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10 Romantic Getaways For Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
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Still wondering how you could treat your other half this Valentine’s Day? Why not book a romantic weekend getaway in a cosy cottage? We’ve lots of stunning cottages still available over the Valentine’s Day weekend that are sure to impress your loved one and earn you some brownie points. For inspiration and ideas on where to book, take a look at these ten romantic cottages with availability.

Carn Cottage, Yorkshire Dales

Carn Cottage is a tranquil bolthole for any couple wanting to get away from it all this Valentine’s Day. Set in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside with spectacular walks from the doorstep, two lovely pubs within walking distance and a cosy open fire to cuddle up in front of, it’s the ideal romantic retreat.

Dundonald Landing, West Highlands

Views don’t come much better than those at Dundonald Landing. This secluded wooden chalet is located on the shore of Loch Etive, offering uninterrupted views across the loch and mountains in the distance. Hole up here with your loved one and spend Valentine’s Day enjoying each other’s company amongst breath-taking surroundings.

The Fold, Warwickshire

If you want to impress your loved one this Valentine’s Day, whisk them away on a surprise getaway to Stratford upon Avon. As the birthplace of one of Britain’s most romantic men, William Shakespeare, it’s a wonderful place to make a grand gesture. While you’re in the area, The Fold will make for a lovely, cosy base with a charming balcony overlooking the 2.5 acres of grounds in which the cottage is located.

The Shippen, Lake District

This traditional Lakeland cottage makes a fantastic base for exploring the Lake District this Valentine’s weekend. Grizedale Forest is just two miles away and the shore of Lake Windermere is a mere six miles. The Shippen is attached to the owner’s 17th century farmhouse, nestled in a peaceful hamlet in the Lake District National Park. There are endless walking and cycling opportunities here and a delightful woodburner to warm up in front of after a long day exploring.

The Lilacs, Cotswolds

If your dream is to spend Valentine’s Day in a cute Cotswolds cottage with a hot tub then look no further than The Lilacs. This lovely stone cottage is perfect for a Valentine’s break with its king-size bed, luxurious furnishings and bubbling outdoor hot tub. A few minutes’ walk will take you to the beautiful village of Broadway, often known as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’, where there are plenty of charming pubs, shops and restaurants to explore.

Owl Cottage, Yorkshire Dales

This cottage is perfect for romantics. Where better to spend Valentine’s Day than amongst the surroundings that inspired one of Britain’s most famous love stories, Wuthering Heights? In the centre of Haworth, Owl Cottage is a delightful terraced property with charming original features, stunning countryside views and is just a short walk from the footpaths that take you across Top Withens, the place said to have inspired Emily Brontë’s famous novel.

Rosie Cottage, Dorset

Rosie Cottage is a picturesque barn conversion in North Dorset and the perfect place for a rural romantic retreat in the South West. This cottage has been thoughtfully decorated and furnished with hand-crafted wooden furniture made by the owner. It’s dog friendly too so you can bring your furry friend along with you! There are lots of scenic walks straight from the doorstep and historic market towns such as Blandford Forum and Sherborne within driving distance.

Bloom Barn, Co. Tipperary

This charming studio barn conversion is wonderful place for a peaceful, romantic break in the Irish countryside. Bloom Barn is full of characterful features including wooden beams, charming shabby-chic décor and there are even some friendly donkeys you can visit in the field next door. The pretty village of Terryglass is just four miles away if you can tear yourself away from the cottage, offering traditional pubs and a shop for all your essentials.

At The Races, Cheshire

For a romantic city break, take a look at this luxury apartment in historic Chester.  At The Races is located in the heart of Chester city centre with its fantastic shops, restaurants and bars just a minute’s walk away. You’ll be spoilt for choice on where to try for a romantic meal! Walk the Roman walls, wander through the famous Rows or take a day trip to Chester Zoo, which is easily reachable by car or public transport.

Hafan Deg, Llyn Peninsula

Hafan Deg is a modern first floor apartment located on a 200 acre livestock farm, close to the stunning North Wales coastline. This property offers every modern convenience you could need for a weekend away and the views are breath-taking. Spend your weekend here on bracing, romantic walks along the beach before heading to a nearby pub to warm your cockles with some good pub grub and a couple of drinks!

