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Holiday home adverts

Read two adverts for places to stay on holiday to practise and improve your reading skills. 

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and do the exercises.

Reading text

City flat

Beautiful two-bedroom city flat five minutes' walk from the cathedral. Fully equipped kitchen, living room with a large sofa and chairs, big TV and balcony. The balcony has space for four people to sit and gets the sun in the mornings, and the flat is light and warm. It has Wi-Fi and fast internet. The upstairs bedroom sleeps four people, with two double beds; the downstairs bedroom sleeps two in single beds. The flat is perfect for families and is near shops, bars and restaurants.


Four-bedroom farmhouse in the countryside. All of the four double bedrooms are en suite with luxury shower and bath. Farm kitchen with barbecue, tables and chairs outside. Great for groups of friends. The supermarket is half an hour by car and you can take a train from the village into the city. Escape from normal life for a few days as we have … NO INTERNET and you can only use mobile phones at the bottom of the garden!



Language level

Beginner: A1


I would like a farmehouse , i think it's airy , sunny , and more comfortable for me , and for sure to make barbecue

I would like a nice city flat in a nice city like Paris, London or Venice.
I would like a nice farmhouse in a nice country like Italy, Holland or France.

I prefer the farmhouse for a holiday.

Dear all,

I am a little bit confused when I have to say for example:
I sit IN a chair / I sit ON a chair

OR: There is a ball on the armchair / in the armchair
There is a ball on / in the chair.

What is correct? I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Hello Natasa Tanasa,

We usually say 'sit in a chair' when the chair is an armchair; it's as if it were a semi-enclosed space. In most other cases, people say 'on a chair'.

You might hear people say 'in' sometimes, but I teach my students the rule that I described above.

Hope this helps.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

It sounds good to spend weekend in FarmHouse. I like a barbecue and fresh air.

I would like to stay at a farmhouse with some animals. Fantastic! ;)

Definitely I prefer the farmhouse for a holiday. I like the quiet places. Before I lived in the city, but now I live in a cottage. I adore this kind of places because I feel so good.

I would choose the farm house for my holiday. I would like to relax surrounded by nature sound.

I like quiet and peaceful places for on holiday. Therefore I prefer farmhouse. I relax countryside. I love trees, flowers and nature. I like to trekking in forest.