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2015 British Travel Awards: Sykes Cottages Win For Third Year!

Thursday, November 26th, 2015
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There are more than a few happy faces here at Sykes Cottages today as we’re absolutely delighted to announce that we’ve won a British Travel Award for the third year in a row! Yes, we are the proud owners of a shiny new trophy after winning the award for Best Large Self Catering Holiday Booking Company last night at a glittering awards ceremony in London.

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Our three British Travel Awards

The British Travel Awards have been described as the ‘British travel Oscars’ and are the most prestigious event of the year for the UK tourism industry. Over a million votes were cast in a record-breaking year for the awards and it’s truly been an incredible event to be a part of.

We received this award in recognition of our excellence within the holiday cottage sector and it was voted for by you- the public- which makes this accolade even more special to us.

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Trinity Mirror Commercial Director, Andy Atkinson, and our Chief Executive, Miles Hill, at the British Travel Awards 2015

We are incredibly proud to have won for a third year, after winning in 2014 and 2013, and would like to sincerely thank everyone who took the time to vote for us over the past few months. It means the world to us that we have your support and we promise to continue striving to be the best at what we do and provide you with fantastic cottage holidays for many more years to come.

Thank you all, from all the team at Sykes Cottages.

Sykes Cottages Staff

The Sykes Cottages Team

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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 more reasons to vote for us in the BTAs!

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
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You’re probably aware by now that we’ve been nominated in the 2015 British Travel Awards- we may have mentioned it just once or twice! We’re very excited to be in the running for “Best UK Holiday Cottage/ Self Catering Booking Company” and we’d greatly appreciate your help in securing this prestigious award for the third year in a row. If you still need a little convincing, here are five more reasons to vote for us; you can see our first five reasons here.

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Our two previous British Travel Awards

1. We’re open 7 days a week

Here at Sykes, we’re here whenever you need us. Our fantastic team are on hand seven days a week from 9am until 9.30pm to answer your calls and emails. We aim to get back to any enquiries or questions as soon as possible and if it’s a question that we can’t answer, we will ring the cottage owner straight away to get a response for you.

2. We work hard to bring you helpful and interesting content

We do our best to make sure that the Sykes Cottages blog is a fantastic resource for both our customers and owners, offering advice, ideas, news and holiday inspiration. Updated several times a week, the blog has covered everything from dog friendly days out to Britain’s best coastal views. We’ve also created in-depth guides to some of the UK’s best holiday spots including our Discover Cornwall hub and our Visitor’s Guide to Norfolk which is a tourist guide compiled from the responses of over 1,000 holiday-makers and locals, who told us what they love most about the county.

3. We offer great value for money on all of our properties

Everyone at Sykes Cottages is committed to giving our customers great quality cottages at great value for money prices. We consistently offer a selection of special offers with late deals, fantastic discounts and we also post properties with the largest discounts on our social media pages. This year, we’ve also introduced Flexi Breaks which allow you to start your holiday on any day of the week, making it even easier for you to get the best value for your getaway.

4. We have a dedicated owner team

If you let your cottage with us then something you’ll know is that we have a fantastic, dedicated owner team who are always on hand to help. Whether you’re a potential new owner or an existing owner with us, our team will be more than happy to take the time to speak to you and answer any questions or queries that you may have.

5. We’re always actively working to improve

We’re never complacent. We know that to be the best, we need to ensure that we’re always upping our game and improving. We’re constantly adding new properties, recruiting more staff, evaluating the processes that we use, and updating our app and website. Last month, we wrote a whole blog post on what we’ve done to improve since we won our British Travel Award last year, which you can read here.

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Some of the Sykes Cottages team.

Please vote for us!

We really hope that we’ve persuaded you to vote for us, if you haven’t already. We’d be absolutely thrilled to win a British Travel Award for the third year in a row but we need your help to make it happen! If you’d like to vote for us, you can do so by clicking here. Thank you from everyone at Sykes Cottages.

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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.

An Interview with our CEO on the BTAs

Friday, September 11th, 2015
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Today on the Sykes Cottages blog sees another British Travel Award special as we speak to the CEO of Sykes Cottages, Miles Hill. Miles kindly set aside a few minutes of his time to talk to us, so read on to get an insight into the awards and what they mean to the company.

What has winning the British Travel Awards over the past two years meant to the company?

Winning the BTA Awards for two years running has been immensely flattering and also a great recognition of the Sykes success story. It is also great to see the hard work and efforts of our energetic and committed team here, who work so hard to provide a high quality service to both our cottage owners and holidaymakers, recognised within our industry.

