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5 Reasons to Vote for Sykes Cottages in the 2015 British Travel Awards

Sunday, July 19th, 2015
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Emotions are running high here in the Sykes Cottages office as, for the third year in a row, we have been nominated for a British Travel Award! This year we will be fighting for the title of “Best UK Holiday Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company” and would love your support. To help convince you that Sykes Cottages deserve to take home this reputable award, here are just five of the many reasons you should click through and vote for us this year.

We’re an award-winning company

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Not only have we won our category at the last two British Travel Awards but in this past year alone, Sykes Cottages have also been listed as one of the London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain and won a prestigious Travolution Award for “Best use of Search Engine Marketing”. We are extremely proud of our accomplishments here at Sykes Cottages, believing that each award shows the commitment we have to our staff, customers and property owners.

We provide a dedicated team of Holiday Advisors

Some of the Sykes Cottages team celebrating in 2013

Some of the Sykes Cottages team celebrating in 2013

Our Holiday Advisors are the friendly voice that greet you when you call up or email Sykes Cottages. Their expert knowledge of properties and great advice on UK and Irish destinations have seen them correctly match thousands of customers to their dream holiday cottage. So whether you contact us at 9am for a trip to Ireland or 9pm looking for a last minute getaway in the Cotswolds, our Holiday Advisors are on hand to help!

We’re highly rated on TripAdvisor

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For the past four years Sykes Cottages have received “Rated Excellent” awards from the review site TripAdvisor. With thousands of reviews across the site for Sykes Cottages, we pride ourselves on our high level “Excellent” reviews, in fact we are so proud of the feedback we receive, we’ve even added it to our own site with many properties displaying recent TripAdvisor reviews down the left-hand side of the page.

Over half of our cottages of pet friendly

Here at Sykes Cottages, we understand the need to have your dog by your side at all times and that’s why over half of our properties are advertised as pet friendly. These popular cottages have seen many happy visitors come and go with their four-legged friends, offering them a home from home as they explore the surrounding area with their pooch before returning to the cottage for a night cuddled up in front of the fire.

There are great prizes to be won

Spend your winnings on a trip to Little Thatch (reference 919506) in Dorset

Spend your winnings on a trip to Little Thatch (reference 919506) in Dorset

Not only is a vote for Sykes Cottages greatly appreciated from everyone who works here, but voting in the British Travel Awards also enters you into a prize draw to win some pretty amazing prizes. Some of the star prizes up for grabs this year include a 10 night Canary Islands cruise from Barcelona; a seven night tour of Prague, Budapest and Vienna; a seven night holiday for two people to Sharm El Sheikh and £500 worth of Sykes Cottages vouchers! For more information and to see all the prizes available simply visit the British Travel Award website.

We really hope this list of 5 reasons to vote for Sykes Cottages in the 2015 British Travel Awards has convinced you that we deserve this prestigious award. If you would like to vote for us then please click here and fill in the form today – thank you!

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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.

British Travel Awards 2015: We need your vote!

Friday, July 10th, 2015
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So it’s that time of the year again! The nominees for the coveted British Travel Awards have been released and we’re absolutely delighted to be able to announce that once again, we’ve been nominated as the Best UK Holiday Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company. We’ve managed to come out on top in the previous two editions of the BTAs and we’d love to make it three out of three, but we’re going to need your help!

Since their inception back in 2008, the British Travel Awards have quickly become the most prestigious prizes available in the UK travel industry with their logo becoming a hallmark of quality that takes pride of place on the victor’s website.

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Our previous two awards

The voting is now open and will run all the way through to the 30th of September; we’d absolutely delighted if you’d be willing to set aside a couple of moments to give us your vote. And, what’s more, if you do you’ll find yourself automatically entered into a draw that will give you the chance to win some fabulous prizes. For example tucked away in the BTA prize chest you’ll be able to find a luxury cruise along the River Danube, a trip over to Barcelona and of course £500 worth of Sykes vouchers, amongst plenty of others.

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So if you do fancy giving Sykes your vote, all you have to do is click on the above button. It will lead you through to the voting page where you have to fill in a very quick form and you’ll see your vote registered, as well as being entered into the grand prize draw.

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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.

We’ve done it again: Sykes Scoop BTA for Second Successive Year

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
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Sykes Cottages have won ‘Best Large UK Holiday Cottage Company’ at the British Travel Awards, for the second year running.

