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Luxury Cottages In Ireland

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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This week on the Sykes Cottages blog, we’re taking a trip over the Irish Sea and concentrating on some of the best things about breaks on the Emerald Isle. We’ll be taking a look through some of the country’s finest beaches, walks and of course cottages, starting off with some of the best luxury properties available to book. So take a look and see which one you fancy taking a trip to.

Kilclare Lodge, County Leitrim

Tucked away in the peaceful countryside, just outside of the delightful riverside town of Carrick-on-Shannon, is Kilclare Lodge, a stylish detached house with more than enough space to comfortably sleep eight people. The property comes complete with a luxury fitted kitchen featuring a breakfast bar and dining area, both of which are perfect for settling down for a home-made meal. Then there are the two separate sitting rooms, one of which has its own woodburner that’s just right for those chilly evenings on the Emerald Isle, what more could you ask for?.

Loo Bridge Railway Station, County Kerry

Next up, we’ve got Loo Bridge Railway Station. As you’ve probably already guessed, the cottage used to serve as a station on a line between the Kerry towns of Kenmare and Killarney. It still retains a number of features that hark back to its previous life, such as the original station platform and signals that still remain in the garden. Inside however, it has been renovated into a stunning holiday let. There are four bedrooms that sleep eight people between them, so there’s plenty of space to sleep the whole family, then add to this the snug living room and you can certainly see why it’s such a popular cottage.

Lismakeera Lodge, County Limerick

But what if you’re after something that’s a bit more modern in style? Then you’ll want to have a look at Lismakeera Lodge in County Limerick. Located about 20 miles from the hustle and bustle of Limerick City, it’s in the ideal location to enjoy some peace and quiet whilst still being close enough for a bit of retail therapy should you fancy it. The cottage itself is a stunning barn conversion that marries traditional features and modern design perfectly. The building dates back over 200 years but you wouldn’t know that from the interior; with its feature mezzanine and and stunning kitchen, Lismakeera Lodge is the perfect spot to while away a week in the Irish countryside.

So there you go, three luxurious cottages out on the Emerald Isle. All of them are available to book so if you fancy staying in one of them just click the link below the image and you’ll be able to find out about their availability and prices. Or alternatively you can take a look through our full range of luxury cottages where you’re bound to find one to suit you.

 

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

Some of Britain’s Best Beaches

Monday, July 27th, 2015
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I think that it’s safe to say that pretty much everybody loves a trip to the seaside. Whether it’s a day spent relaxing in the sunshine or a bracing winter walk there’s just something special about being by the sea and so we’ve done our best to track down some of our favourite beaches around the country. Why don’t you take a quick look through and see which one you fancy visiting first?

Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland

Musselwick Sands, Pembrokeshire

Silver Sands of Morar, The Highlands

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

Pedn Vounder, Cornwall

Seilebost, Isle of Harris

So there you have it, a quick run through of our favourite beaches, hopefully you’ll agree with our choices but do let us know if you have any that you’d like to suggest – you can get in touch over Facebook or Twitter. Or maybe it’s convinced you into taking a break at the seaside? Then you’ll want to have a look through our collection of beach-side cottages where you’re sure to be able to find something that will suit you.

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

Best Child Friendly Museums in Scotland

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
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Now I know that the majority of schools have either broken up for the summer, or will be doing so in the next few days, but that doesn’t mean that the learning should stop. No, that doesn’t mean you should be holding lessons at home during the school holidays, instead why don’ t you try an educational (and fun!) day out? It’s much easier than you think, but to give you a bit of a hand in finding somewhere to go we’ve tracked down the best museums north of the border for the whole family.

The National Musuem of Scotland

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The National Museum of Scotland

Where else is there to start than with Scotland’s National Museum? Located on Chambers St right in the the middle of Edinburgh it’s a free entry museum that caters for all members of the family, especially the little ones! With a variety of galleries specifically for the kids they certainly won’t get bored on a trip round this museum as they find themselves excavating the skeleton of a dinosaur or getting kitted out ready for a dive down to the bottom of the ocean, amongst other great activities.

Kids are welcome throughout the museum, including in the Brasserie and Balcony Cafe, or if you’d rather take your own food you’re free to eat packed lunches within certain areas of the building.

