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Choose Sykes Cottages and book your holiday with confidence

Friday, May 3rd, 2013
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With so many holiday companies to choose from and countess cottage websites, choosing who to book your holiday cottage with can be a difficult and confusing process. Here at Sykes Cottages, our easy to use website, friendly and helpful staff and our long-standing reputation in the industry means that booking a holiday is as simple as possible.

Hendre Aled Farmhouse, North Wales

Hendre Aled Farmhouse, North Wales

Here at Sykes Cottages, we pride ourselves in providing quality holiday cottages with the peace of mind that you are booking your holiday with a company that you can trust. We have been helping people to book holiday for more than twenty five years, starting from a small family business with just a handful of cottages. We now have more than 4000 holiday cottages in the UK and Ireland and employ approximately 100 people at our HQ in Chester.

We work closely with our cottage owners to help them to make the best of their cottages. Each and every one of our cottages is visited by an experienced local manager to ensure it meets our high standards. You can trust our local managers: they are best placed to know what holiday makers are looking for in a holiday cottage.

 

Colly Cottage, Dorset

Colly Cottage, Dorset

Over the years we have helped thousands of holidaymakers book holidays in the UK and Ireland. You can read reviews from many of our happy customers on our website and on Trip Advisor, where we have received more than 7000 reviews and over 96% of these reviews are four or five stars. In the unlikely event that anything should be less than perfect, we have a dedicated customer services team who are on hand to help with any questions or queries after you have booked your holiday and while you are away.

Here at Sykes Cottages HQ in Chester we have a specially trained team of holiday cottage advisors available seven days a week to help you find the perfect holiday cottage. Our phone lines are open from 9am until 9.30pm daily and are always answered by real people – no robots here! Plus if you would prefer not to speak to us that’s fine too, you can book the perfect holiday cottage through our easy to use and constantly updated website or simply send us an email with your enquiry and we will get back in touch as soon as we can.

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Charlotte

By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.

Sunday Snapshots: A quaint and cosy cottage

Sunday, April 28th, 2013
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Today’s Sunday Snapshot comes from Lime Tree Cottage near Wooler in Northumberland. This stunning holiday cottage boasts an absolutely lovely sitting room, complete with sumptuous sofas and a traditional woodburner, perfect for relaxing in front of after a day out in the Northumberland countryside.

Click here for more details on Lime Tree Cottage, or visit our Northumberland page to see our full selection of holiday cottages in Northumberland.

A wonderful, cosy sitting room at Lime Tree Cottage in Northumberland

A lovely, cosy sitting room at Lime Tree Cottage in Northumberland

 

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Charlotte

By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.

Book now for the Early May Bank Holiday Weekend!

Friday, April 19th, 2013
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With two long weekends coming up in May, there is no better excuse to book a weekend away! Bank Holidays are a fantastic time to take a break, without having to take too much time off work plus with summer weather on the way, taking a trip to a holiday cottage is a lovely way to spend the long weekend.

Take a break in the UK for the May Day Bank Holiday

Take a break in the UK for the May Day Bank Holiday

Choosing to holiday in the UK over the May Bank Holiday means that you can really make the most of the long weekend without having to waste your precious time off travelling to your destination or stuck in airports. When you book a holiday cottage in the UK you can be at your holiday home in no time, leaving more time for you to enjoy your May Bank Holiday weekend with your nearest and dearest.

Escape for a romantic break for the May Bank Holiday Weekend

Escape for a romantic break for the May Bank Holiday Weekend

Don’t spend your May Bank Holiday weekend painting, spring cleaning or slaving away doing DIY projects around the home; British Bank Holidays are there to be enjoyed! Traditionally, May Day is celebrated in towns and villages with fetes, fairs and festivals to mark the day all over the country, including events taking place in Padstow, Oxford and Hastings. In the capital city, many special events are taking place including a May Day procession from the London Docklands Museum on Monday 6th May.

Whether you want to take part in traditional May Day activities, like dancing round the Maypole and Morris dancing, or simply want to enjoy the extra time off work, with country walks, fresh air and the company of friends and family, renting a holiday cottage is a superb option. Plus with three night breaks over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend starting from £121, we are sure to have a holiday cottage to suit all tastes, budgets and holiday itineraries!

Searching for a holiday cottage during the month of May? Click here to view holiday cottages with availability during May 2013.

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Charlotte

By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.

Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks Challenge

Friday, April 12th, 2013
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With longer days and warmer weather on the way, now is a great time to get fit. Whether it’s by running, walking or a whole host of other sporty activities, better weather brings a more opportunities for exercising in the great outdoors. How about signing up for a 5k run, going walking in the countryside or challenging yourself to cycle to work? The possibilities are endless!

Views of the Yorkshire Dales

Views of the Yorkshire Dales

Here at Sykes Cottages, we are always looking to test ourselves. Last year a group of colleagues from Sykes Cottages took part in the Three Peaks Challenge where ten keen walkers attempted to walk Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in twenty four hours.  This year a new test has been set, to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in twelve hours or less!

Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales

Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the hills of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales, approximately twenty four miles in total. The aim of many determined walkers is to complete the circular route in twelve hours or less, no easy thing when the path includes more than 3000 feet of climbing!

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Fancy completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge for yourself this summer? Sykes Cottages have an extensive selection of holiday cottages in the Yorkshire Dales that provide superb accommodation for walkers including a number of cottages in Horton In Ribblesdale, the starting point of the Yorkshire Three Peaks route. Pen-y-Ghent View and Hermosa are particularly well positioned for walking the famous trail.

Ingleborough

We wish the Sykes Cottages Yorkshire Three Peaks team the very best of luck for their training! Check back to the blog in the coming weeks for updates on how the team gets on with this brave and exciting challenge!

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Charlotte

By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.

Sunday Snapshots: Edinbane,Isle of Skye

Sunday, April 7th, 2013
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Today’s Sunday Snapshot comes from Edinbane on the Isle of Skye. This perfectly serene view of Loch Greshornish and the surrounding unspoilt countryside is a true delight at any time of year and staying nearby provides the ideal location for walking, getting close to nature and even catching a glimpse of the famous Northern Lights.

Click here to see our full selection of holiday cottages on the Isle of Skye.

Florin Cottage - Greshornish, Edinbane, Isle of Skye

Florin Cottage – Greshornish, Edinbane, Isle of Skye

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Charlotte

By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.