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Sykes’ Famous Properties

Sunday, May 24th, 2015
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If you fancy something a little bit special from your next cottage break- something you can write home about- then we would suggest booking a stay at one of our famous cottages. It may be hard to imagine a famous cottage but here at Sykes, we have a selection of properties that have either been featured in, or are located close to areas used in popular films, TV shows, novels and magazines! As well as offering comfortable, stylish accommodation, this extra special collection of cottages earn you added bragging rights when sending your friends and family the obligatory holiday postcard. Keep reading to discover some of the highlights in our collection or head on over to our famous cottages page now to start planning your next UK getaway!

Whytings in Uplyme, Devon

The dinning area at Whytings (Ref. 2581) is perfect for entertaining.

The dinning area at Whytings (Ref. 2581) is perfect for entertaining.

Located on the downs overlooking the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, Whytings offers spacious accommodation on the borders of Devon and Dorset, making it the ideal spot for visiting both regions. After a day of exploring the coast and country, we’d suggest a visit to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ at the nearby Park Farm. Here you can attend one of their many dining events or take part in a cookery course before trying out your new-found skills in one of Whytings’ two interconnecting kitchens!

Flushing House in Rye, South of England

One of the two bedrooms at Flushing House (Ref. 21914).

One of the two bedrooms at Flushing House (Ref. 21914).

Flushing House is a fabulous Grade II listed building located in the popular town of Rye. The corner cottage was built around 1520 and still possesses many of its original features including exposed beams, a Tudor turning staircase and bread oven. In 2014, the village of Rye was used as the back drop in the BBC’s version of Mapp & Lucia; the programme showcased many of the town’s buildings and Flushing House was used as the estate agents, giving the property quite the claim to fame!

The Barn in Cromford, Peak District

Found on a picturesque hillside high above the village of Cromford, The Barn not only offers visitors cosy country accommodation but also spectacular views across the valley. This property is the ideal touring base for the Peak District with the popular towns of Bakewell and Ashover just a short drive away. When visiting the town of Ashover some guests may find it familiar, this is more than likely because the town featured in TV’s Peak Practice as the fictional town of Cardale.

Bookilber Barn in Settle, Yorkshire Dales

Open plan living area at Bookilber Barn (Ref. 2986).

Open plan living area at Bookilber Barn (Ref. 2986).

If you’re looking for luxurious accommodation with an open fire and hot tub, breath-taking views, fabulous walks and loads of character then Bookilber Barn is the place for you! This charming, detached barn conversion has been renovated to an extremely high quality and its chic décor and prime location has gained Brookilber Barn coverage on The Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Cool Cottages’ list and in Concept Living magazine. The property sleeps up to 12 people so it’s the perfect cottage for special occasions and family get-togethers.

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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.

Sykes’ Famous Places: Kirklees, Yorkshire

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
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We’re starting a new feature here at Sykes Cottages, one which looks at areas around the UK with famous connections. From famous playwrights to award winning novelists and stars of the stage and screen, the UK is home to many famous faces. This new series will be looking at where these stars originated and the places that inspired them on their way to the top!

To help kick start this new feature, we’ve decided to focus on one of the UK’s most loved actors and their home region of Kirklees in West Yorkshire. Sir Patrick Stewart, famous for his roles in Star Trek and X-Men, was born in Mirfield and although he is extremely well-travelled, the actor always feels at home when he returns to Yorkshire. Keep reading to discover some of the areas in Kirklees which have been made famous by the actor.

Mirfield

Sir Patrick Stewart was born in the small village of Mirfield in July of 1940. The town remained his home for a number of years and was where, thanks to the efforts of teacher Cecil Dormand, he discovered his passion for acting! After finishing school, the actor took a job as a journalist for the local paper, Mirfield & District Reporter, but eventually decided to leave journalism behind to pursue his love of acting.

This small, picturesque town is ideal for a day trip or weekend away with a historic 13th century church tower and a pleasant marina. For an extra special day out, we would suggest visiting during the Mirfield show, an annual agricultural fair held every August with entertaining events including dog, rabbit and horse shows, build a scare-crow competition, international stunt show and much more.

Emley Moor

In an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, Sir Patrick famously said “For a long time my way of getting to sleep was to have a virtual walk through my virtual home in England.” Perhaps this walk took place through the Emley Moor, the location of a recent shoot where Sir Patrick was photographed for a book celebrating Yorkshire. The area was chosen as the actor said he was able to see his whole home region from the moor.

