Properties Still Available For the Summer Holidays

July 17th, 2016
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The summer holidays are just around the corner and if like me, the date has snuck up on you, you’ll be frantically looking for a last minute getaway. Here at Sykes Cottages, we have a fantastic selection of last minute properties still available for a summer break so there’s no need to panic. From the Scottish Highlands to the coast of Cornwall, we still have plenty of cottages to choose from! We’ve listed a selection of holiday lets still available for the summer below but to see our full collection simply head on over to the Sykes Cottages main site now.

Rathnure Cottage

Rathnure near Enniscorthy, County Wexford

Rathnure Cottage

Rathnure Cottage (Ref. 4343)

Located on a working stud, cattle and sheep farm, Rathnure Cottage is surrounded by 300 acres of rural Irish countryside. This property is a big hit with families as children love to collect eggs in the morning or visit the owners’ pet pot-belly pig. With lovely mountain walks and the coast not too far away, there is plenty to do from this two bed holiday let, making it the ideal choice for your next Irish adventure.

Rathnure Cottage is currently available for seven nights from August 13th at a total cost of £510 or from August 20th at a total cost of £407*

Warren House

Nether Burrow near Kirkby Lonsdale, The Lake District

Warren House

Warren House (Ref. 18211)

The stylish Warren House is perfect for a big family or group of friends who wish to escape to the country this summer. The property boasts four bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen with dining area, cosy sitting room and a charming lawned garden. Just a short walk away from this Nether Burrow cottage, guests will find the famous Highwayman Inn, known far and wide for its wonderful menu – a must for anyone staying in the area.

Warren House is currently available for seven nights from either July 29th or August 12th at a total cost of £1149*

Keeper’s Cottage

Kinloch Rannoch, Scotland

Keeper's Cottage

Keeper’s Cottage (Ref. 922218)

Keeper’s Cottage is the ideal Scottish escape. Located in the grounds of a beautiful estate, this property not only offers fantastic views but also has strong ties to the hit TV series Outlander, with some of the show’s scenes being filmed on the estate. Sleeping eight people in four bedrooms with three bathrooms and large open plan living area, this property has plenty of room both inside and out.

Keeper’s Cottage is currently available for seven nights from either July 29th or August 5th at a total cost of £1639 and from August 12th at a total cost of £1499*

1 Belle Vue

Osmothereley near Northallerton and Thirsk, North York Moors and Coast

1 Belle View

1 Belle Vue (Ref. 934987)

This wonderful period cottage comfortably sleeps six people in three bedrooms with two bathrooms, cosy kitchen with dining area, living area with wood burning stove and a lovely garden perfect for relaxing in the summer sun. The local area is also ideal for explorers with the Cleveland Hills and Yorkshire Dales on your doorstep.

1 Belle Vue is currently available for seven nights from either August 5th or August 12th at a total cost of £839*

Kean’s Cottage

Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Kean's Cottage

Kean’s Cottage (Ref. 929958)

If you’re looking for something a little bigger this summer, then you can’t go wrong with Kean’s Cottage. Located on the shores of Loch Fadon, this holiday let is full of character and style. This property can accommodate up to 12 people with two well-behaved dogs. The surrounding area is perfect for long walks and exploring the Loch, whilst the property’s cosy sitting room with wood burner is ideal for snuggling up with the family and playing board games.

Kean’s Cottage is currently available for seven nights from August 12th at a total cost of £1869 or seven nights from August 19th at a total cost of £1653*

*Pricing up to date as of July 15th 2016.

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As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

British Travel Awards 2016: We need your vote!

July 12th, 2016
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Dear Sykes Cottages customers, owners, staff and friends,

We are absolutely delighted to announce that for the fourth year running, we’ve been nominated for a British Travel Award. In fact, this year we’ve been nominated for two British Travel Awards! The first category we’re up for is Best Large Holiday Cottage Booking Company- a title we’ve been honoured to win for the past three years in a row- and the second is Best Large Holiday Company for Customer Service. You can read about our win last year here.

