JOMO – Experience the Joy of Missing Out

December 6th, 2016
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Introducing our new JOMO Collection, a selection of hand-picked UK getaways for those who need to unplug from the digital world.

A catchy acronym for the “joy of missing out”, ‘JOMO’ was recently added to the Collin’s Dictionary and celebrates the pleasures of me-time without the worry that others are having more fun.

Free from Wi-Fi, phone signal and any digital distractions, the collection includes 10 bespoke breaks starting from £61pp in an array of secluded locations – from cosy yurts in the Yorkshire Dales to stone-built cottages on the footsteps of the Snowdonia hills.

Glebe Farm Cottage in Pembrokeshire , the ideal place to switch off and enjoy the countryside

Glebe Farm Cottage in Pembrokeshire , the ideal place to switch off and enjoy the countryside

With recent Ofcom figures revealing that the average adult spends almost a day a week online and 59 per cent of us consider ourselves addicted to our devices*, the ‘JOMO’ Collection will offer a temporary escape from the modern social sphere.

The Rowan Yurt in the Yorkshire Dales, situated in a secluded location where visitors can enjoy an unforgettable romantic break, undisturbed by modern technology.

The Rowan Yurt in the Yorkshire Dales, situated in a secluded location where visitors can enjoy an unforgettable romantic break, undisturbed by modern technology.

Visitors will get the chance to go completely off the grid and revel in a relaxing environment away from online noise, with panoramic countryside views, hot tubs under the stars and private walkways to the serene coastline.

Isallt Beach, Snowdonia, set in a rural and remote location where travellers can detach from the digital world amidst stunning countryside views of the Cwm Pennant valley.

Isallt Beach, Snowdonia, set in a rural and remote location where travellers can detach from the digital world amidst stunning countryside views of the Cwm Pennant valley.

Included in the collection is Glebe Farm Cottage in Pembrokeshire, The Rowan Yurt in the Yorkshire Dales and Silver Dollar in Norfolk. To view the full collection of JOMO cottages please click here.

*Statistics taken from an April 2016 Ofcom report

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2016 Christmas Gingerbread Cottage Competition

December 2nd, 2016
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December is upon us. There’s a chill in the air, a twinkling of fairy lights and familiar jolly tunes to be heard on the radio. Christmas is our absolute favourite time of year, here at Sykes Cottages. Decking the halls, munching on mince pies and hanging our stockings at the fireplace – it all gives us that fabulous festive feeling.

Win a £500 holiday voucher

So, in honour of the season, we’re celebrating with a magical competition! We want you to get your crafty hats on and create your very own Christmassy cottage out of gingerbread. Glorious gumdrops, cutesy candy canes, intricate icing – the more imaginative the better.

Whether it’s all made from scratch or a uniquely decorated kit, all entries are welcome, as long as they give Santa’s elves a run for their money!

The lucky winner will receive the gift of a £500 holiday voucher for a Sykes cogingerbread-cottage-picttage getaway.

There are two ways to enter our Sykes Christmas gingerbread cottage competition:
1.) By sharing a photo of your wonderful gingerbread creation along with #sykesxmascottage on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
2.) By creating a blog post that showcases your festive masterpiece and all the fun you had creating it. Sykes Cottages will then review the entries and select the winner who will receive the prize*.

Santa’s almost on his way, so get crafting!

 

Competition opens at midnight GMT 2nd December 2016.

Competition closes at midnight GMT on the 18th December 2016, any entries sent after this time won’t be counted

 

Terms & conditions

  • *The prize is a £500 Sykes Cottages Voucher. For information on how to redeem a Sykes Cottages Voucher please see here.
  • The competition is open to any person/blogger located within the United Kingdom or Ireland and aged 18 and over, except for employees of Sykes Cottages and their families, partners and anyone else connected with the creation and administration of the promotion.
  • Closing date for entries is midnight 18/12/2016. One winner will be announced by midnight 21/12/2016. The winner must claim their prize within 30 days of notification or the prize will be void and the winner will be re-selected from all other entrants.
  • To be in with a chance of winning, entrants must reside within the United Kingdom or Ireland.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  • The winner accepts that their name may be provided or published in social media.
  • Sykes Cottages’ decision on the winner is final.
  • The prize is non-transferable and there shall be no alternative prize, or cash alternative offered.
  • Sykes Cottages reserves the right to declare any competition null and void and stage another competition in its place.
  • Sykes Cottages is entitled to refuse to process any prize where necessary, for example, if you are unable to or fail to produced sufficient identification when claiming a prize.
  • There can only be one entry per person and per blog, multiple entries will not be counted.
  • By entering the competition, you agree to allow your entry to be shared across Sykes Cottages’ multiple social media platforms. E.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blog.
  • The prize is supplied “as is” with no guarantee to its suitability.
  • Sykes Cottages will not be held accountable for any costs, losses, damages and expenses (including travel fees) which the winner may incur in relation to the competition or prize or as a result of any misrepresentation of the prize.
  • Entry into this competition constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
  • Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England.
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Following the Footsteps of Fantastic Beasts

December 2nd, 2016
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A secret world lies among us muggles.

A world that goes beyond Hogwarts and into the forests of Britain, the skies of America and the mountains of Europe.

Across the world lies fantastic beasts, and with help from us we’ll tell you where to find them.