The Emley Moor is a wonderful location for a family walk or stroll with the dog, offering plenty of open space and spectacular views over God’s own country. The area allows you to do as little or as much exercise as you like and on a warm summer evening it’s the ideal spot for a picnic.

Huddersfield

In more recent times, Sir Patrick has shared close ties with Huddersfield and the town’s university. Acting as the University Chancellor for over ten years, the actor has played a pivotal role in the progress of the university. Huddersfield University is sorry to see Sir Patrick leave his role this summer but have awarded him the honorary title of Emeritus Chancellor and hope to remain in close contact with him.

Huddersfield is a fantastic area for a family holiday, with the architecture, restaurants and scenery attracting thousands of visitors each year. Children will love exploring the Kirklees Light Railway with its four small steam engines and two miniature diesel engines, whilst the grown-ups can dwindle the day away at one of the area’s many spas.

Book a Yorkshire Cottage

With such a diverse region to explore it’s no wonder that Sir Patrick Stewart loves coming home to Yorkshire or that it’s one of the nation’s favourite UK holiday destinations!

If you want to discover Yorkshire for yourself, delve into the county’s history or simply visit one of the areas made famous by Sir Patrick, then why not book a stay in one of our Yorkshire holiday cottages? Our selection of over 500 Yorkshire properties are comfortably furnished, stylishly decorated and act as a fantastic base for exploring this exciting region.

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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.

Sykes’ Guide to South East Beaches

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
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With hundreds of award winning UK beaches to choose from, picking the right destination for your next coastal getaway can be rather difficult. Whether you decide to visit Gruinard beach in the Scottish Highlands or the iconic Land’s End in Cornwall all depends on your holiday preferences; who you’re travelling with, the length of your stay and of course what you plan on getting up to during your beach break. To help make things a little easier for you, Sykes Cottages have decided to take a look at each section of the UK individually and give you a run down on the best beaches in that area.

On today’s blog we’re going to be taking a look at the South East of England and its classic coastline; with numerous beaches to choose from, compiling a list of the best was certainly not easy! After hours of deliberation, we have chosen our top four beaches, one to fit into each of our star categories. Keep reading to discover our winners and see if your favourite South East beach gets a mention.

Margate Main Sands, Kent

Best Beach for Families

If you’re looking for a traditional, family friendly holiday then Margate Main Sands is for you; with its tidal pool, children’s rides and amusement arcades, it provides hours of fun along the sea shore. The beach’s golden sands are ideal for building sandcastles, even during high tide and with a lifeguard patrolling the beach from May to September, your children are free to splash around in the surf all summer long.

Hastings, Sussex

Best Beach for Couples 

Full of history and maritime charm, Hastings is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Dwindle the day away by relaxing along the coast or getting lost amongst the town’s many winding streets and narrow passageways, before spending the evening at a candlelit meal for two in one of the many restaurants. For some quality quiet time with your other half, we would highly suggest a romantic stroll along the coastline, walking hand in hand as you admire the spectacular ocean views.

Reculver, Kent

Best Beach for dogs

The beach at Reculver in Kent is great for both dog and owner, with your four-legged friend welcome all year round. As well as playing amongst the surf and scurrying over the rocks, this area also allows your dog plenty of open space to explore with a country park close by. Offering both coastal paths and circular walking routes, this area has everything you need for a dog friendly day out!

Camber Sands, Sussex

Best Beach for Water Sports

Camber Sands offers an exciting array of water sports with something to suit all ages, from kitesurfing and windsurfing to paddle boarding and dinghy sailing. If you’re a water sporting regular then make your way down to the coast and straight into the water or if you’re a beginner why not try a few lessons from the local experts at Rye Watersports? Whatever your skill set, Camber Sands is the ideal beach to practice your skills.

Rent a Cottage in the South East with Sykes Cottages

Now you’ve seen exactly what the South East coast has to offer, why not experience it for yourself? Our selection of cottages on the South coast are perfectly located for a beach getaway with many properties just a short walk from the coast! So whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, family holiday or just some time away from the everyday, we’re sure to have something to suit your needs!

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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.

Do More with Your Weekend Away

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
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Our two night breaks are proving extremely popular and it’s not hard to see why; with last minute family escapes and romantic weekend getaways, these convenient breaks work around you and your family’s schedule. If you’re still to be convinced by our two night short breaks then keep reading as we suggest three great reasons to book a weekend getaway!

Visit numerous destinations

When on a week-long holiday, you are usually limited to one cottage in a single set location, using up seven days’ worth of holidays touring just one region of the UK! If you want to discover more of the UK and learn what makes our culture so diverse, then we would suggest using the same seven days’ holiday on three weekend getaways. Imagine chowing down on Cromer crab in Norfolk one weekend before climbing to the summit of Mount Snowdon the next; two night stays not only allow you to see more but do more too.

