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Win a Romantic Retreat with VisitEngland

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
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Have you entered our competition in conjunction with VisitEngland yet? With the competition end date in sight, we want to make sure that you don’t miss out on the chance to win this fantastic prize and enjoy a cosy cottage holiday in one of our stunning romantic retreats! We’re offering one lucky winner £400 worth of Sykes Cottages vouchers and a luxury hamper full of goodies; but hurry, the competition closes on October 31st. You can enter by heading to the VisitEngland website.

Here at Sykes, we think a cottage getaway is the most romantic way to take a break with your partner (not that we’re biased!) and in honour of our competition with VisitEngland, we want to share just a few of our tips on making the most of your romantic getaway!

Turn your phones off

Romantic holiday cottage in the Peak District

House on the Hill, Peak District, Ref. 916619

There is nothing that kills the mood more than looking at your phone every few minutes to flick through Twitter, check your Facebook notifications and upload pictures to Instagram. Just stop. Avoid temptation by turning your phone off and instead, focus on spending time with your loved one.

Make the most of the cottage’s facilities

Romantic holiday cottage in Shropshire

The Old Chapel, Shropshire, Ref. 30035

If you do your research before you go and read about the facilities that your cottage has to offer, you’ll ensure that you get the most out of your getaway. If your cottage has a hot tub, make sure that you pack your swim suits; if there’s an iPod dock, create a romantic playlist for your time together; if your cottage has a bath then splash out on some luxurious bath products for you both to enjoy! It’s all in the details.

Treat yourselves

Romantic holiday cottage in Yorkshire Dales

Journeyman Loft, Yorkshire Dales, Ref. 12252

As all of our cottages are self-catering, why not stop off at a local food shop or supermarket on the journey to stock up on all of your favourite snacks, drinks and ingredients for delicious home-made meals. Eating in is much more intimate than heading out to a restaurant, where you are frequently interrupted by waiters and distracted by other diners; if you’re looking for the perfect romantic meal then we recommend you cook up a storm in your holiday cottage and enjoy the privacy!

If you’ve entered the competition already and are waiting with bated breath to find out the winner, why not spend your time planning your potential romantic getaway by having a browse of our fantastic romantic cottages collection. If you haven’t entered yet and want to do so, head to the VisitEngland website now!

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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.

Win a Romantic Autumn Getaway with Visit England!

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
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This month, we’ve teamed up with VisitEngland to offer you the chance to win £400 of Sykes Cottages vouchers to spend on a romantic autumn getaway! With its beautiful array of colours; dark, cosy nights and dipping temperatures perfect for snuggling; there’s something incredibly romantic about autumn. That’s why we want to help you make the most of this wonderful season and help you to spend some quality time with your loved one in one of our snug romantic cottages. In addition to the vouchers, you and your partner will also receive a luxury hamper full of delicious treats! To enter the competition, all you need to do is head to the VisitEngland website.

Romantic holiday cottage in Cornwall

Coachman’s, Cornwall, Ref. 982

To get you in the mood, take a look at some of the romantic retreats that you could be heading to in the near future!

The Cow Byre, Cumbria

Romantic holiday cottage in Cumbria

The Cow Byre, Cumbria, Ref. 7512

If you’re looking for a luxury autumn getaway, you’d be hard pressed to find something more opulent than The Cow Byre. This stunning open plan cottage is situated amongst the beautiful Cumbrian countryside, making it ideal for bracing walks and enjoying the autumn colours. On returning from your blustery walk, warm yourself in front of the cosy woodburner in the living area or head up to the galleried bedroom where you’ll find an irresistible claw-footed bath that’s just calling out for you to take a soak!

Forester’s Inn, Forest of Dean

Romantic holiday cottage in Forest of Dean

Forester’s Inn, Forest of Dean, Ref. 28825

For the ultimate cosy cottage getaway, look no further than Forester’s Inn at the heart of the Forest of Dean. Offering a charming combination of modern furnishings and original features, this characterful little cottage is picture-perfect. Just take a look at the roaring woodburner, plush rugs and comfy sofa in the living room; I’d defy anyone not to want to grab their other half and snuggle up for a night in front of the fire!

