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10 Fantastic Photos of Yorkshire

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
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With winning the gong for the best European Destination two years in a row at the World Travel Awards, I think it’s pretty safe to say that Yorkshire has got a fair bit going for it. Between the dramatic coastline, beautiful countryside and quaint market towns, the county really is a haven for all of the photographers out there. So we’ve pulled together some of our favourite shots from God’s own Country, why don’t you take a look and see which one would get your vote?

Flamborough Head

The Humber Bridge

Malham Cove

Nidderdale

The Ribblehead Viaduct

Whitby Abbey

Ilkley Moor

Ingleborough

Robin Hood’s Bay

York Minster

So there you go, ten fantastic photographs from all around Yorkshire, but which is your favourite? Let us know, either by tweeting us or getting in touch over Facebook! Or maybe they’ve inspired you into taking a trip up to Yorkshire to experience them first hand? If that’s the case you’ll want to have a browse of our Yorkshire cottages. With properties ranging from the Dales to the Moors, and West Yorkshire all the way across to the East Riding, you’re sure to find something 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.

Days Out With A Difference

Friday, August 14th, 2015
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Well the kids have been on their summer holidays for a few weeks now, and no doubt you’re starting to struggle to think of things that you can do to keep them occupied. So to give you a hand, we’ve tried to come up with a few ideas of days out with a difference that you can do as a family before the new school year starts up. So take a look and see what you think.

The Jacobite Steam Train

How about a taste of one of the nation’s favourite film and book franchises to start us off? That’s because with a trip on the Jacobite you can follow in the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione on their annual trip on the Hogwarts Express and what’s more, you’ll be able to enjoy some stunning views and even a tasty treat along the way (sadly there won’t be any pumpkin pasties or chocolate frogs involved)! The Jacobite’s route runs from Fort William through to the coastal town of Mallaig and back again, a journey of around 85 miles, and leads you through some of the best scenery that the Highlands have to offer, from the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct to Loch Ail and the quaint village of Arisaig.

Beamish Open Air Museum

Or, alternatively, you could take a trip back in time by stopping off at the Beamish Museum in  County Durham. When it first opened up back in 1970, Beamish was the very first of its kind and it’s only grown bigger and better since then. Nowadays the museum comes complete with a First World War market town, a 1940’s style farm and even its own railway station. Between the full cast of volunteers recreating everyday life in the various periods and the numerous activities you can join in on, any trip to Beamish is bound to be educational as well as fun.

Wookey Hole

But what if you’re after something a little bit spookier? Well that’s where Wookey Hole down in the Somerset countryside comes into it. Tucked away amongst the Mendip Hills, the caves are one of the strangest attractions going. It’s probably best known for its resident witch but Wookey Hole is also home to a series of impressive show caves, a museum, crazy golf course and even an old fashioned penny arcade, making it one of the most diverse attractions around.

So there you go, a few ideas for an unusual day out that you can enjoy with the kids over the last couple of weeks of the summer holidays. Hopefully you’ll have got a bit of inspiration from them but give us a shout if you have any good alternatives, either on Facebook or over Twitter.

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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.

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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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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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.