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Top Days Out in the Heart of England

Saturday, May 10th, 2014
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Often overlooked, the Midlands have some fantastic opportunities for fun-filled, innovative days out. The Heart of England, as it is affectionately known, is rife with beautiful scenery, thriving cities and most importantly, plenty to keep your family occupied during the long summer holidays. Read on for Sykes Cottages’ top picks for days out in the Midlands.

NPF Bassetts Pole, Birmingham

NPF Bassetts Pole is a fantastic paintball and outdoor activity centre in Birmingham with over 27 years’ experience. They have a wide range of activities on offer including paintballing, woodland combat laser, inflatable games, bushcraft survival skills and quad trekking. They’re also home to the UK’s largest inflatable assault course so if you’re looking for an energetic day out with friends or just hoping to tire your kids out, then we’d definitely recommend a visit here. NPF Bassetts Pole is the perfect fun day out for families, friends and hen & stag parties. For more information about this fun-filled day out, please visit their website.

Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster

Severn Valley Railway

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The Severn Valley Railway, running from Bridgnorth, Shropshire to Kidderminster, Worcestershire, is one of the most popular heritage railways in the country and makes for a fantastic day out for all the family! This railway has featured in many films over the years including Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, 450 from Paddington and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Visitors to the railway can experience the beauty of the Severn Valley in a new and unique way as they ride the 16 mile journey on one of these extraordinary heritage steam-hauled trains. The Severn Valley Railway also has its own visitor centre at its Highley station, which is home to their reserve locomotives, fascinating exhibitions, a gift shop and restaurant with panoramic views across the stunning Severn Valley.

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge

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Blists Hill Victorian Town is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge museums spread along the River Severn. Here, you can step back in time and experience life as it would have been 100 years ago during the Victorian era by strolling through a reconstructed Victorian town. You’ll be able to exchange your money into pounds, shilling and pence and browse the Victorian-style shops which include an old sweetshop, bakery and greengrocers; visit the Victorian fairground, dress up in traditional Victorian costume; and even take a look inside a Victorian cottage to discover what life would have been like. For an educational day out, Blists Hill Victorian Town is a fascinating and unusual choice, suitable for all ages.

Rent a holiday cottage in the Heart of England

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White Hopton House, Ref 906834

If you’re visiting one of the many fantastic attractions in the Midlands this summer, then why not book one of our wonderful holiday cottages in the area? Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, an action-packed family holiday or a peaceful break in an accessible location, we have a stunning selection of cottages in the Heart of England for you to choose from.

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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.

Cottages in The Heart of England

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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Centrally situated, with historic cities and quintessentially English towns and villages there is no surprise that The Heart of England is a popular holiday destination. Whether you’re a history buff, a Shakespeare fanatic or you just want to spend some quality time with the family you will be spoilt for choice of places to go in The Heart of England. We have over 350 self catering cottages in ideal locations for exploring this wonderful part of England. Whether you’re having a romantic weekend, a family holiday or a get together with friends at Sykes Cottages you’re bound to find the ideal self catering cottage for you.

Delightful Cottages in the Forest of Dean

Brookbank Folly. Reference 6733

This delightfully unique cottage in Gloucestershire is not only on the edge of the Royal Forest of Dean but was also hand built with timber from the forest itself. This cottage has a wealth of character features including stained glass windows and wooden beams, as well as all of the modern conveniences you would expect from a self catering holiday cottage. Not only is the inside of this property impressive, but the outside is too. Brookbank Folly’s location on the edge of The Forest of Dean means that there is a variety of walks and cycle routes right from the doorstep. It is also in the perfect location for a day trip to Gloucester.

Spend time with Shakespeare in Stratford

9 Bancroft Place. Reference 24856

This well furnished ground floor apartment is in the perfect location for visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, being just a two minute walk away from the centre of town. Sleeping four, this modern apartment would be perfect for a family getaway. Visit the house where the Bard was born and grew up, go on a Stratford town ghost walk or take an open air bus tour before taking the short stroll back to your apartment. In warm weather, you can head out onto the apartment’s rear patio that overlooks the canal and just watch the world go by!

Have a Holiday in Herefordshire

Durstone Cottage. Reference 12372

Durstone Cottage in Herefordshire sleeping 22 is one of our largest properties and perfect for a get together with extended family. The property used to be two cottages however they have now been connected, with a large dining room joining them both together. This cottage is in a perfect location for getting out and about in the countryside or for a day trip to Hereford. Although if being out and about isn’t your thing don’t worry as this property has loads to do inside, boasting a pool table and table tennis in its games room.

These are just a small example of some of the amazing cottages that we have available to rent in The Heart of England. Take a look at our Pinterest board for more cottages in this beautiful area of England, or head over to our Heart of England cottages page to book your holiday today!

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Whitchurch and Wem

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
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Visit Whitchurch and Wem on your cottage holiday.


Leave time for a visit to historic Whitchurch on your Shropshire cottage holiday; it’s home to one of the world’s oldest clockmakers, JB Joyce, whose time pieces keep the watch on towers, churches and other public buildings across the globe. Learn more at the Heritage and Craft Centre, or enjoy shopping for local specialities and fresh local produce at the town’s regular Farmer’s Markets. The pleasant green space of Jubilee Park is the place to head out for a stroll; no less than five of the county’s long distance walks, including the Shropshire Way, begin here, whilst the Llangollen canal offers alternative short walks and cycles. Nearby, the north Shropshire markets towns of Ellesmere, Wem and Market Drayton offer a variety of attractions.


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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Cleobury Mortimer

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
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If you enjoy a pint or two after a long day’s hike, then pretty Cleobury Mortimer, nestling on the side of scenic Clee Hills, is the place for you! With plenty of inns and pubs, the town’s microbrewery, Hobson’s, has been quietly producing award-winning ale for a number of years. Indeed, their ‘twisted spire’ beer takes its name from the town’s most famous landmark – the crooked spire of the parish church that dominates the local skyline.


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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Clun

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
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Shropshire’s famous poet, Alfred Housman, called Clun ‘one of the quietest places under the sun’, and many years on, the description still applies. He was not the only writer to draw inspiration in the quiet beauty of the South Shropshire hills, and today Clun offers visitors on a cottage holiday a lovely glance back at a time now long since gone by. The very entrance to the town shields it from the bustle of modern life; a narrow packhorse bridge guides the visitor into town, and to the discovery of its charm and history. Clun castle is one of the finest of the smaller Welsh Marches castles built in Norman times.


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