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Yorkshire Pudding Recipes

Sunday, February 1st, 2015
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Yorkshire Puddings are one of the favourite foods of the blog writing team at Sykes Cottages. They are the crowning glory of the roast dinner plate and their simplicity makes them all the more wonderful, so just imagine the delight in the Sykes Cottages office when we discovered it was Yorkshire Pudding Day!

We couldn’t let today pass without paying homage to our favourite pudding, so we thought that we would share some recipes here on the blog.

Traditional Yorkshire Puddings

What you need

140g plain flour
4 eggs
200ml of milk
sunflower oil

What you do

Heat the oven to 230 degrees/ gas mark 8.

Drizzle a touch of sunflower oil evenly into each of the holes on a muffin tin and put in the oven to heat.

Put the flour into a bowl and beat in the four eggs to create a smooth batter then gradually add in the 200ml of milk and keep beating until the mix is free of lumps.

Season the batter with salt and pepper.

Pour the batter into a jug and carefully take the hot tin out of the oven then evenly pour batter into the holes in the tin.

Put the tins back in the oven for around 20-25 minutes until they have puffed up and browned.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe from BBC Good Food

Herby Mustard Yorkshire Puddings

What you need

2 large tablespoons of English mustard powder
200g of plain flour
5 eggs
400ml milk
bunch of rosemary and thyme
4 tablespoons of sunflower oil

What you do

Heat the oven 220 degrees/gas mark 7

Beat the flour, mustard powder and eggs together in a bowl to create a smooth, thick batter.

Gradually beat in the milk then stir in the herbs and season.

Drizzle a small amount of oil into each hole of a 12 muffin tin then put the tin in the oven.

After 5 minutes, take the tin from the oven and quickly pour batter into each hole, filling each around two-thirds full.

Place the tin back in the oven and cook for around twenty minutes until your Yorkshires are puffed up and brown.

Recipe from BBC Good Food

Yorkshire Pudding Puddings

No recipe required here – why not turn the traditional Yorkshire pudding recipe above into a dessert style dish? Cook up a batch of Yorkshires and fill them each with a scoop of ice cream then layer on your favourite toppings. Why not try sliced strawberries or maple syrup? Ice cream and chocolate sauce is a particular tasty combination!

 

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Holiday Cottages with a Hot Tub in Ireland

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
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Just imagine: you’ve spent the day exploring all the delights that your chosen county of Ireland has to offer, your legs are sore and you’re tired from your busy day. You get back to your holiday cottage and straight into the warm bubbles of your own hot tub. You pour yourself a glass of fizz and feel your body relax as you discuss all you got up to with your holiday companions, ready for more exploring the next day. Bliss!

Bearing in mind how blissful this sounds, we’re dedicating today’s post to our properties in Ireland where you can fully relax and indulge in a hot tub. After all, a hot tub is one of our most requested amenities, so if a tub features on your wish list for your holiday in Ireland this year read on to see which properties we have that will make all your holiday dreams come true.

 Kyle Cottage, County Tipperary

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Three miles from Roscrea in County Tipperary you will find Kyle Cottage, a wonderful detached holiday cottage sleeping twelve people in five bedrooms. Roscrea provides visitors with a wealth of things to do, whilst Kyle Cottage provides its guests with lots of opportunities to relax.

1 Ard Carraig, County Donegal

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Guests of the wonderful 1 Ard Carraig are spoilt inside and outside the property; with tasteful seaside themed décor internally as well as stunning views of the Ballymastocker Bay. Enjoy these views from the hot tub housed on the patio outside the property.

The Studio, County Mayo

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If it’s a romantic trip you’re after then The Studio in County Mayo might be just what you need! Sleeping just two, this quaint property benefits from a secluded patio with its own hot tub – perfect for dining alfresco in the summer months!

Castlekevin House, County Cork

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In the description of Castlekevin House it states that ‘The jewel in the crown of this cottage is the indoor hot tub’ and I agree! Enjoy all that this house has to offer by cooking up a storm in the well-equipped kitchen, make the most of the large garden or head for a day out in the surrounding area before heading back and relaxing in the jewel of the property!

Ballyblood Lodge, County Clare

Ballyblood Lodge

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This lovely barn conversion in County Clare is the perfect place for a family or group of friends to unwind. With spacious rooms, rural views and a mezzanine reading area (don’t forget the hot tub!) You will never want to leave.

 

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Ten Activities for Couples in The Highlands

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
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The festive period of spending time with family and friends is unfortunately over. However, now is a great time to focus on spending time with that special someone. If you and your loved one happen to find yourselves in the Scottish Highlands (we heavily recommend it!) and in need of an idea or two of a romantic activity then read on as we’ve come up with a shortlist of things to do that are perfect for couples in the Scottish Highlands.

1. Go For a Walk

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No matter where you are in The Highlands you won’t be too far from a scenic walking route and what better way to spend an afternoon than on a wander with your loved one? If you need inspiration for your romantic Highland wander, we’re particularly fond of this route through the Truim Woods in the Cairngorms.

