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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.

Holiday cottage in Cornwall

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.

Holiday cottage in Dorset

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.

Cheshire May Day Bank Holiday Days Out

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
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If you’ll be finding yourself in the glorious county of Cheshire for the bank holiday weekend, you may be wondering what to get up to. Well, if you’re on the lookout for inspiration look no further as we’ve scoured the county’s calendar and have found four ways that you can spend that extra day off you have this weekend!

Tudors on Tour – Tatton Park, Knutsford

This bank holiday weekend, the Tudors are coming to Knutsford. The grounds of the park will be transformed into a Tudor paradise full of activities suitable for any age. Whether you want to head inside the pop-up palace, watch a royal joust or visit the hands-on-history zone, there will be something for everyone at Tatton Park this weekend. You may even be able to meet Henry VIII!

British Superbike Championship – Oulton Park

This bank holiday weekend sees the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship come to Oulton Park. The action on the track takes place throughout the weekend and there will be stalls and activities available around the park, making this the perfect destination for a bank holiday day out!

Bluebell Walks – Rode Hall & Gardens

The ultimate bank holiday activity has to be going on a stroll before enjoying a cup of tea and slice of cake. You can do just this at Rode Hall & Gardens this weekend on one of their Bluebell Walks. Walk through the landscaped gardens and enjoy looking at the spring time flowers such as Lily of the Valley and Chilean Fire Bush – all of which are surrounded by a blanket of bluebells – before visiting the tearooms for a slice of delicious home-made cake!

The Crocky Trail

Be prepared to get muddy by taking on the Crocky Trail in Chester this bank holiday. Slip down steep slides, go dizzy on the spinning disc and try to keep your balance on the wobbly bridge. The Crocky Trail is one mile of fun that all the family can enjoy – the perfect way to spend a bank holiday!

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Seaside Cottages for the Bank Holiday

Friday, April 24th, 2015
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Are you still not 100% sure about how you’re going to be spending the upcoming bank holiday weekend? How about a trip to the seaside? Just think about it, when the weather’s good there’s not much better. Well what about a good old fashioned trip to the seaside? Just think about it, heading for a walk, settling down on the beach with a good book, building a sandcastle, or even tucking into an ice cream – sounds good doesn’t it? Well if it’s taken your fancy you might want to read on as we’ve tracked down some of our seaside cottages that still have some availability over the bank holiday weekend, so take a look and see if you fancy booking a break in any of them.

Pulrose, Bull Bay, Anglesey (ref. 3967)

Overlooking the rocky headlands around the delightful little village of Bull Bay on the north coast of Anglesey, Pulrose is the ideal spot for a family break over the bank holiday weekend. The spacious open plan living area comes complete with its own balcony that gives stunning views out over the coastline; to the rear of the cottage there is a sun-trap of a garden where you can enjoy any good weather that happens to come along.

Gwylanod, Goodwick near Fishguard (ref. 912929)

When you see Gwylanod it comes as little surprise to learn that it was the recipient of an architectural design award back in 2013. With fantastic sea views out over Fishguard Bay from both the sitting area and the balcony of the property, you’ll never be lacking for some good scenery. Gwylanod is the perfect base to explore the stunning coastline around Fishguard and the owners even provide you with a photo guide of the best beaches and hidden coves for you to visit.

Beachside Hideaway, Donaghmore, County Wexford (ref. 16335)

Or if you’re looking to take a trip over to Ireland, you’ll want to take a look at the Beachside Hideaway- the perfect spot for a couple’s break on the Irish coast. An airy, open plan design and high quality furnishings mean that any break in Beachside Hideaway will be one spent in comfort. If you’re rewarded with a spot of good weather, there are walks aplenty right from the doorstep and the chance to pay a visit to the resident colony of seals just down the road at Roney Point.

4 Coastguard Cottages, Coverack, Cornwall (ref. 922062)

I think it’s safe to say that there aren’t too many places around the UK where you’ll be able to find beaches quite as beautiful as those on show in Cornwall, so where better is there to spend the bank holiday weekend? 4 Coastguard Cottages is a picturesque end-terrace property in the quaint fishing village of Coverack on the Lizard Peninsula, that’s perfect for the whole family. With the beach just a short stroll away and fantastic water-sports on offer in the area, you’ll never struggle for something to do.

Scylla View Cottage, Tregonhawke Cliff (ref. 4466)

Finally, we’ve got something a bit special! You can’t get much more coastal than Scylla View Cottage! Perched just a few metres above the beach at Tregonhawke in Whitsand Bay, it really is a unique property. The beach itself will be patrolled by lifeguards over the bank holiday making it the ideal spot to try your hand at a wide variety of water-sports, from kite surfing through to kayaking, and after a long day out on the waves you can return to your cosy little cottage and enjoy the views out over the Eddystone Lighthouse.

So there you go, a small sample of some of the great cottages that still have some availability over the bank holiday, but they’ll book up fast so make sure that you get in there quick! Or if you want to see the full list take a look here – you’re bound to find something that will catch your eye!

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

Last Minute Breaks for August Bank Holiday

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
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Can we tempt you with a last minute getaway? We still have some lovely cottages with availability over the August Bank Holiday so if you’re in the mood for taking a break over the long weekend, we have just the ticket! Take a look at some of our available cottages below. To view the full list of August bank holiday cottages then please visit our website.

