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Britain’s Best Motorcycle Routes

Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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Now that the weather is finally looking up, we’ve started to notice an increased number of motorcyclists out on the road- speeding past our cars and showing us how to get from A to B in style! But where is it these bikers go to make the most of the elusive summer sunshine? Here at Sykes Cottages, we’ve discovered the secret and we’re going to share it with you. So whether you’re new to motorcycling or you’re an experienced biker, keep reading as we list some of the best roads in Britain.

A82, Loch Lomond to Loch Ness

Scotland

As the second longest A-road in Scotland, the A82 provides 140 miles of breath taking scenery, large stretches of strait road and numerous bends and turns to keep you amused. We highly recommend that you have a camera handy on this drive as you’ll be passing no less than 10 lochs as well as the iconic Ben Nevis!

Cat and Fiddle Run

England

Care definitely needs to be taken on this road but just one trip down Cat and Fiddle will see you returning for more. The road consists of a number of tight corners and turns and of course glorious Peak District scenery making it a dream for experienced bikers. If you’re new to motorcycling then take things a little slower, we promise it will still be just as good!

Bwlch y Groes – Pass of the Cross

Wales

Bwlch y Groes is a minor road that runs from the village of Llanuwchllyn to Lake Vyrnwy but at 1,800 feet above sea level this is the highest pass in Wales! The views from this road have not to be missed and although the road dates back to medieval times you are now guaranteed a smooth tarmacked ride.

These are just three of the many fantastic motorbike routes in the UK, if you know of a great route that hasn’t been mentioned then please feel free to share it with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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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’ Spotlight on: Laugharne Weekend

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
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If you fancy doing something a little different at the end of this week, then Laugharne Weekend is definitely worth looking into. This arts festival is held in the pretty Welsh town of Laugharne every spring and offers a fantastic mix of musicians, authors and comedians.

Laugharne Weekend

What makes Laugharne Weekend really special is the eccentricity of Laugharne itself. This West Wales town embodies all that is wonderful about Welsh creativity and helps bring together extraordinary talent from all over the world to celebrate the arts. Deliberately small-scale, Laugharne Weekend maintains an intimacy and quirkiness that eludes many other famous arts events, making a point to include the locality. Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, who lived in Laugharne and who is a key inspiration for the festival, affectionately described the town as “timeless, beautiful, barmy”. Indeed, Laugharne has barely changed since he lived there and it is often said that if he were ever to return, he would recognise it immediately.

Laugharne Weekend Event Information

Dates:  10th- 12th April 2015

Website: www.thelaugharneweekend.com

Prices: Weekend tickets cost £75.00 or you can buy single event tickets here

Line-up includes: Omid Djalili, Meic Stevens, Jenny Colgan, Eddie Butler, Topper Headon and Terry Williams

Cottage accommodation available for Laugharne Weekend

If you are planning on heading to Laugharne Weekend and you need accommodation, we do have some lovely holiday cottages close to Laugharne still available. See below for more details!

Meadow View

Holiday cottage in Laugharne

Meadow View, Laugharne, Ref. 4088

Pretty holiday cottage on the owner’s smallholding where you can be at one with nature and get up close to the many animals kept on the farm, including owls, ducks, horses, cows and geese. Meadow View is perfect for a family holiday and children will love the access to the cottage’s large meadow area with swings and slides for them to play on!

Dylan’s Court

Holiday cottage in Laugharne

Dylan’s Court, Laugharne, Ref. 4135

Dylan’s Court is a spacious, modern holiday home located just 2 miles from the Laugharne Weekend site. There are plenty of lovely walks from the doorstep of this cottage, where you can enjoy spectacular views of both the countryside and coast. The beautiful 7-mile stretch of sandy beach at Pendine is also close by.

Barn Cottage

Holiday cottage in Laugharne

Barn Cottage, Laugharne, Ref. 4184

If you’re looking for accommodation for Laugharne Weekend then Barn Cottage is a brilliant choice. Situated just a short drive from Laugharne, this bright and airy cottage also boasts plenty of great facilities including a storage unit for bikes and a games room with pool table and darts.

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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.

Sykes’ Spotlight on Yurts

Monday, April 6th, 2015
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If you’re looking for a holiday let that offers a little something different but is still luxurious and romantic, then we have just the thing: yurts! Here at Sykes Cottages, we have a stylish selection of yurts, which year after year prove to be extremely popular with customers and it’s not very hard to see why!

The Rowan Yurt | Ref: 917044

The Rowan Yurt | Ref: 917044

With comfortable furnishings, spectacular views and an array of facilities on offer, these yurts are ideal for a special occasion or romantic getaway. We’ve included some more information on three of our yurts below but for details and availability on all of our yurts, make sure to visit our UK Holiday Yurts Page.

The Lakeside Yurt

Beckford, Heart of England

The Lakeside Yurt - Ref 6017

The Lakeside Yurt | Ref: 6017

Along with Island Yurt and Lakeview Yurt, The Lakeside Yurt is located on the shores of a picturesque fishing lake surrounded by the Gloucestershire countryside. Each yurt is completely private and comes with a fantastic outdoor area complete with BBQ and hot tub. Sleeping just two people, these yurts are prefect for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a few days or a week.

