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Sunday Snapshots: Autumn in the Lake District

Sunday, September 8th, 2013
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The nights are drawing in, pavements are littered with crunchy leaves in a multitude of hues and there is the undeniable nip in the air which can only mean one thing; autumn is fast approaching. With the children back to school this week, now is a great time for a few days away.  Fewer holidaymakers, the promise of an Indian summer and lower prices to boot means you couldn’t choose a better time than autumn for a relaxing break.  So, where to enjoy a few days away?  You’ll struggle to find anywhere better than the Lake District with its simply breathtaking combination of rolling hills and mirror-like lakes to watch the seasons change.  With just too many fantastic photos to choose just one, for this week’s Sunday Snapshot, we’re treating you to a cornucopia of autumnal delights…

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Once you’ve admired the scenery, you’ll find plenty more to keep you entertained whether you’re looking for an active or relaxing break.  Fans of the former should try the Glenridding Sailing Centre located on Ullswater, the area’s second largest lake, which offers a great selection of dinghies, boats, canoes and kayaks to hire.  Their experienced staff also offer training courses throughout the year and are on hand to answer our sailing-related queries!  Once on the water, I’m sure you’ll agree that the view from your boat is second to none.

Lake Ullswater, Glenridding

Foodies have been flocking to the Lakes for decades and autumn with its seasonal abundance of tasty treats is no exception to the region’s popularity.  Make sure to try the damson, in season during September and grown in Westmorland since the early 1700s, which appears in everything from jams to wines, chocolate and even beer!  To make your holiday a truly special one, why not treat yourselves to a Michelin starred meal at L’Enclume in Cartmel, recently crowned the best restaurant in the UK?

Course 8: Herdwick Lamb Flank, Sweetbread, Salsify, Hedge Garlic & Blewitts (3)

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Summer in the Lake District

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
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Could there be anywhere more beautiful in the summertime than the Lake District? With glistening lakes, sky scraping mountains, and green rolling hills, the Lake District is the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy some quiet and relaxing time in the sun. In the summer in the Lakes you can have the best of both worlds, with secluded walks along the shores of Windermere or Coniston Water, and also get your fill of culture at one of the many events that are held throughout the summer months. Here are a few of our favourite summer events happening in the Lake District this season.

Eden Food and Farming Festival

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The Eden Valley

Get back to the land and fill up your belly at the Lake District’s premiere food and farming festival. Held in the charming Lake District town of Eden from July 20-27, 2013 and will involve everything from food tastings and demonstrations, to a local food market and celebration of food in the local community. The festival also includes entertainment and activities for the whole family, so bring everyone along! Visit the website for more information.

Cumbria Forestry Festival

Hutton-in-the-Forest Estate

Hutton-in-the-Forest Estate

Cumbria’s biggest and best free forestry festival will be take place on the Hutton-in-the-Forest Estate, Penrith, this weekend on Sunday 21st July. The weekend will feature, as a main attraction, the annual UK Loggers Competition, as well as local entertainment, forest entertainment, and exhibits from forestry contractors, equipment providers, biomass producers and greenwood workers. The aim of the Forestry Festival, which is organized by Cumbria Woodlands,is to raise awareness of new equipment and techniques within the forestry sector, as well as educate the general public and woodland sustainability and woodland management. The Cumbrian Forestry Festival is free to all and is sure to make a great day out.

Cockermouth Rock Festival

The Cockermouth Rock Festival, otherwise known as Cock Rock, has become an institution in Cumbria in the nine years since its inception. The three day festival is held at Wellington Farm near Cockermouth on the edge of the beautiful Lake District, with with idyllic camping and full panoramic views of the Cumbrian Fells. The festival was set up to raise money for two local charities, Cockermouth Mountain Rescue and The Pride of Cumbria, as well as to encourage and promote local bands and musicians. This year’s lineup sees The Cribs headlining the Friday night and Kids In Glass Houses headlining the Sunday night, with Saturday still to be announced. There are still day and weekend tickets available so head to the Cockermouth Rock Festival website for prices and the full lineup.

With so much to see and do in the Lake District you’ll want to get planning your summer cottage holiday today! We have a great selection of cottages in the Lake District, but they always book up quickly so take a look soon!

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Sykes Cottages Spotlight on Grasmere, Cumbria

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
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“The loveliest spot that man hath ever found”William Wordsworth

You can’t get a much more rousing endorsement for a place than those words spoken by the famous romantic poet, William Wordsworth, about the Lake District town of Grasmere.Wordsworth regularly waxed poetic about the town he chose to call home, and though the town may have changed significantly since the time of Wordsworth and his compatriots, it remains today a picturesque village perfect for exploring on the May bank holiday weekend.


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What To See in Grasmere:

Learn more about the life and writings of William Wordsworth at one of two local attractions that were once close to the poets heart.

Dove Cottage, located on the edge of Grasmere, was the home of Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy from December 1799 to May 1808. Here Wordsworth wrote much of the poetry for which he is remembered today, including “Ode: Intimations of Immortality”, “Ode to Duty”, “My Heart Leaps Up” and “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, together with parts of his autobiographical epic, The Prelude. Today the cottage is owned and run by the Wordsworth Trust and welcomes some 70, 000 visitors per year. You can find out about opening times and tickett prices by visiting the Wordsworth Trust website.

Dove Cottage, Grasmere

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After outgrowing Dove Cottage, Wordsworth and his family move to the more spacious abode of Allan Bank. Here the family lived for two years, regularly welcoming poet friends such as Thomas de Quincey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Allan Bank is now owned by the National Trust and was only opened to the public in March 2012. The house has been partially restored since a devastating fire in 2011 and offers you the opportunity to see and touch the many layers of this home’s fascinating history. Get up to date information about events at Allan Bank by following them on Twitter @AllanBankNT.