To see all of our cottages still available for Valentine’s Day, please visit our website!

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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.

5 Reasons to Book a Cottage for your Honeymoon

Sunday, September 13th, 2015
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If you’ve splashed most of your cash on your wedding day and you’re looking for a honeymoon closer to home to save the pennies, why not take a look at our collection of romantic holiday cottages that are perfect for a great value honeymoon in the UK. We’ve some beautiful, secluded cottages dotted around Britain where you can relax and enjoy the company of your new husband or wife uninterrupted. If you need a bit of convincing, here are just five reasons why you should book a romantic cottage for your honeymoon.

1. More privacy

Let’s face it, privacy is important on a honeymoon. Life has probably been hectic and a little stressful in the run up to the wedding, so after everything, you deserve your honeymoon to be peaceful and all about quality time together. With a whole cottage to yourself, you’ll have all the privacy you need with no maids or other guests to disturb you.

2. Dine in the comfort of your own cottage

There’s no need to wake up early to make sure you get your hotel breakfast! If you honeymoon at one of our self-catering cottages, you can make the most of your free time and lie in all morning if you want to, before cooking your loved one a hearty breakfast of your choice at a time that suits you. Or if you don’t fancy eating out in the evening, all of our cottages have fully equipped kitchens with everything that you’ll need to whip up a romantic candlelit meal for two.

3. Exclusive romantic features

Cottages offer so many more possibilities to make sure that you have the most romantic honeymoon possible. Imagine yourselves cosying up in front of a roaring log fire in the middle of the countryside; soaking yourselves in a luxury, claw-foot bath; or sipping champagne in a bubbling hot tub whilst looking at the stars. Sold yet?

4. So much choice

Planning a honeymoon in a UK cottage offers you so many options in terms of locations and things to do. Want a secluded rural bolthole where you can spend your days walking hand-in-hand through the countryside, visiting traditional pubs and local tea shops? Or maybe you envisioned a coastal getaway filled with lazy days on the beach and picnics overlooking the sea? Whatever you imagined, we’ll have the perfect cottage to suit.

5. You don’t have to leave your dog at home

If the thought of leaving your four-legged friend behind while you jet off on your honeymoon fills you with dread, save the guilty feelings and sad faces by bringing them with you! Over half of all our cottages are pet friendly with facilities designed to make your stay with a dog easy, such as secure, enclosed gardens, information on nearby dog-friendly walks and pubs, and some owners will even provide dog treats on arrival! Your dog will be just as spoilt as you on your honeymoon!

To see our full range of honeymoon cottages then visit our website! Whatever you’ve been dreaming of, we will do our best to ensure that you have the honeymoon you deserve.

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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.

10 things couples should try this Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
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Sorry, singletons aren’t welcome here, for today on the Sykes’ blog, we’ve gone all soft in honour of Valentine’s Day. Before you close this page at the speed of Cupid’s bow, hold fire; we’re not here to make you spend a quarter of a month’s wages on a bouquet of roses. Instead, we want you and your lover to try something out of the ordinary this Valentine’s Day. From horse riding in the Lakes to picnicking by boat, here’s 10 things every couple ought to try during the weekend of lurve.

Be entranced by the night sky in Northumberland

When the lights go out this Valentine’s Day, don’t take it to the bedroom. Instead, layer up and head to Northumberland, where the starry night sky hanging over Kielder Water will sweep you off your tootsies. In 2013, Northumberland’s night sky was granted protected dark sky status, making it one of the best places to stargaze in Europe.

Enjoy afternoon tea at Corfe Castle

The romantic ruins of Corfe Castle are a dreamy daytrip destination for couples at the best of times, but on Valentine’s Day, this evocative Civil War relic comes into its own. After a hand-in-hand stroll around the castle, take an afternoon tea of heart-shaped shortbread, chocolate dipped strawberries and Victoria sponge cake in the castle’s cosy café.

Hire a classic car and head for the hills

Leave the Merc at home this weekend and travel in style with a retro hire car. There are lots of classic motors available to rent for a weekend jaunt to the countryside, from the chic Jaguar E-type to the Austin Healey. With the breeze in your hair, you can explore some of England’s prettiest spots; we’d recommend the Cotswolds, whose charming villages are as timeless as your chosen wheels.

