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.
Marina Villas is a well equipped 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom town house sleeping 7 guests.Enjoying an excellent location this comfortable and fully modernised 1930s semi detached house is minutes by car or bus to the historic centre of Bath where vistors can sample the many …see more
“Excellent holiday rental. I would recommend it to anyone”
Reviewed 17 Jul 2015
We were a group of 8, including three kids, and each one of us wished we had booked a longer stay at Marina Villas. The house was clean and smart with all the necessities provided. The pictures on the… More
Reviewed 11 Jan 2015
Rented this property for my Daughter & her 2 young children who travelled from USA for Xmas. We had a family Christmas with sons from Bristol plus myself & husband .Plenty of space for all and room f… More
Reviewed 27 Oct 2014
Our stay in Marina Villas was just perfect. The house was very cosy, and the owner was always willing to lend a hand.
There is a small beatiful garden at the backyard!… More
Tan y Coed, Welsh for under the trees,is situated just a 2 minute walk away from the Plas Dolguog Hotel, less than a mile outside of Machynlleth and right in the middle of the Dyfi Valley, and just up river from the RSPB Ynysir Wildlife Reserve as featured on BBC's Spri …see more
“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
A beautiful, recently renovated barn providing the perfect base to stay in Bath within walking distance of the city centre.
Soft grey and white tones contribute to the restful atmosphere and are the backdrop for carefully chosen furnishings, an eclectic mix of antique a …see more
We stayed at the cottage for 2 nights and it was just wonderful. Beautifully presented,cosy and very clean.
It had all we needed and more.
Location was great just a short walk to shops and restaur… More
Reviewed 9 Dec 2013
The barn was perfect for our girls' weekend in Bath! The property is beautifully furnished & provided a warm, cosy retreat for a relaxing stay. It is very luxurious & the lovely finishing touches made… More
“Lovely, clean, quiet and comfortable barn just a short walk to Bath”
Reviewed 27 Jul 2016
We loved our stay in this great barn, the pictures do not do it justice and were surprised with the size of it. On the first night we discovered how easy it was to walk to Bath when we accidentally wa… More
The house is just 3.5 miles (5.6 km) from London's bustling West End. The nearest tube station is Queens Park which is in Zone 2 on the Bakerloo lineThe tube station is a 7 minute walk from the houseIt takes 8 minutes on the tube from Queens Park to the centre of …see more
We stayed here with ten people and had such a nice time. Very nice place and area. Close to an underground station. Three bedrooms all in all. A nice kitchen with all you need and a big table, where e… More
Thanks very much for your review Monika! So glad you all enjoyed your stay .
“Fabulous, comfortable, spacious, family friendly house in an ideal location for visiting central London (and not having a 3 lane”
Reviewed 4 Nov 2013
We had a wonderful short break staying here with our two young children (11 months and 4yrs). The house is very comfortable, extremely clean, and in a great location for the tube, overland train and … More
Primrose Cottage has recently under gone a renovation and is contemporary yet retaining much of its traditional charm.
Located only a 3 minute walk from the Blue Flag beach of Porthmeor and 5 minutes from the extensive range of shops and restaurants in St Ives.
The …see more
“Fantastic, homey, well equipped and spotless - loved it !”
Reviewed 8 Oct 2013
The cottage is beautiful - we felt at home as soon as we walked through the door. The views of Porthminster beach are impressive.
My 18month old granddaughter also felt right at home.
Have booked ag… More
“Fabulous break in beautiful unique Cornish Cottage”
Reviewed 14 Nov 2012
I have just enjoyed a fabulous break at Primrose Cottage with my husband for our sons 2nd birthday. The cottage was perfect. A lot of thought has clearly gone into providing everything needed for fa… More
The Apartment sits in Primrose Valley, a seemingly private stretch of Victorian villas that rises above Porthminster Beach to overlook St. Ives harbour and the Atlantic Ocean. The accommodation was planned with discerning guests in mind. Originally part of a Victorian …see more
The Apartment is located in just the right place for a great holiday by the beach. It is set back from the hustle and bustle but near enough to pop out with a young child to eat out in the evening. … More
The Burlington St Apartment is a luxurious, fully fitted, self catering apartment in the heart of the beautiful city of Bath.
