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Top Five Reasons to Love Sykes’ Short Flexible Breaks

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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Found a cottage you’d like to stay in this June but the Friday start day doesn’t quite fit? How about you want to go away, but just for two nights? Not a problem – this weekend sees the beginning of our flexible June breaks, where a selection of holiday properties are able to book from any day of the week for a minimum of two nights, applicable for stays between the 30th May and the 18th June.

The 30th of May might be just around the corner, but there is still time to take advantage of these flexible breaks. Not convinced? Read on to discover five reasons why our flexible, short breaks are brilliant.

Skip the crowds

With flexible start days, you can holiday mid-week and avoid the peak time weekend crowds. This is particularly handy if you’re planning on visiting a popular area such as Cornwall or the Lake District, where it can get particularly busy during the weekend.

Less to Pack

Saving you time frantically packing everything and anything ‘just in case’, fewer nights away from home means less packing is needed – ideal for if you’re travelling by public transport or just want a little less weight in the car!

Use Less Holiday Days

Our flexible breaks allow you to use less of that all important annual leave. Whilst you would need to take five days from work for a week away, for a flexible short break you can make the most of the weekend and only use one or two days annual leave. Meaning you can save some holiday days for the next time you feel like getting away!

Explore New Places

Being in a new place for a short amount of time makes you want to fit more in; you can spend an intense day seeing all of the typical tourist spots of a destination, before retiring to your holiday cottage to mull over the day and plan what tomorrow will bring.

More Getaways

With short, flexible breaks, long gone are the days of just one, long holiday per year. By taking shorter breaks throughout the year, you can have multiple holidays, ensuring that you always have something to look forward to!

Book a Flexible Short Break

If you’d like to book one of our flexible short breaks, click here to see the properties available. Flexible breaks are currently available for stays between the dates of May 30th – June 18th for stays of two nights or longer.

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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.

Sykes’ Famous Properties

Sunday, May 24th, 2015
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If you fancy something a little bit special from your next cottage break- something you can write home about- then we would suggest booking a stay at one of our famous cottages. It may be hard to imagine a famous cottage but here at Sykes, we have a selection of properties that have either been featured in, or are located close to areas used in popular films, TV shows, novels and magazines! As well as offering comfortable, stylish accommodation, this extra special collection of cottages earn you added bragging rights when sending your friends and family the obligatory holiday postcard. Keep reading to discover some of the highlights in our collection or head on over to our famous cottages page now to start planning your next UK getaway!

Whytings in Uplyme, Devon

The dinning area at Whytings (Ref. 2581) is perfect for entertaining.

The dinning area at Whytings (Ref. 2581) is perfect for entertaining.

Located on the downs overlooking the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, Whytings offers spacious accommodation on the borders of Devon and Dorset, making it the ideal spot for visiting both regions. After a day of exploring the coast and country, we’d suggest a visit to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ at the nearby Park Farm. Here you can attend one of their many dining events or take part in a cookery course before trying out your new-found skills in one of Whytings’ two interconnecting kitchens!

Flushing House in Rye, South of England

One of the two bedrooms at Flushing House (Ref. 21914).

One of the two bedrooms at Flushing House (Ref. 21914).

Flushing House is a fabulous Grade II listed building located in the popular town of Rye. The corner cottage was built around 1520 and still possesses many of its original features including exposed beams, a Tudor turning staircase and bread oven. In 2014, the village of Rye was used as the back drop in the BBC’s version of Mapp & Lucia; the programme showcased many of the town’s buildings and Flushing House was used as the estate agents, giving the property quite the claim to fame!

The Barn in Cromford, Peak District

Found on a picturesque hillside high above the village of Cromford, The Barn not only offers visitors cosy country accommodation but also spectacular views across the valley. This property is the ideal touring base for the Peak District with the popular towns of Bakewell and Ashover just a short drive away. When visiting the town of Ashover some guests may find it familiar, this is more than likely because the town featured in TV’s Peak Practice as the fictional town of Cardale.

Bookilber Barn in Settle, Yorkshire Dales

Open plan living area at Bookilber Barn (Ref. 2986).

