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.
“Home from home” We received a warm welcome on arrival and were fully briefed on the apartment and nearby amenities. Location was just right for us - near enough to city centre while in a quite location. We have no hesitation in adding our recommenda
Excellent apartment couldnt fault it all shops restaurants etc well within walking distance would certainly recommend it and would definitely stay again if in Edinburgh… More
Hi, thank you so much for leaving such a positive review of our flat. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back soon!
“Fantastic holiday flat”
Reviewed 21 Nov 2014
Mark and Martin are lovely hosts in a really homely flat. The flat was really comfortable, had everything we needed to feel 'home away from home', and we enjoyed the log fire tremendously. The locatio… More
Thanks very much for your positive review, we are glad you had a nice time and look forward to seeing you again the next time you visit Edinburgh
Reviewed 25 Oct 2014
We decided to go to Edinburgh to celebrate a special wedding anniversary and chose the apartment cos it had an open fire and it seemed reasonably priced. From the beginning, contact with the owner wa… More
Thank you for such a positive review, we are glad you had a lovely wedding anniversary break and look forward to seeing you both again the next time you are in Edinburgh.
“a little gem” quiet, well equipped, walking distance of town centre.
clean and beautiful property, photos don't do justice. Spacious bedroom and a great size bed. lovely original features remaining.
And a bonus point you can park a car.
We very much enjoyed our stay. The flat has everything one needs and is very comfortable. We particularly enjoyed the welcome tray which had decaffinated coffee and Tick Tock tea both of which I usual… More
“Classic apartment in Georgian crescent terrace”
Reviewed 26 Sep 2015
A unique experience to stay in such a classic setting. Very quiet too and well placed to access Bath centre. Highly recommended.… More
“Spacious,clean, perfect apartment in Bath”
Reviewed 6 Jul 2016
Norfolk Green met our needs perfectly.
We were more than happy with the cleanliness,spaciousness and comfort.
The kitchen was very well equipped,had we wanted to cook a meal.
The bed was luxuriousl… More
“Paradise in Bath” We recently stayed here for our Christmas mini break, from start to end this place lived up to our expectations and more. Becky was so friendly and it was so easy to deal with her, she made our booking experience stress free and coul
My husband and I stayed in the Artpad at the end of July for 2 nights. I had high expectations from all the positive reviews so was surprised that in real life the apartment is even more amazing than… More
OOOOOOh so lovely to hear your feedback - thank you so much and I'm so glad you enjoyed staying at The Artpad. You must return one day x
“Wonderful apartment, wonderful location!”
Reviewed 23 Aug 2015
This apartment really has the wow factor, having been twice (once being for our wedding) I can say this really is better than the photographs suggest. It has the perfect location for walking out to Ba… More
It's so great to hear that your return trip to The Artpad was just as good as your first! Thank you for your lovely feedback and hope to see you back again one day soon...
“The Perfect Stay”
Reviewed 4 Dec 2014
A wonderful apartment in the perfect location.Very welcoming owners and comfy accomodation.
Just a stroll from all the shops,cafes and sights of beautiful Bath and we will definitely be coming back.… More
Thank you so much for your kind words - so glad you enjoyed The Artpad - do come and visit again!
“Superb!!” 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 restaurants.
5 star accomodation.
Would stay t
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
“Lovely, home from home” Had a lovely weekend away with the girls, the cottage was clean and comfortable. Charlotte the owner was really friendly and kind. We were provided with milk and breakfast which was a lovely touch. I would highly recommend book
“Brilliant location” What a lovely cottage/apartment - were able to abandon the cars and walk into Bath via the canal toll path. Did return once by boat (trips ran from Bath to Bathampton mill) as too tired to walk back after full day sightseeing.
What a top place to spend a holiday. The location is very picturesque. The apartment itself is very clean, spacious and comfortable. The kitchen is very well equipped and stocked with loads of condi… More
“A slice of paradise” We are spending and amazing week in Casa sea view celebrating a 30th Birthday. There are 11 of us and the villa is stylish and quirky with plenty of space for all of us. Perfect location for Talamanca beach with easy access to Ib
The Penthouse is at the heart of historic Bath, with views over the City from the very centre, to the countryside beyond.Situated at the top (3rd floor) of an imposing Georgian, building this apartment is styled to combine contemporary living with comfort and conven …see more
“Fantastic, homey, well equipped and spotless - loved it !” 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.
Excellent place to stay,hope to stay again next time we go to St Ives.