The apartment is a self-contained first floor flat in an elegant !8th century Georgian property. It has a separate kitchen, living room, one d …see more
Casa Mia is a beautifully designed house ideal for families and groups with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms.The location is perfect and within walking distance of one of the best kept secret sandy beaches on the island, Cala Olivera, almost exclusive for Roca Llisa use and just …see more
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 (whic… More
A NEWLY RESTORED DETACHED STUDIO WITH GARDEN & PARKING*
Careless Whisper is a stunning detached stone studio dating back 100 years, now newly converted to a very high standard providing a wonderfully stylish, contemporary retreat for couples
S …see more
A stunning property from which to enjoy Edinburgh. It is in the centre of the Backet Conservation area with properties from early Georgian to the late Victorian eras. This is a very quiet residential area yet with ease of access either by foot or bus to all major attrac …see more
I booked this apartment for our French family's first trip to Scotland. It suited their needs perfectly as it has a big dining kitchen, huge lounge and four good sized bedrooms, It is extremely well f… More
“Best place to stay in Edinburgh”
Reviewed 8 Nov 2012
Lovely clean apartment.
Excellent value for money.
Shelia and husband very welcoming, could not do enough.
Will go again. Loved everything about it .Thanks Shelia… More
“Welcoming, comfortable, spacious, great location, great views!”
Reviewed 30 Oct 2012
I cannot recommend this property highly enough. The owners, Sheila and Ian, were very friendly and always helpful. We were a party of 7 spanning 3 generations, and even with that number and age rang… More
Based in the centre of St Ives and 5 minutes down to Porthminster beach, the apartment is perfect for a couple looking for convenience. With a car parking space outside the apartment, the property allows easy access in and out of St Ives if you want to explore the area …see more
We stayed at Lower Talland between Christmas and new year for a couple of days.
The apartment was perfect for the two of us. Just a couple of mins walk into the Center, and easy access out of st Ive… More
“Perfect for honeymooners”
Reviewed 18 Sep 2014
The apartment was clean and perfect for 2. It's location is great, about a 5 minute walk to town. The car parking was brilliant due to lack of parking in St Ives. Quiet area, some coffee and biscuits … More
“Wonderful little property close to town”
Reviewed 5 Dec 2013
Great little apartment for a couple and conveniently located 5 minutes walk from the town. The property was lovely and clean. Small but had everything we needed for a week long stay. Corinne the owner… More
This beautiful self catering studio provides luxury accommodation for two. Lowena Studio is situated in St Ives and is only a 10 minute walk to the town center, harbour and beaches. If you love modern, pure white surroundings and clean lines then our studio is just for …see more
Jasmine Cottage is located just five minutes' walk to Lelant Station, 2 minutes from the nearest pub and 10 minutes to the nearest beach. There is a large supermarket two miles away in Carbis Bay and many excellent restaurants for eating out in nearby St Ives town - jus …see more
“great property could not have wished for anything better”
Reviewed 11 Aug 2013
brill great cottage was in a great village near the badger inn were the food was great don't be put off that the cottage is on a main road with no parking we parked in the badger inn carpark which the… More
Casa Veleta is a delightful modern detached villa built in the traditional Ibecencan style with stunning panoramic views over the golf course of Ibiza and across the sea to Formentera. The house is located on a wooded hillside close to the beach resort of Cala Llonga. …see more
I've stayed in Casa Veleta several times now over several years, always with a group of friends. The villa is everything you'd expect - beautiful simple design, comfortable bedrooms and good sized bat… More
We are only pleased that you enjoyed your stays at the Villa.
Lisa's beach pad is located in an enviable position just above Porthminster beach in Primrose Valley, perfect for family beach holidays in Cornwall. The apartment is in Primrose Court, an Edwardian Seaside Villa which has been tastefully converted into several luxu …see more
Characterful accommodation in a listed Georgian townhouse within level walking distance of all of Bath's many attractions. There's a spacious living room with sofa, sofa bed, dining area and door leading to the garden. Well-equipped kitchen with oven, hob, mic …see more
The owner was kindly there to meet us on arrival and show us around. There was complimentary tea, coffee, juice and milk which was welcome since we'd had a long journey. The apartment was clean, tidy … More
“comfy, clean and welocming apartment just walking distance from bath centre”
Reviewed 18 Oct 2011
me and a friend stayed at the apartment for two nights over a weekend,
the beds were warm and comfy, and the area that the apartment is situated is very quiet, we wasnt disturbed once
no hassle, and… More
“A lovely Garden Apartment”
Reviewed 2 Dec 2012
A very impressive location, this garden apartment was lovely and had everything needed for our 4 night stay. The owners gave great advice on all the amenities and where to shop locally. The parking wa… More
Please contact me via the 'Email the owner' link before booking the dates with the online booking service.Explorers' Rest is a charming two-bed Victorian home (built circa 1890) located in London's leafy borough of Royal Greenwich. Both central Lond …see more
I stayed at Explorers' Rest for three nights in February 2015 with my Partner and our 15 and 6 year old girls.
