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Self-catering city breaks for summer

29th June 2010 Print
Property 425632

For those in search of a slightly different experience this summer, a city break provides the perfect alternative to the traditional beach holiday. And with plenty of festivals taking place across Europe, there’s so much more to do this summer than just a bucket and spade.

HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, lists over 6,500 private city centre rentals in Europe, making a city getaway more accessible and affordable than ever.

Brussels is a must this year, with two major events taking place in August: the Summer Festival and the Belgian Flower Festival. The city becomes a live music jukebox, with street theatre, travelling circus and numerous concerts, while at the same time a stunning carpet of flowers is created in the city centre. Dubrovnik in Croatia is also hosting its own Summer Festival (19th July – 25th August), regarded as one of the most innovative exhibits of musical and theatrical expression. Alternatively, if you are looking for something closer to home, head to Edinburgh in August for the Fringe Festival, widely acknowledged as the biggest arts festival in the world.

And to get the most of your holiday, choose a private rental for a more authentic travel experience and the chance to live like a local. Find below several chic city pads available to rent on or browse the site for more.

Prices quoted are for the summer season and correct at the time of going to press. All properties still had good availability during the summer season.

Lovely apartment with park views
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4. £289 per person per week
This is a beautiful, two room apartment, designed in calm brown/white colour, situated in a great location, only 10 minutes walking distance to Midi train station and offering a great view on a park. The property has a computer with free broadband internet and WiFi, with digital TV and DVD player, a spacious bedroom, as well as a fully equipped kitchen. Property 470575

Charming loft in the heart of the Old Town
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3. £579 per property per week
The apartment is situated on the third floor of a charming medieval stone house and can accommodate up to three people comfortably. It has recently been refurbished with a blend of modern and rustic elements. The nicely preserved, exposed wooden beams in the ceiling, and exposed stone walls, give the apartment its authentic touch. Property 436461

A lovely apartment in a historical Georgian townhouse
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7. £1,350 per property per week
The property is located on Great King Street, one of the finest Georgian terraces in Edinburgh. The apartment is on the first floor of a traditional townhouse and comprises a living room, kitchen, three double bedrooms and two bathrooms. The superb living room, with floor to ceiling windows, marble fireplace and decorative ceiling plasterwork has a large dining table, TV and DVD. The main bathroom has a fabulous Jacuzzi bath and there is the second shower room off the master bedroom. The second bedroom overlooks the rear of the property with views to the North of the city and the third double bedroom faces the front of the building. Property 425632

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