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Some of England’s Most Scenic Spots

Monday, April 18th, 2016
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Now it’s not like you need an excuse to celebrate England’s beauty, however with St George’s Day just around the corner we thought it was too good an opportunity to miss out on! Between the sweeping beaches, verdant green countryside and of course the quaint towns and villages, there are few places quite like England. So we’ve been taking a look to see whether we could pick out a few of the most scenic spots, why don’t you check them out and see if you agree with our choices?

Windermere, The Lake District

Durdle Door, Dorset

Holy Island, Northumberland

Malham Cove, Yorkshire

Whitby, Yorkshire

The Malvern Hills, The Heart of England

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Flamborough Head, Yorkshire

Well there you go, some of the Sykes team’s favourite scenic spots in England. Hopefully you’ll appreciate them as much as we do but we’d love to hear about your favourite places in England, so give us a Tweet or let us know over Facebook! Or maybe these stunning shots have even tempted you into experiencing England’s amazing scenery for yourself? Well if that’s the case you’re in the right place, just take a look at our English Cottages or give us a call on 0124 356695.

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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.

Holiday Cottages With Stunning Views

Thursday, March 24th, 2016
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Let’s be honest, one of the best things about taking a break in the United Kingdom or Ireland is some of the stunning scenery that you’ll be able to enjoy. No matter whether it’s the lush woodlands of the Lake District, Cornwall’s golden beaches or the rolling hills of the Emerald Isle, it’s all breathtaking! And we’re delighted to be able to say that we’ve got a wide range of holiday cottages that make the most of these spectacular sights! A while back we picked out a few of our favourites here and they seemed to go down a storm, so we’ve been keeping an eye out for other properties with amazing views – take a look at some of our picks and see which is your favourite.

Red House Farm, Mid Wales

The Lookout, Northumberland

Glebe Farm Cottage, South Wales

Pulrose, Anglesey

Looe Island View, Cornwall

The Patio Apartment, North Wales

Groffa Crag Farmhouse, The Lake District

Cnoc Suain, County Mayo

So there you go, just a small taster of the beautiful views that you can experience in a Sykes Cottage. Make sure you click on the link below the photo if any of them have really caught your eye, or give us a call on 01244 356695 if you’d like some help finding the perfect holiday cottage.

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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.

Two Sykes cottages named in Times’ 50 Best Cottages!

Thursday, February 18th, 2016
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This weekend, we were thrilled to open up The Times Weekend Magazine to find that not one but TWO of our holiday cottages had been featured in James Ellis’ 50 Best Cottages in Britain article. James is an esteemed travel editor and writer and we are absolutely over the moon that two of our properties were included. The cottages in question, Cambridge Lodge and 1 Church House are both stunning properties that certainly stand out from the crowd; if you want to read the article you can do so here although please be aware that to read The Times online you need a subscription.

To celebrate this fantastic accolade, we thought we’d shine our Sykes Spotlight on these two unique holiday homes

1 Church House, Totland, Isle of Wight

See it here: 1 Church House

1 Church House, Isle of Wight

This striking church conversion in Totland is the perfect place for a luxury family holiday with a difference.  A former Methodist church, 1 Church House has retained lots of its original features including stained glass windows and high timber ceilings, as well as a huge resplendent window in the living area, making the room delightfully bright and airy. These charming features are seamlessly combined with modern, stylish décor and the real jewel in the crown is the master bedroom with its en-suite and gallery overlooking the downstairs sitting areas. The property is just a short walk from Totland beach and should you fancy some breath-taking scenery, the start of the Tennyson Trail is just a mile away. The trail follows a 15 mile route around the coastline of the island; we’d suggest taking a picnic with you and settling down on Headon Down, where you’ll find one of the best sunset views on the Isle of Wight.

