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4 Lesser-Known Locations in the Lake District

Sunday, May 15th, 2016
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We all know the charm of the Lake District- the sweeping countryside, towering fells and spectacular lake views. It’s one of few places in the UK that has real, year-round appeal and its walking opportunities and attractions help to pull in millions of visitors every year. As one of the most beautiful places in Britain, there are naturally crowds, especially in the peak months. So if you want to experience the beauty of the Lake District but avoid the hustle and bustle of the most popular areas, here are a few lesser known locations that are just as striking but slightly off the beaten track.

Ennerdale

The Ennerdale Valley is on the north-western fringe of the Lakes and is home to one of the UK’s longest-running ecological conservation projects, Wild Ennerdale. Ennerdale Water, the most westerly of the National Park’s lakes, is an idyllic spot with no light pollution and a wealth of wildlife. It is the only lake in the park which doesn’t have a road running next to it, making access a little difficult but it’s also a haven for visitors who want to experience a truly unspoilt part of the Lake District. Stay at nearby Ennerdale Bridge, a picturesque village just a few miles from the Cumbrian coastline with a couple of lovely pubs and a village shop.

Buttermere

The Buttermere Valley area is one of the most spectacular Lakeland landscapes going with its dramatic scenery and calm, sparkling lakes. On the northern edge of the park, it’s slightly off the beaten path from the traditional tourist spots, making it a much more tranquil setting for your Lake District holiday. Buttermere Lake itself is one of the best round-the-lake walks in the region and is perfect for families as it’s quite an easy route, taking around 2-3 hours.

Wasdale

This remote area is the wildest of the Lake District valleys, covering the stretch of land between Wastwater and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain. Wastwater is England’s deepest and most awe-inspiring lake, with the view looking from the lake across to Scafell Pike being voted as Britain’s favourite view. Despite its striking landscape and beauty, the Wasdale area is still largely considered to be a hidden gem. If you fancy exploring the Wasdale Valley, stay at Nether Wasdale which has two good pubs serving food, its own brewery and a farm shop selling local produce.

Duddon Valley

To escape the crowds on a walking holiday head, to Duddon Valley. This stunning region has unrivalled walking opportunities and is perfect for mountain biking and climbing. The peaceful fells and beautiful scenery offer a satisfying reward for those savvy enough to visit- it really is a hidden gem and only those in the know walk here. The famous Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, is one of many to have loved this valley, so much so in fact that he wrote 35 sonnets praising it. The area is also thriving with wildlife- you may even spot a red squirrel! The pretty hamlet of Seathwaite is a good place from which to explore the valley.

For more information on all of our holiday cottages in the Lake District, please visit our website. We’ve over 800 holiday lets for you to choose from all across the region from Windermere to Wastwater.

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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.

5 Stunning New Cottages in East Anglia

Sunday, May 8th, 2016
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There are many reasons why you should be booking a holiday to East Anglia. It’s the perfect English holiday destination with a wide range of landscapes to explore. Its big skies, beautiful coastlines and pretty market towns are attracting the attention of tourists from around the world, so if you haven’t made the trip yet, what are you waiting for? The area is relatively flat making it perfect for walking and cycling, and there’s plenty of history and culture to soak up here too with spectacular stately homes, castles and museums on offer.

If we’ve convinced you that East Anglia should be on your travel bucket list then you’re in luck as we’re adding new properties in the area every day! To get you inspired, here’s 5 of the latest cottages in East Anglia to join the Sykes Cottages family.

Silver Dollar, Saham Toney, Norfolk

See it here: Ref. 932001

This beautiful hand-made shepherd’s hut is set in an idyllic lakeside location. Complete with its own private hot tub overlooking the lake, it’s the perfect place for a romantic retreat. Curl up in front of the cosy woodburner, relax with a drink on the lakeside decking, or head out into the Norfolk countryside to explore the area on foot as there’s plenty of walks nearby.

Holiday cottage in Norfolk

Daisy Cottage, Friston, Suffolk

See it here: Ref. 932749

Daisy Cottage is a lovely character cottage close to the Suffolk Heritage Coast. The perfect base for exploring this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Daisy Cottage sleeps up to four guests and is pet friendly with its own enclosed garden and a delightful pub just 2 minutes’ walk. The pretty coastal towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold are close by and the fantastic forest cycling route, the Viking Trail, is just a few minutes away.

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Wroxham Rest, Wroxham, Norfolk

See it here:  Ref. 934557

Discover Wroxham, known as the Capital of the Broads, from this charming terraced cottage tucked away down a quiet lane. From Wroxham, you can hire a boat to explore the waterways of the Norfolk Broads with its abundance of wildlife and idyllic riverside pubs and restaurants, or get on your bike and discover the Broads from a different angle. The cottage itself sleeps up to six guests with secure storage for bikes and a children’s play area at the end of the road.

Holiday cottages in Norfolk

Harvest Moon, Grundisburgh, Suffolk

See it here: Ref. 936205

Fancy a getaway in the picturesque Suffolk countryside? Harvest Moon is nestled in the delightful village of Grundisburgh, a little slice of rural tranquillity centred around a village green. It has its own village shop, children’s play area and a lovely pub serving local ales and delicious food. From here, you’re within easy reach of the Heritage Coastline and the area is also particular popular for road cycling.

Holiday cottage in Suffolk

Flat 1, Cromer, Norfolk

See it here: Ref. 933664

For a getaway to the seaside, look no further than this lovely Victorian apartment in the heart of the vibrant coastal town of Cromer. Perfect for a small family or two couples, Flat 1 is just 2 minutes’ walk from the sandy beach and has its own private patio where you can enjoy the summer sunshine whilst eating breakfast. Spend your days strolling along the promenade, relaxing on the beach and trying the local delicacy- Cromer crab.

Holiday cottage in Norfolk

Book a holiday cottage in East Anglia

Not found the perfect cottage for you yet? We’ve over 300 cottages in East Anglia for you to choose from, with properties on the stunning Suffolk coastline to luxury holiday homes in the Norfolk Broads. To see more of our cottages in East Anglia, please visit our 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.

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.

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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.

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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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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.