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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Malvern

Thursday, August 18th, 2011
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Visitors on a cottage holiday will be tempted to explore Malvern. At the heart of the hills famed for the pure quality of their water, the town of Malvern has seen a steady trade in visitors since Victorian times, when the healing powers of the water were discovered to economic gain. Today, many wells survive, including the original Holy Well, above Malvern Wells, and St. Ann’s well, near Great Malvern, which can still be visited. Some are ruined, others restored, and still more take a little tracking down, hidden away in the hills and valleys of this most scenic landscape. The success of the spa town saw the creation of some elegant buildings, and modern Malvern still displays a wealth of architectural delights. Some date back long before the discovery of the spa waters; Malvern Priory belongs in the eleventh century, it is a cathedral-like structure with massive Norman pillars and beautifully carved detail. The Malvern Museum is not to be missed and is now housed in the equally stunning mediaeval surroundings of the Abbey Gateway.
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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Ledbury

Friday, July 8th, 2011
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Whist staying in a holiday cottage visit picturesque Ledbury. Tucked away in southeastern Herefordshire, close to the borders with both Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, is a handsome country town, which, with its half-timbered houses and bustling weekly markets, has something quintessentially ‘Olde-England’ about it.
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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Bishops Castle

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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Bishops Castle is a delightful place to visit whilst staying in a holiday cottage. Rather like neighbouring Church Stretton, delightful Bishops Castle will appeal to lovers of real ale. The town has not one but two award-winning microbreweries, offering tours and tastings, and also offers an official welcome to walkers through the ‘Walkers are Welcome’ scheme. A visit to the town always involves a hike of sorts; the main street is a dizzying one in six slope; fortunately there are tea rooms and coffee shops at the ‘top of the town’ to provide refreshment.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Ludlow

Monday, May 16th, 2011
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On a cottage holiday, a visit to Ludow is essential. Ludlow has a charm and vibrancy all of its own. A feast for the eyes and the stomach, this ‘slow town’ deep in the heart of Shropshire countryside, has a wonderfully relaxed feel to it. Visit the superb castle, feel the sense of history among more than five hundred beautiful, ancient, half-timbered buildings and indulge yourself a little in the many specialist food shops that will whet the appetite of any holidaymaker. Linger among ancient streets brimful of enticing specialist shops and mouth-watering delis, dedicated to every imaginable delight from chocolate to cheese, or stop for lunch at one of the many pubs, inns and restaurants serving excellent locally-sourced food, the most famous of which is the stunning seventeenth century Feathers Hotel, with is ornate timber facade. (more…)

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Much Wenlock

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
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Visitors on a cottage holiday will be tempted to explore Much Wenlock. Close to Shropshire’s World Heritage Site, Ironbridge, the charming village of Much Wenlock stands on the doorstep of some of the county’s best walking, in Wenlock Edge, and offers one of it’s many claims to fame – rather unusually, that of birthplace of the founder of the modern Olympic Games.
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