Put simply, we loved it. There was plenty of space for all of us, the house was very c… More
Thank you kindly for those glowing words, Daniel; I REALLY appreciate you taking the time to leave such a lovely review! I'm super pleased that my house met your needs and hopefully we'll get to meet in person next time. All the best to you and your family, Krista.
“Not just a property rental, more a comfortable, welcoming home.”
Reviewed 4 May 2015
Needed a base for extended family to get together between Christmas and New Year. Krista couldn't have been more helpful , both before the trip and even in helping us with travel arrangements from dif… More
I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay. Yes, although transport between my house and central London's tourist areas is really easy thanks to the transport hub near my house, there were unfortunately no direct links to the outer part of the city where your family is based since they only have bus and train options in that area. Luckily though, thanks to finding the right bus routes, we managed to find a pretty simple solution in the end and the family reunion was successful.
“Just perfect. A place you can book with your eyes closed.”
Reviewed 4 May 2015
For the first time, I found a rental that lived up to and even surpassed the photos/description! This house has everything you could conceivably need during your stay. There's even a cupboard with cer… More
AZURA is situated in a quiet location away from through traffic and 4 minutes walk to Carbis Bay's beautiful sandy beach. With it's Blue Flag status and sheltered shoreline it is perfect for paddling, playing and swimming; a real children's paradise. New Cafe and shop …see more
SLEEPS 10 - with WIFI
4 large double bedrooms. 3 king size beds (160cm) + 4 single beds + one cot and highchair
BEDROOM 1: kingsize bed+ensuite -
BEDROOM 2: kingsize
BEDROOM 3: kingsize bed +single bed +cot
BEDROOM 4: 3 single beds Ideal accommodation for a f …see more
Sleeps 2. 1 bedroom boutique 17th century stone cottage. Completely refurbished for 2013. A quintessential Cornish cottage situated in a quiet cobbled street in the heart of St Ives. A romantic one bedroom cottage with parking. Cornish Cottage blends stylish contempora …see more
What a fabulous cottage perfect in every way.decorated to a very high standard and very clean. It felt like no one had stayed there before you and it was your very own place. It is very central to th… More
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in St Ives and were comfortable in the cottage. Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay!
Ylenia & Paul
“A truly lovely cottage in a fantastic central location.”
Reviewed 19 Aug 2013
We enjoyed a lovely stay in this beautiful cottage. Brilliantly located opposite the Barbara Hepworth garden in a quiet central St Ives backstreet. Provision of a parking space a little way away is a … More
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay at "Cornish Cottage".
We hope to see you in St Ives again soon!
Ylenia & Paul
No.3 Powlett Road is a two bedroom, Edwardian townhouse including a large, enclosed rear garden and free on-road parking. The property is set within the leafy, tree lined streets of Bathwick and is located within a quiet, residential area.
The property includes a spaci …see more
There were 3 of us staying here whilst working in Bath for a week and this was perfect walking distance to the centre of town. The facilities in the house were top notch. Before our arrival we were … More
Reviewed 14 May 2013
This was one of our favorite properties that we have rented. The location was perfect, an easy walk to town, but on a quiet street. The town home was lovely, perfectly clean, very nicely furnished an… More
“Beautiful house with all the mod cons, in a quiet street just minutes walk from the centre of Bath”
Reviewed 9 May 2013
Beautiful house with all the mod cons, in a quiet street just minutes walk from the centre of Bath.
Stayed for two nights in April and the house was fantastic.