The Loft, North Yorkshire

Romantic holiday cottage in Yorkshire

The Loft, North Yorkshire, Ref. 13557

Fancy a romantic getaway immersed in nature? This intimate bolthole in the sleepy Yorkshire village of Staintondale is situated on a 14 acre smallholding, where you can visit the farm’s friendly Shetland Ponies and Highland Cows and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a roe deer! The Loft’s exposed beams, aged timber floors and super-king sized bed, all add to the snug atmosphere of this secluded romantic retreat.

To view our full selection of romantic cottages in the UK and Ireland, please visit our website. In order to be in with a chance of winning a stay at one of our fabulous cottages, please don’t forget to enter our competition in partnership with VisitEngland by visiting their website today.


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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.

Off the Beaten Track: Destinations for Couples

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
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Deciding on a destination for a romantic getaway in summer can be hard. You want to go somewhere pretty and where there’s a lot to do, but you also want to pick somewhere where you’re not surrounded by tourists so that you can fully enjoy each other’s company. Here at Sykes Cottages, we’ve come up with some ideas for off the beaten track destinations in the UK, which are perfect for lovebirds who want to spend some quality time together away from the usual tourist hotspots.

Exmoor National Park

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Exmoor National Park, on the West-Somerset/Dorset border, is one of the lesser-visited National Parks in the UK but is nevertheless, one of the most beautiful. This peaceful part of the country is ideal for couples who want to take advantage of the warm temperatures and stunning coastline of the South-West of England without the crowded beaches of the usual tourist hotspots. The romantic heather-covered moorlands, shaded wooded valleys, plunging cliffs and secluded beaches of Exmoor are truly special and recently, Exmoor has been named the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe. The park is home to some of the darkest skies in the country, making it the perfect place to gaze at the stars.

Llyn Peninsula

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For an off the beaten track holiday in Wales, take a look at the Llyn Peninsula in the North-West corner of the country. Although still a popular tourist destination, this picturesque peninsula remains unspoilt and is considered less ‘touristy’ than other areas; around a quarter of the peninsula is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Couples can stroll along the beaches of the laid-back coastal towns with clear blue waters, experience the delights of the charming fishing villages and visit the ancient pilgrimage site of Bardsey Island, which also includes the chance to spot dolphins and grey seals in the surrounding waters.

Eden Valley

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Nestled in between the tourist hotspots of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, the stunning Eden Valley is often overlooked and has long been regarded as one of Cumbria’s best kept secrets. The charming traditional villages and sprawling countryside encompass one of the UK’s most unspoilt landscapes. Couples should head to the ancient market town of Kirkby Stephen for a touch of history. This bustling town also has a station on the picturesque Settle to Carlisle railway line or if you’re so inclined, the areas surrounding the town are ideal for cycling and walking. The valley also offers a wide range of attractions for couples to visit, including historical houses, gardens, museums restaurants and pubs.

If you’re looking for a romantic holiday away from crowds of tourists, then why not let us help! We have a wonderful selection of romantic cottages across the UK and Ireland and a dedicated reservations team, who are on hand to help you 7 days a week, from 9.00am- 9.30pm. Get in touch today!

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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.

Sykes Cottages Guide to UK’s most Romantic Views

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
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Whether you like a dramatic coastline, a beautiful forest or a rocky mountain the UK has you covered. The varied landscapes on this small island of ours make for some beautiful views and today we’re taking a look at the most romantic ones! So if you’re still in need of some Valentine’s inspiration then you’re in the right place as today we give you the Sykes Cottages guide to some of the UK’s most romantic views.

Loch Lomond

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Located not too far from Glasgow is Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s freshwater lochs. Whether you’re here in the morning, seeing the night time mist that has encased the loch, or here in the evening to see the sunset, there is no denying that Loch Lomond is a wonderfully romantic view!

Brecon Beacons

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If you’re the type of couple who enjoy a romantic ramble around a fantastic mountain range then the Brecon Beacons may be just the place for you. With walking routes suitable for all abilities and beautiful views to boot, Brecon Beacons National Park is perfect for any couple wanting to see a beautiful view.


