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Last Minute Cottages for October Half Term

Sunday, October 16th, 2016
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Still not made plans for October half term yet? Luckily for you, Sykes Cottages still has some beautiful properties available across the UK and Ireland that are just perfect for a family getaway during the school holidays. Take a look below at a few handpicked cottages still available over October half term.

Hayloft Cottage, Cumbria

Holiday cottage in Yorkshire

This peaceful cottage is located on a family-run farm in the Cumbrian countryside. Hayloft Cottage has been carefully created from an old farm building, retaining its character; the upside down style of the accommodation takes full advantage of the lovely views of the surrounding countryside. The property enjoys shared use of all the lawned and terraced areas on the farm which includes a fantastic children’s play area. The real pull for families is that the owners offer guided tours around the farm and are full of fascinating stories about what it’s like to be a farmer in the countryside.

The Dovecote, North Wales

Holiday cottage in Wales

The Dovecote is a pretty first floor apartment in the charming harbour village of Abersoch. Set in a Grade II listed house surrounded by -tropical Italianate gardens, this spacious holiday home also offers panoramic sea views. Abersoch’s harbour, shops and restaurants are just a short stroll away and the property benefits from private access to the beach- it may not be sunbathing weather but beaches in autumn are beautiful places to walk and play family games of football. Other brilliant half term activities nearby include the The Children’s Farm Park, Criccieth Castle and Llanfair Slate Caverns.

44 Lower Lake, Sussex

Holiday cottage in Sussex

For a historical half term holiday, why not pay a visit to 44 Lower Lake. This traditional, Grade II listed 17 century cottage is located in the medieval town of Battle, where the Battle of Hastings took place. This quaint town with its cobbled streets and narrow alleys is bursting with history. Visit Battle Abbey, indulge an a high tea at Mrs Burton’s or step back in time and explore mysterious tunnels and caves at Smugglers Adventure. The property itself is charming with a cosy woodburning stove, beamed ceilings and plenty of space for a family to spread out in.

To see our full range of holiday cottages for October half term, you can visit our website or give our expert reservations team a call. They’re on hand to help seven days a week from 9am until 8pm and will be more than happy to help you find the right property for your family holiday.

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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.

Last Minute Half Term Cottages

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
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Half term is just around the corner and with the summer weather finally making an appearance, it’s the perfect time to book a cottage getaway. Here at Sykes Cottages we still have a fantastic range of holiday rentals available for the half term, so to help whet your appetite for a family getaway, we’ve listed just a few of the stunning properties still available for next week below.

Five Bells Cottage, Ref. 929287

Shorwell, South of England

Five Bells Cottage, Ref. 929287, in Shorwell.

Five Bells Cottage, Ref. 929287, in Shorwell.

Located in the picturesque rural village of Shorwell on the Isle of Wight, this charming holiday cottage is perfect for a week by the sea. The property’s quality interiors and stylish décor offer a much needed break from everyday life, and with the local amenities right on your doorstep, there’s no need to take the car out every day.

A weeks stay at Five Bells Cottage from Friday May 27th (2016) will cost you a total of £939.

The Coach House, Ref. 923082

Middleton Hall near Belford, Northumbria

The Coash House, Ref. 923082, in Middleton.

The Coach House, Ref. 923082, in Middleton.

Sleeping up to ten people, this large, stylish property is perfect for larger families or friends sharing. At The Coach House you can spend your days exploring the nearby woodland walks and boating lake, before heading back to the cottage for a home cooked meal around the large dining table and an evening of fun in the games room.

The Coach House is available for a mid-week break, from Monday May 30th (2016) for four nights, at a total cost of £1466.

Golden Slack Cottage, Ref. 18506

Wincle near Macclesfield, Peak District

Golden Slack Cottage, Ref. 18506, in Wincle.

Golden Slack Cottage, Ref. 18506, in Wincle.

If you’re a family who love to be outdoors then Golden Slack Cottage’s scenic location on a working livestock farm could be just what the doctor ordered. Not only does this property have a welcome interior but the surrounding area is perfect for walking, cycling and exploring the Peak District’s wonderful array of wildlife.