Our British Travel Awards

Our British Travel Awards

Despite tough competition from industry rivals, Sykes has retained its crown as Britain’s best self-catering holiday cottage provider, winning the coveted award for the second time at this year’s BTA finals.

The British Travel Awards is the most prestigious event on the tourism industry calendar, with hundreds of travel companies hoping to go away with one of the sought-after accolades.

The awards offer a chance for the public to vote for the holiday and travel companies they think provide outstanding products and services in their field, with millions of holidaymakers participating in the vote.

For the companies who win, the award goes further than just a trophy. The BTA winner’s emblem highlights the company’s excellence, and shows they’ve delivered consistently high levels of care and service for many happy customers.

It goes without saying that everyone at Sykes Cottages is immensely proud of our achievement. After a year in which we received another ‘excellent’ rating by TripAdvisor, and smashed our previous bookings record, the British Travel Awards win really is the cherry on top.

And we owe it all to you – our customers! Without your help and support, we might never have achieved our second BTA award. So, from everyone at Sykes Cottages, we’d like to say a huge thank you to you, and promise that we’ll strive to live up to our title of Britain’s best large self-catering cottage provider for many years to come.

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By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.

#VoteSykesBTA

Friday, August 29th, 2014
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Here at Sykes Cottages we feel extremely privileged to be nominated for “Best UK Holiday Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company” in the upcoming British Travel Awards, especially seeing as we won the title of “Best Large Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company” in 2013. The staff at Sykes can’t wait to find out the winners of this year’s competition and would love it if you could vote for us! To help convince you that we deserve to win this fantastic award, here’s why our staff are voting for Sykes…

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Always happy to help – Charlotte

Our offices are open daily between 9am and 9.30pm; we even work on Boxing Day to guarantee that our customers are always provided with helpful, happy assistance whenever it’s needed.

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Over 5,000 properties across the UK and Ireland – Jamie

With a dedicated team of regional managers across the UK and Ireland, Sykes Cottages are constantly taking on new holiday properties. We currently offer 832 Irish properties and 4480 UK properties.

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Rated “Excellent” on Tripadvisor for the past 3 years – Louise

Being rated “Excellent” on Tripadvisor for the past three years is an amazing privilege, but what’s even better is knowing that our customer’s fantastic feedback has allowed us to reach this high standard.

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Family owned company with a friendly atmosphere – Nicole

Working for a family owned company means that there is always a friendly atmosphere in the office. Everyone knows each other which allows us to work together really well providing the best service possible for our customers.

Large Groups

We have large cottages for large groups…– Jonathan

Sykes Cottages has a wide selection of large cottages which are perfect for a family getaway, with properties sleeping up to 24 people and groups of cottages sleeping up to 82 there is plenty of room for everyone!

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…We also have small properties, perfect for two! – Leanne

The Sykes Cottages website also has a selection of smaller properties which can accommodate just two people, perfect for a minimoon or a surprise romantic holiday with you and your other half.

These are just some of the reasons why we think Sykes Cottages should win the 2014 BTA award for “Best UK Holiday Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company”. If like us you think Sykes deserves to win this wonderful award then please visit our British Travel Awards page for more information on how to vote.

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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.

Vote for Sykes Cottages at the British Travel Awards 2014

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
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Do you love Sykes Cottages? Then vote for us in this year’s British Travel Awards, the UK’s most prestigious travel awards ceremony. Last year, we scooped the award for Best Large UK Cottages/ Self Catering Booking Company at the awards and we’d love to do it two years on the trot!

Since winning the award back in November 2013, we’ve worked tirelessly to continue delivering the award-winning service that people have come to expect from us. Whether responding to a customer enquiry on Facebook, planning someone’s holiday over the phone or consulting with a potential new owner, we take pride in our award-winning customer service which has seen us receive an ‘Excellent’ rating from Tripadvisor for four years running.

We need your vote!

Voting for this year’s BTA is now open and there are prizes up for grabs for those that vote- including £500 worth of Sykes Cottages holiday vouchers! To enter the prize draw, simply register and vote for Sykes Cottages on the British Travel Awards website before the closing date on September 30th 2014.

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Sykes Cottages’ founder, Clive Sykes, with the 2013 award for ‘Best Large UK Cottages/ Self Catering Booking Company’

We’re thankful to everyone who takes the time to vote for us and will keep you updated on all of the BTA news via Facebook and Twitter.

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By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.