Brilliant decor excellent bathroom excellent bedrooms and kitchen… 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
Luxurious double bedroom, Comfortable lounge with sofa bed, fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washer-dryer,family sized bathroom with shower and shaver point, TV/DVD player, WiFi, CD player with radio, blue tooth speaker for tablet/smart phone. Iron, hairdryer, …see more
“"Wow"” 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 ride away. Fiona even left us 2 bus tickets
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
“Excellent accommodation and location for Edinburgh and surrounding areas”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2012
The Annexe provides excellent and well appointed accommodation for a couple wishing to explore Edinburgh (a 15 min bus journey) and the surrounding areas. We went for the festival and The Annexe prov… More
“SIX STAR ACCOMODATION IN CALA TARIDA!” This is a fabulous apartment and if I could give it six stars, I would. Internally, it is very tastefully decorated with everything you would require for your stay. However, it is the external terraces which, a
It is the second time we spend our holidays there. One could say: well after the delight we experienced the first time, the place is less amazing... No way! We enjoyed our holidays at least as much as… More
“Most Amazing Apartment”
Reviewed 26 Jun 2014
Totally loved this apartment, the views were incredible and just a very sort walk away from the beach. Tarida Bay is a quite family oriented place, perfect for those who like to dip in and out of craz… More
I stayed at Atico Tarida for a week in July. The apartment is fabulous - and the roof terrace just made our stay very special - enjoying the sunset was a real treat. The apartment is beautifully furni… More
Relax in complete seclusion enjoying the magnificent views and immense character of this property, nestled deep in ancient woodlands. With an outdoor heated pool and 2 acres of private gardens, Danby Lodge is the ideal get away location for a relaxing retreat. …see more
“Brilliant cottage, great location!” We stayed here for a week. The cottage was exactly what we had hopped for, beautifully presented, fully equipped. The location is perfect, whether to go to Bath or to explore other local tows/country side. A 10 mins
“Clean, comfortable and excellent value for money”
Reviewed 7 Apr 2014
We were delighted with our stay in this quirky cottage. We have stayed in a number of guesthouses and self catering apartments when visiting our daughter at the University of Bath and this property de… More
Many thanks for taking the time to review our property. The walk along the canal is lovely and quite easy being level. During the season there is also a river bus to town with is another nice alternative to the bus or taxi.
I hope we will see you soon.
“Great value for money”
Reviewed 3 Jun 2013
Excellent apartment, very clean, spacey (for up to 4), quite and nicely furnished.
The double bed and blanket were amazing. I slept as good as at home!
Pubs and convenience store open til 10pm nearb… More
That is a really useful comment about the cafes near the train station where you can leave your luggage. I am sure other travellers will find it helpful
The street directly opposite the cottage does have a limit on parking during weekdays, although no one have ever seen a warden. However, if you go towards Bath for a few yards the parking is unrestricted and plentiful.
Please come again.
“Wonderful memories at the Batch in Batheaston”
Reviewed 3 Nov 2012
My husband and I have such wonderful memories of our stay in the Batch. The rental was perfect for us. The bed was comfortable, the sitting room was cozy, and the kitchen was equipped for every type… More
You really did get around and pack a lot in. It sounds like you really did get the best out of your stay. It is very rewarding for us to know that our efforts are appreciated and I thank you for pointing this out. I do hope we will see you again soon.
Fully equipped kitchen leading onto an open plan sitting room and dining area. Private patio garden with BBQ facilities. Five very comfortable en-suite bedrooms, games room and private parking. …see more
“Lovely apartment and great location” We had a lovely stay at Blair 2.
The whole booking process was very easy and owners were very accommodating to our needs. We received a warm welcome and checked in early. The apartment is lovely bright, airy and
Ottimo appartamento ubicato in periferia ma ben collegato con il centro da numerosi bus
Stanze luminose e ben pulite,cucina fornita di tutto il necessario per cucinare e preparare la colazione.
A ci… More
“Fantastic property in a great location for a fair price with brilliant customer care.” We very much enjoyed our fifth visit to Edinburgh. This property is really well located almost in the heart of the City but pleasingly quiet too. Lots of bars, rest
“Warm welcome to perfect apartment, highly recomended”
Reviewed 19 Jul 2016
This was a fabulous apartment in a perfect location, The owners couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful to ensure that we enjoyed our stay in Edinburgh… More
“Great host, great apartment, great location”
Reviewed 20 Aug 2013
North Castle Street apartment is well located within easy walking distance of Edinburgh's tourist sights and restaurants. Convenience stores (for some food and sundries) are within walking distance b… More
Thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to welcome you to our apartment and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Just to be clear for our future guests, the apartment is on the top floor of a 3 storey apartment building, so there are actually 3 flights of stairs, not 4. There are stairs in the apartment but this is because it is a double upper. Being at the top affords us the fabulous views we enjoy across Edinburgh.
