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!

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Maria19 提交于 周一, 03/08/2020 - 21:49

I would choose a farmhouse. My family and I prefer pastoral, quiet and relaxed places to hear the birds chirping and see the nature around us.

sribashu30 提交于 周二, 28/07/2020 - 03:06

I would like to know the correct answer: 1)Lisa is an actor and a writer. 2)Lisa is an actor and writer. In my opinion no 2 is correct as only one article (here- a) is applicable in case of same one person. I case of no 2,I think here two indefinite articles are wrongly used to refer two persons whereas only one person is there. Help me please to know the correct answer.

Hello sribashu30,

Both are correct.

You asked the same, or a very similar, question on another page (here) and I explained there the reason. Please post questions once only as multiple postings only slow the process down.



The LearnEnglish Team

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Berny Herrera 提交于 周二, 21/07/2020 - 03:54

Personally, I think that it depends on the people and the place they have lived whole their life. I mean, A person that has lived all his life in a city, definitely would prefer to take a vacation in the countryside and vice-versa.

fatfat 提交于 周六, 11/07/2020 - 12:59

Both houses have pros and cons. I would prefer to living at house in the city but I d prefer to for holiday the other house.

Ronake 提交于 周二, 30/06/2020 - 00:45

I definitely would choose the house in the countryside. Enjoying nature, fresh air and eat healthy food is the best way to spend your holiday. Escaping from air pollution and noise, and making skip the internet and social media for a week, will be a good way to improve our physical and mental health. Also, the house seems to be suitable, with all facilities that you need to prepare meals and to have fun.
I would prefer a countryside house of course but my two kids drive me crazy without youtube and TV

haydeecolli 提交于 周五, 12/06/2020 - 21:13

I prefer the flat because it's near the city.

Leonardo Lisboa 提交于 周六, 06/06/2020 - 00:30

The flat, of course.
Due to living at flat in the city, I would choose farmhouse for holiday. It's absolutely good for getaway.

eshan.saif 提交于 周三, 03/06/2020 - 16:50

I will prefer the farmhouse to spend few days for staying away from my monotonous city life. Where i will be able to be closer to the nature and share my inner feelings with my loving ones.

Shaista 提交于 周二, 02/06/2020 - 10:34

I'd like ti spend my holidays in village having all i can relax there far away from city and that's noise etc......where i don't want to use mobile....just wish to spend these holidays with my family with relaxation ❤

Thucuoi 提交于 周三, 27/05/2020 - 10:07

i prefer a city flat to a farmhouse for my holidays because I love the luxury and modernity.

casssioesousa 提交于 周二, 19/05/2020 - 19:59

I'd like to rent a beautiful home holiday in the beach at the place that have sun, where I could enjoy it.

mouna99 提交于 周六, 16/05/2020 - 16:47

I wouldn choose farmhouse for holidays

Nyanko Neko 提交于 周六, 16/05/2020 - 14:48

I prefer Farmhouse to Flat city because i love graden, flowers ... I like staying near the nature , so i can cook barbecue , chatting with my family and friends at the garden. The atmosphere is so good

Muhammad Bagir 提交于 周六, 16/05/2020 - 04:32

i prefer to spend my holiday at the farmhouse

c.lopes23 提交于 周五, 15/05/2020 - 01:12

I prefer the farmhouse, because I like staying near the nature.

BOU Hamid 提交于 周日, 10/05/2020 - 01:12

I choose a flat city for my holiday.

Raimbek 提交于 周四, 07/05/2020 - 11:04

I prefer farmhouse, because it's quiet place and yes i live in the city.

Alfaprime 提交于 周三, 29/04/2020 - 16:35

I prefer bouth, maybe farmhouse in summer and the flat in autmn or winter when is the Christmas time.

Djoo 提交于 周四, 23/04/2020 - 05:09

I don't like living in city. So in a holiday i would choose a farmhouse away from noise and crowding

Ronake 提交于 周日, 19/04/2020 - 23:27

i would love to chose farmhouse, because in countryside you really can rest and enjoy the holidays. There are fresh air, healthy food, nature, cerenty away from crowd and traffic and you can stay at the garden and have barbeque.

Yernar 提交于 周四, 16/04/2020 - 10:57

Hello, I think these both places has their individual features. If you own them all you can spend sometime in the flat then in the farmplaces. Are you agree with me?

