Can't wait to go back.
The location o
Lovely big house, which has everything you need. We spent lots of cosy nights in front of the log fire. Newent is a bit quiet, one pub left, two are closed. Micro brewery pub but no kids allowed. Good… More
Really pleased you enjoyed the house and cosy nights.
“Beautiful remote apartment!” Great clean and spacious apartment on a hill by siesta, quiet location with good views and a clean pool. The ideal place to stay if you want to get away from it all! The place is even nicer than the pictures and the owner
“Perfect stay in a lovely cottage” We just returned from a New Year break at the Apple House and wish our time there could have lasted much longer. The house itself is extremely well finished and provided a wonderful retreat with peace and quiet for us
“Fabulous accommodation, beautiful scenery, just perfect!”
Reviewed 27 Apr 2014
We have spent three days in this stunning property, surrounded by great scenery. Horses and goats in the fields, great walking, cosy local pub. We couldn't ask for anything more. Caroline and Richard … More
“Great house, great location”
Reviewed 22 Apr 2014
We spent a fabulous two weeks in Apple House, which easily accommodated the two adults and two children originally booked, plus the two twenty-somethings that then joined us for a week! (Oh, and the d… More
“Everything we hope for”
Reviewed 21 Feb 2014
We have just returned from a week at Apple House the cottage is lovely and comfortable with everything of high quality and the log burner was ideal for cold February nights. Richard and Caroline ma… More
“Wonderful house for a family re-union” Picture and description does not do it justice. Not fancy and luxurious but comfortable and homely. Large and roomy house with plenty of space for everyone, none of the rooms are too small. Nicely furnished and
“Spacious house with everything you need to have an enjoyable stay!”
Reviewed 27 Feb 2012
I stayed in the White House with a group of 8 friends for a short weekend break to explore The Forest of Dean.
This house is very spacious and can easily sleep 10 people with just about everythin… More
“Great for large groups”
Reviewed 3 Feb 2013
Our group of 8 adults and 4 under fives had a great weekend stay. this is a great house for large families or groups in a nice village location. Plenty of space to spread out and nice big bedrooms whi… More
“What a super location for cycling and walking and a cosy place to stay”
Reviewed 9 Dec 2012
The Whitehouse is a large and well equipped place for a group or large family. Its location is great for cycling and walking in the forest. You will need a car but local taxis can be booked - just m… More
“Loved it.” An exceptionally spacious, comfortable & well equipped cottage in a beautiful, tranquil location. Lovely furnishing & high quality appliances, every amenity thought of with care.
An idyllic spot with balcony overlooking the stream.listeni
My daughter and I stayed for a week in The Old Kiln. The property is beautifully maintained, very comfortable and spotlessly clean. There is everything you need. The location is very peaceful and pr… More
Thanks so much for your review and recommendation, we're glad you enjoyed your stay in this lovely part of Wales.
Regards Malcolm & Sue
“The Old Kiln is a wonderful cosy place in the centre of Wales”
Reviewed 2 Aug 2015
Perfectly linking the charm and cosy character of a traditional cottage to the comfort of a modern home, the Old Kiln is an outstanding apartment. We felt home from the first moment. Sitting on the ve… More
Thank you for your review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your wedding trip stay at The Old Kiln. This year we have had bookings from 4 honeymoon couples so each time we have decorated the cottage with romantic hearts and flower garlands to make your stay that little bit special. We look forward to seeing our German honeymooners for an anniversary trip next year.
Best wishes from Sue & Malcolm
“Tranquillity and plenty to explore.”
Reviewed 21 May 2014
The accommodation is of a high standard and fits into its surroundings beautifully. We ate breakfast on the balcony with the gentle sound of the stream below, whilst watching an amazing variety of bi… More
Thanks for your comprehensive review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Binoculars are provided at the cottage so that you can get a good view of the varied bird species that are in the grounds. Mobile Phone reception is best if you have Orange network reception. Other networks are not obtainable in the local vicinity.
