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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.

Mirfield

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.

Huddersfield

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.

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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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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.

Ten of The UK’s Easiest Yet Rewarding Walks

Friday, May 1st, 2015
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Today celebrates the first day of National Walking Month and along with thousands of people across the country, Sykes Cottages are making a conscious effort to do more walking! Luckily, living in the UK provides us with numerous walking opportunities so whether that’s along the coast, through the country or over a mountain, Britain’s landscape has a lot to offer.

If you’re new to walking, or perhaps want to take young children, then it may be best to start out on an easier route. To help get you started we’ve listed ten of the easiest, yet most rewarding walks in the UK below. Take a look and get your blood pumping on a sensational British walk this May!

Wix Woods in Guildford, Surrey

This is a fantastic woodland walk that takes you on a circular route around the edge of Hatchlands Park and then through the centre of the estate, where you can experience an enchanted woodland and glorious views of the Surrey countryside.

Distance: 1.8 Miles

Time: 1 Hour

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Newton Pool in Low Newton, Northumberland

If you’re looking to explore Northumberland’s spectacular coastline, then this is the walk for you. Along with wonderful views out over the ocean, this walk is perfect for spotting wildlife with plenty of birds flying over the sand and sea.

Distance: 1 Mile

Time: 20 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Plas Newydd in Llanfairpwll, Anglesey

This family friendly walk is ideal for children with both a treehouse and adventure playground on route. We’ve advised 30 minutes for the walk but depending on how long the kids want to play for, you could be here for the whole afternoon.

Distance: 1 Mile

Time: 30 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Killerton in Broadclyst, Exeter

Dogs are the perfect companions when on a walk so we suggest treating them to an afternoon at Killerton. The route includes plenty of open spaces which are perfect for exercising your four-legged friend on and off the lead.

Distance: 2.5 Miles

Time: 2 Hours

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Calke Abbey in Ticknall, Derbyshire

Boasting numerous hidden corners and fabulous picnic spots, this walk is perfect for a family get together or romantic stroll. Providing a picturesque walk during any season, it’s easy to see why this route is popular with both locals and tourists.

Distance: 2.4 Miles

Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Penbryn Beach in Penbryn, Ceredigion

If you’re looking for a walk that is just as good, if not better, during the evening then head on over to Penbryn Beach. This is the perfect spot for star gazing, so wrap up warm and prepare to be inspired by over 4,000 twinkling stars.

Distance: 1 Mile

Time:  30 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Valley of Cinders in Cindersale, Cumbria

The Valley of Cinders walk transports you through the ages as you explore archaeological sites and delve into Cumbria’s rich history. This walk is great for anyone who has an interest in history or simply just enjoys a pleasant country view.

Distance: 1.5 Miles

Time: 1 Hour

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Borthwood Copse in Winford, Isle of Wight

Borthwood Copse not only offers a wonderful woodland walk but also the chance to spot red squirrels! This elusive critter is only found in a handful of locations throughout the UK so this may be your only chance to see them in the wild.

Distance: 1.25 Miles

Time: 40 Minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Fountains Abbey in Ripon, Yorkshire

The Fountains Abbey walk is the longest of our suggested routes but with so much to see it’s more than worth it! With beautiful grounds, tonnes of history and hopefully plenty of sunshine, this walk would be lovely on a Sunday afternoon.

Distance: 4.5 Miles

Time: 3 Hours

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Langstrothdale in Yockenthwaite, Yorkshire

Although quite long, this route follows a simple circular route over level ground, making it ideal for a families with younger children. Following the walk, you will discover breathtaking scenery and historic rock formations.

Distance: 2 Miles

Time: 1 Hour 15 minutes

Route Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

 

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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.

Spotlight on: Cottages in Stratford-upon-Avon

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
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It may not have escaped your notice that today (St. George’s Day) is also the birthday of a rather special English writer. William Shakespeare was born on April 23rd and famously died on the same day, 52 years later. In honour of his literary genius and the many more writers and poets that have been inspired by him, we’re shining our spotlight on our cottages in his hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon. This picturesque town in Warwickshire won’t only appeal to fans of The Bard- you can read our guide on what to do in the area here.

Highcroft (ref. 30949)

Holiday cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon

Highcroft, Stratford-upon-Avon, Ref. 30949

This charming holiday home is the perfect place for a Stratford-upon-Avon holiday with extended family or friends. Highcroft is located in a small group of holiday cottages on 2.5 acres of grounds, just 2 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon itself. Sleeping 10 guests, this impressive property offers traditional, cosy accommodation with a delightful farmhouse-style kitchen complete with AGA, and a large, lawned garden with patio and BBQ- the perfect place to relax with friends on a balmy summer’s evening! Guests at Highcroft will also have access to a shared tennis court and a 2 acre wildlife garden.

The Stables (ref. 914531)

Holiday cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon

The Stables, Stratford-upon-Avon, Ref. 914531

The Stables is the perfect holiday cottage if you’re looking for a romantic getaway in Stratford-upon-Avon. This pretty barn conversion is over 300 years old and nestled in the middle of a working fruit farm, just 3 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon. The Stables is cosy and characterful with exposed brickwork, beams and original oak flooring. The farm also has its own on-site shop which sells fruit, vegetables, cheese and meat- ideal for purchasing goods to help whip up a storm in your cottage kitchen!

Pinecote (ref. 15471)

Holiday cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon

Pinecroft, Stratford-upon-Avon, Ref. 15471

Located in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, this pretty terraced cottage is just 10 minutes’ walk from the centre and all of its attractions including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare’s birthplace and the Stratford Butterfly Farm. As well as being close to thing to the attractions, Pinecote is also just a stone’s throw from a lovely pub where you can relax with a cold drink in the summer months. The cottage itself is bright and comfortable with a sunny garden to the rear of the property- perfect for dining alfresco.

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Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon. Image from property ref. 914531.

If you want to browse our full collection of holiday cottages in the beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon then you can do so by visiting our website. At Sykes Cottages, we have everything from rural retreats on the edge of Stratford-upon-Avon, to properties at the heart of town where all of the amenities, attractions, shops and pubs are within easy walking distance. You’re sure to find something to suit you!

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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.