Two double bedrooms a large kitch… More
Lovely Indipendent double room with bathroom, this is part of 1 house with terrace (sea view), swimmingpool, kitchen, nice living room. 10 mins from Ibiza town and 3 km from s. Eularia. 500 meters from the beach. Nice people :) Cala Llonga is a beautiful Cala with a ful …see more
Newly built and opened in December 2014, St George's House is a contemporary Bath stone building in a quiet location off a Georgian crescent, just 5 minutes level walk from the town centre and less than 10 minutes from Bath's most famous crescent, The Royal Crescent. It …see more
One bedroom apartment in a purpose built building. Amazing uninterrupted views of the Porthminster Beach and the sea.
Large picture windows to the front of the property.
Two minutes walk into the the town centre and the train and bus stations.
Undercover secure parking …see more
This self catering cottage which is3 miles from the centre of Bristol has a direct bus link every 12 minutes and, with its lovely garden, it is an ideal place to combine all the fun and fascination of a visit to the great city of Bristol, with the joys of a rural retrea …see more
We were a small hen do and the cottage was a complete surprise to everyone as well as the bride-to-be. They loved it. It's a idyllic home from home. A world better than a hotel when you can cook yo… More
“The Perfect City Retreat - beautiful & relaxing place”
Reviewed 14 Mar 2013
The house is beautiful and very quaint. We stayed at the house whilst we were having a DIY wedding and Jane and Richard were amazing. They were very helpful when we first arrived and explained how t… More
“Charming barn renovation providing countryside experience in modern comfort”
Reviewed 3 Jan 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed the 4 days we spent with our 2 children at this beautifully renovated barn. High quality bedding and linens, good temperature control, comfortable beds, spacious living area, and… More
Planning a break in London? Going to get in some shows, shopping and restaurants? Then this apartment could be just the thing for you. Why settle for a hotel room when you can have your own pied a terre in lovely leafy Hampstead?Located in a Grade II listed Edwardian ho …see more
Impressed by the size ,cleanliness and comfort of the well appointed refurbished apartment that was a pleasure to return to each day.Found a high standard of equipment in good order which helped to e… More
“A Haven in Hampstead”
Reviewed 12 Feb 2013
This is a little gem. The apartment is welcoming, with all the comforts of home. Beautifully appointed and ideally situated, it made our stay in London just perfect. Highly recommended.… More
“do not look any further”
Reviewed 6 Dec 2012
I usually don't write reviews although i also tend to chose places based on other people reviews. I have been staying in this flat for quite a few times now and i will definitely come back. The area i… More
Beautifully refurbished in 2015, this 1843 almshouse nestles in a secret corner of the city, only 15 minutes from the M4 and a gentle walk downhill to the centre of Bath. There is plenty of parking (a permit is provided) on St Stephens Road, so you can leave the car and …see more
This cottage is beautiful. It is clean, comfortable and has been decorated and furnished to a high standard and in keeping with the period of the property. The owner Edith was friendly and helpful an… More
Janette and Fiona were absolutely lovely, great communicators and perfect guests; I look forward to welcoming them again and can highly recommend them to future hosts!
The flat is situated on a quiet street away from the main road and feels miles away from the busy centre, this allows you a taste of both worlds, both the bustling and cultural side to Edinburgh and the relaxing and cozy feel of being at home.Experience what it is like …see more
We booked this apartment to meet up with a bigger group for birthday celebrations in Edinburgh. It is very roomy and well equipped. The views across Bruntsfield Links in front are great. There are l… More
“Lovely view & spacious accommdation”
Reviewed 25 Jun 2013
The flat was very clean with nice welcoming touches such as chocolate muffins. I liked it that towels, shower gel etc had been provided. Location was excellent - just a short walk to Museum of Scotlan… More
Trevawood cottage is based on the John Fowler St.Ives holiday village complex in Lelant, approximately 4 miles from the picturesque town of St.Ives. Set in a woodland area on a family friendly park, this cottage is a must visit for anybody looking for a holiday in cornw …see more
“Excellent Chalet, wonderful owner and exceptionally good value”
Reviewed 3 Apr 2013
I booked this chalet on behalf of friends who were staying with us at John Fowler Holiday Village. The owner Gail was fantastic from start to finish, lovely and exceptionally accommodating on all leve… More
Reviewed 28 Mar 2013
We had a fantastic time here at Trevawood!The cottage was in a very quiet part of the park and was of excellent standard,well equipped ,very clean and newly decorated. All in all a real home from home… More
“Comfy, cosy , fully equipped ground floor apartment in wooded country setting and disabled friendly”
Reviewed 28 Sep 2016
Tiny but adequate bathroom proved awkward for husband but we coped. Everything was supplied you could possibly need including DVD player incorporated into TV , local info for places to visit ,which, … More
A deceptively big 3 bed roomed cottage in the very centre of Machynlleth. As it is in the very centre of the town;you are walking distance to all shops , cafes , restaurants and pubs. The location is fantastic. It sleeps 7 but there is plenty of room for travel cots, bl …see more
“Lovely house decorated with a nautical theme in fab location”
Reviewed 12 Oct 2015
This is a gorgeous house and like a home away from home. Plenty of room and a fantastic open plan kitchen/dining area. Considering it's right in the centre of Machynlleth the price is extremely reason… More
So glad you enjoyed your stay ?