The Roundhouse

Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Dorset and Somerset

The Roundhouse | Ref: 14576

The Roundhouse | Ref: 14576

Set on the grounds of a 40-acre organic farm, The Roundhouse offers guests a completely different holiday experience. Not only are there numerous walks from the doorstep and great cycle paths nearby but on a rainy day the yurt itself provides top quality accommodation. Within the yurt you will find a handmade four poster bed, roll-top bath, comfortable sitting area and dining area complete with chandelier!

The Rowan Yurt

Hepworth, Yorkshire Dales

The Rowan Yurt | Ref: 917044

The Rowan Yurt | Ref: 917044

The Rowan Yurt is ideally situated, close to both the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, making it the perfect spot for walking, sightseeing or even just a peaceful escape. Secluded without being isolated, this is our top pick for a romantic getaway as the yurt has been thoughtfully decorated to include a king-size double bed, wood burning stove and fabulous outdoor decked area featuring a BBQ and hot tub.

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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.

Britain’s Best Gardens

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
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The Easter weekend is finally here and with an impressive four days of sunshine to fill, we’ve decided it’s time for our first garden visit of the year. With numerous botanic gardens located throughout the UK, choosing one to visit has been rather difficult but we’ve managed to narrow the search down to four outstanding attractions. Keep reading to discover which gardens have made it onto our list of Britain’s best gardens and see if you can help us decided which garden is best for our Easter visit.

National Botanic Gardens of Wales

As the most visited gardens in Wales, it is no wonder that this spectacular garden has made it to the top of our list. Opened in May 2000, the National Botanic Gardens of Wales takes up 568 acres of Carmarthenshire countryside and was the first botanic garden to be created in the new millennium. The gardens are now home to over 8,000 plant varieties with the staff working hard to conserve and protect some of the world’s rarest plants.

Ness Botanic Gardens

Situated on the Wirral Peninsula and boasting spectacular views over the Dee Estuary, visitors to Ness Botanic Gardens are rewarded with 64 acres of beautiful gardens to explore. Ness is known for its 120 metre herbaceous border, stunning wisteria tunnel and award-winning show gardens, making it the ideal stop for an Easter picnic or a light lunch in The Garden Kitchen. If you’d rather have a guided tour of the garden then don’t worry as staff provide regular walks to see the garden’s seasonal delights!

Cambridge University Botanic Gardens

With a collection of over 8,000 plants gathered from all over the world the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens is a horticulturist’s dream. As well as providing a peaceful space for visitors to relax in, the gardens pride themselves on offering fantastic teaching and research opportunities. Both lectures and research workers flock to the gardens to make use of the staff’s horticultural expertise and study the plant materials on offer.

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh | by Nicole

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh | by Nicole Westley

With a rich history dating back to the 17th century, the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh have made their home in Scotland’s capital, offering visitors a green oasis in the heart of the city. Renowned for their plant science and education, the garden offers a number of daily tours specialising in seasonal plants. The garden also has numerous glasshouses on site which are used to create the tropical climate that over 80% of the world’s flora requires to grow.

And there you have it, our choice of Britain’s best gardens. Which is your favourite garden to visit? Get in touch with us via Twitter or Facebook and let us know!

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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.

Britain’s Best Safari Parks

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
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One of the best things about the arrival of spring is that there are so many opportunities for fun days out! If you’re looking for ideas for family days out this Easter then a safari park is a brilliant option. The kids will love seeing all the animals up close, especially if you can bring yourself to drive through the monkey enclosure- this was always my favourite part as a child! To help you out, we’ve done a bit of research and come up with three of the best safari parks in the UK to visit this Easter:

Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside

If you’re after a bargain this Easter then the fantastic Knowsley Safari Park in Prescot, Merseyside is offering 20% off tickets when you book online! Voted the UK’s number one safari park on TripAdvisor, Knowsley has over 700 exotic animals including all the usual favourites and some more unusual, including Iberian wolves, Californian sea lions and white rhinos. There’s no need to stay in the car all day either as the park offers a walkabout area where you can take a stroll through Bat Forest, take part in the High Ropes Challenge and watch a birds of prey display!

Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire

Longleat was the first safari park of its kind outside Africa and at the time, was considered ground-breaking for the way in which it let its animals roam free. Today, it’s one of the biggest family-friendly attractions in the UK, spanning over 9,000 acres and boasting over 500 animals. With animals including gorillas, lions, elephants, cheetahs and tigers, you’re in for a fantastic experience when you visit Longleat. Aside from the safari there are also plenty of other fun-filled attractions to keep the whole family entertained; get lost in the incredible hedge maze, get wet at Splashpad and journey into the world of Postman Pat at Postman Pat Village!

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, Stirling

Did you know that Blair Drummond is the only place in Scotland where you can see elephants and giraffes? As well as these two African giants, this family-friendly safari park offers a fantastic array of other animals for visitors to get up close to in their cars, including rhinos, tigers, chimpanzees and penguins. There’s also an optional monkey drive through for those who aren’t too precious about their car! After driving through the animal reserves, families can park up and take part in other activities including feeding animals at the petting zoo, watching demonstrations from keepers, taking a boat safari out to Chimp Island and enjoying the rides at the funfair.

Where’s your favourite safari park? We’d love to have your input so please let us know via our Facebook or Twitter page if there are any incredible safari parks that you think we’ve missed out!

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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.