Less packing

Packing for a weekend escape is far less stressful and time-consuming than filling the suitcase for a week away, all you need is a small bag of essentials. These small bags allow you more space in the car so you can either take more people or treat the family pooch to a special holiday in one of our dog friendly cottages! Travelling light also gives you the opportunity to take advantage of public transport, meaning you can leave the car at home and save on petrol.

Attending special occasions

Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and get-togethers are most commonly held at the weekend making our new two night breaks perfect for celebrations. Travel to your cottage on Friday night after work, attend the event on Saturday and return home feeling refreshed on Sunday ready for work again Monday morning; it’s that simple! With our new two night short breaks you’ll never have to miss out on special occasions again.

For more information on our two night breaks please see our previous blog post here. Alternatively, to view our selection of cottages offering two night breaks simply 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.

Ten of The UK’s Easiest Yet Rewarding Walks

Friday, May 1st, 2015
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Today celebrates the first day of National Walking Month and along with thousands of people across the country, Sykes Cottages are making a conscious effort to do more walking! Luckily, living in the UK provides us with numerous walking opportunities so whether that’s along the coast, through the country or over a mountain, Britain’s landscape has a lot to offer.

If you’re new to walking, or perhaps want to take young children, then it may be best to start out on an easier route. To help get you started we’ve listed ten of the easiest, yet most rewarding walks in the UK below. Take a look and get your blood pumping on a sensational British walk this May!

Wix Woods in Guildford, Surrey

This is a fantastic woodland walk that takes you on a circular route around the edge of Hatchlands Park and then through the centre of the estate, where you can experience an enchanted woodland and glorious views of the Surrey countryside.

Distance: 1.8 Miles

Time: 1 Hour

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Newton Pool in Low Newton, Northumberland

If you’re looking to explore Northumberland’s spectacular coastline, then this is the walk for you. Along with wonderful views out over the ocean, this walk is perfect for spotting wildlife with plenty of birds flying over the sand and sea.

Distance: 1 Mile

Time: 20 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Plas Newydd in Llanfairpwll, Anglesey

This family friendly walk is ideal for children with both a treehouse and adventure playground on route. We’ve advised 30 minutes for the walk but depending on how long the kids want to play for, you could be here for the whole afternoon.

Distance: 1 Mile

Time: 30 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Killerton in Broadclyst, Exeter

Dogs are the perfect companions when on a walk so we suggest treating them to an afternoon at Killerton. The route includes plenty of open spaces which are perfect for exercising your four-legged friend on and off the lead.

Distance: 2.5 Miles

Time: 2 Hours

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Calke Abbey in Ticknall, Derbyshire

Boasting numerous hidden corners and fabulous picnic spots, this walk is perfect for a family get together or romantic stroll. Providing a picturesque walk during any season, it’s easy to see why this route is popular with both locals and tourists.

Distance: 2.4 Miles

Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Penbryn Beach in Penbryn, Ceredigion

If you’re looking for a walk that is just as good, if not better, during the evening then head on over to Penbryn Beach. This is the perfect spot for star gazing, so wrap up warm and prepare to be inspired by over 4,000 twinkling stars.

Distance: 1 Mile

Time:  30 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Valley of Cinders in Cindersale, Cumbria

The Valley of Cinders walk transports you through the ages as you explore archaeological sites and delve into Cumbria’s rich history. This walk is great for anyone who has an interest in history or simply just enjoys a pleasant country view.

Distance: 1.5 Miles

Time: 1 Hour

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Borthwood Copse in Winford, Isle of Wight

Borthwood Copse not only offers a wonderful woodland walk but also the chance to spot red squirrels! This elusive critter is only found in a handful of locations throughout the UK so this may be your only chance to see them in the wild.

Distance: 1.25 Miles

Time: 40 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Fountains Abbey in Ripon, Yorkshire

The Fountains Abbey walk is the longest of our suggested routes but with so much to see it’s more than worth it! With beautiful grounds, tonnes of history and hopefully plenty of sunshine, this walk would be lovely on a Sunday afternoon.

Distance: 4.5 Miles

Time: 3 Hours

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Langstrothdale in Yockenthwaite, Yorkshire

Although quite long, this route follows a simple circular route over level ground, making it ideal for a families with younger children. Following the walk, you will discover breathtaking scenery and historic rock formations.

Distance: 2 Miles

Time: 1 Hour 15 minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

 

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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.