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Some of Sykes’ Best Kitchens

Saturday, April 12th, 2014
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Here at Sykes Cottages, there’s a fair few of us who firmly believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s always one of the first things that we notice about a property. The kitchen plays such an important role in self-catering accommodation and there are so many different styles and sizes to choose from! Last month, we had a look at some of the best bedrooms that Sykes has to offer so this month we thought we’d celebrate our love of a good kitchen and show you some of our favourites from our cottages. Enjoy!

Stable Cottage, Norfolk

Holiday cottage in Norfolk

Stable Cottage, Norfolk, Ref 3505

If you’re looking for a traditional farmhouse-style kitchen then look no further than this delightful kitchen at Stable Cottage. Converted from a former stable block, this stunning cottage combines country living with modern conveniences and the result is spectacular. The kitchen is bright, airy and spacious, offering vaulted, beamed ceilings, an electric range-style oven and hob, and a cheerful dining area to accommodate all the family. To add to the country feel, the cottage also benefits from horse paddocks and has chickens and ducks that roam freely around the grounds.

The Paddock, Cumbria

Holiday cottage in Cumbria

The Paddock, Cumbria, Ref 11219

If you prefer your kitchens to be slightly more modern, then this outstanding open-plan kitchen at The Paddock is sure to impress. With a centre island and generous dining area, this cottage is perfect if you’re planning to do a lot of cooking on your holiday. If you’re holidaying with children then there’s also more than enough space for them to sit in the kitchen while you’re cooking without getting underfoot; ideal for smaller children who need someone to keep an eye on them at all times! With fantastic walks straight from your door and the Lake District within driving distance, the stunning location of this cottage ensures that there will be plenty of activities to keep all the family occupied.

Crab Cottage, Lincolnshire

Holiday cottage in Lincolnshire

Crab Cottage, Lincolnshire, Ref 25169

Boasting one of Sykes’ cutest kitchens, this traditional seaside cottage has a fashionable vintage style throughout. The kitchen’s stripped floorboards, beamed ceilings, Belfast sink and rustic country style create a bright and airy space for you to cook; whilst the charming dining table and chairs add a sociable aspect so the whole group can congregate together in this beautiful kitchen. Located just a short walk from the beach in the quaint village of Chapel St Leonards, this characterful cottage is a fantastic choice whether you’re holidaying with family or friends.

If you have a favourite kitchen from the Sykes portfolio then we’d love to know! We’re really interested to hear your suggestions so please feel free to either comment on our Facebook page or tweet us with your choice. If you still haven’t made up your mind then you can browse our fantastic range of holiday cottages for some inspiration!

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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.

Upcoming Events in the Lake District & Cumbria

Friday, April 11th, 2014
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The stunning natural landscape of the Lake District and Cumbria makes this part of the country one of our most popular holiday destinations year on year. However, if you thought there wasn’t much more to this picturesque corner of England than natural beauty then let us persuade you otherwise!  There are fantastic events happening up and down the region every day. Whether you’re looking for something to keep the children entertained or just something a little different to do on your holiday, we’ve brought you our top picks of upcoming events in the Lakes and Cumbria over the next couple of months.

Keswick Mountain Festival

Derwentwater, Lake District

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This four day festival in the pretty Cumbrian market town of Keswick is an action-packed event that all the family are sure to enjoy. Taking place from 15th-18th May, this fantastic festival boasts a huge variety of activities, sporting competitions and speakers. In the evenings, there will also be a host of live music entertainment from local Cumbrian bands as well as some more well-known names; festival-goers will be able to enjoy the music as the sun sets against the stunning backdrop of Catbells, Skiddaw and the Borrowdale Valley. Some of the activities on offer include canoeing in Derwentwater, moonlight swimming, ghyll scrambling and treasure trails. For more information on the Keswick Mountain Festival, head to the Visit Cumbria website.

Easter Adventure Quest at Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Castle, Cumbria

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This Easter, adventurous children will love the events taking place at Carlisle Castle. From 18th- 21st April, this medieval castle is hosting a challenge that involves exploring hidden areas of the castle and finding and cracking clues to help you move forward with your quest. Along the way, expect to meet characters and Kings from the past with fascinating stories to tell, who will need your help. The brave volunteers that succeed in this quest will be rewarded with a delicious chocolatey prize at the end.

Family Cartooning at the Pencil Museum

The Pencil Museum, Keswick

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From 15th -17th April, The Pencil Museum is holding a family cartooning session with YouTube phenomenon and children’s author and illustrator, Shoo Raynor, which is certain to be an inspiring and creative day out at one of the Lake District’s most popular family attractions. Shoo has over 35,000 subscribers to his YouTube account and has illustrated over 250 children’s books. Visitors will be able to watch as he demonstrates how to draw step-by-step cartoons in this free family-friendly workshop. The event is suitable for children under the age of 10 and accompanying family members will be able to relax in the coffee shop while the kids get creative.