The Glasgow Science Centre

Or, alternatively, there’s the Glasgow Science Centre. Part of a recent renovation to the Clyde Waterfront the centre features an IMAX cinema, the Glasgow Tower, and the main attraction, the Science Mall. With three storeys packed right up to the rafters with a wide variety of hands on, interactive exhibits designed to teach all about science, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon as a family. Whether it’s taking a trip to the planetarium, experiencing the baffling illusions of the mind works or exploring the fascinating bodyworks you’re bound to have fun.

You’ll also be able to find the Elements Cafe, offering an array of tasty treats that includes a light option for the kids containing a butty, drink, some fruit and a dessert, all for just £3.50!

Our Dynamic Earth

Again located in the heart of Edinburgh at the bottom of Hollyrood Road, Our Dynamic Earth is a museum like no other! Telling the tale of our planet, right from the big bang through to the present day it’s a fully immersive experiecne allowing you to feel the heat of a volcano or lose yourself in a tropical rainforest, and you’ll even have the chance to watch a film on Scotland’s only 360 degree dome theatre. And then there’s the Ocean Commotion soft play area, perfect for burning off any extra energy that the little ones might have.

Hopefully you’ll have found this useful, who knows, maybe you’re even planning a trip up to Scotland to try them out? If that’s the case make sure that you take a look at our selection of properties north of the Border so you have somewhere to rest your legs at the end of the day.

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

A Guide to the Sykes Discounts

Monday, July 13th, 2015
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Fancy saving some money on your next UK holiday? Well you’re in the right place. Here at Sykes Cottages, we offer a variety of discounts on our properties, from special offers through to our range of short breaks. So take a look and find out how you can can get a discounted break.

Last Minute Breaks

If you’re just looking for a spur of the moment escape, then there’s always the chance of getting a bargain break here at Sykes by taking advantage of any last minute availability that we might have. Many of our properties offer what we call Last Minute Breaks which means that if you book within one week of when the holiday is due to start ,you’ll be able save up to 35% on the standard price!

Seasonal Short Breaks

Then there’s our short break periods that are dotted throughout the year. First up we’ve got our winter short breaks. These are the cheapest breaks that you’ll be able to find on the Sykes website and are applicable for holidays that take place between the 31st October 2015 and the 22nd December 2015 so they’re perfect for a relaxing weekend away. Or we’ve got our off season breaks; available between the 26th September 2015 and the 24th October 2015, they can only be booked one month before the holiday is due to start but you’ll save 25% on the standard price. We also offer a discount over the festive period so you can celebrate in style with the family. For more information on all of our Short Break plans take a look at this page.

Special Offer Cottages

Or, alternatively, you could take a look through our special offer cottages to see if you can find a discounted property to suit you. At any one time, there are many holiday cottages on the Sykes website that are offering specially discounted prices so you’re sure to get a great deal, from properties on the south coast through to cosy boltholes in the Highlands.

So there you have it, the low-down on Sykes’ various discounts. I’m sure you’ll find something to suit but don’t worry if not, we’re always updating our special offers so something should crop up. Make sure to keep your eye on our Facebook and Twitter profiles where we’ll share any really good deals!

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

British Travel Awards 2015: We need your vote!

Friday, July 10th, 2015
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So it’s that time of the year again! The nominees for the coveted British Travel Awards have been released and we’re absolutely delighted to be able to announce that once again, we’ve been nominated as the Best UK Holiday Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company. We’ve managed to come out on top in the previous two editions of the BTAs and we’d love to make it three out of three, but we’re going to need your help!

Since their inception back in 2008, the British Travel Awards have quickly become the most prestigious prizes available in the UK travel industry with their logo becoming a hallmark of quality that takes pride of place on the victor’s website.

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Our previous two awards

The voting is now open and will run all the way through to the 30th of September; we’d absolutely delighted if you’d be willing to set aside a couple of moments to give us your vote. And, what’s more, if you do you’ll find yourself automatically entered into a draw that will give you the chance to win some fabulous prizes. For example tucked away in the BTA prize chest you’ll be able to find a luxury cruise along the River Danube, a trip over to Barcelona and of course £500 worth of Sykes vouchers, amongst plenty of others.

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So if you do fancy giving Sykes your vote, all you have to do is click on the above button. It will lead you through to the voting page where you have to fill in a very quick form and you’ll see your vote registered, as well as being entered into the grand prize draw.

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.