Melsaied264 提交于 周六, 11/04/2020 - 02:10

Actually I prefer to spend my holidays in the countryside rather than the city, because there in the countryside the life is quiet and I can not find traffic or crowds ,the air is fresh an healthy,the best thing I love there is the sunset time ,I really enjoy there.But as the countryside is my favourite place there are some things bother me such as the weakness of the internet and the absence of some services I may need it daily like supermarkets,hospitals and education centers

FRANCY JACQUEL… 提交于 周一, 06/04/2020 - 22:42

I know new people now that I travel to Malta and I am studying English

FRANCY JACQUEL… 提交于 周一, 06/04/2020 - 21:39

I would choose a place on the beach, or a place in the mountains, away from the city and noise

zabiullah 提交于 周一, 06/04/2020 - 06:37

frankly i would select farmhouse for holidays...bxz it is perfect no one cant annoyed us as well as we can find natural foods, drinks and nature. when i was little boy all my family lived in the countryside i remeber good things in the village but when my parents moved to the city we have lost natural foods. after that we have not happy life...
I would choose a city flat for holiday.

Van Duc Nguyen 提交于 周三, 18/03/2020 - 08:36

i'm choosing farmhouse because i'm found quiet, fresh air and nature

upendarreddy 提交于 周日, 15/03/2020 - 01:14

I prefer to visit farmhouse on holidays. currently, i am living in Canada so i often spend at farmhouse in the summer time on holidays because i work everyday during weekdays in the city. i feel like tired so i want to go to outside for relaxation.I used to live in india, we have a big farm i spent at my farm on weekends and holidays with my family, friends, and relatives.

Sergei Baskakov 提交于 周六, 07/03/2020 - 12:11

I'm choosing the farmhouse because I'm fond of the fresh air and nature

pacha809 提交于 周二, 03/03/2020 - 09:33

I want advertise you too my flat close to the North Sea. It's a little flat for four people. the bedrooms sleep four people with two double beds.One bathroom with a shower. The fully equipped kitchen is open to the living room with TV and WI-FI. The large balcony has space for four people to take meals or enjoy the sun. You can park your car in the garage downstairs. This flat is perfect for a family with two kids. It's located 300 m from the beach, shops, bars and restaurants. In summer, on the sea wall, or in town there are many activities for adults and kids.

Alaa Basha 提交于 周四, 13/02/2020 - 08:45

I wouldn't mind going both. I don't used to have such a trip for a holiday, however, I need to go to a one with my family.

Hajer sea 提交于 周一, 03/02/2020 - 12:06

Hi, I think I choose the farmhouse because I need to relaxing and stay away from the noise.
Farmhouse but with internet )))

serena lee 提交于 周五, 10/01/2020 - 14:50

we usually stay at the village on vacations. I often choose farmer house which has table outside, private restroom, and especially full equipments.

shahhoseini 提交于 周三, 25/12/2019 - 13:49

I live in a large city but my father and my mother were born in a small beautiful village in the countryside. I usually go to this village for the holidays.

Magedelabd 提交于 周一, 23/12/2019 - 16:30

I choose the countryside house to stay for my vacation , I meant the farmhouse. because I like the quit places and like also the open areas and the green area too.

frfandinod79 提交于 周四, 28/11/2019 - 16:13

I would like the farmhouse, because it is a relax place full of nature where we can rest.

Marcos Lozano 提交于 周六, 23/11/2019 - 14:41

When I was young, I usually went to holidays to my town, in the province of Badajoz. For me, the more great years of my life.
I was born in a small countryside near Hanoi city. So, I will choose the flat city for my holiday. My family has five people while the flat city has room for six people. It's wide for my family. The flat city near shops, bars, and restaurants. So, my family can go shopping, go to the restaurants on foot. Moreover, the flat city has Wi-Fi, my family can watch famous movies together on big TV. I think the flat city is suitable for my family on holiday.

Abdelmouttalib 提交于 周五, 11/10/2019 - 14:31

I choose a farmhouse because of its comfortable, wide, with garden, and the most important it's far from towns, noise and pollution. It's the place when i can find inner peace.

Siti Fatimah 提交于 周四, 10/10/2019 - 04:53

I prefer to choose the farmhouse for holiday. I think it will help me to ignore my stressfull

beginner 提交于 周一, 26/08/2019 - 16:07

During my holidays, I would like to stay with my whole family in a City house rather than a City flat.

myolay 提交于 周二, 20/08/2019 - 14:03

I will choose farmhouse because I like nature and it can rest peacefully than city flat...

Lameed Mohamed 提交于 周五, 02/08/2019 - 11:30

Me and my family tend to have our holidays in countryside where my grandma and grangpa live , it's amazing all the time cause u can do alot of things that u can't do in the city , i mean we can visit nieghbours who they're our relatives too by the way in everytime beside that the whole big family are there so we have nice time with each other, But of course there is thing that i don't like a lot which is too much housewrok, i think this is happens in all farmhouses is it ..?