Archive for the ‘Cotswolds’ Category

Sunday Snapshots: Fields of English Lavender

Sunday, May 5th, 2013
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You could be forgiven for thinking that these sweeping fields of lavender in bloom are in the heart of Provence, France. In fact, this particular vista was capture in the heart of the Cotswolds, England’s most picturesque of landscapes.


Snowshill Lavender Fields, Cotswolds England

Cotswolds Lavender Farm in July, 2012 – via. Flickr

Lavender has been grown in England for centuries and is reputed to be some of the best in the world. There are a number of Lavender farms throughout the UK, many of which are happy to welcome visitors to learn about the process of growing, harvesting, and distilling lavender, as well as offering the opportunity to walk the fields and be bathed in the intoxicating lavender scent.

Depending on the weather, the lavender in England is generally beginning to bloom from early to mid-June, with harvesting starting in mid-July. Can you think of a more perfect way to spend a summer afternoon while on holiday in the Cotswolds than wandering through lavender fields? I sure can’t!

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A Royal Day Out

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
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Last year’s Royal Wedding and the Diamond Jubilee earlier this year were fantastic state occasions which united the whole of Britain. Even strong Republicans found themselves caught up in the pomp and ceremony and waving a flag as the Thames Pageant sailed past. Britons up and down the country are feeling a new sense of pride in being British and who can blame them? Now is a great time to visit some of the Royal properties in the UK; in fact, why not combine your visit with a holiday to another part of the country?



Buckingham Palace
As the Queen’s official London residence, Buckingham Palace just has to be top of your list. Although most people are familiar with the external facade, few Brits bother to cross the threshold to see where the monarch actually spends time. Buy a ticket for an audio tour around the palace and gardens for a rare insight into Royal life. Make the most of your time in the capital and visit the other residences such as Kensington Palace or Clarence House, home to the Prince of Wales.

Buckingham Palace



The Balmoral Estate
The Scottish residence of the Royal family, Balmoral is located within the Cairngorms National Park and within driving distance of the historic city of Aberdeen. While visiting is not permitted during the summer months when the Queen is in residence, the guided tours of the gardens and exhibitions are always popular at other times of the year. Renting a cottage in the Scottish Highlands is the best way to see the National Park and enjoy a royal day out. Queen Victoria once described Balmoral as “my dear paradise in the Highlands” and once you’ve spent a few hours there, it’s not hard to see why.



Highgrove House
Look no further than a visit to the Cotswolds for a typically English break. Chocolate box villages and pretty market towns are the perfect back drop for a royal break. Located just outside the village of Tetbury, you’ll find Highgrove House which has been the private home of HRH Prince Wales for more than 30 years. During his ownership, the Prince has worked hard to develop the grounds and today the gardens are a testament to his love of native plants and pride in organic principles. A tour of the gardens is a must for gardening enthusiasts.




For a more relaxed break, why not follow in the footsteps of the Royal newlyweds and choose a cottage in Anglesey. With unspoilt blue flag beaches and stunning countryside on your doorstep, Anglesey is a popular holiday choice. In the fifth century the Isle was home to Saint Dwynwen, the patron saint of lovers, so it’s a great choice for a romantic break. To continue the Royal theme, why not spend a day at Beaumaris castle. King Edward I began building his castle in 1295 to protect the north Welsh coast until the money ran out! The castle remains unfinished but is today part of a World Heritage Site so is well worth a visit.

Newborough beach



If this has got you thinking about a holiday with a Royal twist, why not consider renting a self-catering cottage to enjoy your time away? Sykes Cottages have a great selection of holiday properties across the UK so you’re sure to find a wonderful cottage wherever you want to start your Royal tour.

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Days out in and around The Cotswolds

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
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The Cotswolds are a truly lovely holiday destination. From picturesque towns and villages, to stunning countryside and intriguing history there really is so much to do. There is a wealth of delightful self catering holiday homes in the Cotswolds to choose from, ideal for a relaxing trip away.

The Bourton-on-the-Water model village

Bourton-on-the-Water Minature Village
This model village is a one ninth replica of the real Bourton-on-the-Water village. Set in the grounds of a local pub, the replica village recreates all of the buildings from the village and includes the roads, the bridges that Bourton-on-the-Water is so well known for and of course a replica of the replica!

The model village was officially opened in 1937 and showcases the village in meticulous detail, from the shop fronts, to singing coming from inside the replica churches and even plants growing inside people’s miniature greenhouses! It really does have to be seen to be believed!

If you are taking a trip to the Cotswolds then the Bourton-on-the-Water model village is really is not to be missed.  Sykes Cottages have lots of holiday cottages in and around Bourton-on-the-Water so have a look at our website to see available accommodation in the area.

The Cotswold Water Park

The Cotswold Water Park is a stunning area of lakes, created by old gravel quarries filling with water. There are nearly 150 lakes in total, making the area very important for wildlife and a hub for bird watchers, fishing enthusiasts as well as a popular place for water sports like sailing.

You will feel like you’re a million miles away from home, surrounded by serene countryside and stunning wildlife, all within easy reach of your holiday accommodation. Browse our wide selection of self catering holiday cottages near to the Cotswold Water Park to select your picture perfect holiday property today!

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle is a fantastic tourist attraction and really easy to get to, with a great range of accommodation available in the areas surrounding Warwick Castle. As well as viewing the historic castle, walking up the towers and viewing the great hall and state rooms, Warwick Castle has a number of fascinating shows and interactive attractions. Watch birds of prey fly around the castle grounds, watch a huge trebuchet in action and visit the scary castle dungeon for a terrifying experience. If you’re looking for great self catering cottages near Warwick Castle, then Sykes Cottages have a number of great holiday cottages in Warwick. If you have your holiday to the Cotswolds booked and you want to visit Warwick Castle, it’s worth bearing in mind that you can save up to 40% on your tickets by booking online in advance.

Warwick Castle

To book your perfect holiday home in the Cotswolds, give us a call, let us call you or book online today!

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Worcester

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
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Make a day trip to Worcester from your holiday cottage; there’s more than enough here for an enjoyable day out, without the crowds of some of the region’s more famous towns. The lovely cathedral is an impressive starting point, where King John, best known for his associations with the Magna Carta, lies buried in the Royal Tomb. Climb the tower in the summer months for splendid views of the surrounding countryside.


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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Cirencester

Monday, June 27th, 2011
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Whilst staying in a holiday cottage, a trip to Cirencester is essential. Once second only in importance to London, the Roman city of Cirencester has its roots in military planning; once the Romans left it later regained its status as an important centre in the wool trade. These days, Cirencester’s Roman heritage is of interest to the enthusiast and casual visitor alike, and its central location in the Cotswolds gives it the advantage of accessibility to both the northern and southern Cotswolds.

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