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.
We stayed for our wedding anniversary weekend in July and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Charlotte gave us a warm welcome, left some goodies. The apartment is so pretty, spacious, very clean and qu… More
“Hannah” Great location , clean plenary of space , came with my family including my 1 year old daughter, they provided a stair gate and cot, wifi was brilliant - couldn't fault it at all - would return
Having booked the trip to Ibiza as a family with two teenagers and two of their friends, we booked this apartment because it slept six and we thought it would be near the noisy and vibrant centre of S… More
Good morning Mark
Thanks for your comments and stay in my apartment.
I hope to see you soon to you and your family.
Sorry about the Wifi, but as you say, it is a widespread problem.
“Just sit in the window and stare!” This is very nice, clean and spacious apartment. Views from the reception room window are breathtaking and worth any price. It's very conveniently located in walking distance to all St. Ives attractions. Landlord is
“Cosy, well-maintained, excellent location” Brocklebank Cottage is just as the pictures suggest: pretty, cosy, well-maintained - a nice place to return to in the evenings, especially after a long day of walking and exploring. The location is perfect:
Brocklebank Cottage is delightful, cosy and well-kept. It is the perfect base for exploring the wonderful Hay-on-Wye and the surrounding area. Walk along Offa's Dyke or the Wye Valley Trail without ha… More
“Beautiful cosy cottage in fantastic central Hay location!”
Reviewed 14 Sep 2011
We stayed at Brocklebank Cottage for a week in late August with our 2 children and labrador dog. Good communication and organisation before arrival to ensure we could get keys and knew what we needed … More
“comfy cottage with all essentials, well located”
Reviewed 17 Aug 2011
We had a lovely week break in Brocklebank cottage. It caters for all essential needs, is comfortable and clean. The cottage provides a great base, a few minutes from Hay town centre and Black Mountain… 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
“Wonderful Comfortable Stay In the Reading Room House”
Reviewed 14 Dec 2014
Excellent base for visiting the area. Fitted kitchen with everything you need, comfortable beds, wonderful modern bathroom, lovely lounge area with beautiful fire.
Home made scones and jam with a bo… More
Reviewed 6 Jul 2015
My friends and I spent four pretty blissful days over the May Bank Holiday weekend and were blown away by every aspect of the stay.
The property itself is fantastic, spacious, comfortable, and dec… More
Thanks for the great review, it was a pleasure to meet you all.
“Truly five star accommodation”
Reviewed 17 May 2015
All previous accolades concur that The Reading Room is truly five star. We initially looked for a ground floor room with a wet room for our bedroom, our friends were equally delighted with their own j… More
“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.
“A home from home!” Fantastic cottage with literally everything you could need. One of the best equipped self catering properties i have stayed in.
Lots of lovely touches such as lit candles on arrival, coffee machine and pods, games, dvds.
“Excellent holiday cottage” Probably the best equipped holiday home we've stayed in! Spacious with everything we could need in the kitchen as well as lots of towels and games & dvds. Lovely peaceful location, good walks for dogs and children, but clo
“A dream com true” When i first stepped into this breathtaking cottege i felt a relief i have been missing for long time.
The perfume of nature' the neighborhood' the quietness was really romantic. The owner did read my mimd and had every need i thoug
It was a distinguish unique apportunity to stay at the Chapel suite where the panoramic spacious endless green areas and remarkable natural portraits. The chapel location gave us an accessebility thro… More
“An oasis of calm in the middle of everything” We travelled with friends and family over the course of ten days. The house worked for all combinations. The location was terrific and I have never stayed in a holiday home so well equipped. Just beautiful
“Easter midweek break” Stayed from 10-13 April, four adults wanting a quiet relaxing break and this accommodation did not disappoint. Hot tub was amazing was used every night, accomdation was emaculate will definitely be returning next year.
We had a lovely stay in this accommodation. The cottages are in a lovely position and the views superb.
We had a very disabled member of the family with us and were really impressed with the faciliti… More
“Relaxing few days in the hills”
Reviewed 28 Feb 2017
A fantastic few days away with the family (children 3 & 5) in the perfect cottage just over a miles walk to Builth. All on one level with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, ideal with the children. A well st… More
We are pleased you enjoyed your stay in Wye cottage. We look forward to your return
Reviewed 15 Oct 2016
this is a five star property to stay. All on the same level which is nice for older parents. All bedrooms en suite. Fantastic views.… More
“Great location” Our second year visiting the Old Chapel, it is perfectly situated for us walkers and cyclists, up a lane into the forest, has everything and more that a family could need whilst on holiday, home from home; this time we didn't use the l
The converted Chapel is beautifully transformed into a wonderful home in a delightful setting and the owners have thought of simply everything you could possibly wish for and need. We returned home l… More
“A place to rest, recharge and relax”
Reviewed 2 Oct 2011
I was expecting something a bit unusual (how does one convert a Chapel into a dwelling...) and I wasn't disappointed, the Old Chapel has lots of charm and quirkiness and at the same time it is very … More
“Stay here” A fabulous place to stay. The house is spotless. The whole house is furnished to a really high standard.