Many thanks Sue & Malcolm
“Great place for a family get together.” Stayed at Oria-Mo over a long week end as we were attending a family wedding There were 7 adults and 5 children under 10 years of age staying.The children loved the house as there was plenty of room to run aroun
“lovely appartment” appartment is very nice inside with everything you need for a long comfortable stay. gorgeous sea view from large balcony with table and chairs. The balcony however was very hot and without a proper stand up umbrella for shade you w
We stayed here for a week 5th - 12th September, the apartment is lovely, it's extremely well equipped and only a 2 minute walk to the beautiful beach of Es cana, all amenities are on the door step and… More
Thank you for your review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
“A fantastic apartment and swimming pool for young families”
Reviewed 20 Aug 2012
We thought the standard of the accommodation was excellent. The apartment has an excellent view of the beautiful coastline. We loved the swimming pools - our son is 2 years old and he loved jumping in… More
“Excellent appartment with superb view”
Reviewed 29 May 2012
A spacious well appointed flat with fully equipped kitchen including washing machine.
My favourite place to sit was on the large balcony overlooking the swimming pool, gardens &, of course, the ocean… More
“Perfect cosy cottage for a couple” We loved our two night stay at Ty Bychan. Conveniently located on Church Street just metres from the centre of town, the cottage is the perfect size for two. Best bits for us: the woodburner which creates such a love
“Lovely little cottage in the centre of Hay on Wye”
Reviewed 28 Apr 2014
Ty Bachan is a lovely little cottage near to the centre on Hay on Wye. Very clean and well appointed, it has everything you need for a comfortable stay. For me, having a wood burner made the cosy cott… More
“Perfection!” My favourite place in the world! We have visited the Lodge twice now, with a 3rd visit already planned for 2016. If you're looking to get away from it all, Lily Pond is the place for you - uninterrupted views, friendly animals, even frien
“Fabulous barn cottage in fabulous surroundings” Couldn't get friendlier owners, so helpful!
Everything you could ask for in the cottage too and so nicely kept and private, not overlooked but owners only a stone's throw away if you need anything. Lo
We had such a lovely stay at Colne Brook Barn. It Was so clean and comfortable, and also really well equipped.
The gardens are a real treat - lots of space and lovely outdoor furniture. Highly re… More
Thank you for your lovely review.
“Cosy little cottage in a beautiful setting.”
Reviewed 17 Nov 2013
Easy access to lots of lovely places to visit, however, the week we went the weather was not favorable so we did not do as many of the walks as we would have liked but we were able to come back to the… More
Many thanks for your review. Your point about drying washing has been taken onboard and we are intending to install a rotary washing line in the garden over our December maintenance period. Kind regards.
In a beautiful rural setting, Colourful villa is located in the municipality on San Antonio and it is only 2 miles from the center town where you can find almost anything, plenty of restaurants, pubs, grocery shopping, beach, fitness center, tennis, boating and more.
S …see more
“Excellent combination of comfort with convenience for centre of Edinburgh!” We've stayed in Felicity and Chris's gite in France and have always enjoyed the high standards they deliver - that high standard certainly continues with this modern apartme
The Old Corner Shop is situated in the centre of the village with the Church, two pubs, the river and shops all within a few yards of the front door. An ideal place to park up the car and just enjoy village life.An ideal location for walking, cycling, bird watching, f …see more
“Look no further, THIS IS THE BEST” Come Ben the Hoose was everything we were looking for. It was close to the city serviced by a great bus service which meant no parking problems in the city. Ann and Gordon were excellent hosts. The property was ve
We loved our stay at Come Ben the Hoose. The house itself has everything you could possibly need, and the beds and shower are great. What really sets this place apart is the wonderful hostess Ann. … More
Thank you, I am pleased that you loved our Portobello's beach, promenade the shop, cafe's and restaurants as much as I do. There is a lot more to Edinburgh than the castle and city centre. It was great having you stay at Come Ben the Hoose.
“El mejor lugar para moverte por la zona e ir a tu aire.”
Reviewed 24 Apr 2014
Mi familia y yo encontramos una casa muy limpia, acogedora y con todo lo que puedas necesitar para sentirte como en tu propia casa. Ann tiene de todo, incluso enchufes adaptadores, especias en la coci… More
Thank you. It was lovely meeting you and your lovely family and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Edinburgh and Scotland. We hope you will come back again. Best Ann
3* Small and cosy wheelchair accessible bungalow, ideal for a couple. Ramped access from parking directly outside bungalow.It has a kitchenette with microwave, gas cooker (4 rings, grill, oven) a small fridge/freezer, use of a washing machine, lots of cutlery and croc …see more