2. Go Shopping

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Image via Flickr

If you’re a shopping lover you will be spoilt for choice in the Highlands, particularly in Inverness where you can find a huge number of well-known brands as well as lovely independent shops. Have a date day by taking a stroll through the shops, buy yourself some goodies before stopping off for lunch and coffee; a perfect way to spend the day!

3. Go on a Distillery Tour

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Image via Flickr

A couple who sips whisky together, stays together. Or something like that. Either way, a trip to Scotland would not be complete without touring a distillery and indulging in a dram or two at the end. Why not visit Old Pulteney in Caithness for an hour tour or indulge in the Manager’s Masterclass that includes a two hour tour and tasting session with the Distillery Manager.

4. Catch a Show

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Dinner and a show may sound like a cliché date but for a romantic evening there isn’t anything better! Eden Court in Inverness plays host to a variety of shows throughout the week in both the cinema and theatre.

5. Discover Wildlife

Tiger at Highland Wildlife Park

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On water or on land, Scotland has a huge variety of native wildlife just waiting to be discovered! For something a little more exotic, Highland Wildlife Park makes a great day out. Learn about the animals in the park whilst spending quality time with your partner.

6. Go for a Bike Ride

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Image via Flickr

If you want a way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Highlands but at a bit of a faster pace than walking, why not hire a bike and get cycling? Follow a cycle path and treat yourselves to lunch in a cosy country pub to warm up in the middle of your ride.

7. Enjoy a romantic meal

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Let’s be honest, you can have a romantic meal anywhere, but there really is nothing better than taking in the beautiful Highland views on a romantic after dinner stroll!

8. Go for a Ride on the Nevis Range Gondola

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Nothing says romance like a beautiful view and The Mountain Gondola in The Nevis Range provides just that. The journey on the Gondola takes around 12-15 minutes and provides riders with stunning views of Ben Nevis and the surrounding areas.

9. Visit a Castle

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Image via Flickr

Take a walk around the ruins of one of the Highlands many castles and learn about who used to live there. Urquhart Castle in particular is a great choice for a romantic day out, giving visitors a stunning view over Loch Ness from its ruins.

10. Book a Romantic Cottage

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On the chilly nights that are particularly prominent at this time of year, there is nothing better than snuggling up in front of an open fire in your very own holiday cottage rental. Take a look at our selection of cottages in the Scottish Highlands and whisk your loved one away for a romantic getaway – you won’t be disappointed!

 

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Simple Crafts: A Guide for Beginners Facebook Competition

Friday, January 9th, 2015
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As you may have seen, over the past couple of months we have been getting rather crafty here at Sykes Cottages! At the end of 2014 we worked with some very talented and creative bloggers to create Sykes Cottages Simple Craft Guide for Beginners. This guide includes five simple craft ideas that are inexpensive, use little to no specialist equipment and are perfect to make in your holiday cottage!

Sykes Cottages Simple Crafts

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To celebrate our craft guide being created, we are running a Facebook competition where there will be three lucky winners! All you have to do to enter is head over to the Sykes Cottages Facebook page and comment on this post telling us who you would like to make a handcrafted gift for and what you would make them. You can use our simple craft guide for some inspiration if you wish.

The lucky first prize winner will win £300 of Sykes Cottages vouchers and a craft kit so they can get creative when they go away. Two runners up will win £50 of Hobby Craft vouchers.

Good luck!

Please find terms and conditions for this competition below.

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

New Properties for 2015

Friday, January 2nd, 2015
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New properties are added to the Sykes Cottages family almost daily and we don’t half have some treats available to book in 2015! Today we thought that we would showcase just a few of our newest properties that are available for booking in the coming year.

The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed

See full details of The Potting Shed, property 906603, on our website here.

The stone built property, The Potting Shed, exudes luxury with its high quality features and is ideally located near Kirkby Lonsdale in The Lake District. Sleeping two, this property is perfect for a romantic getaway!

Largo Bay View

Largo Bay View

See more details about Largo Bay View, property 917637, on our website here.

Being under an hour’s drive away from Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee yet just a few minutes’ walk from a sandy beach, this property gives you the best of all worlds! The property sleeps four and is pet friendly, so your four legged pal can come along and enjoy the year-round pet friendly beach.

The Abbey

The Abbey

For more information about The Abbey, property 918888, take a look at our website here.

Stay in elegant luxury with a holiday in The Abbey. Sleeping up to 14 guests, this property is ideal for a large group of friends or family to get together and enjoy all that Cornwall has to offer. The Abbey dates from 1660 and is one of Cornwall’s most important listed buildings.

Apple Barn

Apple Barn

See the full profile page for Apple Barn, property 916094, on our website here.

With a private garden and shared use of an external games room, Apple Barn is the perfect place to stay for a family holiday! If you can drag yourself and your children away from the outdoor play area, there is much to explore just a short drive away at Exmoor and South Molton!

To keep up to date with our newest properties, take a look at the new properties page on our website.

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.