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With such beautiful mountain ranges and nature it’s no surprise that Wales is featuring twice in our guide to the most romantic views. With a variety of walking routes and lots to do in the surrounding area, Snowdonia is the perfect place for a slow romantic stroll or a more difficult hike. However you choose to enjoy Snowdonia, there is no doubt that the view here is breathtaking.


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Windermere is not only the largest natural lake in England but, in our opinion, is one of the most spectacular to look at. Whilst there is an abundance of activities to take part in, our favourite thing to do is just walk along the bank of the lake and take in the surroundings!

Golden Cap

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The Golden Cap, a part of the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, is the highest point on the south coast of Britain. Due to its position and location, the Golden Cap provides beautiful views to the surrounding areas. Whether you’ve clambered up to the top, or you are just looking at the Golden Cap itself, it still provides beautiful views. Head here at sunset with your loved one for the ultimate romantic setting!

If the views that we’ve listed here have whet your appetite and you’d like to see more romantic views, why not take a look at our Pinterest board to see yet more romantic views?

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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.

How to Organise the Perfect Valentine’s Getaway

Sunday, January 26th, 2014
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Love is in the air at Sykes Cottages today as we continue to book romantic cottage getaways for loved-up customers celebrating Valentine’s Day. With this special day falling on a Friday this year, there’s no excuse not to spoil your partner and take them away for the weekend. If you’ve been thinking of planning a Valentine’s short break but you’re not sure where to start, then let us talk you through how to organise the perfect romantic cottage holiday.

Booking a surprise Valentine’s getaway?

Cosy, romantic cottage

Capel, South Cumbria, Ref 904170

There’s nothing quite as romantic as booking a surprise holiday for your partner, although considerable amounts of organisation and effort need to go into keeping it a surprise. All too often, hours of planning can be thwarted by oblivious holiday companies leaving ill-timed voicemails on your house phone and sending indiscreet letters through the post. This year, why not breathe easy and book your romantic break with Sykes? We have been booking romantic getaways for over 25 years and are a dab hand at making sure your surprise goes smoothly.  On first contacting us, let us know that you’re planning a surprise and from there you’ll be able to dictate how and when we contact you, ensuring that the cat isn’t inadvertently let out of the bag. We’ll do everything in our power to ensure that your romantic gesture goes to plan.

What makes a romantic cottage?

Romantic cottage

The Cow Byre, South Cumbria, Ref 7512

Many of our cottages have those indulgent touches that will make your getaway extra special. For a romantic holiday you won’t forget, we suggest booking a holiday cottage with a hot tub. Bring along a bottle of champagne and then just sit back and relax in the luxurious comfort of a hot tub with your loved one. Our cottages with hot tubs are extremely popular so do book quickly to avoid being disappointed! Another romantic feature that always goes down a treat is an open fire. There’s nothing more relaxing than spending an evening in front of the crackling flames cuddled up with your partner. So why not book one of our fantastic cottages with an open fire and let the sparks fly! Other features that you might want to consider when choosing your romantic cottage include large, comfy sofas, roll-top baths, four poster beds and beautiful scenery.  For the romantically challenged amongst you who are still desperate to impress, our highly trained holiday advisors will be able to assist in choosing the perfect romantic cottage to make your other half go weak at the knees.

Things to do on your romantic getaway

Cottage kitchen

Egton Cottage, North Yorkshire, Ref 4526

The last thing you need to consider is what you’re going to do on your romantic getaway! Many of our cottages are situated within spectacular surroundings, close to the coast or in the midst of rolling countryside. Why not make the most of the Great British landscape and head out for a ramble with your loved one? The fresh February air will blow away the cobwebs and is the perfect antidote for getting rid of any work-related stress that you may have struggled to leave at home. After a long day of walking, you can make full use of your kitchen by whipping up a romantic meal for two. Our cottages are fully equipped with all the amenities you’ll need to produce a gourmet meal for your other half, so you can spend an indulgent evening enjoying the privacy of your own romantic retreat with good food and good wine. What could be better than that?

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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.