Nifflers

These cute creatures are native to Britain and have a penchant for anything shiny. They live underground and can be found in burrows and caves. Be careful if you’re wanting one as a pet, you may come home to chaos.

nifflers poster amazing creatures

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Bowtruckles

These naturally camouflaged animals guard the trees wands are made off. Favouring forests of west England they are intensely shy… until you disturb their home. Watch out for their long, sharp fingers.

bowtruckles poster fantastic beasts

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Demiguise

Peaceful and ape-like, the Demiguise can be found in the Far East. If threatened they quickly turn invisible and their pelt can be used to make invisibility cloaks.

demiguise poster fantastic beasts

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Common Welsh Green Dragon

If you haven’t seen one yet, it may be because your memory has been wiped by the Ministry of Magic. A reservation has been set up in the welsh mountains where they feed on small mammals, so when climbing Snowdon, keep an eye out.

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Thunderbird

With a flap of its wings, a storm comes brewing. Closely related to the phoenix, these powerful birds favour drier climates in the US, their shimmering feathers blend in perfectly to the high clouds.

thunderbird poster fantastic beasts

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Giants

Big and beastly, if you come across a giant, run in the opposite direction. Where better for them to live than the mountains of Europe, sizing themselves up against the towering peaks.

giants poster fantastic beasts

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Merpeople

When delving into the depths of the great lake, look out for the merpeople’s strong fins and dark flowing hair. With warlike tendencies, don’t stop by too long as they may not let you return to the surface.

merpeople poster fantastic beasts

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These fantastic beasts can be hard to find. But when the unexplainable happens and you catch something out the corner of your eye, think back to these creatures; you may unknowingly be following their footsteps.

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Harry Potter Wiki. Thunderbird.wikia.com
Hibberd, J. (2016). ‘Fantastic Beasts’: Meet the Creatures. ew.com
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Harry Potter Wiki. Common Welsh Green. Wikia.com
Pottermore. Demiguise. pottermore.com

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Walk of the Month: Clatteringshaws Loch View Trail

November 27th, 2016
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For November’s edition of Walk of the Month, we’re heading to Clatteringshaws in Dumfries and Galloway for a trail named by Visit Scotland as one of the ten most spectacular winter walks in the country. Located in the heart of the Galloway Forest Park, Clatteringshaws Loch is a tranquil haven that’s perfect for a frosty winter stroll.

The walk:

This 3.5 mile walk is suitable for most people with waymarked paths and only a gentle uphill climb. It should take around two hours to complete and there’s plenty of parking if you want to drive to the route. Whilst you’re in the area, visit the interactive wildlife exhibition in the Clatteringshaws visitor centre to see the wide variety of wildlife you could encounter on your walk.

The route:

The walk begins in the car park at the Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre. Before you begin, make sure you take a lochside detour to Bruce’s Stone. This is said to be the site where Robert the Bruce rested after his victory against the English in the Battle of Trool in 1307.

After your detour, head back to the car park. Walk along to the main road, cross it and take the track opposite to walk across the open field. Climb the style at the beginning of the forestry.

Continue along the forest track with a felled area on your right. At the first junction, continue straight ahead but at the second junction, turn right following the white marker post heading uphill. This route continues to climb Benniguinea but before you reach the summit, take a right onto a marked path. Head down through the trees and you will eventually emerge at a turning area on a forestry track. Head to the right down the forestry track.

Soon, this track will reach the track you took earlier. Turn left here to return to the stile and retrace the route back over the open field to the road and the visitor centre. There’s a lovely café at the visitor centre which boasts spectacular loch views and serves delicious food- the perfect reward for after your walk!

To view the full route map, click here.

Book a holiday cottage in Dumfries and Galloway

Sykes Cottages has a wide range of holiday cottages in Dumfries and Galloway, perfect for your winter walking holiday. Whether you’re looking for a cosy retreat with your loved one or a fresh air family break, we’ve something to suit you. Visit our website to find out more.

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Louise O'Toole

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.

British Travel Awards 2016: Fourth Year BTA Win for Sykes Cottages

November 24th, 2016
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We are absolutely delighted to to announce that Sykes Cottages have won the British Travel Award for the Best Large UK Self Catering Booking Company for the fourth year in a row. In addition to this, Sykes Cottages also picked up silver in the Best Customer Service award, ahead of some of the UK’s biggest travel companies. The British Travel Awards, presented at the prestigious ceremony in London last night, celebrate the best of the travel and leisure industry and recognise the very best in travel including self catering holidays, car hire, coach holidays and hotels from across the globe, as well as recognising companies going above and beyond to bring their customers great service.

Sykes CEO Graham Donoghue with The British Travel Award for Best Large UK Self Catering Booking Company

Sykes CEO Graham Donoghue with The British Travel Award for
Best Large UK Self Catering Booking Company

Over 1.3 million votes were cast between July and September, with over 330,000 consumers registering to vote in the awards this year. The fact that these awards are votes for by the public makes us especially proud to have won for the fourth year in a row. We would like to thank each and every person that has voted for us over the last few months and we look forward to providing fabulous holidays for our customers for many years to come.

The team from Sykes Cottages at the 2016 British Travel Awards

The team from Sykes Cottages at the 2016 British Travel Awards

Thank you from all at Sykes Cottages.

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