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Spotlight On: Unusual Holiday Cottages

Sunday, June 26th, 2016
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At Sykes, we love all types of holiday cottages; whether they’re traditional and cosy or offer something a bit quirky.  If you’re the kind of person who likes to do things a little differently, then we have the perfect selection of holiday cottages for you. Our unusual properties make for a unique getaway you’ll never forget- take a look at some examples below.

Peat Gate Shepherd’s Hut

Quirky holiday cottage

How’s this for something different! This charming hand-made shepherd’s hut is built from timber and offers beautiful views across the Northumberland countryside. Ideal for a peaceful, romantic break, Peat Gate Shepherd’s Hut comprises of open plan studio accommodation with a separate bathroom and small but perfectly formed kitchen with a double hob, fridge and woodburning stove with integrated oven. The surrounding area is perfect for walking and cycling, close to both Hadrian’s Wall and the North Pennines, and this property even has its own bike storage facilities.

The Gatehouse

Quirky holiday cottage

The Gatehouse is one of our most quirky holiday homes with a variety of fascinating features such as a corrugated tin wall and a reclaimed Georgian staircase housing children’s bunk beds underneath. The property sleeps up to 4 guests and has a spacious open plan layout with galleried bedroom overlooking the living area complete with grand piano, a library of books and unusual décor. Situated in Cumbria, this eccentric property is surrounded by lush countryside with the Settle-Carlisle Railway running close by and the Cumbrian fells within easy reach.

The Water Tower

Quirky holiday cottage

This luxurious holiday rental on the Isle of Anglesey has been converted from a former water tower. Nestled in a tranquil location with idyllic woodland views, The Water Tower offers a luxury holiday with a quirky twist. The beautiful beaches of Pentraeth and Benllech are on your doorstep whilst the mountains of Snowdonia are also just a short drive away. The property itself is bright and airy with features including an atrium ceiling in the master bedroom and bi-fold doors opening out onto the patio from the dining area.

Book a quirky holiday cottage

If you like the look of the properties above, there’s certainly more where that came from! We’ve hundreds of charmingly eccentric holiday homes for you to choose from; you can browse the full range by visiting 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.

Sykes Cottages Hits 7,000 Properties Milestone

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
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Here at Sykes Cottages, we’re delighted to announce that this week, we’ve reached a milestone 7,000 holiday cottages across the UK and Ireland!

We started off as an ambitious family business run from the kitchen table and with the help of our fantastic staff, owners and customers, we’ve grown into the UK’s biggest and fastest-growing independent cottage agency- a fact we’re very proud of.

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Miles Hill, our Chief Executive Officer has congratulated staff and owners on this wonderful achievement saying: “We’re delighted to have hit this milestone. We’ve worked hard over the past 12 months and brought on board over 1,000 holiday rentals during this period alone, including many in new areas where we’ve not previously had properties before. This is the icing on top of the cake after a record-breaking year. Congratulations to everyone involved”.

The past 12 months have seen other big achievements from Sykes Cottages including winning the British Travel Award for ‘Best Large Holiday Cottage Booking Company’ for the third year in a row, as well as being named in the London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’. We’ve got plenty more exciting things in store for the rest of the year so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

Our 7,000th property: Rhodewood Lodge, Pembrokeshire

We may have grown significantly over the years but one thing has always remained the same and that’s our commitment to providing our customers with the best holiday experience. With that in mind, we’re very proud to introduce you to our 7,000th property: Rhodewood Lodge in Pembrokeshire.

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This stunning Gothic house in Saundersfoot sleeps up to 11 guests in pure luxury. The property has been lovingly restored by the owners, flawlessly combining beautiful original features such as mosaic tiles and arched windows with lavish modern comforts. With six bedrooms and four bathrooms, there’s plenty of space for an extended family or group of friends to relax and outside, there’s a large tiered patio and garden perfect for lazing in the sun. This exquisite property even has its own hot tub with back massager!

Look out of the windows and you’ll find far-reaching sea views, whilst a sandy Blue Flag beach is just five minutes’ walk. The centre of the friendly seaside village of Saundersfoot is also within walking distance with a variety of charming shops, pubs and restaurants. If you fancy heading further afield, there are plenty of fantastic attractions nearby including Folly Farm, Oakwood Theme Park and Blue Stone, as well as the spectacular views of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

You can read more about Rhodewood Lodge or browse all 7,000 of our wonderful holiday homes by visiting our website. From everyone at Sykes Cottages, thank you for your support!

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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.