Comfortable beds and lovely bathrooms. Lots of dvds and books games for children.
Garden with patio.
A real home from home.
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.
“Excellent holiday lodge” This is our second time at the lodge. The location is in a quiet spot and you have easy access to the forest from the doorstop. There is a local pub just down the road. The lodge has every thing you need for your stay. Would r
great accomodation, very comfortable furniture and beds, lots of equipment for self catering. great area for exploring forest… More
“Perfect Woodland Lodge!”
Reviewed 11 Nov 2015
The woodland lodge was absolutely lovely, with all home comforts available at the accommodation. The lodge was tastefully set up, and attention was paid to all the features, even down to the smallest … More
Reviewed 26 Sep 2016
Me and my new husband really enjoyed the lodge. Was very relaxing would definitely recommend staying here. Some lovely sights near by that we visited… More
“Excellent location” We enjoyed our stay at Admiral Cottage very much, what a fabulous location, even if the seagulls are a little noisey! The Cottage is very well equipped, and a pleasure to stay in. Fabulous views! Would recommend.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Admiral Cottage. We have three young kids (8,6,4) who loved every minute. The cottage has been refurbished to a high standard, with lots of thoughtful details t… More
“Light, bright, stupendous view”
Reviewed 19 Feb 2015
I, and my two daughters aged 20-30, plus two dogs, had a wonderful Christmasstay in Admiral Cottage. Good bedrooms, lovely bathroom. The attic room, especially, has a panoramic view (believe the pictu… More
“A room with a view”
Reviewed 2 Apr 2014
My family (teenage daughter) stayed at the cottage during school half term last October. It was during the period of heavy gales on the south coast. We arrived on a dark rainy evening and finding the… More
“Total relaxation in a beautiful home” The house and St Ives lived up to and exceeded our expectations. The facilities within the house were excellent and we wanted for nothing. The views from the top floor look out room really were superb and with the
“A charming cottage full of character with stunning seaviews”
Reviewed 29 Jul 2014
We stayed at Kittiwake Cottage in St Ives earlier this month with our family and had a superb time. The cottage itself is less than 5 minutes stroll from both the town and the main beach, has a lovely… More
“Sehr schön eingerichtetes Cottage an guter Lage”
Reviewed 13 May 2015
Wir verbrachten 5 wunderschöne Tage im "Kittiwake", welches sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet und gut ausgerüstet ist.
Die Lage ist gut, man erreicht schnell zu Fuss die Strände und das Städtchen.… More
Reviewed 13 Nov 2016
This is a truely lovely cottage. Just like the pictures. We had a wonderful week in St. Ives. Our 11- and 14-year old adored the attic room. We want one ourselves! The view from up there is gorgeous, … More
“Lovely stay with friends” We stayed one night for a friends birthday treat in July and cannot fault the cottage - the pictures don't do it justice. It had everything we could have needed for a cosy night in and Rachel was so welcoming and friendly, ev
“Fabulous Easter break.” We had a fabulous time at this lovely house. There was 11 of us and was a perfect size to accommodate us all. Garden is a great size and secure for all the kids to play outside, and the adults to have a cheeky game of rounders
Perfect for a group stay. The town was great, and everything was within walking distance from the Ivy House.
Beautiful backyard, cozy house, and a perfect, quiet setting in a beautiful town!… More
So glad that you enjoyed your stay.
see you again next year.
“Ivy House and Presteigne are wonderful!”
Reviewed 21 Jun 2014
Ivy House was the perfect place for our stay in Presteigne. Eight guests, and we managed to have some privacy. It is nice to stay in a solid well built old house where sound doesn't travel through wal… More
Thanks for the review. We really appreciate your feedback. Hope you will return again soon.
“Nice house, well stocked, lovely location”
Reviewed 20 Mar 2017
Great place to stay. House was very nice and well stocked with everything you need. Was a very nice family stay, very nice area, lovely village and good walks.
Highly recommend!… More
We are delighted that you enjoyed our lovely house. Perfect for family and friends to get together. Something for everyone just around the corner from walking, swimming, cycling, golf and go carting to Ancient Castles, Stately Homes and beautiful gardens to visit. Then a short walk to our delightful High Street with quality local food shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes, wine bar and takeaways.
We hope to see you again soon.
Ann and Paul
“Holiday Rental to remember for all the right reasons!” Most beautiful house in delightful location. Extremely well equipped with everything to make for a great stay. Our party ranged from grandparents down to a very active 3 year old. Safe ,secure gar