Wander the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland

If you’re looking for alone time this Valentine’s Day, there’s only one place for it: the Wild Atlantic Way. Spanning the length of Ireland’s west coast, this evocative seaboard trail is about as far flung as it gets. Think soaring sea cliffs, windswept beaches, and some of the friendliest locals in Europe. If you choose, you won’t see another soul for miles – bliss.

Explore the mystical Ingleton Waterfall Trail

Does the sight of a waterfall render you all of a flutter? Then steady yourself, for the Ingleton Waterfall Trail has lots of them. Beginning in the sleepy village of Ingleton, this circular trail takes visitors on a journey through some of the most spectacular waterfall scenery in England – trust me, you’ll want the camera.

Savour a romantic rail journey in Snowdonia

Picture a steam train chugging through a leafy valley. Then, picture yourself aboard it, sipping a glass of champagne as you sit and admire the views. Sound good? Then book yourself aboard the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, whose carriages and engines are over 150 years old. The Ffestiniog Railway has over forty miles of track, and passes some of Snowdonia’s prettiest landscapes.

Picnic on the River Fowey in Cornwall

Fowey Picnic Boat

Perused our Discover Cornwall Visitor Guide recently? Then you’ll know about the Fowey Picnic Boat. For those who haven’t: the Fowey Picnic Boat offers the chance to picnic aboard a 1930’s motor launch captained by friendly skipper, Brian. Brian will take lovebirds on a two-hour cruise of the beautiful River Fowey whilst they gorge on a delicious picnic. If you can’t make it for Valentine’s, it’s the perfect daytrip come summer.

Saddle up in the Lake District

You’ve walked, cycled, kayaked and climbed your way across the Lake District – but have you ever explored this wonderful region on horseback? With an endless supply of fells, dells and coast to explore, Cumbria and the Lake District is one of the best places in the country for four-legged discovery. Like lovers of old, you too can saddle up and feel at one with nature this Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy a snowy sled dog tour in Scotland

Or, swap ponies for pooches and enjoy an unforgettable sled dog tour in the Scottish Highlands this Valentine’s Day. With a little help from some strong-as-on-ox canines, you can see the Highlands like never before. Over the Valentine’s weekend, Scotland’s likely to be covered in a blanket of snow, which will only add to the enchantment. After your mushing sesh, head back to the warmth of a Scottish log cabin and warm your extremities beside the fire.

Book a last minute Valentine’s getaway

Just want to get away with the person you love? That’s fine too! But you’ll have to be quick, as there’s only a few days left to book a last minute getaway for cupid’s big weekend. Visit our Valentine’s cottages page today, and use the search bar on the left of the page to find the perfect cottage for your romantic getaway.

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By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.

Ten Activities for Couples in The Highlands

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
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The festive period of spending time with family and friends is unfortunately over. However, now is a great time to focus on spending time with that special someone. If you and your loved one happen to find yourselves in the Scottish Highlands (we heavily recommend it!) and in need of an idea or two of a romantic activity then read on as we’ve come up with a shortlist of things to do that are perfect for couples in the Scottish Highlands.

1. Go For a Walk

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No matter where you are in The Highlands you won’t be too far from a scenic walking route and what better way to spend an afternoon than on a wander with your loved one? If you need inspiration for your romantic Highland wander, we’re particularly fond of this route through the Truim Woods in the Cairngorms.

2. Go Shopping

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Image via Flickr

If you’re a shopping lover you will be spoilt for choice in the Highlands, particularly in Inverness where you can find a huge number of well-known brands as well as lovely independent shops. Have a date day by taking a stroll through the shops, buy yourself some goodies before stopping off for lunch and coffee; a perfect way to spend the day!

3. Go on a Distillery Tour

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A couple who sips whisky together, stays together. Or something like that. Either way, a trip to Scotland would not be complete without touring a distillery and indulging in a dram or two at the end. Why not visit Old Pulteney in Caithness for an hour tour or indulge in the Manager’s Masterclass that includes a two hour tour and tasting session with the Distillery Manager.