British Travel Awards

We’re so proud to have been recognised by the British Travel Awards again this year. They are often known as the Oscars of the UK travel industry and are highly coveted. What means the most to us though is that they’re voted for by the public- by our customers and our owners and those who’ve come into contact with Sykes Cottages. We’ve been humbled by your support for the last three years and are hoping we can count on you to help us make it four years in a row!

To vote for Sykes Cottages for either of these awards, please click here and fill in the short form.

British Travel Awards

Every person who submits a vote (for any of the nominees in any of the categories) will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win fabulous prizes including a seven day tour of China, a seven night ski holiday in Puy St Vincent and of course, £500 Sykes Cottages vouchers!

Thank you in advance to anyone who’s taken the time to vote for us. From everyone at Sykes, we’re so grateful for your support.

Sykes Cottages staff

 

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By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Iced Tea Recipes for Summer

July 10th, 2016
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Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to take your tea with a refreshing, summery twist. Perfect for picnics, barbecues and days spent in the garden, here’s a selection of the best iced tea recipes around to keep you nice and cool over the summer months.

Lemon Iced TeaIced Tea

Serves 10. Recipe via Good Housekeeping

Ingredients

  • 4 tea bags
  • 6 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 litre boiling water
  • 3 litre still lemonade
  • Mint sprigs
  • Lemon slices

Method

  1. In a large bowl, add tea bags and 6tbsp of caster sugar. Then add a litre of boiling water.
  2. Steep for 2 minutes, take the tea bags out then leave to cool completely.
  3. Fill a large jug with ice, pour in the tea then add 1.3 litre still lemonade.
  4. Garnish individual glasses with mint sprigs and lemon slices.

 

Pimm’s Iced TeaIced Tea

Serves 4-6. Recipe via BBC Good Food.

Ingredients

  • 4 tea bags
  • 20g mint
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 large oranges, juiced, plus extra slices to serve
  • 2 lemons, juiced, plus extra slices to serve
  • 400ml Pimm’s No. 1
  • Several strawberries, sliced
  • Plenty of ice to serve

Method

  1. In a large jug, add tea bags and half the mint. Then pour in 1.2 litre of boiling water.
  2. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes before removing the tea bags, stirring and adding the sugar.
  3. Once cool, remove the mint. Add orange juice, lemon juice and Pimm’s.
  4. Chill thoroughly- this can be made up to one day in advance.
  5. Serve over ice with slices of lemon, orange, strawberry and mint sprigs.

 

Raspberry and Mint Iced TeaIced Tea

Serves 4. Recipe via Goodtoknow.co.uk.

Ingredients

  • 500g raspberries
  • 75g granulated sugar
  • 2 mint sprigs
  • Pinch of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tea bag
  • Half lemon, sliced
  • Ice to serve

Method

  1. In a large bowl, crush raspberries and sugar together using a potato masher. Add the mint sprigs and bicarbonate of soda.
  2. Pour ½ litre of boiling water into a jug containing the tea bag and leave for 4-5 minutes before removing the tea bag.
  3. Pour the hot tea over the raspberries. Stir then leave to cool for 1 hour.
  4. Strain the mixture through muslin and into a sieve to make about 600ml of liquid then add 300ml cold water.
  5. Serve over ice with lemon slices and a sprig of mint.

If like us, you love tea in all of its forms, then make sure you check out our Great British Brew campaign which includes tea reviews, stats on how people like their tea, and a fantastic infographic which will tell you all you’ve ever wanted to know about the humble brew. For more delicious recipes and meal inspiration, head to the food section of our blog.

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Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Walk of the Month: Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail

June 30th, 2016
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For June’s edition of Walk of the Month, we’ve decided to feature a family favourite perfect for older children looking to develop their navigation skills. The Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail is a relatively short walk through the Scottish Highlands with fantastic views of Loch Shiel, the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Glenfinnan monument.

Walk of the Month: Glenginnan Viaduct

Image of Glenfinnan Viaduct by Peter WeemeeuwCC 2.0

The walk:

This route should take walkers no longer than 2 hours to complete, making it perfect for an afternoon outing. You can leave the car in the car park at the north side of the bridge or catch a bus or train to Glenfinnan before starting the walk. The trail can be boggy in patches so good waking shoes or boots are advised.

