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Celebrate Easter with Spring’s Baby Animals

Monday, April 14th, 2014
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Easter comes at a fantastic time of year when the trees are budding, new flowers are sprouting and baby animals fill our fields! Children of all ages love to be surrounded by these adorable creatures and here at Sykes we believe that there is no better way to celebrate Easter than with a cute bunny on your lap. To help you make the most of the Easter holidays with the children we have come up with a few tips that will see you encompassed by all your farm yard favourites this spring, so keep reading for our guide on where to find the UK’s most delightful baby animals.

Local Petting Farm

There are a number of petting farms scattered across the British countryside each ideal for a day out with the family. These petting farms allow you to get up close and personal with animals of all shapes and sizes, from a tiny bunny rabbit to a large cow, you’ll be able to see it all. Visiting a petting farm during the Easter holidays gives you and the children the opportunity to see many of the animals commonly associated with Easter including chicks, rabbits, ducklings and lambs. To find your nearest petting farm simply visit www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk.

Country Walks

Hear at Sykes we’ve been running an exciting blog series entitled Walk of the Month which could be of great use to you over the Easter holidays! Our specially selected walks make for excellent sightseeing trips with the children where they will be thrilled to encounter lambs in the fields, “Kids” on the mountains and even small ducklings in the river. A spring walk really is a fun filled day out for the whole family, so make sure to pack a healthy picnic and of course a camera to capture all the fun memories you’ll be making!

Farm Cottages

What better way to see spring’s baby animals then by booking a stay on a farm? Here at Sykes we have a selection of farm cottages that would be perfect for an Easter vacation. Imagine waking up in the morning to the sounds of lambs bleating and hens clucking, the children will just love taking part in the farm yard activities and exploring the nearby fields. If you are lucky you may even be able to see a lambing, where you will have the opportunity to ask the farmer all your sheep related question.  

We hope this blog has motivated you to take the children to see spring’s baby animals this year. We would love for you to share your spring animal pictures with us so please send them via facebook or twitter because we can’t wait to see them!

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Reasons to Rent a Holiday Cottage When Attending a Wedding

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
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The wedding season is almost upon us and in no time at all we’ll find ourselves inundated with invasions from friends and family beckoning us to their big day. For most it’s a privilege to be asked to a wedding but for others it involves weeks of tactical planning; what to wear, which gift to purchase or even where to stay! The UK isn’t as small as it looks and often when you’re invited to a wedding it can mean hours of travelling. Sadly these long journeys usually find us circling the ‘unable to attend’ box and missing the celebrations completely. To keep from letting the happy couple down why not rent a holiday cottage? There are a number of benefits to booking cottage accommodation when attending a wedding and below you will find just a few of the best.

Visiting Friends and Family

Bwthyn Bach in Newport, Ref 6161

Bwthyn Bach in Newport, Ref 6161

If you’re travelling to a wedding it generally means that friends and family live quite far away, so as well as celebrating the union of two people a wedding can be a great excuse for a catch-up! Booking a holiday cottage for a week or even a few days allows you the freedom to visit family members you haven’t seen in months or a few friends that aren’t attending the wedding. A couple of extra days away gives you the chance to take in the local sights and sounds or even cure your deadly hangover from the night before.

Space and Time

Stonetrough Barn in Masham, Ref 22290

Stonetrough Barn in Masham, Ref 22290

Getting ready for a wedding can be a stressful experience especially if you’re confined to a small hotel room or rushing down for breakfast at a B&B. Booking a self-catering holiday cottage can help relieve some of this stress by providing a fully equipped kitchen and plenty of space to stretch out. Take your time in the morning, relax in a hot bath or enjoy a power shower before leisurely getting ready in our spacious bedrooms. With no set breakfast time, our homely kitchens are perfect for grabbing a light bite before heading out to the church.

Peace and Quiet

Groom's Rooms in Bedale, Ref 22462

Groom’s Rooms in Bedale, Ref 22462

Weddings are usually held on a Friday or Saturday and when staying in a hotel or B&B you can often find that other guests are quite loud and will disturb your rest. At our self-catering cottages you can be sure of a good night’s sleep which will leave you feeling refreshed come the day of the wedding. Our plush beds and luxurious bedding will be a welcome comfort for your feet after all the fabulous dance moves from the night before and your head is sure to thank you for the soft pillows after one too many glasses of champagne.

Bridal Hideaway

Here in the UK it’s considered bad luck for the bride to see her groom before the wedding so many couples spend the evening in separate accommodation. Our cottages are perfect for a bridal hideaway or a groom’s escape; with plenty of space to get the bridal party or ushers ready on the morning of the wedding. You could even rent one of our cottages with a hot tub and spend your last night of freedom with a bottle of wine and close friends and family, reliving all the wonderful moments you’ve shared with your soon to be husband or wife.

I hope this list of reasons to book a holiday cottage for attending a wedding has convinced you that self-catering properties are the right choice for you this year. If you need any help finding a property near your wedding venue then please feel free to contact our holiday specialists on  01244 356695 – they’re experts at finding cottages to suit your location!

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Top Ten Reasons to Visit Kent

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
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To celebrate English Tourism Week we will be taking a look at one of our favourite English counties, Kent. Bellow you will find our choice of the top ten reasons to visit Kent this year in the hopes that it will leave you feeling inspired for your 2014 holidays!

1. Kent is commonly referred to as ‘The Garden of England’ so it’s no surprise that their stunning gardens are top of our list!