Robin’s Nest, Shropshire

Holiday cottage in Shropshire

Robin’s Nest, Ref. 24739

This charming first-floor apartment is located in a picturesque location at the foot of Wenlock Edge, on a large working farm in the Shropshire countryside. Robin’s Nest boasts a plethora of original features including exposed stone walls, beams and trusses. With the market town of Craven Arms close by, Robin’s Nest is ideally situated for a couple who want a getaway with plenty of character and things to do in the surrounding area. There are also plenty of walking trails on the doorstep and many National Trust properties close by.

The Log Cabin, Argyll and Bute

Holiday cottage in Scotland

The Log Cabin, Ref. 12682

If you want to take advantage of the long weekend to book a romantic break away with your loved one, take a look at The Log Cabin. This secluded lodge is nestled amongst stunning scenery, offering fantastic views across the surrounding countryside and mountains. Guests can take advantage of these views on the peaceful decked area where you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the views, making it a truly unique experience. This charming log cabin is the perfect romantic bolthole, where you’ll be able to relax and enjoy each other’s company. If you fancy venturing out, the bustling town of Oban is just a short drive away, along with the Oban Distillery and the Scottish Sea Life Centre.

Fairy Bank Cottage, Peak District

Holiday cottage in Peak District

Fairy Bank Cottage, Ref. 30062

For a summer getaway in the Peak District, Fairy Bank Cottage is the perfect place to lay your head. This delightful cottage is nestled in the High Peak village of Hayfield and boasts stunning views across the surrounding countryside and hills. Nearby, you’ll find traditional country pubs, walking routes such as Lantern Pike, as well as the start of the Pennine Trail and of course, the Peak District National Park. Fairy Bank Cottage sleeps 4 guests and is ideal for those looking for a last minute getaway in the countryside this August Bank Holiday.

Last Minute Short Breaks

Holiday cottage in Shropshire

Oakeley Mynd Lodge, Ref. 20308

From today, you can also take advantage of our last minute short break discount, with 35% off short breaks at selected cottages this bank holiday. These short breaks are bookable from one week before your arrival date so head over to our last minute cottages page and get booking!

If you are tempted to book a last minute holiday then please either give us an email or call us on 01244 356 695. Our reservations team are on hand 7 days a week, from 9am until 9.30pm and will be able to help you find your perfect cottage for your last minute bank holiday 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.

Escape to the Country this Bank Holiday

Monday, May 5th, 2014
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As another Bank Holiday weekend comes to an end, many of us will be thinking of the impending working week and the early morning start of the school run. But it’s not all doom and gloom as in just two weeks we will be treated to yet another Bank Holiday; Monday May 26th. In order to make the most of your three day weekend, we would suggest escaping the busy city and heading out for a much needed short break in the country.

Shrugging off the murky city atmosphere and embracing the fresh county air couldn’t be easier or more fulfilling. From any location in the UK you simply need to jump in the car, hop on a train or shuffle onto a bus and no more than an hour later you’ll be surrounded by lush green meadows and open blue skies.  If you’re looking to escape the UK’s major cities for your next Bank Holiday getaway then keep reading as we have a few hints and tips for top country locations you can easily reach from your city home.

Glasgow to Loch Lomond in 45 minutes

From the bright city lights of Glasgow to the tranquil waters of Loch Lomond, you and your family can be out of the car, unpacked and into a canoe in just 45 minutes! Ideal for a family holiday Loch Lomond has an array of outdoor activities available, from kayaking on the Loch to horseback riding through the woods there is something to suit all tastes.  If you’re making the trip to Loch Lomond National Park this May then make sure to check out the MHOR food and drink festival on Sunday 24th. They’ll have a wide selection of events taking place from a farmers markets to dance lessons and of course plenty of delicious mouth-watering food on offer!

Newcastle to the Northumberland National Park in 50 minutes

From the urban jungle of Newcastle to the enchanting forests of Northumberland National Park you could be relaxing under the forests cool canopy in just 50 minutes. The ideal location for wilderness explorers everywhere, this park is home to a number of cunning badgers, endangered red squirrels and even the humble mountain bumblebee. Let your imagination run wild as you re-enact historic battle scenes in the shadows of Langle Castle or delve deep into Kielder forest following the trail of the Gruffalo; the possibilities are endless for an imaginative child or whimsical adult.

Cardiff to the Brecon Beacons National Park in 1 hour

Escape the hectic city streets of Cardiff by heading out to the tranquil forests of Brecon Beacons National Park. This historic park is easily reached from Cardiff’s busy city centre; in just 1 hour you’ll be hiking through the woods, losing yourself amongst the wild flowers and tall trees. The weather is nothing to be feared this Bank Holiday as when visiting the Brecon Beacons rain only adds to the experience. Filling up the rivers, rain expands the beautiful cascading waterfalls and trickles down the mountain side, adding a musical echo throughout the many deep caves; you may even find yourself wishing for rain this May!

London to the South Downs National Park in 1 hour

If London’s cramped city streets and towering sky scrapers have left you feeling claustrophobic then pack your bags, hop in the car and whiz yourself off for a relaxing break at South Downs National Park. In just over an hour you could be gliding across the water at Swanbourne Lake or admiring the panoramic views from one of the many chalk hills. Famed for its fresh local produce and award winning restaurants, South Downs National Park is a foodie’s paradise. For a truly scrumptious experience make sure to treat yourself with a large slice of Banoffee Pie in Jevington, the birth place of this delectable pastry.

I hope this list of potential country escapes has got you thinking of the next Bank Holiday weekend and a relaxing break in the British countryside. If you’d like more information on our charming country cottages or for a little assistance in finding your nearest country escape, then please feel free to contact our reservations staff on 01244 356695.


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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.