Using paypal allows our guests to make credit card payments from all over the world. Whilst there are transaction charges for international payments, there are no charges for payments made in the UK. This is a secure and safe way of taking credit card payments. As owners we do have to pay for each transaction but this is not passed on to our guests. We do also accept direct payments.
Reviewed 1 Aug 2013
The flat is right in the centre of things, but still quiet. It was extremely comfortable, with an excellent welcome pack. The owners had gone out of their way to make life easy for us, setting up a … More
Thank you for your kind review - it was a pleasure to welcome you and your family to our apartment and I'm glad your little boy liked the toy cars. We hope you are able to visit us some time again in the future.
“Comfortable, spacious and well-located.” This place was brilliant! It had all the little extras that makes it feel like a home away from home - tea, sugar, olive oil, iron, washing machine, toiletries!!! The house is beautiful and spacious and it was
“Lovely Apartment Right by the Beach” 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. If you want to
The perfect base for a family adventure in the half term holidays. The apartment was better than I imagined, was very clean and a great deal of thought had been put into the finer detail. i.e. Scrabb… More
“Lovely” What an amazing cottage. Clean, plenty of space and very complete. Everything you need is available. Gillie has a way of making you feel at home away from home. Me and my family had a great week there and we were sad to leave. Lots to do nearb
“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.
“Absolutely beautiful, clean, spacious! Private! Relaxing” 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
“A little Gem, in Forest of Dean” This little Barn conversion has been finished to a very high standard, it's owners keep it beautifully, we were 4 OAP's and 2 dogs, and had a wonderful short break. The view from the patio certainly had the Wow factor.
Booking was easy and response fast.
Woodland barn was very good, very well presented and clean.
The views where to die for overlooking the valley and river seven.
Plenty to do in the local area and… More
“Beautiful location, outstanding accommodation”
Reviewed 31 Jan 2012
My partner and I stayed in this charming cottage last summer, It was not our first time in the area; we love it so much we regularly visit.
The Forest of Dean is an exceptionally beautiful area of … More
“Great location with stunning views”
Reviewed 21 Jan 2012
We booked the cottage between Christmas and New Year to be near family and friends but the location would make an ideal base for exploring the area. The rear of the cottage enjoys fantastic views towa… More
Beachfront apartment with swimmingpool and air condition in the livingroom, located in the exclusive area of Playa den Bossa, just 30 metres away from the sea.Bossa Mar 2 consist in 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, big terrace, well equiped kitchen and private parking. …see more
“Beautiful holiday property, wonderfully comfortable, perfect location for a trip to Bath” We stayed at 3 Powlett Rd over a weekend trip to Bath and had a wonderful time. The property is in a fantastic location, just a short (and gorgeous) walk from th
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
“Excellent base for an Edinburgh visit” Stayed here with my wife and 2 young children as we visited Edinburgh to meet family. The flat is well equipped and the owner met us on arrival and ran us through the basics.
There is a surprisingly pleasant 24
We had a wonderful time in Edinburgh staying in Eunice & David apartment. I enjoyed the magnificent view of Newhaven harbour as I eat my breakfast every morning
The apartment clean and bright with a… More
Thank you for the feedback Patrick, we are always delighted to hear when guests have enjoyed their stay.
“Great for the cost paid!” I stayed by myself and felt very safe there. Once I got my bearings, I walked up and down the hill into Bath with no problem, although sometimes it was a bit of a slog uphill (But then that's me probably being unfit!) The apa
We spent 5 nights in this lovely apartment which is in a peaceful but convenient location for the city centre. It is set on a quiet street with great views over Bath. It is about a 10 minute walk fr… More
Many thanks for your review Helen. Hope to see you both again in Bath.
Reviewed 9 Dec 2015
Lovely clean apartment in a fantastic city.
Would definitely recommend to friends.
Situated up quite a steep hill out of the city.… More
Thank you so much for your review.
“Great location, very comfortable stay!”
Reviewed 1 Sep 2015
We stayed for 3 nights in this very comfortable apartment. Perfect for a romantic getaway.The apartment was immaculate and very well presented and we have already recommended it to our friends. It was… More
“Very Nice” The two bedroom flat was very clean and well decorated. It was refreshing to come back to the flat after a full day sightseeing. Very convenient location and central to all events. Mary was very welcoming and helpful! Great visit!
“Great Stay, Recommend it.” Great apartment in a quiet location. It was very spacious and clean with a fantastic balcony area. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and recommend it. The only thing I would say is they need to provide towels.. But generally
We had a very good holiday based at this apartment. It is right behind Pacha, the nightclub and therefore fantastic for those who want to spend a few nights there. A really sandy beach is only 10 minu… More
Reviewed 22 Jun 2015
Fantastic apartment in a great location both for the beach and Ibiza Town. There is a bus stop and taxi rank at the end of the street but you could walk to both in 10 minutes. Very quiet even though i… More
“Great appartment, great location”
Reviewed 10 Oct 2011
This appartment was perfect for a trip away with friends.