Open plan living area at Bookilber Barn (Ref. 2986).

If you’re looking for luxurious accommodation with an open fire and hot tub, breath-taking views, fabulous walks and loads of character then Bookilber Barn is the place for you! This charming, detached barn conversion has been renovated to an extremely high quality and its chic décor and prime location has gained Brookilber Barn coverage on The Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Cool Cottages’ list and in Concept Living magazine. The property sleeps up to 12 people so it’s the perfect cottage for special occasions and family get-togethers.

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By Nicole Westley

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 fiancé.

Sykes’ Famous Places: Kirklees, Yorkshire

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
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We’re starting a new feature here at Sykes Cottages, one which looks at areas around the UK with famous connections. From famous playwrights to award winning novelists and stars of the stage and screen, the UK is home to many famous faces. This new series will be looking at where these stars originated and the places that inspired them on their way to the top!

To help kick start this new feature, we’ve decided to focus on one of the UK’s most loved actors and their home region of Kirklees in West Yorkshire. Sir Patrick Stewart, famous for his roles in Star Trek and X-Men, was born in Mirfield and although he is extremely well-travelled, the actor always feels at home when he returns to Yorkshire. Keep reading to discover some of the areas in Kirklees which have been made famous by the actor.


Sir Patrick Stewart was born in the small village of Mirfield in July of 1940. The town remained his home for a number of years and was where, thanks to the efforts of teacher Cecil Dormand, he discovered his passion for acting! After finishing school, the actor took a job as a journalist for the local paper, Mirfield & District Reporter, but eventually decided to leave journalism behind to pursue his love of acting.

This small, picturesque town is ideal for a day trip or weekend away with a historic 13th century church tower and a pleasant marina. For an extra special day out, we would suggest visiting during the Mirfield show, an annual agricultural fair held every August with entertaining events including dog, rabbit and horse shows, build a scare-crow competition, international stunt show and much more.

Emley Moor

In an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, Sir Patrick famously said “For a long time my way of getting to sleep was to have a virtual walk through my virtual home in England.” Perhaps this walk took place through the Emley Moor, the location of a recent shoot where Sir Patrick was photographed for a book celebrating Yorkshire. The area was chosen as the actor said he was able to see his whole home region from the moor.

The Emley Moor is a wonderful location for a family walk or stroll with the dog, offering plenty of open space and spectacular views over God’s own country. The area allows you to do as little or as much exercise as you like and on a warm summer evening it’s the ideal spot for a picnic.


In more recent times, Sir Patrick has shared close ties with Huddersfield and the town’s university. Acting as the University Chancellor for over ten years, the actor has played a pivotal role in the progress of the university. Huddersfield University is sorry to see Sir Patrick leave his role this summer but have awarded him the honorary title of Emeritus Chancellor and hope to remain in close contact with him.

Huddersfield is a fantastic area for a family holiday, with the architecture, restaurants and scenery attracting thousands of visitors each year. Children will love exploring the Kirklees Light Railway with its four small steam engines and two miniature diesel engines, whilst the grown-ups can dwindle the day away at one of the area’s many spas.

Book a Yorkshire Cottage

With such a diverse region to explore it’s no wonder that Sir Patrick Stewart loves coming home to Yorkshire or that it’s one of the nation’s favourite UK holiday destinations!

If you want to discover Yorkshire for yourself, delve into the county’s history or simply visit one of the areas made famous by Sir Patrick, then why not book a stay in one of our Yorkshire holiday cottages? Our selection of over 500 Yorkshire properties are comfortably furnished, stylishly decorated and act as a fantastic base for exploring this exciting region.

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By Nicole Westley

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 fiancé.