Cambridge Lodge, Wensley, Derbyshire

See it here: Cambridge Lodge

Cambridge House, Derbyshire

Cambridge Lodge is a fascinating property which has been converted from a water tank that dates back to 1909. It took the owners ten years to transform the water tank into the luxury holiday home that it is today but it’s been well worth the wait! Set over ground and lower ground floors, Cambridge Lodge offers visitors a truly unique holiday experience with all the mod con features you could need including Smart TV with Netflix, WiFi and iPod dock. The property is perfect for groups of friends or families but children staying at Cambridge Lodge must be aged ten or older. From the garden, you’ll find panoramic views out to Chatsworth House and Riber Castle with fantastic walks straight from the doorstep including the Limestone Way and the High Peaks walking and cycling trails.

To see more of the unusual properties that we have on our books, visit our website. We’ve everything from lighthouses to former fire stations and we’re sure to have something to fulfil all your quirky holiday cottage needs.

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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.

Snowdonia Granted Dark Sky Status

Sunday, December 6th, 2015
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You may well have missed it but there’s been some pretty big news for the Snowdonia National Park over the last few days! It’s just been announced that the park has been given special status as an international dark sky reserve, making it part of a select few such places in the whole of the UK. Handpicked for their lack of light pollution and stunning views out over the night skies these places are the best spots in the whole of the UK to visit if you want to catch a glimpse of the stars. In celebration of Snowdonia’s  latest achievement we’ve pick out some of the best dark sky reserves for you to visit.

Snowdonia National Park

Where else could we start? As I mentioned Snowdonia is the UK’s most recent addition to the list of International Dark Sky Reserves, and it’s just the tenth in the whole world. The adding of Snowdonia to this list means that lights will be dimmed in three separate areas around the National Park (the Migneint mountain range, Nant Gwynant and Cadair Idris) meaning that the already stunning night skies will only get better!

Exmoor National Park

Back in the autumn of 2011 Exmoor was named as Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Institute. Nowadays it may share its status with the more recent additions but that doesn’t take anything away from it! On a clear night you’ll be able to spot a wide array of stars and constellations from near enough anywhere in the park but the best locations include Brendon Common, Wimbleball Lake, Bosington Hill and Dunkery Beacon, all of which are worth a visit.

Kerry Dark Sky Reserve

Or if you’re over on the Emerald Isle then you’ll want to head down to County Kerry where you’ll be able to find Ireland’s only Dark Sky Reserve. Here you’ll be able to enjoy some of the finest night skies going with both the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy amongst the constellations that you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of without the help of any specialist equipment.

Kielder Water and Forest Park

And finally we’ve got the Kielder Water and Forest Park. Now being an International Dark Sky Park this one’s slightly different to the others, however according to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), Kielder has the darkest skies in all of England. But that’s not it! You’ll also be able to find the specialist observatory offering a wide range of experiences days and courses where you can learn all about the skies above.

So how do you fancy taking a trip to try your hand at some stargazing? Happily we’ve got cottages in Snowdonia, Exmoor, Kerry and Kielder, all of which would be the perfect base for your break, why don’t you take a look and see which you fancy?

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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.

Our Favourite Sunset Snaps

Monday, November 9th, 2015
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The clocks might have changed and the nights may be drawing in ever earlier, but every cloud has a silver lining and it all just means that we get to enjoy some stunning sunsets earlier in the day. Let’s be honest there’s nothing quite like a good sunset, with the varying hues of pinks, golds and blues stretching out over the skies, they’re a sight to behold. So we’ve picked out some of our favourite sunset snaps from spots all around the United Kingdom, why don’t you take a look?

The Kelpies, Falkirk

Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire

Brean Down, Somerset

Brighton Pier, East Sussex

Callanish Stones, Isle of Lewis

Durdle Door, Dorset

King’s College, Cambridge

Polzeath, Cornwall

There you go, some of our favourite sunset photos taken here in the UK! We’d love to know which one is your favourite so do let us know, either on Facebook or by Tweeting us, or if you have a photo that you think rivals them do send it over!

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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.