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Last Minute Cottages For Early May Bank Holiday

Monday, April 25th, 2016
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We’ve had some lovely weather of late with the sunny spring days we’ve all been waiting for making an appearance. If you’re anything like us, the first sign of sunshine will make you want to pack your bags and get out exploring this beautiful island that we live on! Luckily for you, we’ve still got some fantastic cottages available for the Early May Bank Holiday- from cosy cottages for two in Yorkshire to a family-sized property on the Cornish coast, book quickly before they’re gone!

Fox Barn, nr. Windermere, Lake District

See it here: Fox Barn ref. 914299

This lovely 17th century cottage in the charming Lakeland village of Staveley is perfect for a bank holiday break in the Lake District. Just 5 miles from Windermere, Fox Barn is ideally positioned to explore all that the Lake District has to offer from the bustling towns to the sweeping fells. Fox Barn sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms and will accept pets.

Holiday cottage in Lake District

Fox Barn, nr. Windermere

Bryn Goleu, Menai Bridge, Anglesey

See it here: Bryn Goleu ref. 926062

Brand new to the Sykes Cottages portfolio, Bryn Goleu is a delightful family holiday home on the popular Isle of Anglesey. Situated in an elevated position overlooking the Menai Straits, this rental benefits from spectacular views and a ten minute walk into Menai with its charming pubs, restaurants and shops. The area is a haven for walkers and offers access to the Anglesey Coastal Path with over 125 miles of picturesque coastline to discover. Bryn Goleu sleeps 6 guests in 3 bedrooms.

Holiday cottage on Anglesey

Bryn Goelu, Menai Bridge

Clock View, Haworth, Yorkshire

See it here: Clock View ref. 930443

The literature lovers amongst you will be aware that last week marked the 200th birthday of Charlotte Brontë, so why not celebrate this weekend by heading to Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters and inspiration behind many of their novels? Clock View is a luxury self-catering apartment in the heart of Haworth with all of its amenities and attractions on your doorstep. Immerse yourself in history and literature by visiting the Brontë Parsonage or heading to the moorland that inspired Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Clock View sleeps 2 guests in 1 bedroom.

Holiday cottage in Haworth

Clock View, Haworth

Sea Ayr, Bude, Cornwall

See it here: Sea Ayr ref. 935092

As the winner of the Best Coastal Resort at the 2015 British Travel Awards, there’s never been a better time to visit Bude. This beautiful Cornish coastal gem has two sandy beaches and is a great spot for surfing! The South West Coast Path also runs nearby. Sea Ayr is a modern, dog friendly property, just a 15 minute walk from the beach. This bright and airy cottage sleeps up to 4 guests in 2 bedrooms and accepts pets.

Holiday cottage in Cornwall

Sea Ayr, Bude

Shepherd Oak, nr. Weymouth, Dorset

See it here: Shepherd Oak ref. 932158

Shepherd Oak is a brand new, architect-designed holiday rental at the heart of Thomas Hardy country in Dorset. Set around a picturesque courtyard with four other holiday homes, Shepherd Oak is a fantastic choice for a relaxing bank holiday getaway with friends or family.  Head for the coast at nearby Weymouth or Portland to explore the dramatic coastline of Chesil Beach, or head inland to the pretty market town of Dorchester where you’ll find an excellent selection of shops and restaurants. Shepherd Oak sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms and accepts pets.

Holiday cottage in Dorset

Shepherd Oak, Upwey

To see all of our cottages available for the Early May Bank Holiday, please visit our website where you’re sure to find a property to inspire you to get out and explore the UK.

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Spotlight on: Brecon Cottages

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
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Today, we’re shining our spotlight on a fantastic new group of holiday cottages that have recently joined the Sykes family. Brecon Cottages are a group of 15 properties sleeping 2, 3, 4 and 6 guests in a mountainside location in the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park.