For more fun-filled events happening in the Lake District and Cumbria, take a look at the Visit Cumbria website where you will find an overview of all festivals, workshops and activities happening in the area over the next few months. If you’ve been inspired to head to the Lakes and visit these attractions, why not book one of our superb holiday cottages in the Lake District for the occasion; we’ve over 500 cottages of all shapes and sizes for you to choose from.

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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 for Last Minute Easter Holidays

Friday, April 4th, 2014
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With schools finishing for Easter and two weeks of entertaining your kids looming ahead, there’s no better time to start looking at booking a last minute Easter holiday! At Sykes Cottages, we still have some fantastic properties available to book for this busy period but you’ll have to be quick as they’re sure to be snapped up soon. To give you a bit of inspiration, we’ve listed some of the amazing cottages still available below…

The Boat, Cornwall

Holiday cottage in Cornwall

The Boat, Cornwall, Ref 999

Located in Tregony on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula, The Boat would make a fantastic holiday destination for Easter. This picturesque property is nearby to the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the National Maritime Museum so there will be plenty to keep you occupied! The sandy beaches and coastline of the peninsula are also within easy access of the cottage so all you’ll have to do is keep your fingers crossed for some good weather!

The Old Stable, Pembrokeshire

Holiday cottage in Pembrokeshire

The Old Stable, Pembrokeshire, Ref 4349

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway this Easter, then look no further than The Old Stable in Pembrokeshire. This cosy studio cottage is situated in a peaceful courtyard and boasts vaulted, beamed ceilings, a woodburner and a private patio with furniture; perfect for couples looking to get away from it all. Guests will benefit from outstanding walks straight from the doorstep and the pretty village location with a characterful local pub and restaurant nearby.

Riverside, Yorkshire Dales

Holiday cottage in Yorkshire

Riverside, Yorkshire, Ref 21336

This charming and traditional cottage is situated in a tranquil, rural setting amongst the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Sleeping 5, Riverside would make the perfect Easter getaway cottage for families looking for a peaceful break with unrivalled walking opportunities and as this cottage is pet friendly, your dog will be able to take advantage of the fresh Yorkshire air too!

6 Little Bethel Court, Norfolk

Holiday cottage in Norfolk

6 Little Bethel Court, Norfolk, Ref 28036

6 Little Bethel Court is located in the very centre of the historical city of Norwich, making it the perfect place for a city break this Easter. This lovely maisonette property boasts many original features and is set within a secluded walled courtyard shared with several other properties, ensuring that though in the heart of the city, this cottage maintains a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. With an abundance of restaurants, parks, art galleries and tea rooms nearby, guests at this cottage will be spoilt for choice on how to spend their holiday.

Little Thatch, Isle of Wight

Holiday cottage in Isle of Wight

The Thatch, Isle of Wight, Ref 4270

For lovers of picturesque cottages with thatched roofs, they don’t come much cuter than Little Thatch. This charming cottage is over 250 years old and Grade II listed, nestled in the pretty Isle of Wight village of Shorwell. Little Thatch has maintained many of its original features including delightful exposed stonework, beams and wood panelling whilst still providing guests with modern amenities and creature comforts. This adorable cottage is close by to local facilities, beautiful beaches and surrounding peaceful villages, making this Isle of Wight holiday home the perfect place for a coastal getaway.

To see our full range of Easter cottages, you can visit our website today or give one of our reservations specialists a call on 01244 356 695. They’ll be more than happy to help you find the perfect cottage for your last minute Easter 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.

Unusual Days Out In Ireland

Friday, March 28th, 2014
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If you fancy doing something a little out of the ordinary on your next Irish holiday; something that will make a fantastic story to tell friends and family once you’re home, then we suggest having a nose at some of the activities we’ve listed below. These unusual days out can be enjoyed by the whole family and are a fantastic idea if you want to indulge in something a bit different this holiday.

Irish National Stud, County Kildare

The Irish National Stud is one of Ireland’s best loved tourist attractions, visited by guests from across the globe. This unique attraction is home to some of the country’s finest thoroughbred horses and visitors will have the opportunity to see these horses first-hand, undertake tours of the facility and visit the horse museum. The Irish National Stud also boasts spectacular Japanese Gardens which are renowned as the best of their kind in Europe, and their most recent addition, St Fiachra’s Garden, an attraction which perfectly captures Ireland’s raw natural beauty.