The agent we booked through was very helpful and provided us with all the necessary info before arrival.
The appartment was clean, spaciou… More
“Awesome Home Away from Home!” There were three of us traveling - parents & one teenager. Explorer's Rest has ample room for at least a group of four. Negative comments would be that - and this might be typical for the area - the washer cycle took up
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
A tranquil and luxurious oasis within easy walking distance of world-famous Princes Street (0.4 miles/600 metres). This beautifully appointed and spacious studio apartment offers the discerning visitor boutique hotel levels of comfort and amenity. …see more
“Wonderful Christmas” 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 for children to play.
“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 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
“Couldn't have been better”
Reviewed 21 Oct 2014
For our extended family (7 adults and 4 small children) Marine Villas was perfect.
Well-equipped property, (but don't forget to turn on the extractor when cooking, the smoke alarm reacts with steam t… More
“Super apartment!” From first contact with the owners, everything went well with our booking. Judy was very responsive, helpful and friendly.
On arrival, we were met by the lovely Karen, the property manager. She gave us a warm welcome, ensured we wer
We appreciated that we were able to move in and make a cup of tea - milk/tea/coffee & shortbread were provided by the owners. The kitchen was well stocked, never did we run short of a plate, glass or … More
“Great flat. Great location” My wife and I stayed in this lovely flat for 5 nights enjoying a romantic break while the kids stayed with Grandma in Scotland. It was comfortable and well equiped with all the essentials. Being on the top floor it was well
Cannot wait to stay again, just perfect for a stay in London.
Great location to reach all the attractions, we even had our shopping delivered on arrival to ensure a good start to our visit and we co… More
“Perfect space, atmosphere and location to explore the heart of London.”
Reviewed 29 Nov 2013
This rental is the perfect setting for a closer look at London's streets and attractions, with all amenities within easy walking distance, we couldn't have asked for anything more. The accommodation w… More
“A very nice place”
Reviewed 30 Apr 2015
I've stayed with my family (wife and two teens) and everything was OK. The apartment is well located and very functional. A very, very nice staying!!! Thanks Liz.… More
“Our holiday at bevan house” A good sized holiday cottage in a quiet part of Wales, peaceful and far enough away from other houses so you aren't over looked, we enjoyed our stay with friends at Bevan house, the hot tub made all the difference for the s
we stayed for 3 nights at Bevan house, we were met by Angela on arrival who showed us around the property & advised us how the appliances worked.
beautiful property which was very clean & tidy.2 doub… More
Thank you for your review, so pleased you enjoyed and you are welcome to come again any time you want.
Reviewed 19 Jul 2012
Lovely house in a delightful location. Much thought has gone into the house to make it user friendly for all generations, well equipped and very friendly owners. Located within 10 mins walk of a good … More
Thank you for your comments, we would love you to stay again sometime.
“Breathtaking views, peaceful and marvellously helpful hosts”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2011
We had a really nice time with our one year old son and 13 year old neice. The owners were very welcoming and helpful. The location is really peaceful and the views from the house are fantastic. The f… More
Location! Location! Location! Welcome to Wisteria Lane Apartment, the perfect location for large parties, Hen Parties, School Reunion, Anniversaries, Birthdays suiting every occasion. Accommodating a maximum of 13 guests. Park the car, relax, and enjoy your stress …see more
“Perfect haven in lovely Hampstead” 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 enhance our stay.
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
“Lovely and quite apartment”
Reviewed 12 Jun 2012
We really enjoyed our stay at Hampstead Haven. It was quiet and comfortable and in a perfect location for our requirements. We will definitely be back to stay, when we visit London again.… More
“Fantastic apartment .......home from home!” Our 1st visit to Edinburgh and what a find Greyfriars Bobby apartment was!!
Axel (owner) made contact prior to visit to give us basic info and he was there to meet us on arrival giving a wealth of advice on
“A very comfortable and warm flat in a great location .”
Reviewed 14 Jan 2013
We stayed for a week over the New Year ,its an ideal flat for two people ,it was warm and very comfortable .You can view history from every window .easy walking distance to many if not most of Edinbur… More
“Perfection. You've found it here.”
Reviewed 5 Jul 2012
I've read others' comments, which give a fantastic overview of the place. My title says it all - this apartment is literally perfection. This was my home base for 10 days and I mean HOME. Forget th… More
“Our best stay ever in Edinburgh!!”
Reviewed 10 Jun 2012
I don't think we will ever stay in a hotel in Edinburgh after our 11 day stay in the Greyfriars #4 flat! The location was excellent for exploring the city and the flat really exceeded our expectation… More