Beautiful Walks In and Around Grasmere:

Easdale Tarn, Grasmere

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If there is one thing that the Lake District is known for it’s walking. From afternoon strolls around the lakes, to challenging hikes up hefty hills, there are walks suitable for all levels. Two of the best rated walks in the Grasmere are include Helm Crag and Easedale Tarn. Both walks are of moderate difficulty, with the Helm Crag route travelling for 7.5 miles and the Easdeale Tarn route travelling 4.5 miles. Give yourself plenty of time no matter which walk you choose to take in the Grasmere area, as you’ll want to have the time to stop and enjoy the spectacular views along the way. The weather in the Lake District can be unpredictable however, so make sure you bring along some rain gear and snacks for along the way.

 Where to Eat in Grasmere:

After all of your exploring and hiking around Grasmere you’ll want to reward yourself with some of the delicious food that is available in the local areas. One of the most famous foodie stops, and one that is not to be missed, is Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread shop, nestled right in the centre of Grasmere village. The traditional gingerbread that is baked here uses the same recipe developed by one Sarah Nelson more than 150 years ago. The diminutive shop, located in an old schoolhouse, is easy to find, just follow the smell and look for the lineup stretching out the door.

Sarah Nelson's Gingerbread, Grasmere

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If you’re looking for more than just a snack there is no shortage of cafes and restaurants to choose from in Grasmere. For a relaxed pub lunch or dinner consider Tweedies Bar, renowned for it’s selection of local ales and hearty pub fare. For something a little more upscale, head for The Jumble Room, and eclectic and relaxed restaurant serving the very best of local food.

The Lake District town of Grasmere is one not to be missed. Filled with fascinating history, beautiful vistas, and wonderful walking what isn’t there to like?

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Springtime Daffodils in the Lake District

Friday, April 5th, 2013
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All over the UK the first signs of spring are in the air, with blue skies, fluffy white clouds and the fresh feeling of springtime all around. Over Easter almost all of the country was treated to beautiful weather and although we have just come out of the coldest March in the UK since 1962, the weather in the first week of April has been promising. Fingers crossed we can look forward to more bright sunny days for the rest of the month and well into summer 2013!


Beautiful Spring Daffodils

Beautiful Spring Daffodils


One of the most iconic images of springtime is the daffodil. These stunning, sunshine yellow flowers break through the grey of winter and remind us all that summer days are on the way. As William Wordsworth wrote in his famous poem, Daffodils:

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.




Nowhere are daffodils more iconic than in the Lake District, especially around Ullswater, the lake that inspired Wordsworth to write his well known poem. At this time of year the shoreline of the lake is covered with golden daffodils, providing a striking and colourful panorama and attracting countless tourists to the area. To learn more about the different flowers in bloom in the Lake District throughout the year, visit the Lake District National Park Website.




Here at Sykes Cottages our Ullswater cottages are amongst our most popular, with steam boat rides on the nine mile long lake, wonderful walking in the fells and visits to the The Dalemain Estate, and it’s gorgeous gardens particularly popular.

Inspired to book a last minute break this springtime? Get in touch with us as soon as you can to enquire about availability in our cottages in the Lake District this spring and who knows, you could be enjoying the stunning scenery of the Lake District this spring too!

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Feel the love at a Lake District log cabin!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
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Do you feel like you have been neglecting your loved one recently? Why not show them how much you care by booking a romantic weekend away to a log cabin in the Lake District. Whisk them away on a romantic break and you will find yourselves falling in love with each other all over again.


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Log cabin – the perfect romantic holiday destination

View from a Lake District log cabin

View from a Lake District log cabin

A self catering log cabin makes the perfect destination for a romantic trip. Our Lake District lodges are ideally positioned in serene woodland surroundings and perfectly located for making the most of the Lake District national park.

From your self-catering lodge, you could spend your days going for brisk winter walks, eating delicious pub lunches and wandering round the quaint towns and villages of Keswick, Kendal and Ambleside. When the evening comes there are numerous top quality restaurants to choose from for that extra special evening, or retreat to your accommodation and show your partner how much you care by serving them a delicious homemade meal in your cabin.

Hot tub outside a Lake District log cabin

Hot tub outside a Lake District log cabin

Some of our log cabins also have their very own hot tubs! Rent a log cabin with a hot tub, sink into the warm bubbly water and feel the stresses and strains of everyday life simply melt away. Most of all, enjoy it all with the person who means the most to you.

Why not rent a log cabin with an open fire this winter?

Log cabin with a wood burner

Log cabin with a wood burner

Many of our log cabins have open fires and log burning stoves. On a cold winter’s night, nothing is more perfect than snuggling up together  in front of a roaring log fire with a glass of wine in hand. Cuddle up together and forget about the world, what could be better?!

Cosy lounge in a Lake District log cabin

Cosy lounge in a Lake District log cabin

If you are planning a romantic weekend and you want to rent accommodation with an open fire, be sure to book quickly! The recent winter weather means we are currently experiencing high demand for our properties with log fires. Get in touch with us today or browse our cottages on our website.

An extra special weekend in the Lake District

The stunning scenery of the Lake District is the perfect place to tell your partner that you love them and is a truly wonderful place to get down on one knee and ask them for their hand in marriage.

Log cabin in the Lake District

Log cabin in the Lake District

Need a little more inspiration? Online magazine iVillage, have published a handy guide on how to get the most of your romantic holiday.

Our helpful holiday cottage advisors will be more than happy to help you book an extra special trip to a log cabin in the Lake District. We are open between 9am and 9.30pm. Alternatively, send us an email with your holiday requirements and we will be more than happy to help you book a memorable holiday to a romantic Lake District lodge.

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