These cottages are comfortable, cosy and perfect for family groups but what makes them really special is their location. Nestled amongst magnificent scenery (many of these cottages boast mountain views from their windows), Brecon Cottages are also located next door to the award-winning Dan-yr-Ogof National Showcaves Centre for Wales. Guests will benefit from subsidised entry to the Showcaves Centre with its three spectacular caves. Other attractions included in the entrance price include the Shire Horse Centre, Iron Age village and museum, and children’s play areas. The site is also home to a fascinating collection of life-size dinosaur models which is one of the largest in the world. Children are sure to love spotting the different types of dinosaur and if you book the right cottage, you can even spot some dinosaurs from your bedroom window!

National Showcaves Centre Wales

The dinosaurs at the National Showcaves Centre

Below are a few examples of the cottages and layouts that you can expect from each group size:

Brecon Cottages- Denbighshire

Sleeps 2. See it here: Denbighshire

This lovely romantic bolthole is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your partner amongst beautiful surroundings. With stunning scenery from the windows, an en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and your own private sauna, loved up couples will never want to leave this cosy romantic retreat.

Holiday cottage in Brecon Beacons

Brecon Cottages- Denbighshire

Brecon Cottages- Gwent

Sleeps 4. See it here: Gwent

Gwent offers bags of space for a small family with a sociable, open plan kitchen and dining area where you can enjoy meals together, a separate sitting room and two bedrooms, each with their own en-suites. The property also offers extensive countryside and mountain views from the windows and there’s a friendly pub just over 10 minutes’ walk away.

Holiday cottage in Brecon Beacons

Brecon Cottages- Gwent

Brecon Cottages- Crows Nest 2

Sleeps 6. See it here: Crows Nest 2

Crows Nest 2 is one of two holiday homes on-site which can accommodate up to six guests. With three bedrooms and four bathrooms, you’ll never need to queue for a shower! This spacious apartment is set in a quiet, leafy location on-site and has a separate kitchen, dining area and living area so the whole family can relax in comfort.

Holiday cottage in Brecon Beacons

Brecon Cottages- Crows Nest 2

On-site facilities available to guests

Other facilities on the Brecon Cottages site which are free for guests to use include an indoor heated swimming pool, crazy golf, games room, gym, tennis courts and a dry-ski slope which is available for an additional cost- you’ll never be short of things to do on this Brecon Beacons holiday! If you want to venture out, the National Park, considered one of the most ruggedly beautiful in the UK, is right on your doorstep with activities such as mountain biking and white water rafting within easy reach. Cardiff and Swansea are easily accessible for days out in the city or you could head to the Gower Peninsula to spend the day on the beach.

Swimming pool

Indoor heated swimming pool on-site

Book a holiday cottage in the Brecon Beacons

To browse the full range of Brecon Cottages please visit our website. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 01244 356695 to speak to one of our reservations specialists who’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have, or to arrange a booking for you at one of these amazingly unique cottages.

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Cottages Available For Tour De Yorkshire 2016

Sunday, April 17th, 2016
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This month sees the arrival of the much-anticipated 2016 Tour de Yorkshire. Following on from the success of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire in 2015 and the Tour de France Grand Depart from Yorkshire in 2014, this cycling event is set to be one of the most popular weekends in Yorkshire’s calendar. Taking place from 29th April- 1st May, the Tour de Yorkshire will see competitors cycle around 520km in total through the Yorkshire countryside and along the coastline. Around 1.5 million people turned out to see the Tour de Yorkshire in action last year and if you’re one of the people planning on watching part of the race this year, here’s a selection of holiday cottages along the route which are still available for the Tour de Yorkshire race, making your Yorkshire trip as easy and hassle-free as possible:

Stage 1: Beverley to Settle, Friday 29th April 2016

Other locations along the route include: Market Weighton, Tadcaster, Knaresborough, Pateley Bridge, Grassington

Blacksmith Cottage, Grassington

Blacksmith Cottage is a charming studio apartment in the centre of Grassington. Perfect for two, it has its own sitting area, kitchen and dining space, as well as a king-size bed. The property is just a minute’s walk from the village’s shops and pubs and is ideal for those wanting to watch the Tour de Yorkshire riders pass through the village. Riders are expected to pass through Grassington between 3.20-3.42pm.