Book a romantic getaway with our new Flexible Breaks

Monday, May 18th, 2015
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We all love a romantic getaway. Whether you’ve been with your partner for 4 months or 40 years, they’re a nice way to spend some quality time together away from everyday distractions. That’s why at Sykes Cottages, we think you take advantage of our new Flexible Breaks to treat your loved one to a romantic short break; you can earn some major brownie points and get a great value holiday in the process! Here are just some of the romantic holiday cottages which are taking part in our Flexible Breaks offer:

The White House, Yorkshire

Fancy getting away to a romantic holiday cottage with a hot tub? Look no further than The White House in East Riding of Yorkshire. This pretty, whitewashed cottage is nestled in a picturesque village, perfectly placed for exploring all that this part of Yorkshire has to offer. With characterful features including traditional beams and an exposed brick fireplace, this holiday cottage is ideal for a cosy couples getaway. Outside, there’s a sheltered patio for alfresco dining and a bubbling hot tub to while the evening away in.

Trevenna Cabin, Cornwall

For a coastal short break, Trevenna Cabin is the perfect choice. This Cornwall log cabin is located in almost an acre of gardens and woodland, guaranteeing couples total privacy and a relaxing, peaceful holiday. The south coast of Cornwall is within easy reach with its beautiful beaches and charming seaside villages- St Austell Bay is just 3 miles away. Trevenna Cabin is also just a 5 minute walk from an award-winning pub which serves delicious food and boasts an impressive selection of local ales.

Berwyn Cottage, Powys

A weekend away in the Welsh countryside is a wonderful way to spend some quality time with your partner. From Berwyn Cottage, you’re well placed to explore the beautiful Powys countryside with plenty of cycle trails and walking routes right from the doorstep, including the Offa’s Dyke path. This holiday home makes the most of its stunning location with a balcony offering spectacular views across the valley- the perfect place to relax and enjoy the evening sun after a long day exploring the landscape. If you fancy a nice cold drink then you won’t have to walk far either as the owner’s lovely pub is just next door!

Beechlands Cottage, Cheshire

Beechlands Cottage is a unique holiday rental combining the best of both worlds. Set in the historic Cheshire market town of Frodsham, this cosy cottage is perfect for getting away from it all with many rural walking opportunities nearby including the Sandstone Trail and North Cheshire Way. The property is just a short walk away from the town’s restaurants, bakeries and pubs, as well as the popular weekly market which is held on a Thursday. However, if you fancy heading out for the day, there are plenty of lively cities within easy reach including Chester, Liverpool and Manchester.

Book a 2 night cottage break with Sykes Cottages

If we’ve inspired you to take advantage of our Flexible Breaks to book a romantic two night getaway with your loved one, then please click to see the full list of cottages that offer Flexible Breaks. If you need any help in finding the perfect property for you, our reservations specialists are on hand to help 7 days a week. We’re open from 9am until 9.30pm- you can get in touch by giving us a call on 01244 356 695 or by sending us an email.

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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.

Do More with Your Weekend Away

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
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Our two night breaks are proving extremely popular and it’s not hard to see why; with last minute family escapes and romantic weekend getaways, these convenient breaks work around you and your family’s schedule. If you’re still to be convinced by our two night short breaks then keep reading as we suggest three great reasons to book a weekend getaway!

Visit numerous destinations

When on a week-long holiday, you are usually limited to one cottage in a single set location, using up seven days’ worth of holidays touring just one region of the UK! If you want to discover more of the UK and learn what makes our culture so diverse, then we would suggest using the same seven days’ holiday on three weekend getaways. Imagine chowing down on Cromer crab in Norfolk one weekend before climbing to the summit of Mount Snowdon the next; two night stays not only allow you to see more but do more too.

Less packing

Packing for a weekend escape is far less stressful and time-consuming than filling the suitcase for a week away, all you need is a small bag of essentials. These small bags allow you more space in the car so you can either take more people or treat the family pooch to a special holiday in one of our dog friendly cottages! Travelling light also gives you the opportunity to take advantage of public transport, meaning you can leave the car at home and save on petrol.

Attending special occasions

Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and get-togethers are most commonly held at the weekend making our new two night breaks perfect for celebrations. Travel to your cottage on Friday night after work, attend the event on Saturday and return home feeling refreshed on Sunday ready for work again Monday morning; it’s that simple! With our new two night short breaks you’ll never have to miss out on special occasions again.

For more information on our two night breaks please see our previous blog post here. Alternatively, to view our selection of cottages offering two night breaks simply click here.

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By Nicole Westley

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 fiancé.