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January Blues Competition

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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As arguably the most depressing month of the year, January has seen its fair share of negativity from the British public. So here at Sykes Cottages, we want to help turn your frown upside-down by giving you the chance to swap your January misfortunes for a wonderful cottage holiday!

January Blues Compertition

How to enter

We are offering you the chance to win £400.00 worth of Sykes Cottages vouchers simply by sharing a picture of your bad day. To enter the competition take a picture that best illustrates the horrible day you’re having, write a caption to go alongside it and then share it with us on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #januaryblues- it’s that easy! Your entry can be anything from standing in dog poo, to an accidental encounter with an angry squirrel; let us know about it and you could be in with the chance of winning a fantastic holiday cottage that will hopefully make your bad day worthwhile.

For more details on how to enter this amazing competition visit the January Blues competition page, good luck!



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.

Sykes Cottages’ Gingerbread House Building Competition

Monday, December 23rd, 2013
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You might have noticed that not long ago Sykes Cottages welcomed a group of extra special fairy-tale cottages into the fold, including our very own Gingerbread House. As you might expect we have been inundated with requests about staying there and we just can’t keep up. Therefore we created this handy little infographic that would give people all the information that they would need to build their very own life-sized gingerbread house from scratch. However, we weren’t too sure about how these delicious dwellings should be decorated and so we turned to some extremely friendly bloggers, and their little assistants, for a touch of inspiration.

The Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House, property reference no. GNGBRD

We ran a competition where we sent out a few build your own gingerbread house kits for them to put together and then decorate to their heart’s content; needless to say, the creativity certainly flowed. We then had the difficult job of choosing a winner from the various creations, something that proved to be quite a task.

The Runner Ups

Our first entry was the gingerbread house created by our helpers at Here Come the Girls. This turned out to be one of the more creative entries as rather than making a traditional gingerbread house they went all out and recreated one of their favourite fairy-tales with a model of Rapunzel’s tower that included an evil witch and Rapunzel’s hair. The lovely people over at Crummy Mummy also entered a wonderfully creative gingerbread house roofed with fruit gum tiles that are colourful to make any house stand out from the crowd.

Our friends over at Domestic Goddesque pushed the boat out with a real winter wonderland complete with a snow covered garden and Christmas tree. Also going for the festive approach, the family at Here We Are Together sent over a Christmassy cottage that included an extra Christmas tree, not to mention a snowman constructed from marshmallows and chocolate buttons.

Here We Are Together's gingerbread house

The Gingerbread House created by Here We Are Together

Unfortunately the kit that we sent out to the family at Mum In The Mad House was slightly damaged in the post, however thanks to some handy work with a bit of tin foil, not to mention a fantastic array of Christmassy decorations, the situation was rescued. The Gingerbread House that our friends from Bakes, Books And My Boys also featured a touch of DIY, albeit in the form of a hand-crafted candy cane door frame which added a lovely finishing touch.

Although there may have been an unfortunate incident involving the gingerbread Hansel the entry from Simply Being Mum proved to be a delightfully festive house that even came with a couple of sugar model snowmen in the garden.

Simply Being Mum's Gingerbread House

The Gingerbread House made by Simply Being Mum

The lovely people over at Modern Mummy certainly let their artistic side out with some fantastic Christmas decorations, especially the white icing around the window and door, whereas Deep In Mummy Matters went for the location, location, location approach with a prime spot of lakeside real estate for their gingerbread house.

The Winner

Ultimately we settled on The Brick Castle as our winner. This was mainly down to the addition of a little nativity scene, not to mention the very impressive Brick Castle! We also liked the fact that they included a little gingerbread recipe so that their readers could break out the baking trays and give it a go themselves.

The Brick Castle Gingerbread House

Our Winner: The Gingerbread House from The Brick Castle

Finally we would just like to pass on a massive thank you to all of the bloggers that took part in the competition, and of course their little assistants, and we hope that they enjoyed their culinary crafting.

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.

Feeling lucky? Win a cottage holiday with Sykes Cottages!

