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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.


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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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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Springtime Daffodils in the Lake District

Friday, April 5th, 2013
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All over the UK the first signs of spring are in the air, with blue skies, fluffy white clouds and the fresh feeling of springtime all around. Over Easter almost all of the country was treated to beautiful weather and although we have just come out of the coldest March in the UK since 1962, the weather in the first week of April has been promising. Fingers crossed we can look forward to more bright sunny days for the rest of the month and well into summer 2013!


Beautiful Spring Daffodils

Beautiful Spring Daffodils


One of the most iconic images of springtime is the daffodil. These stunning, sunshine yellow flowers break through the grey of winter and remind us all that summer days are on the way. As William Wordsworth wrote in his famous poem, Daffodils:

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.




Nowhere are daffodils more iconic than in the Lake District, especially around Ullswater, the lake that inspired Wordsworth to write his well known poem. At this time of year the shoreline of the lake is covered with golden daffodils, providing a striking and colourful panorama and attracting countless tourists to the area. To learn more about the different flowers in bloom in the Lake District throughout the year, visit the Lake District National Park Website.




Here at Sykes Cottages our Ullswater cottages are amongst our most popular, with steam boat rides on the nine mile long lake, wonderful walking in the fells and visits to the The Dalemain Estate, and it’s gorgeous gardens particularly popular.

Inspired to book a last minute break this springtime? Get in touch with us as soon as you can to enquire about availability in our cottages in the Lake District this spring and who knows, you could be enjoying the stunning scenery of the Lake District this spring too!

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Win a Cottage Holiday with Sykes Cottages!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
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Sykes Cottages have teamed up with award winning author Carole Matthews and her new book
‘A Cottage by the Sea’, to offer readers a chance to win £750 towards their very own cottage holiday in the UK or Ireland. Just think, you could be enjoying a relaxing holiday by the sea later this year.

A Cottage by the Sea by Carole Matthews

A Cottage by the Sea by Carole Matthews

‘A Cottage by the Sea’ is the new book from bestselling author Carole Mathews, who has previously been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy RoNA for 2012 and inducted into the Reader Hall of Fame by the inaugural Festival of Romance. Carole’s twenty two novels are enjoyed by people all over the world and are published in over thirty countries. For more information and the latest news from Carole, visit, like her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Beautiful Coastal Views

Beautiful Coastal Views

A Cottage by the Sea’ is a story about friendship, love, tears and laughter on one life-changing holiday.  The story follows Grace, Ella and Flick, who have been best friends forever. Through thick and thin, their late-night chats, shared heartaches and good times they have created a friendship that has stood the test of time. When Ella invites her friends to stay for a week in her cottage in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, Grace jumps at the chance to see her old friends. She also hopes that the change of scenery will help her reconnect with her distant husband. Then Flick arrives, accompanied by the handsome and charming Noah. This is going to be one week which will change all their lives forever…

Visit the Tesco Books Blog to enter this fantastic competition!

To celebrate the launch of ‘A Cottage by the Sea’, Sykes Cottages are offering you the chance to win £750 of Sykes Cottages Vouchers so that you can book your very own holiday cottage. For more information and how to enter, visit the Tesco books blog. Or, if you have been inspired to book your own holiday cottage by the sea, search for your perfect coastal cottage with Sykes Cottages.

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The Sykes Guide to Our Most Unusual Holiday Cottages

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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Here at Sykes Cottages we are not just well known for our traditional holiday cottages, we also have an excellent choice of quirky, unusual and unique holiday homes all over the UK and Ireland. We understand that holidays are very special times for families, friends, couples and loved ones, so we have a number of cottages that provide a unique and extra special touch.

Interested in a staying in one of our more unusual cottages? Click here to see our most unusual holiday cottages in the UK and Ireland.

Troy House – Puddletown near Dorchester, Dorset

Troy House - Puddletown near Dorchester

Troy House – Puddletown near Dorchester

Troy house is a delightful thatched cottage situated in the village of Puddletown in Dorset. Formerly a village shop and wine cellar, this cottage now offers superb accommodation for up to four people.

This thatched Grade Two Listed cottage is brimming with charm and character and includes many original features including beams and the old wine storage bins.

The Roundhouse – Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Mendip Hills, Somerset

The Roundhouse - Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Mendip Hills

The Roundhouse – Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Mendip Hills

The Roundhouse is a purpose built, handcrafted home in the beautiful Somerset countryside. This property makes a wonderful romantic retreat, complete with an open plan design, a handmade four poster bed and custom-built woodburner. The cottage is set in the grounds of the owner’s organic farm and you can even sample their home-grown produce, with free range organic eggs and pork available for purchase.

Brookbank Folly – Mitcheldean, Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Brookbank Folly - Mitcheldean, Royal Forest of Dean

Brookbank Folly – Mitcheldean, Royal Forest of Dean

Situated just outside of the Forest of Dean, this truly unique hand built folly offers fantastic character accommodation, including stained glass windows, a coal effect fire and a delightful cottage garden. A truly one off holiday home that has to be seen to be believed!

Millstone Cottage – Ringstead near Thrapston, Cambridgeshire

Millstone Cottage - Ringstead near Thrapston

Millstone Cottage – Ringstead near Thrapston

Located inside a converted watermill, this exquisite cottage retains much of its original character. This property is situated above the owners tea room – the prefer place to drop by for a delicious slice of cake after a busy day of sightseeing around Cambridgeshire.

The Gaolhouse – Thetford near Bury St. Edmunds, Norfolk

The Gaolhouse - Thetford near Bury St. Edmunds

The Gaolhouse – Thetford near Bury St. Edmunds

For something truly different, this converted former gaol provides high quality accommodation for up to five people. Many of the original features of the gaol have been lovingly restored, including a glass floor that allows a glimpse of the former dungeon and the beautiful oak cell doors!

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