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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.

Why You Should Book a Coastal Break in the UK

Friday, July 3rd, 2015
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I think it’s safe to say that we’re a nation of beach lovers! As soon as there’s a bit of good weather, we all seem to flock to the nearest beach and set up shop for the day, but have you thought about taking your next holiday on the British coast? That’s right you can forget all about the Costa del Sol, we’ve got plenty of spots on the UK coast that can more than stand up for themselves! So take a look here to find out why you should spend your next holiday on the UK coast!

The Beaches

We might as well start with the obvious answer mightn’t we? If there’s one thing you can bank on for a UK coastal break, it’s the fantastic beaches! There are well over 150 Blue Flag beaches dotted all around the UK, from the Cornish Coast right up to the North of Scotland, so you’re bound to be spoilt for choice no matter where you go, just remember to pack the bucket and spade!

The Food

Then there’s the seaside food! Ice creams on the beach, seafood fresh from the boat and of course some proper fish and chips, what else could you want? Or maybe you fancy something a little more fancier? Well in Cornwall alone you’ve got Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant and Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, all just a stone’s throw away from the sea!

The Walks

Whether it’s a gentle stroll along the beach, a cliff top wander or a hike along a section of one of the fantastic coastal paths on offer, you just can’t beat going for a walk when you’re on a UK coastal break. There are stunning sections of coastal path all around the UK just waiting for you to explore them and in fact, plans have been put in motion to open up an uninterrupted path right around the whole of the English coast, which should be completed by 2020. But don’t worry if you can’t wait that long, just take a look at The Guardian’s top 10 coastal walks where you’re sure to find one that you fancy.

The Seaside Towns

If there’s one thing that we do well here in the UK it’s definitely the seaside towns. Arcades, donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows – need I say any more? Then there’s the good old fashioned piers; the ultimate sign of a proper British seaside town! A visit to any seaside resort will help you relive some old memories and experience the nostalgia of childhood breaks, so what are you waiting for?

The Wildlife

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Photo Courtesy of www.akwildlifecruises.co.uk

If you need any more convincing then there’s also the fantastic array of wildlife that calls the UK coast home. From the puffins up at John O’Groats, all the way through to the dolphins frolicking off the South Coast- they’re all a sight to behold! And it’s no problem if you want to get even closer to the action! There are countless companies offering boat trips out to the wildlife hotspots letting you get up close and take a few snaps for the holiday albums.

So hopefully you won’t need any more convincing, maybe you’re even packing already? If so, you’ll definitely want to take a look at our selection of coastal cottages so that you have the perfect place to retreat to after a long day at the seaside.

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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.

Sykes’ New Eco-Friendly Cottages

Friday, June 26th, 2015
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Here at Sykes Cottages, we’re delighted to have a wide range of eco-friendly properties that allow people to take green breaks all around the United Kingdom! Whether it’s through an environmentally friendly heating or hot water system or maybe a bank of solar panels, the owners of all of these cottages have made some sort of effort to substantially reduce the carbon footprint of their properties. So we thought we’d try and showcase a few examples and have picked out a selection of our newer green cottages, so take a look and see what you think.

Miller’s Cottage ref. 923183

Once the residence of the miller in charge of (what is now a Grade II listed) corn grinding water mill, this property has been sympathetically converted into a delightful holiday cottage. With four bedrooms that are spread over the three floors of the cottage, this property has more than enough space to comfortably sleep up to six people. Located right by the River Lemon, Miller’s Cottage is surrounded by wide ranging water meadows that are perfect for a stroll in the afternoon sun and then you can retire back to the cottage for a relaxing evening in front of the cosy woodburner. However,where this property comes into its own is with its air-source heat pump central heating system, that provides plenty of green energy for the underfloor heating system.

Rectory Coach House (921681)

Straddling the Dorset and Somerset border, this stunning little cottage lived its past life serving as the coach house for the old Victorian Rectory of Buckhorn Weston. Now however, it has been converted into a stunning, carbon neutral holiday home. Sleeping four people, it’s absolutely perfect for a family break down to the South West and with the private, enclosed patio and luxurious interior, any break there is certain to be a relaxing one! But that’s not all, the Rectory Coach House comes complete with a bank of solar panels that provide all of the power for the holiday cottage, making it absolutely ideal for those looking to book an eco-friendly week away.

Nethergill Farm Byre (22132)

Dating all the way back to 1871, Nethergill Farm Byre is a stunning barn conversion that’s tucked away in the Dales countryside, just outside the quaint hamlet of Oughtershaw. The owners of Nethergill have transformed the property into a luxury, modern holiday cottage complete with all the mod-cons that you’d need for a relaxing week away, whilst managing to retain much of its original character thanks to features such as the original ceiling beams and exposed stone work. And then there’s the biomass central heating system that keeps the property cosy as well as environmentally friendly!

So hopefully reading this has tempted you into taking a look at booking yourself an eco-friendly break with Sykes Cottages! If that’s the case then you’ll want to take a look at this page which lists all of our green properties and see which one catches your eye!

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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.

How to Make Your Garden More Eco-Friendly

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
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Well I think that it’s safe to say that summer is well and truly here! The temperatures are on the rise, there’s been some glorious weather of late and we’ve even indulged in a couple of ice creams over lunchtime here at Sykes HQ! But for me, one of the best things about summer is spending some time out in the garden, whether it’s soaking up some sun, tucking into an alfresco meal or even doing a spot of gardening. One thing that I’m hoping to get done this year is looking into how I can make the garden a little bit more eco-friendly, so I’ve been doing a bit of research and found some hints that might be of use. So if you’re a cottage owner looking to reduce your property’s footprint, or you’re just after a few tips, take a look below and see what you think.

Harvesting Rainwater

One thing that surprised me was how much water we use in our gardens. For most of the year, we’re ok to rely on the rainfall to get the job done but there’s usually a short period between July and September where nature needs a hand. But rather than just taking water out of the mains, you could try investing in a rainwater harvesting system. These can range from a simple butt collecting water from a drainpipe, all the way through to a complex system that can feed water back into the plumbing in your house, but they all get the job done! You can easily get your hands on a butt from your local council or a garden centre and fitting is a simple task, but the best thing – you don’t need to follow any hosepipe bans!

Attracting Wildlife

One of the easiest and most successful ways that you can make your garden more eco-friendly is by encouraging more wildlife to move in. Whether it’s choosing the right kind of plants, providing food or creating a shelter, every little thing helps and your garden will soon start to reap the rewards! Here at Sykes Cottages we worked alongside the North Wales Wildlife Trust to create a resource that shows you how to turn your garden into a bird’s paradise which you can see here, or you can take a look at the RSPB’s latest initiative Make a Home for Wildlife which features loads of information on the subject.

Going Native

One further change that can be made is to really put the emphasis on native plants when your doing your gardening. Not only do these plants provide a plentiful food source for the local wildlife, but using them also reduces the risk of invasive exotic alternatives from gaining a foothold in your garden. If you need any more convincing, the native plants are more accustomed to the climate here meaning that you have to put in far less work to look after them!

So hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading and have managed to pick up a couple of hints and tips that will help you make your garden a little greener! Maybe you’d like a little more inspiration? If so then you should have a look at some of our cottage gardens for some ideas or if you have any hints or tips then get in touch over Twitter or Facebook and we’ll help to spread the word!

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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.