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
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How do you fancy beating the back to school blues with a cottage holiday courtesy of Sykes Cottages? We’ve teamed up with Red Online to offer one lucky winner £600 of Sykes Cottages Holiday Vouchers to spend on a holiday cottage break of your choice. Read on to find out how…

How to enter?

Good news, entering for your chance to win this fantastic prize couldn’t be easier.  All you need to do is visit the Red Online website and fill in your details and then keep your fingers crossed.  There isn’t even a question to answer!  You’ve got until the end of September to enter for you chance to bag this brilliant prize.

Cottage holiday inspiration

Imagine curling up in front of a roaring log fire in your cosy, character-packed holiday cottage; what could be more relaxing?  Maybe you’ll choose a contemporary property near the coast and enjoy bracing walks along the beach or head into the country and crunch through the fallen autumn leaves before enjoying a lazy lunch at a rustic country pub.  What better way to welcome autumn with its crisp days and chilly nights than with a few days away?  Just visit our website to take a look at all of our holiday cottages!  Good luck to you all!

Autumn colours

The Winner of a Cottage Holiday By the Sea

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
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We are thrilled to announce that a winner has been chosen in the competition that Sykes Cottages have been running in association with the Tesco Books blog. We were delighted to team up with award winning author Carole Matthews to celebrate the release of her new book ‘A Cottage by the Sea’, to offer readers a chance to win £750 towards their very own cottage holiday in the UK or Ireland. That’s a pretty great prize, if we do say so ourselves!

A Cottage by the Sea - Carole Matthews

A Cottage by the Sea by Carole Matthews

Clare O’Brien of Cheshire is the lucky winner and was chosen for her clever and well-written response to our question, “Who would you bring on a cottage holiday by the sea, and why?” Below is Clare’s winning entry.

A week in a holiday cottage by the sea,
Who will I ask to come down and join me?

I will bring Brian Cox – he’s a trusty alliance,
I’ll take in the sights with his knowledge of science.

Michel Roux Jr will holiday with me,
And cook up some delicious feasts for our tea.

And when it gets dark we’ll need music and song,
So I’ll bring a guitar and Ben Howard along.

And last but not least I would like to invite,
Carole Matthews to make any rainy day bright.

With a story share with us down by the sea,
In our holiday cottage – just my friends and me!

A big congratulations goes to Clare and we can’t wait to help you plan your perfect cottage holiday by the sea!

Win a Cottage Holiday with Sykes Cottages!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
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Sykes Cottages have teamed up with award winning author Carole Matthews and her new book
‘A Cottage by the Sea’, to offer readers a chance to win £750 towards their very own cottage holiday in the UK or Ireland. Just think, you could be enjoying a relaxing holiday by the sea later this year.

A Cottage by the Sea by Carole Matthews

A Cottage by the Sea by Carole Matthews

‘A Cottage by the Sea’ is the new book from bestselling author Carole Mathews, who has previously been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy RoNA for 2012 and inducted into the Reader Hall of Fame by the inaugural Festival of Romance. Carole’s twenty two novels are enjoyed by people all over the world and are published in over thirty countries. For more information and the latest news from Carole, visit, like her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Beautiful Coastal Views

Beautiful Coastal Views

A Cottage by the Sea’ is a story about friendship, love, tears and laughter on one life-changing holiday.  The story follows Grace, Ella and Flick, who have been best friends forever. Through thick and thin, their late-night chats, shared heartaches and good times they have created a friendship that has stood the test of time. When Ella invites her friends to stay for a week in her cottage in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, Grace jumps at the chance to see her old friends. She also hopes that the change of scenery will help her reconnect with her distant husband. Then Flick arrives, accompanied by the handsome and charming Noah. This is going to be one week which will change all their lives forever…

Visit the Tesco Books Blog to enter this fantastic competition!

To celebrate the launch of ‘A Cottage by the Sea’, Sykes Cottages are offering you the chance to win £750 of Sykes Cottages Vouchers so that you can book your very own holiday cottage. For more information and how to enter, visit the Tesco books blog. Or, if you have been inspired to book your own holiday cottage by the sea, search for your perfect coastal cottage with Sykes Cottages.


By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.