 

2. Home to many impressive landmarks, Kent has been inspiring song writers for generations “There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover…”

 

3. Within Kent’s diverse landscape you’ll find a fantastic array of wildlife- perfect for photographers!

 

4. But if you would rather photograph manmade structures then Kent boosts a stunning selection of architecture.

 

5. In fact Kent is home to some of Britain’s most iconic buildings.

 

6. If you’re looking to try a new activity you’re in luck as Kent is a haven for water sports

 

7. …and boasts a number of fantastic mountain bike trails.

 

8. Kent is renowned for its lively festivals full of party goers 

 

9. Or if you prefer a slower pace of life then Kent has a number of delectable restaurants for you to explore  

 

10. …and a stunning selection of Kent cottages perfect for a little rest and relaxation!

Shepherd's Farm House in Kent, Ref 7364.

Shepherd’s Farm House in Kent, Ref 7364.

 

I hope this post has motivated you to visit the beautiful County of Kent this year and if you need any help planning your Kent holiday then please feel free to call our reservations specialists on 01244 356695 or visit the Kent cottages page.

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Best Walks In England for You and Your Dog

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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This week is English Tourism Week and what better way to celebrate the beautiful English countryside than by taking your four-legged friend out for a walk? Here at Sykes Cottages we love to lace up our boots, grab the lead from the back door and head out on a long walk with man’s best friend. We have recently produced a dog walking guide which highlights a few of our favourite walking routes in the UK, but if you’re still in need of more inspiration then keep reading for our choice of the top pet friendly walks England has to offer.

Ninesprings, Yoevil Country Park

Ninesprings in Yoevil Country Park is the ideal space to exercise dogs of all shapes and sizes. With a diverse landscape on offer there is something to suit everyone and as dogs are allowed off the lead you’re sure to have a great work out! This communal park is top of our list for puppies, with a wealth of dog owners around it’s perfect for socialising your pup and getting them used to new sights and sounds whilst they make a few doggy friends.

Holkham Beach, North Norfolk

This wonderful beach incorporates 4 miles of white sandy beaches, rolling sand dunes and a dense pine forest, perfect for a diverse walk with the family. Whilst out for a walk along the glorious Holkham Beach why not treat the family to some light refreshments whilst the dog plays in the surf? This beach offers everything you will need for a family day out; from free parking and toilet facilities to refreshment stands and picnic tables.

Tarn Hows, Cumbria

Managed by the National Trust, Tarn Hows in Cumbria offers an unrivalled dog walking experience. Whether you have an active pooch who loves wide open spaces to run in and steep hills to climb or a water dog who just loves playing fetch in the lake, then Tarn Hows is the place for you. With its on-site facilities and stunning scenery this park should not be missed when visiting The Lake District!

Goit Stock, Cullingworth

For a dog walk with a difference we would suggest taking an enchanting stroll through the woodlands at Goit Stock. This peaceful dog walk takes you through deep woods and along a gentle path, passing by majestic waterfalls and a handful of farm yard animals. This picturesque walk is perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon and makes for wonderful photographs and maybe even a cheeky selfie with your pooch.

We hope our selection of the best English walks for you and your dog has inspired you to take the lead and get out and about with your pup. For more holiday inspiration and family friendly cottages which are happy to accept your four-legged friend make sure to check out our pet friendly cottages page.

 

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Relaxing Spa Cottages for Mother’s Day

Monday, March 24th, 2014
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Mother’s Day is fast approaching and here in the UK we can’t wait to shower our fabulous mums with love and affection. If you’ve been struggling to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift this year then why not take a look at our relaxing spa cottages and treat your dear old mum to a leisurely weekend away? We have a number of these dreamy cottages available but to help convince you here are just a few of our favourites…

Rushmore Lodge, Kent

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Rushmore Lodge in Kent, Ref 16229.

A mother’s greatest joy in life is to be surrounded by her family so as an extra special gift this year we would suggest a visit to Rushmore Lodge. This luxury cottage offers everything you will need for a fun packed family weekend, including swimming pool, table football and cinema surround sound.  To make the holiday truly memorable why not treat mum with an indulgent beauty treatment, organised by the property’s owner? Whichever activity you decide to partake in your mother is sure to have the time of her life at this extravagant lodge.

Ty Rhosyn, Cornwall

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Ty Rhosyn in Cornwall, Ref 1831.

If you’re searching for an unforgettable spa break which is sure to leave your mother fully relaxed from head to toe then look no further than Ty Rhosyn. This delightful chalet is located in the heart of a peaceful holiday park which offers a wide selection of spa treatments your mother is sure to love; from facials to body massages- even algae wraps available for the more adventurous! Along with the spa, this stylish park offers delectable restaurants and a tempting health club all sure to leave mum feeling completely rejuvenated.

1 Lazy Swan, Lincolnshire

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1 Lazy Swan in Lincolnshire, Ref 22199.

If your mother’s idea of a perfect weekend is relaxing in a steamy hot tub whilst the sun sets over a glorious lake then you need to book her a stay at 1 Lazy Swan! This glamorous lodge is set in the heart of Tattershall Lakes Country Park and as well as her own private hot tub your mum could be spoilt with an extensive selection of on-site facilities. So whether she spends the weekend soaking in the hot tub of relaxing in the spa with a lava shells massage she is sure to thank you for this wonderfully thoughtful gift.

We hope this selection of spa cottages has left you feeling inspired for Mother’s Day this Sunday. To view our full range of holiday cottages with spa facilities, click here.

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.