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Packing for a Fishing Holiday: Hints and Tips

Friday, March 27th, 2015
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Being an island nation with lochs, rivers and lakes stocked with salmon, trout and eels amongst hundreds of other finned species, it is no surprise that UK fishing holidays are hugely popular. Whether you’re a seasoned pro at fishing getaways or you’re planning your first time, read on for a few hints and tips to think about when packing for your next fishing holiday.

Check for Fishing Licences

Lake Windermere Image

Image of Lake Windermere from Priory Ghyll

It is important before you head on a fishing holiday to check what kind of fishing is available nearby and what licence you will need to be able to fish there. There are two types of fishing licence available; one that lets you fish for non-migratory fish and another that allows you to fish for salmon and sea trout, as well as the fish covered by the first licence. For full information about what fishing licence you will need and how to obtain one visit the fishing licence page on the Gov UK website.

Don’t Forget Your Fishing Gear

If there’s one thing that will put a dampener on your fishing holiday, it’s forgetting the equipment that you need to fish! Everyone is different with what they use when fishing so there is no one-size-fits-all style guide of what to pack, but make sure that you have your rods, reels and full tackle carrier as the minimum. A landing net will make reeling in your catches easier and if you’ll be bringing your fish home, don’t forget a cooler to store your catches in!

Be Weather Prepared

If you’re planning a day out fishing, the chances are the temperature will alter throughout the day, so pack clothing that you can layer to ensure you will be comfortable no matter the weather. Bring a light rain coat for any potential showers and long sleeved shirts and jumpers for when it gets a little chilly. Don’t forget a large umbrella for any heavy rainfall and always put on a high factor sunscreen before heading outside.

Make Sure You’re Comfortable

If you’re going to be sat beside a river or lake all day, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re comfortable. Pack a fold out chair so that you can sit comfortably without hurting your back and bring a flask so you can have a hot brew whilst waiting for that first bite; being uncomfortable and cold may put a dampener on your day!

Book a UK Fishing Holiday

Cedar Lodge

Cedar Lodge, East Anglia

No matter your fishing style, we are sure to have a self catering holiday cottage available for you to rent in an ideal location for your fishing getaway. See all of our fishing properties on our website or give our friendly reservations team a call on 01244 356695 to book your fishing holiday with Sykes today.

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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 Lovely Patios – Perfect for Summer!

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
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There is nothing better when the sun is shining than spending time alfresco and topping up on that all important vitamin D. Where better to do so than on your private patio with a glass of something cold in your hand? If this sounds as blissful to you as it does to us then read on as we take a look at some of our properties with wonderful patios that are just perfect for a summer getaway!

 Lough Brin House – County Cork

With a barbecue available on request and a furnished patio outside, Lough Brin House is the perfect summertime hideaway. Just imagine enjoying a barbecue after a long day exploring whilst looking out at the stunning County Cork countryside – bliss!

 

Bury Villa – Hampshire

Sleeping 19, this lovely property in Gosport is perfect for a large family getaway and the patio is impressive enough for everyone, too! Whether enjoying some alfresco dining, relaxing in the sunshine or having a luxurious bathe in the hot tub, the outdoor area at Bury Villa has something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Manor Farmhouse

If you can bear to leave the stunning interiors of this property in Kent, you can enjoy all that the outside space has to offer; expansive gardens, private patio and an outside swimming pool are just the beginning!

 

Bookilber Barn

With spacious gardens, a hot tub and a fabulous patio area featuring a barbecue, the whole party will be spoilt for choice of what to get up to on balmy summer evenings in this stunning Lake District barn conversion.

The Granary, Lower Trefdw

Whilst each of the rooms in this lovely first floor Pandy apartment offer incredible countryside views, they are best enjoyed from the raised balcony where you can see the countryside and the Skirrid Mountain’s vista in all its glory.

 

Woodlands

When the sun is shining over the Lake District, it’s time to head out and make use of the private patio with furniture in the lovely cottage, Woodlands.

 Roe Deer Cottage

This property located on the outskirts of Lincoln is as glorious outside as it is inside. With a large patio, furniture and a barbecue, it is the ideal place to head to after a day of exploring for a spot of alfresco dining.

 

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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.

Unleash your Inner Artist At a Sykes Cottage

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
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Whether your tool of choice is a pencil, paintbrush or an oil pastel, even the most creative of artists gets a little uninspired every now and again. When you’re a little lacking in inspiration it can be a great idea to move yourself away from the norm and get a change of scene, which is why we think heading on a cottage holiday can be the ideal way to get those creative juices flowing again!

Whilst we think all of our properties are picture perfect, we’ve had a bit of a scour through and have found five properties that are all perfect for unleashing your inner artist. Whether you fancy getting involved in a bit of landscape painting, still life sketching or even nature sculpting, read on to see our suggestions of which of our properties may be ideal for your creative needs.

Best for Still Life

The Gatehouse

To inspire your still life art, you want a stunning property that is full of textures, bold colours and knick-knacks.  A property such as The Gatehouse with its unique décor and style is the perfect place to paint some still life.

Best for Lakeside Landscapes

Lovely Lake Image - Juniper Hayloft View

If you want to paint a watery scene, there is no better place to head than the Lake District. The stunning nature in the area inspired William Wordsworth and it can certainly inspire the budding artist in you, too. In a property like Juniper Hayloft you certainly won’t be far from stunning views like the above image.