You can book a week’s stay at Golden Slack Cottage from Saturday May 18th (2016) for a total cost of £788.

7 Mariners Point, Ref. 935729

Hartlepool, North York Moors and Coast

7 Mariners Point, Ref. 935729, in Hartlepool.

7 Mariners Point, Ref. 935729, in Hartlepool.

With breath-taking, panoramic views of the harbour, 7 Mariners Point offers the perfect coastal getaway for a family of four this half term. Visitors to this holiday cottage can really make the most of their time at the seaside by taking the short trip to the RSPB reserve at Saltholme Park, where they can see watch grey seals play in the water.

7 Mariners Point is available for a seven night stay from Friday May 27th (2016) for a total cost of £524.

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Nicole Jones-Gerrard

By Nicole Jones-Gerrard

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 husband.

Days Out For Children This Half Term

Saturday, February 13th, 2016
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It’s the first day of the February half term and if you’re anything like us you’ll be scratching your head, wondering where the time’s gone. It feels like only yesterday we were sending the kids off to school for their first class of 2016 and now they’re home for a whole week of family fun. If this school holiday has snuck up on you, then make sure to keep reading as we suggest four fantastic days out for the kids this half term.

Go on a family walk

A family of four walking in the country

Family Outing” taken by Greg ClarkeCC 2.0

With thousands of walking routes across the UK, it’s easy to get kids out of the house this half term. Explore the British coast and collect drift wood and shells for home art projects, or trek across the country and come face to face with nature. We have a fantastic selection of walks available on the blog, to find one that’s right for you and your family simply search our Walk of the Month category. Alternatively, we’ve listed three child friendly walks for you to try out below:

  1. Box Hill Stepping Stones Walk, Surrey
  2. Lochore Meadows Country Park, Fife
  3. Friar’s Crag, Cumbria

Explore a historic house or castle

Corfe Castle in the sunlight

Castle” taken by Jim ChampionCC 2.0

The UK is covered with castles and historic houses which are not only exciting to explore but can teach children a great deal about Britain’s history. Historic houses and castle are a perfect day out no matter what the weather; you can spend rainy mornings discovering the property’s history and sunny afternoons admiring the gardens and grounds. For an extra special day out, you’ll find a selection of half term events happening at the following properties:

  1. Corfe Castle, Dorset
  2. Gibside, Tyne and Wear
  3. Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire

Take a trip to your local zoo

Mother and baby rhino eating hay at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo” taken by Nigel SwalesCC 2.0

The UK has a number of fantastic zoos to discover this half term. With plenty of ground to cover, as well as an extraordinary array of animals, a trip to the zoo is not only fantastic exercise but very educational too. If you’ve decided to visit your local zoo this half term them we highly suggest attending one of the zoo’s animal talks, as they will really help you learn more about the zoo and the conservation work they do.

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Visit an indoor play centre

Colourful balls from a children's ball pit

Ballpit” taken by Jeremy KeithCC 2.0

Do your kids have a lot of energy? If so, an indoor play centre could provide the perfect release. The UK’s indoor play centres have been specially designed to allow children to run around, explore their surroundings and meet new friends in a safe environment. These play centres also offer parents a moment or two to relax with comfortable seating and handy cafés selling a much needed coffee booster.

Visit to find your closest indoor play centre


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Nicole Jones-Gerrard

By Nicole Jones-Gerrard

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 husband.

Last Minute Cottages for February Half Term

Thursday, February 4th, 2016
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How would you like to escape it all for a few days during the February half term? Well the good news is that it’s not too late to book! We’ve still got a wide array of properties that are available to book during the school holidays so you’ll be spoilt for choice, but to give you a hand we’ve picked out a few of our favourites – take a look and see what you think of them:

Warbrook, Bradworthy near Bude in Devon

We’re starting off with Warbrook, a delightful barn conversion in the quaint Devonshire village of Bradworthy. Sleeping 5 people, it’s great for a family looking to enjoy a few days away during the half term with features such as a children’s play area in the garden. But that’s not it, guests to Warbrook will be just a short way from the glorious beaches that dot the coasts of Devon and North Cornwall and there’s also countless pretty fishing villages just waiting to be explored.