What changes have been made at Sykes since we won the 2014 award?

We remain the UK’s leading independent holiday cottage company, and our commitment to great service and great holidays remains unchanged. What we have done is expanded our portfolio of cottages to over 6,000 properties, which means we will be able to offer an even bigger range of choices to our customers, and we hope to continue that growth over the next couple years. We are also working hard and investing heavily in our technology to help us to offer more useful information to our cottage owners, which we hope will make renting cottages via Sykes even more rewarding than it already is.


We’d love to make it three out of three

Why do you think we should win for a third time?

A third BTA award would not only recognise the hard work we have put in over the last year, but would also recognise that we absolutely don’t take excellence for granted. Rather than becoming complacent, every year we look to push ourselves and keep getting better at what we do. In addition, we are continuing to come up with new innovations and ideas to continue to improve the Sykes experience for our owners and customers.

How important is it to have the BTA winners logo on the Sykes Cottages website?

As the largest and most influential measure of consumer opinion, winning a BTA award confirms to our new customers that we are not only committed to high standards but are achieving them ahead of others within the industry.  Whilst we would hope our existing customers and cottage owners don’t need to be told how good we are, it’s always nice to confirm that you are working with the best in the business!

So you can see how much winning the British Travel Award for the third time would mean to everybody here at Sykes Cottages and we’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has voted for us so far. Alternatively if you would like to cast your vote in our favour all you have to do is click on the button below:

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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.

How We’ve Improved In The Past Year

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
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As you’ll probably already know, here at Sykes Cottages we’ve been nominated for a prestigious British Travel award for the third year running! We’ve been nominated for Best UK Holiday Cottage/ Self Catering Booking Company and to help convince you to vote for us, we wanted to show you what we’ve done to improve in the last year in order to deserve your vote this time around.

We’ve moved to a bigger and better office

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Some of our staff in the new Sykes Cottages garden terrace

In March 2015, we completed our move to our new office in Chester city centre. Aside from the obvious danger to my bank balance that comes with having a wealth of shops and restaurants on the doorstep, the move spells great things for Sykes as it gives us the opportunity to keep growing and expanding the company to be better than we’ve ever been before.

We’ve won awards

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Our most recent awards

It’s not just the British Travel Awards we’ve been successful in; in the past year, we’ve been delighted to have continued our status as an award-winning company outside of the British Travel Awards too! In December 2014, we won the prestigious Travolution Award for the ‘Best Use of Search Engine Marketing’ and in March 2015, we were named one of the Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain by the London Stock Exchange Group. Here at Sykes, we always strive to ensure that we’re the best that we can be for our customers, owners and staff and so we were over the moon that our achievements and hard work have been recognised by such respected brands. Here’s hoping for more success in the coming months!

We now have over 6,000 cottages to book

Our cottage portfolio is expanding every day and we’re working hard to make sure that we have a fantastic selection of holiday cottages for you to choose from. Currently, the count stands at over 6,000 cottages! All of our cottages are equally wonderful but there are some that have joined our ranks in the past year that really stand out; for example, The Abbey in Penzance which is a beautiful luxury property and one of Cornwall’s most important listed buildings; The Rowan Yurt in Hepworth- this gorgeous, romantic yurt has proved to be one of our most popular properties this year; and Dome House in Bowness-on-Windermere, which is a stunning architect-designed property recently featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.

Vote for us in the British Travel Awards

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If you haven’t voted for us yet in the British Travel Awards and you’d like to, you can do so by clicking on the above button. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has voted so far; we’re absolutely thrilled that you’ve taken the time to vote for us and we’ll be keeping everything crossed that we can win this for you for the third year in a row!

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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.

Why you should vote for Sykes in the 2015 British Travel Awards

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
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As you’ll know, last month Sykes Cottages announced that we have yet again been nominated for a British Travel Award, making this the third year in a row that we’ve received a nomination. We couldn’t be more grateful for our past two awards and know that it wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of our customers.  So to help convince you that we deserve to win this fantastic award again this year, here’s some feedback from our customers regarding their experiences with Sykes Cottages…

Ms. Tubby

Mrs Pattison

Mr. Ambrose

Mrs Kofmele

Mr Parker

We hope this customer feedback has helped convince you to vote for Sykes Cottages as the “Best UK Holiday Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company” in this year’s British Travel Awards. If you would like to cast your vote for us then simply click here and fill out the short form. Not only will we be very grateful for your support but by voting in the British Travel Awards you’ll also be entered into the prize draw to win some fantastic prizes!

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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.