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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

Sykes Cottages Staff with Awards

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

Sykes Cottages' Awards

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

British Travel Awards

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.

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


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

Trip Advisor 2014

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.


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.


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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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.

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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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.