Old Coach House, Church Leigh in the Peak District

Or, alternatively, we’ve got the Old Coach House in the village of Church Leigh, just outside of the Peak District National Park. It sleeps six people through three bedrooms so there’s plenty of space for a family escaping it all for a bit of peace and quiet. With the enclosed garden overlooked by the French windows, parents can keep an eye on the little ones whilst they’re at play. Or if you’re after an adventurous break, you’ll be happy to hear that Alton Towers is just 9 miles down the road.

The Wagtail, Mundford near Thetford in Norfolk

And finally we’ve got The Wagtail, one of the Lynford Cottages group in Norfolk. Tucked away in the countryside, just out from the village of Mundford, The Wagtail offers stunning scenery in abundance. There are countless woodland walks on offer right from the cottage doorstep, where you’ll be able to explore seemingly limitless pathways and trails teeming with all sorts of wildlife. Add to this the varied cycle paths criss-crossing their way around the region and families will never be stuck for options if they want to explore the great outdoors.

So there you go, just a few of the cottages that are still available to be booked during the February half term. We do hope that you like them but remember there are plenty of alternatives! If you click here you’ll be able to find the full selection, or you could always give us a call on 01244 356695 and we’ll be happy to help find you the perfect cottage for you and your family.

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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.

Book your October Half Term Holiday now!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
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Now the kids are heading back to school and you have a spare minute to relax, why not turn your thoughts to October Half Term? October is a great time for families to get away and spend some time in the outdoors before the full onset of winter takes hold with its chilly weather and dark evenings. Our cottages do get booked up quickly for half term week so to inspire you to get organised and book your family holiday today, here are a few cottages that still have availability!

Upper Greenhills Farm, Staffordshire

This charming barn conversion with its idyllic setting in the Staffordshire countryside is perfect for a family break this October. Upper Greenhills Farm is spacious enough for all the family with bright, open plan living space and three large bedrooms, as well as a lovely outdoor area from which you can admire the surrounding views. There are numerous walking and cycling trails nearby for bracing autumn jaunts in the Peak District and the pretty market towns of Leek and Ashbourne are both close by. Other nearby family-friendly attractions include Alton Towers and Chatsworth House.

Handbridge Cottage, Cheshire

One of our newest properties, this delightful cottage is just a short stroll from the centre of Chester and is a brilliant choice for a holiday with children this half term. From Handbridge Cottage, you are perfectly placed to explore all that Chester has to offer for families including parks, family-friendly restaurants and shops. The fantastic Chester Zoo is easily reachable by car or bus, as is the Welsh coast and Go Ape at Delamere Forest. The cottage itself blends contemporary furnishing with period features to create a light and airy holiday home where you can relax in comfort after a long day exploring.

Lake View Cottage, Lake District

You couldn’t ask for a better location than this lovely ground floor cottage on the edge of Lake Windermere; with stunning lake views and access to the lake via a private lane, Lake View Cottage is a truly special holiday home. The cottage sleeps up to four guests in two bedrooms and so is ideal for a small family looking for a Lake District holiday this half term. Take advantage of the setting and pack a picnic to eat on the shoreline or if you fancy heading further afield, the Lake District’s many attractions are all within easy reach.

Badger’s Lodge, Cotswolds

With plenty of activities and facilities on offer, Badger’s Lodge in the Cotswold Water Park is fantastic for families who want to make sure that they can keep their kids entertained. Located in a picturesque gated village on a 450 acre nature reserve, this charming cottage is perfect for a relaxing family break in a beautiful setting. Badger’s Lodge also offers free, unrestricted use of the on-site facilities include a tennis court, children’s play area, sailing lake, sauna and steam room, as well as the opportunity to undertake further watersports for an additional cost.

To see our full collection of family holiday cottages still available for October Half Term, please visit our website. We’ve a fantastic team of reservations specialists who’d be happy to help find you the perfect self-catering cottage for your getaway; to get in touch please give us a call on 01244 356 695 or email us by clicking here.

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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.