4. Catch a Show

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Dinner and a show may sound like a cliché date but for a romantic evening there isn’t anything better! Eden Court in Inverness plays host to a variety of shows throughout the week in both the cinema and theatre.

5. Discover Wildlife

Tiger at Highland Wildlife Park

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On water or on land, Scotland has a huge variety of native wildlife just waiting to be discovered! For something a little more exotic, Highland Wildlife Park makes a great day out. Learn about the animals in the park whilst spending quality time with your partner.

6. Go for a Bike Ride

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If you want a way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Highlands but at a bit of a faster pace than walking, why not hire a bike and get cycling? Follow a cycle path and treat yourselves to lunch in a cosy country pub to warm up in the middle of your ride.

7. Enjoy a romantic meal

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Let’s be honest, you can have a romantic meal anywhere, but there really is nothing better than taking in the beautiful Highland views on a romantic after dinner stroll!

8. Go for a Ride on the Nevis Range Gondola

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Nothing says romance like a beautiful view and The Mountain Gondola in The Nevis Range provides just that. The journey on the Gondola takes around 12-15 minutes and provides riders with stunning views of Ben Nevis and the surrounding areas.

9. Visit a Castle

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Take a walk around the ruins of one of the Highlands many castles and learn about who used to live there. Urquhart Castle in particular is a great choice for a romantic day out, giving visitors a stunning view over Loch Ness from its ruins.

10. Book a Romantic Cottage

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On the chilly nights that are particularly prominent at this time of year, there is nothing better than snuggling up in front of an open fire in your very own holiday cottage rental. Take a look at our selection of cottages in the Scottish Highlands and whisk your loved one away for a romantic getaway – you won’t be disappointed!


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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.

Book a Romantic Cottage for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, January 10th, 2015
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To gain some brownie points from your loved one this year, make Valentine’s Day extra special by booking a cosy cottage for the occasion! Here at Sykes, we’re a sucker for a love story and so we’ve come up with a few suggestions on where to go for the perfect romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day. To help make your Valentine’s break run smoothly, you can also take a look at our guide on how to organise the perfect Valentine’s getaway!

Indulge in a cottage with a hot tub

Holiday cottage with hot tub

Upper Barn Stable, Norfolk, Ref. 2428

For most of us a hot tub is the ultimate luxury, so why not spoil your partner with a getaway in a holiday cottage with a hot tub? Upper Barn Stable is a charming stable conversion in Norfolk with traditional features and a bubbling hot tub in the garden to soak yourself in! It’s still available for Valentine’s Day but act quickly to make sure that you don’t miss out as our cottages with hot tubs are extremely popular!

Warm yourselves in a cottage with a log fire

Holiday cottage with log fire

Beckside Cottage, Yorkshire Dales, Ref. 906996

Is there anything more romantic than snuggling with your partner in front of a log fire? We think not. If like me, your house is rather lacking in real log fires, then why not treat yourself to some time away in one of our gorgeous cottages with open fires. The lovely Beckside Cottage, pictured above, is still available over Valentine’s Day and boasts a beautiful wood-burning stove where you can warm yourselves after exploring the surrounding Yorkshire countryside.

Relax in a cottage with a four poster bed

Holiday cottage with four poster bed

Beesoni Lodge, Worcestershire, Ref. 1852

No first-class Valentine’s getaway is complete without a sumptuous four poster bed and luckily for you, we have a fantastic selection of luxury cottages with four poster beds for you to choose from! Four poster beds evoke an air of romance, elegance and opulence, which is definitely the feel you want to go for on the most romantic day of the year!

Book a romantic holiday cottage with Sykes Cottages

Romantic holiday cottage

Coachman’s, Cornwall, Ref. 982

If you’re planning on booking a romantic retreat for Valentine’s Day, then Sykes Cottages are here to help! Whether you’re planning a surprise getaway (don’t forget to read our handy guide to booking a surprise holiday!) or just looking for somewhere nice to spend the weekend together, we can help you find the perfect cottage for your celebrations. Our dedicated reservations specialists are on hand 7 days a week from 9.00am until 9.30pm – give us a call on 01244 356 695 or send us an email to see what we have available. Happy planning!

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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.