Archive for the ‘British Travel Awards’ Category


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.


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.


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.


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!


…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.


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.

Sykes Win Big at 2013 British Travel Awards!

Friday, November 1st, 2013
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Last night, Sykes Cottages scooped the coveted award for Best Large UK Cottages/ Self Catering Booking Company at the 2013 British Travel Awards, as voted for by the holiday buying public right here in the UK. The award was given in recognition of superb standards of excellence within the UK holiday cottage industry, and needless to say, everyone here at Sykes HQ is hugely proud of this magnificent achievement.

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Sykes Cottages Founder with BTA Award

Thus far, 2013 has been a bumper year for Sykes Cottages. After receiving a third “Excellent” rating from Trip Advisor, we went on to make an impressive 100,000 holiday bookings in a landmark one year period; a record breaking figure, and something we really wanted to celebrate!

But of course, none of this would have been possible without the help of our loyal customers, who took the time to click on and vote for us on the BTA website. So from everyone at Sykes Cottages, we’d like to say a huge thank you to all our customers, and hope that we can continue providing great self-catering holiday accommodation for many years to come.

Jonathan Tuplin

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.

Sykes Cottages Hits 100,000 Bookings!

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
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Yesterday was a record-breaking day at Sykes Cottages as staff celebrated taking 100,000 bookings this year! This fantastic achievement could not have been managed without all of the hard work and commitment our staff have put in and they have truly excelled themselves. So well done to all of the staff at Sykes Cottages!


 Staff celebrated at lunch time with cake and champagne and I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we all tucked in and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious buffet spread that was set on for the occasion!

It’s been a banner year for Sykes Cottages- we’ve reached the 100,000 bookings in a year milestone; been rated as “Excellent” for the third year in a row by Trip Advisor and we’ve also been nominated for an award at the prestigious British Travel Awards. If you’re one of the 100,000 people who’ve booked a holiday through us this year and you want to let everyone know how much you enjoyed it, please head over to the Travel Awards website and vote for us. We’re listed under ‘Best UK Holiday Companies and Tourist Attractions’ and then we’re in the sub-category of ‘Best UK Cottage/Self-Catering Booking Company’. We’d really appreciate your vote.

Last but not least, from everyone at Sykes Cottages, we would like to thank all of our customers who have booked not only this year but over the last 25 years. We hope that all of our customers have had a fantastic time on holiday and that that you choose to book with us again next time!


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.

Vote for Sykes Cottages at the British Travel Awards

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
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The accolades just keep on coming for Sykes Cottages. After recently being rated as ‘Excellent’ for the third year running by TripAdvisor, Sykes Cottages have also been nominated in the category of Best UK Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company at this year’s British Travel Awards.

Although it is obviously an honour just to be nominated, it would still be really great to win. Now that all of the nominations have been compiled, the eventual winner will be selected by the voting public, and that’s where we need your help! If you’ve had a bang-up holiday at a Sykes Cottage or have had a wonderful experience speaking to one of our friendly holiday advisors why not head over to the BTA website and send a vote our way?

To vote for us, just click on the image above, enter a few details and then, on the voting page, our category can be found under “Who are the best UK holiday companies and tourist attractions?.” Click here, then on “Best UK Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company.” Choose Sykes Cottages then submit your form at the bottom of the page! It’s just that simple.

In voting for Sykes Cottages you aren’t only doing us a favour but you’ll be in for a chance to win a slew of great prizes. Fancy a 7-night cruise in the Western Mediterranean? How about an 8 day holiday for two to Lake Garda in Italy? These are just two of the amazing prizes that are up for grabs and all you need to do is submit your vote.

Thank you in advance to everyone who votes and fingers crossed for Sykes Cottages!