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.
“Beautiful and quiet,cosy cottage” The owners live next door and we're very welcoming and helpful. The cottage was well equipped and very comfortable, the towels were lovely and fluffy, hot water at all times, nice big shower and very comfy bed. We to
Ideal cottage for a couple with parking right outside. Ideal location whether you want to visit Gloucester, Chepstow, Monmouth or the Cotswolds. Cinderford and Little Dean nearby where you will fin… More
“Beautiful clean peaceful little cottage”
Reviewed 24 Apr 2015
We stayed for a week in Granary cottage(with our dogs) to meet up with family and do business in Gloucester.We were delighted with the cosiness and impressive cleanliness of this beautiful little cott… More
Reviewed 9 Apr 2013
Great cottage everything a couple need for a quiet comfortable stay.
A warm welcome is guaranteed by Glinnys and Martin.
A bonus is that its also dog friendly.
I would highly recommend a stay.… More
“Great Apartment” This place was perfect for my friend and I. It was clean and modern. The location is close to everything. One bus took us to the heart of London. Doreen was great to communicate with. We were lost getting to the place and she came out
“great apartment” Just back from a 1 week stay at this lovely apartment. We traveled with 2 children 6 & 9 and the accommodation had ample space for us. There is a bedroom with 2 single beds and a main living room/kitchen that has a sofabed and pull ou
it was perfect for us as we have 2 children and aren't interested in partying, just relaxing. view of the bay was fantastic all hours of the day thanks to the great light of the island. roof terrace i… More
“Very Nice retreat”
Reviewed 5 Jul 2012
A bit out of San Antonio so not for a group of 18yr old party-animals wanting to be in the thick of it. Access is via the beach (only 200 yards along a pleasant little path on the rocks) as its about … More
Reviewed 23 Jun 2013
abbiamo soggiornato in questo incatevole angolo di ibiza in un appartamento meraviglioso.pulito, accogliente, arredato con ottimo gusto.
il custode è gentile.la proprietaria si è dimostrata amabili… More
“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.
“Relaxing break” Lovely little cottage ideally located for the Elan Valley which is what we wanted. Great for walking and mountain biking. Enjoyed the hot tub! Only negative and reason for not giving it 5 stars is due to a poor shower and no black out
“Cosy, comfortable, friendly, close to nature - would stay again.”
Reviewed 15 Sep 2014
We had a lovely time here. The converted barn is well furnished and really ideal for a family of 4 (2 kids under 7). It is close to great walking and beautiful scenery - good place for nature lovers. … More
Thank you for taking the time to write your great review, Merci!
Reviewed 7 Jul 2016
Had a great weekend here. Owners were very friendly. Located close to Llandrindod Wells and Rhayader, with the red kites nearby and elan valley which we highly recommend visiting for some stunning vie… More
Thank you, so glad you were pleased.
“lovely stay beautiful valley”
Reviewed 26 Apr 2016
Located in a beautiful valley, with lots to see and do nearby. Close to Rhayader and Llandrindod Wells. Loved watching the Red Kites feeding. Great walks in the Elan Valley… More
Thank you for your comments. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay.
“Great location” Great location within walking distance to all shops and attractions. Perfect for you Christmas market shoppers. Everything in the apartment that you need. Be aware of stairs with cases and all that shopping !! Had a great time with fr
“A real home from home” Just arrived back from a very enjoyable week in St. Ives. We visit every February for my birthday, and this year it was a biggy.
We were a party of six including a six month old baby and Mermaid House had everything we could po
We had a fantastic week at Mermaid House, our party contained four adults, two children and two babies both under one. Everything we needed was there and there was plenty of space for everyone. The at… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Mermaid - and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back if you ever get chance to return! Warm regards Denise
“Very comfortable and child friendly house.”
Reviewed 5 Sep 2015
The house was perfect for four adults and two children. My granddaughters loved seing their names on the lovely welcome packs left for them by the owners and had a great time with the activities in t… More
Thank you for your comments, especially those regarding the children's welcome packs. I enjoy putting together their packs, and thinking of things that might appeal and interest them. (I would love to have been a teacher - and this gives me a bit of an outlet). So it means a lot to have this aspect of your stay commented on!! We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and thank you for being perfect guests! Warm regards Denise
“An experience not to be missed”
Reviewed 31 Jul 2014
We celebrated our Ruby Anniversary during our stay with our family. Mermaid House was the ideal place to stay as it had everything you would need and more. The garden was an added bonus as the weath… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Mermaid. You were wonderful guests and as we too are celebrating our Ruby Wedding Anniversary this year, we are thrilled you chose to spend it at Mermaid with your family. Kind regards to you all.
“Perfect place” Lovely welcome from Brian and Marian.
Was a lovely place to stay with a very beautiful garden. me and my family had a very good time. Every thing was perfect
and cottage was cosy and very welcoming would go again
Thank you Brian an
“Fantastic break !!” We stayed at this apartment for 3 nights wish we have of stayed the week.
The apartment was very well equipped with everything you could possibly want. It was very clean and tastefully decorated. The view from the window was wo
My wife and I have enjoyed staying in this apartment four times now, most recently March 2011. Regardless of the season; spring, summer or autumn, we have really loved the wonderful ever changing view… More
“Great Place To Stay” Stayed for a few days in March, ideal for us (2 Adults and a 1 year old) great to stay and eat in the evening if needed and very local to St Ives which is such an amazing place to visit, Clean tidy and very well kept 2 bedroom lod
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 y… More
Thanks for your comments - we'd love to welcome you back anytime!
“Relaxing, comfortable, couldnt ask for more!”
Reviewed 12 Jul 2014
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!
“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
“Very well decorated & quiet flat” Very good flat wonderfully decorated: the materials are of the fine quality with a selected furniture and bedding of top quality! and also super nice bathroom.
The flat is very well located: we went at foot to the
Great looking and clean apartment! Nicely decorated! Central to all amenities but on a very quiet road, so no traffic in the morning. The owner was very helpful and replied very promptly to all our in… More
Reviewed 25 Oct 2016
A beautifully decorated apartment, at a very convenient location, walking distance from major attractions. We attended with our two young children and were really comfortable at the apartment. Angus w… More
To summarise: a very relaxing week away in a charming, peaceful area. The only reason I scored this place down was that the facilities didn't quite live up to my expectations. My main disappointment… More
Many thanks for your review and feedback. We are always available for any problems or service which is lacking. Our home is right next door to the lodge. Unfortunately we were unaware the wi-fi wasn't working until the next guests arrived. The DVD player was missing from the lodge and was an oversight by us. We hope that if you come again you will contact us so we can resolve issues immediately if at all possible. Many thanks again for your review
“Lovely little gem in a beautiful location!” My partner and I stayed here for the weekend and after reading such positive reviews, we were really looking forward to the break. We were not disappointed! Tracey has created a beautiful home from home and
My friend and I arrived to a very warm and friendly welcome on the Friday evening. Tracey was very pleased to have us stay. I had taken my little dog with us and she was also made very welcome. We … More
It was lovely to meet you all and I look forward to your return when you will be made to feel just as welcome, all over again. Your little dog was a sweetheart and next time, I'll remember to leave out the doggy treats too!
“Excellent coach house, lovely view, splendid sunset, all the little touches made us feel special.”
Reviewed 17 Sep 2013
We stayed for a long weekend with our puppy. The coach house was very welcoming even some cakes on arrival, the accomodation was spotless, very comfortable with some lovely touches to make you feel at… More
I'm so pleased you both had a lovely time and your little pup is just adorable, she certainly had fun with our own 2! Thanks for your review and we certainly hope to see you all again soon.
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