Bridle Cottage, Settle

This lovely terraced townhouse in the heart of Settle is the perfect base for a family wanting to cheer on riders as they cross the finish line for the first stage of the race. The fastest riders should be finishing in Settle around 4.26pm with riders expected to arrive until 4.53pm. Bridle Cottage itself is warm and cosy with original features including exposed stone walls and a beamed sitting room, as well as all the modern conveniences a small family could need.

Stage 2: Otley to Doncaster, Saturday 30th April 2016

Other locations along the route include: East Rigton, Pontefract, South Elmsall, Tickhill, Bawtry

1A Church View, Menston

1A Church View is a former pottery workshop which has been lovingly converted into a romantic bolthole in the Yorkshire countryside. Bursting with character and charm, this cosy cottage is just 3 miles from Otley, where the second stage of the Tour de Yorkshire will begin on Saturday 30th April at 2.30pm. There are superb road and public transport links in the area which should make your journey to the start line as smooth as possible.

Stage 3: Middlesbrough to Scarborough: Sunday 1st May 2016

Other locations along the route include: Great Ayton, Thirsk, Helmsley, Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay

Stable Cottage, Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe

This pretty barn conversion is ideal for two, nestled in a tranquil courtyard setting on a livestock farm near Thirsk. Stable Cottage boasts stunning original features and offers spacious and modern accommodation for a couple looking to watch the Tour de Yorkshire race past. Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe is expected to receive the riders between 12.59pm and 1.08pm.

Bramble Cottage, Robin Hood’s Bay

If you want to combine watching the Tour de Yorkshire with a seaside getaway, take a look at Bramble Cottage. This traditional fisherman’s cottage offers wonderful sea views and is just a 2 minute walk from the beach with its rock pools and coves. Walk 2 minutes in the other direction and you’ll find the cobbled streets of Robin Hood’s Bay with their shops, pubs and restaurants, and on Sunday 1st May, you’ll also witness the riders race through as they make their sprint to the finish line in Scarborough. They’re expected between 3.23-3.47pm.

Book a holiday cottage for the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire

To browse our full range of holiday cottages along the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire route, please visit the dedicated Tour de Yorkshire section of our website. For more information about the routes, timings and what to expect, please visit the Tour de Yorkshire website.

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Shakespeare 2016: What’s On

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
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2016 is a very special year for England’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. On 23rd April 2016, we will mark not only the Bard’s 452nd birthday, but also the 400th anniversary of his death and as you might expect, there are many plans in place to ensure that this special celebration goes off with a bang! If you haven’t yet been, 2016 is a fantastic year to make the literary pilgrimage to Stratford-upon-Avon to join in the festivities. Below, you’ll find just some of the special events, new openings and fascinating exhibitions that you can visit in Stratford upon Avon this year to celebrate the legacy of William Shakespeare.

Annual birthday celebrations

Every year, the streets of Stratford upon Avon are filled with crowds as Shakespeare-lovers from all over the world travel to celebrate his birthday on 23rd April. An extra special celebration is planned for 2016 with a grand Birthday Procession, street entertainers, theatre workshops and a Birthday Lunch.

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall

Opening this month after major restoration work, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall is a new insight into the life and education of William Shakespeare. This fun and interactive visitor experience will allow you to discover more about the place where Shakespeare went to school- the place where he was inspired to become a playwright.

‘Shakespeare’s Stratford Friends’ at Shakespeare’s Birthplace

New for 2016, the new material for Shakespeare’s Stratford Friends will be on show at the Famous Beyond Words exhibition at his Birthplace. Shakespeare’s Stratford Friends will explore the man behind the playwright; focusing on his circle of family and friends, introducing him as a father, son, husband and grandfather, as well as exploring his social life in Stratford upon Avon.

Shakespeare’s New Place

Scheduled to open later this year, New Place was the family home of William Shakespeare for the last 19 years of his life. This unique experience is the only heritage attraction in Stratford upon Avon which will allow you to walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps at the peak of his literary success. New Place will shed light on Shakespeare as a family man with an abundance artefacts relating to his life here on display, many of which have never been displayed before.

Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2016 season will include productions of Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cymbeline and King Lear, amongst others.  Their new exhibition, The Play’s The Thing, will also open in June 2016 at The Swan Theatre. Aiming to celebrate the magic of Shakespeare and the theatre, visitors can discover the secrets and stories from 100 years of the RSC with props, costumes, set designs, digital interactives and activities to get involved in.

Shakespeare Steps

From 23rd April until 30th October, the Royal Shakespeare Company will be running a self-guided tour for families around Stratford upon Avon called Shakespeare Steps. Follow the route to find clues that work as instructions for acting out a series of miniature plays. Discover fun facts, background stories and join in the treasure hunt challenge as you visit some of Stratford upon Avon’s best known attractions.

Book a cottage break in Stratford upon Avon

Sykes Cottages have a wide range of beautiful self-catering cottages in Stratford upon Avon for you to choose from. To browse our collection of cottages in the area please visit our website or alternatively, give our friendly reservations specialists a call on 01244 356695 and they’ll be delighted to help you plan your holiday.

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Dog Friendly Cottages for National Pet Month

Monday, March 28th, 2016
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April marks the start of National Pet Month, a campaign now in its 27th year that aims to celebrate the joyful impact that our pets have on our lives every day. This year is set to be focused on responsible pet ownership and how important it is for pet owners to provide the best care possible for their animals. We’re all huge animal lovers here at Sykes Cottages and that’s why we’re committed to providing good quality holidays where you can bring your furry friend along with you. From the Scottish Highlands to Cornwall, here are just some of our pet friendly cottages that you can choose from.

Looe Island View, Cornwall

See it here: Ref. 919242

Looe Island View is a stylish family holiday home on a hillside location with spectacular panoramic views of the sea, all the way out to Looe Island. It’s just a 10 minute walk to the lovely, sheltered beach at Downderry which allows dogs all year round. The property is beautifully furnished with a stunning outdoor terrace overlooking the bay.

Rosemary Cottage, Norfolk

See it here: Ref. 922964

Rosemary Cottage is located just 400 yards from the wonderful, award-winning beach at Sea Palling, where dogs are welcome all year round. This lovely dog-friendly cottage is bright, spacious and contemporary combined with beautiful traditional features including exposed wooden beams and oak flooring. The kitchen opens out into a pretty enclosed garden, perfect for dogs to play in. The nearest shops and pubs are also just less than 2 minutes’ walk.

Hope Cottage, Yorkshire Dales

See it here: Ref. 921810

Hope Cottage is a luxury barn conversion set amongst stunning Yorkshire Dales countryside. Offering uninterrupted views that stretch as far as the Three Peaks, this lovely holiday home is well suited for a relaxing break with your pets. The spacious, enclosed grounds are ideal for letting the dogs run about in and the private hot tub overlooking the lush green fields is the perfect place to unwind whilst enjoying the views. There are excellent walks straight from the doorstep so your dog will never run out of new places to explore!

Tyddyn, Snowdonia

See it here: Ref. 18501

Beautiful detached farmhouse with distant sea views on one side and mountain views on the other. Tyddyn has plenty of character with open stonework, inglenook fireplace and Welsh slate floors so if you’re looking for a traditional Welsh cottage, look no further! The farmhouse kitchen is perfect for socialising whilst cooking and you can rest easy knowing the secure, enclosed garden will keep your pets safe. Snowdonia National Park and its ample walking opportunities is just on your doorstep.

Colhay Studio, Cornwall

See it here: Ref. 928808

This former art studio in a sleepy Cornwall hamlet is surrounded by water gardens, with walkways across the ponds and waterfall; perfect for a calming break in Cornwall with your pet. Upstairs, the mezzanine bedroom has its own balcony with far reaching, uninterrupted views over Dartmoor. The Cornish coastline with its world-renowned beaches is just a short drive away.

We want to make sure that your holiday with your pet is the best that it can be so we regularly write blog posts on dog friendly activities, pubs, days out and beaches. Take a look at our Top 10 dog friendly beaches for summer or our guide to dog friendly walks around the UK.  For more information on all of our pet friendly cottages- we’ve over 3,400- please visit the pet friendly section on our website. Browse our website today or give one of our friendly reservation specialists a call to see how we can help.

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.