Kayaking in County Cork

County Cork, Ireland

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Steeped in history and culture, Cork City is a fascinating place to visit. With an endless supply of shops, museums, art galleries and restaurants, you’ll never be stuck for things to do. If you feel like exploring the city a little differently on your holiday, Atlantic Sea Kayaking School offer kayaking cruises through the waterways of Cork down the River Lee, gliding under the various bridges and giving you an entirely unique way to experience this beautiful city.

Puck Fair, County Kerry

Puck Fair, County Kerry

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Puck Fair is one of Ireland’s oldest and most unusual street fairs, taking place in Killorglin, County Kerry.  Each year, a wild goat is caught in the mountains and brought into the town; the ‘Queen Puck’ (normally a local schoolgirl) will then crown the goat, ‘King Puck’. Once the King has been crowned, he is kept in the town for 3 days before being released back to his mountain home on the last day of the festival. It’s a lively affair with street vendors, festivities and even a cattle fair! Visitors to Puck Fair will not be disappointed and it’s an experience that you will never find anywhere else!

Rent a holiday cottage in Ireland

Holiday cottage in County Galway

The Humble Daisy, Co. Galway, Ref 30577

If you’re planning a holiday to Ireland then look no further than our Irish holiday cottages. There’s nothing better than heading back to a comfortable, cosy cottage after a full day of exploring and with our ever-expanding portfolio of over 700 cottages in Ireland, we’re sure to have the perfect property for your holiday. Our reservations specialists are on hand 7 days a week from 9.00am until 9.30pm, just waiting to help you plan your fabulous Irish getaway.

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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.

How to make the most of your cottage grounds

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
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With summer just around the corner, the days of relaxing in the garden at weekends are almost within reach. There’s nothing better than dusting off the deck chairs, rooting out your sunglasses and spending some time in your garden and it’s no different when you’re on holiday! Holiday cottages with gardens and patios are really popular with our customers, especially during the summer months, so we’ve put together a few suggestions for cottage owners on how to make the most of their cottage grounds this summer.

Holiday Cottages with Large Grounds

For holiday cottages with lots of outside space, the possibilities are endless. All too often, large grounds can be neglected and lacking in imagination, though they offer the potential to make your cottage really stand out. So here are just a few tips on ways that you can take advantage of your large grounds:

Tennis Courts

Holiday cottage with tennis court in Yorkshire Dales

Groom’s Rooms, Yorkshire Dales, Ref 22462

A tennis court can make a fantastic addition to your holiday cottage if you have plenty of space to spare. Cottages with tennis courts are always in demand in summer, especially after the hype of Wimbledon. Throw in some complimentary rackets and tennis balls and your guests will benefit from having the perfect afternoon activity right on their doorstep.

Swimming Pools

Holiday cottage with swimming pool in Isle of Wight

The Springs, Isle of Wight, Ref 2906

Swimming pools are always included in people’s dream holiday check-lists, making them the perfect feature to help make the most of large grounds and maximise your cottage’s appeal. Children and adults alike will love splashing about in the pool in good weather; you could even provide a few pool games and inflatables to add to their enjoyment!

Holiday Cottages with Smaller Grounds

For holiday cottages that have less space to play with, there are still plenty of ways that you can make your outside areas more appealing. Small, perfectly formed gardens and patios can still be a big selling point for any holiday home and here are just a few of our suggestions to help you make the most of your grounds:

Patio Furniture

Holiday cottage with garden in Northumberland

The Old Farmhouse, Northumberland, Ref 3520

A drab patio or terrace can be instantly spruced up by the addition of some well-chosen patio furniture. Whether it’s a garden bench for reading in the sunshine or a table and chairs for some alfresco dining, it’s always nice to be able to take advantage of good weather when we get it. No one wants to be stuck inside when it’s sunny!


Holiday cottage in Lake District

22 Thirlmere, Lake District, Ref 22525

Having an outdoor fire-pit is a great way to impress potential holidaymakers. Guests will be able to gather around the fire-pit on summer evenings and chat late into the night whilst enjoying a couple of glasses of wine over the crackling flames. This fashionable addition to your patio will ensure guests have the relaxing holiday that they deserve and will definitely persuade them to return again and again.

Hot Tubs

Holiday cottage with hot tub in Isle of Wight

The Summerhouse, Isle of Wight, Ref 20969

Our cottages with hot tubs are extremely popular and they’re always the first to get booked up, year on year. We get so many enquiries from customers wanting properties with hot tubs so any cottage with one installed is guaranteed to be in high demand. As hot tubs require relatively little outdoor space, they’re ideal for cottages with smaller grounds and will help your guests to have a luxurious holiday experience that they will never forget.

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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.