The route:

From the car park follow the tarred track, ignore the turn off on the right and continue straight passing a barn and heading towards the viaduct.

When you reach the foot of the viaduct, you’ll see a sign post for the Station Museum and Sleeping car, turn left here and keep right at the upcoming junction. You will soon pass under the arches of the viaduct before beginning your climb on the other side.

Walk of the Month: Glenfinnan Monument

Image of Glenfinnan Monument by Mike SearleCC 2.0

The route will continue to get higher as you move across the hillside.  When you see the parked railway carriages near Glenfinnan station, the path will turn to the left and continue downhill towards the railway and through a tunnel.

Once through the tunnel the path will fork, you want to take the path on the right and continue across a little bridge. Follow the path up the steps that lead to the station then turn left when you reach the station and follow the lane down to the main road.

When you reach the pavement of the A830 turn right and follow the road for a short period until you come across a sharp left just before the hotel, follow this path on the left down a track past some houses. When you reach the last house just continue along the path which starts between two mental handrails.

Follow this path downhill until you come to a tarmac road with a T-junction. Turn left at the junction and continue along the road which passes close by the Glenfinnan House Hotel. The path will eventually come out on the A830 again, opposite the start of the walk. From here you can either head back to the car park or take the time to explore the Glenfinnan monument.

To view the full route map, please click here.

Book a holiday cottage in the Scottish Highlands:

The Laggan Drey (Ref. 1525) in Laggan, Scotland

The Laggan Drey (Ref. 1525) in Laggan, Scotland

If you would like to explore the Scottish Highlands on a walking holiday then make sure to check out our extensive selection of holiday cottages in the Scottish Highlands. From charming eco-friendly cottages set in natural woodland to cosy log cabins we have a cottage to suit all tastes and budgets. For more information on walking holidays in Scotland visit our website or give our team a call on 01244 356695.

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As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Spotlight On: Unusual Holiday Cottages

June 26th, 2016
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At Sykes, we love all types of holiday cottages; whether they’re traditional and cosy or offer something a bit quirky.  If you’re the kind of person who likes to do things a little differently, then we have the perfect selection of holiday cottages for you. Our unusual properties make for a unique getaway you’ll never forget- take a look at some examples below.

Peat Gate Shepherd’s Hut

Quirky holiday cottage

How’s this for something different! This charming hand-made shepherd’s hut is built from timber and offers beautiful views across the Northumberland countryside. Ideal for a peaceful, romantic break, Peat Gate Shepherd’s Hut comprises of open plan studio accommodation with a separate bathroom and small but perfectly formed kitchen with a double hob, fridge and woodburning stove with integrated oven. The surrounding area is perfect for walking and cycling, close to both Hadrian’s Wall and the North Pennines, and this property even has its own bike storage facilities.

The Gatehouse

Quirky holiday cottage

The Gatehouse is one of our most quirky holiday homes with a variety of fascinating features such as a corrugated tin wall and a reclaimed Georgian staircase housing children’s bunk beds underneath. The property sleeps up to 4 guests and has a spacious open plan layout with galleried bedroom overlooking the living area complete with grand piano, a library of books and unusual décor. Situated in Cumbria, this eccentric property is surrounded by lush countryside with the Settle-Carlisle Railway running close by and the Cumbrian fells within easy reach.

The Water Tower

Quirky holiday cottage

This luxurious holiday rental on the Isle of Anglesey has been converted from a former water tower. Nestled in a tranquil location with idyllic woodland views, The Water Tower offers a luxury holiday with a quirky twist. The beautiful beaches of Pentraeth and Benllech are on your doorstep whilst the mountains of Snowdonia are also just a short drive away. The property itself is bright and airy with features including an atrium ceiling in the master bedroom and bi-fold doors opening out onto the patio from the dining area.

Book a quirky holiday cottage

If you like the look of the properties above, there’s certainly more where that came from! We’ve hundreds of charmingly eccentric holiday homes for you to choose from; you can browse the full range by visiting our website.

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By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.