“Harwood House. Nice quiet stay”
Reviewed 15 Aug 2015
We stayed at Harwood House recently and had a nice relaxing stay. The place was very clean and tidy, deceptively spacious and we couldn't fault it at all, the decor is lovely and our 4 year old loved… More
I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay and I look forward to welcoming you back
“Home from home”
Reviewed 25 Nov 2014
A great cottage with all our needs catered for, also situated in a great location when we wanted to eat in a local pub , lots of lovely shops in the town which was only a three minute walk away ,Also… More
We are really happy you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you back again soon.
A superbly equipped and apportioned self-contained single storey annexe with dedicated main door and private parking in courtyard. Ideally located in the City of Edinburgh for easy access to local transport and amenities yet beautifully set amidst secluded surrounding …see more
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
The apartment is situated in a quiet residential area, yet is only a few minutes walk from the thriving independent shops and restaurants of Bruntsfield and Morningside. The city centre, with its renowned historical sites and festival venues, is only a 25 minute walk or …see more
We have just returned from a 2 night stay in this lovely apartment. We arrived on Friday evening to a lovely welcome of home baking and groceries that was a lovely touch. Everything was spotlessly c… More
Thank you for your review! We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay.
A self contained large studio flat within a Georgian house built in 1799 and has just been renovated. It has a separate bathroom & fully fitted kitchen overlooking mature gardens. 15 minute walk to the city centre, FREE on street parking, complementary hamper & space …see more
Location, Location, Location!
This 2 bedroom flat is only 15 minutes from the city centre but far enough away to retreat from the hustle and bustle of town. It is situated a very short walk from numerous bus stops which will give you easy access to the Zoo, Murrayfield …see more
The Cottage is situated in a beautiful unspoilt medieval Cotswold Farm,complete with many of its original buildings,including a Dovecote. It has been recently converted from Cartsheds to the highest specification and include original exposed beams and oak flooring. This …see more
We stayed in tinkley cottage. The pictures do not do it justice, it really is stunning.
It had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. It is extremely well finished, and gave us a lovely cozy st… More
“Beautiful cottage, lovely people and wonderful place”
Reviewed 8 Nov 2013
We spent a week in the beautiful Tinkley Cottage in Nympsfield. The owners David and Anne lived on the other side of what was originally the farmyard. They were very friendly and offered advice on w… More
Builth Wells, or in Welsh Llanfair-ym-Muallt, is a small traditional Welsh market town set in the heart of Mid Wales. 1 Maes y Coed is a spacious bungalow conveniently situated in the town close to all amenities.Although small, Builth Wells can boast a Castle, a Cinema …see more
Olive Barn is situated in the quiet village of Blakeney , in a private gated complex.
We are now introducing a midweek deal Monday to Thursday £275 available until 1st June .
One / Two night stays are available please ask for a quotation.
There is an on- site village …see more
Location! Location! Location! The most central townhouse in Bath - City Centre Location - Trim Street House, which is a superbly appointed luxury Georgian Grade11 listed townhouse packed with original features. Situated in one of the most famous and prestigious cobbled …see more
The perfect place for a relaxing seaside holiday. Just a short walk from the beautiful soft golden sands of Carbis Bay and a mile and half from the historic fishing village of St. Ives, which is accessable from the coastal path if you are feeling adventurous or a 2 minu …see more
Irfon Cottage is one of two self catering cottages at Penrheol Farm located 1.5 miles from the town of Builth Wells in Mid Wales. Lovely long walks are accessible from the cottage, where you may see a Red Kite. Close to the Royal Welsh Show Ground, Brecon Beacons, Hay O …see more
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