Treat Your Dad This Father’s Day

Sunday, June 12th, 2016
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With Father’s Day just a week away, you’ve hopefully already sorted what you’re getting your Dad as a gift. However if you’ve left it a bit last minute then don’t worry as we’re here to help. We’ve a wide range of charming holiday cottages across the UK and Ireland that are still available for Father’s Day weekend, so how about getting your dear old Dad a weekend break? Here are a few ideas of self-catering cottages still available for next weekend- have a browse and see if there’s any that your Dad would love!

Holly Bush, Lake District

If your Dad is interested in walking or cycling then Holly Bush near Windermere is an excellent choice. This lovely stone cottage is surrounded by spectacular scenery and Bowness-on-Windermere is just a 25 minute stroll away. There’s an abundance of unrivalled walking and biking opportunities in this part of the Lakes and Holly Bush even has its own secure bike storage for your convenience. As a reward for a hard day’s cycling or hiking, treat your Dad to a tour around the Hawkshead Brewery in nearby Staveley, or head to their Beer Hall where you can enjoy local ale on tap and at weekends you can enjoy live music.

Ouse View, York

Pack your Dad off on a historic city break to York staying at this modern first floor apartment close to the city centre. Ouse View offers contemporary, open plan living with all of the mod cons you could need. The city walls are the longest medieval walls in England and are just a short walk from the apartment so history-buff Dads can soak up the rich history and culture easily. York is also the perfect break for Dads who love their food as it’s jam packed full of delicious restaurants, cafes and real ale pubs.

Chalet 18, Cornwall

Does your Dad love golf? Look no further than a getaway to Chalet 18 near Dobwalls in the heart of Cornwall. This cosy wooden chalet is located on the edge of a 9-hole par 4 golf course so your Dad can stroll from his accommodation and be on the course within minutes! Tennis courts are also on-site and fishing is available in the River Fowey with the usual regulations applying. The famous Highway Inn at Dobwalls is within a few minutes’ walk which serves a carvery all day every day and boasts a fantastic selection of real ales- perfect for a Father’s Day meal.

To see our full range of cottages available for next weekend, please visit our website or alternatively, you can give our friendly reservationists a call on 01244 356 695 and they’d be more than happy to 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.

Walk of the Month: Prawle to Lannacombe

Sunday, May 29th, 2016
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For May’s edition of Walk of the Month, we’re heading to the spectacular South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This route from Prawle to Lannacombe offers rugged coastline, beautiful sandy coves and sparkling sea views, as well as being rich in wildlife with an array of pretty wildflowers along the paths. Stop off at Lannacombe Beach along the way for a picnic by the sea. This delightful beach is Devon at its best- unspoilt and tranquil. Dogs are welcome all year round too!

The walk:

This circular coastal walk is 5 miles long and will take around 2-3 hours to complete although please allow more time if you plan on stopping off at Lannacombe Beach. It’s classed as a moderate walk with one steep ascent and one steep descent and it can be rocky and uneven in sections, so make sure that you’re wearing proper walking boots. If you’re driving to the area, there’s parking around East Prawle Village Green by donation and there are public toilets here too.

The route:

Begin at East Prawle Village Green and follow the road running past the Pig’s Nose Inn. Bear left then round the corner, take the first right. Follow this lane along the edge of the village until you reach a red phone box. Shortly after the phone box, there’ll be a turn off on your left marked ‘Public Bridleway’- take this path.

You’ll come to a T junction, where you’ll need to follow the blue waymarker arrow and turn left. Follow this track down to the stream and back up along the field edge. Take a right along the diverted public bridleway. After 250m, follow the blue waymarker arrow and bear left. After a further 100m where the path starts to bear right, you should carry straight on following the ‘Public Footpath and Bridleway’ sign. 50m after this, take the path signposted ‘Public Footpath’ on the right.

When you reach a gate, follow the yellow waymarker arrow marked ‘Public Footpath’. When the path emerges from the green lane, bear left through the scrub. At the footpath junction, follow the sign marked ‘Coast Path’ and turn left. Follow this along but before you reach the houses overlooking Lannacombe Bay, turn left following the yellow waymarker arrow marked ‘Public Footpath’. This footpath will take you up and around the cliff top to the car park and here you’ll have access to the beach.

When you’ve had your fill of this beautiful beach, retrace your steps back along the coast path and continue to follow it westwards. Pass the Edwardian Maelcombe House and the path will begin to skirt a field. When you come to the fingerpost follow the sign marked ‘Public Bridleway East Prawle 1/2m’ through the gate and up old green lane.

At the green lane junction, turn right up towards the houses then at the end of the road turn right and return back to the village green.

To view the full route map, please click here.

Book a holiday cottage in Devon:

If you’re planning a walking break in Devon, we have hundreds of lovely Devon holiday cottages for you to choose from. They’re the perfect base for walkers to relax after a long day exploring this wonderful part of the country; visit our website for more information.

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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.

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.