Best for Cityscapes

Across the UK and Ireland we’re hugely lucky to never be too far from some of the greatest cities in the world! Cities are a mecca of inspiration for any artist; whether it’s the traffic, the hustle and bustle, the lights, the stunning architecture or even a city art gallery. For cityscape inspiration, a property such as Bath Garden Rooms, located in the historic city of Bath, is ideal.

Best for Countryside

Beesoni Lodge

Wherever you choose to go on your cottage holiday, you are sure not to be too far from the rolling hills and beautiful nature that this lovely isle of ours has to offer. If Beesoni Lodge doesn’t give you all of the inspiration that you need to create your next masterpiece, its location within stunning countryside certainly will.

Best for Property Painting

The thatch

With its thatched roof, colourful garden and interesting shape, The Thatch is a stunning property to paint or sketch. Whether you catch it on beautiful sunny day, or one where the weather is a little more typically British, a sketch of this attractive property will always be postcard perfect.

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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.

The UK’s Best Science Museums

Friday, March 13th, 2015
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As much as we love a nice relaxing day out, we like to enjoy a trip to somewhere a little more educational every now and again; something that gets those cogs turning whilst still enjoying all that holiday fun! So, to celebrate the start of British Science Week, we’re turning our focus to some of the best science museums that the UK has to offer. So if you want something that makes you think whilst you’re on your next holiday, read on for some of our suggestions of places to go that have a little more of a bang.

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Hubble Spies a Loopy Galaxy NASA

image credit: NASA and ESA. Acknowledgment: A. Gal-Yam (Weizmann Institute of Science) | CC 2.0

The wonderful Winchester Science Centre  is not only educational but also a whole lot of fun! Children can discover the world of trees with Delores the ladybird and Mike the glow-worm or explore the solar system in a cardboard rocket at the planetarium. Away from the planetarium, the museum also boasts over one-hundred hands on science exhibitions that were created with children in mind although don’t worry as the museum also hosts a number of events and lectures just for adults, so there really is something for everyone!

MAGNA Science Adventure Centre

Set within a former steelworks in Rotherham is the Magna Science Centre which aims to entertain and educate visitors with over 100 hands-on exhibitions focused around the four elements; air, fire, water and earth. Whether you want to create patterns with air cannons in the Air Pavilion, get wet in the Water Pavilion, control JCB’s in the Earth Pavilion or be mesmerized by the burning atmosphere in the Fire Pavilion, you will be spoilt for choice at the centre.

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is a North West favourite and allows visitors to immerse themselves in the future and historic industry of Manchester. Adults and children of all ages will love a visit to the 4D theatre to watch The Lost World 4D; those with an interest in steam power and it’s usage within Manchester’s industrial development will enjoy wandering through the Power Hall; whilst a visit to the Underground Manchester Gallery gives visitors the chance to walk through a Victorian sewer and see what it used to be like in the underground of the city.

Catalyst Museum

Located in Widnes, Cheshire, the Catalyst museum puts its focus on chemistry and how chemistry products are used in everyday life. The museum is a popular choice for school trips during term time, where many workshops are based around the curriculum, but in the holidays the museum’s huge range of activities and exhibits make it the ideal family day out! Visitors can learn about the history of chemistry and it’s industry, can take part in hands-on exhibits and activities or head to the observatory on the top floor to find out about recycling and enjoy the views.

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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.

World Book Day 2015: Properties for Bookworms

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
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Whether its right before bed, snuggled up in an arm chair or lounging in the sun, there is nothing like a good book! As you may know today is World Book Day, a day marked by over 100 countries around the world to celebrate books and reading. Whilst we can’t dress up to celebrate the day as we would have done as nippers* we can still appreciate the joy of books! So, if you are the kind of person who loves to find a new book to read when going on holiday then you’re in the right place, as we’re putting the spotlight on some of our properties with full bookshelves that you can delve into whilst you’re away.

*Although do read on if you would like to see what some members of the Sykes team would dress up as this World Book Day.

Properties Perfect For Bookworms

This wonderful property is located in Killarney, County Kerry and is located ideally for exploring all that the local area has to offer. Although, you will have to drag yourself away from all those books first!

This unique and quirky property is a book lover’s paradise, with three large bookshelves covering the walls in the living area and comfortable sofas so that you can really get stuck into one of those books!

With a wall full of books, you will be spoilt for choice of what to get stuck into during your stay at Manor Farmhouse! If the weather is sunny, why not take your book outside to lounge by the pool? Although, if it is a little chilly there is no need to worry, as you will be spoilt for choice of comfy places to sit indoors!

Our World Book Day Costumes

Whilst we can’t wear a costume for World Book Day, that hasn’t stopped us from wishing that we could! Bearing this in mind, I had a quick ask around the team to see what costumes they would be wearing today if we could turn back the clocks to when we were back in school. Nicole would dress up as the eccentric and well-dressed Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games Trilogy; Jamie would go for Captain Pugwash as he loved the books as a child; our king of suave Jonathan would be dressed up as Fantastic Mr Fox; Louise would go for the spellbinding Hermione Grainger; and I would go for The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland – what a nice excuse to drink copious amounts of tea!

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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.