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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!

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.

Snowdonia

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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.

Windermere

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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?

Leanne Dempsey

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?

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.

Spruce up your Cottage for Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Whether you’re a fan or not, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and soon shops will be adorned with red hearts and fluffy teddy bears. We’ve been very busy here at Sykes HQ with phone calls from doe-eyed lovers looking to book a weekend away in honour of St. Valentine. As it is such a prime time of year, we thought that we’d take a look at what we think makes the perfect romantic getaway cottage. So, if you’re the owner of a self catering holiday cottage and want to spruce up your property to appeal more to the romantic market, then you are in the right place!

Now we know that people’s ideas of romance differ. Some people want to be in a bustling city centre to see all of the sights with their loved one, whereas other couples prefer a secluded countryside location with nothing but walks and nature surrounding them. No matter the type of romantic retreat couples are looking for, however, there are a few additions we think any cottage should have to make it the perfect nest for love birds.

How about a Hot Tub?

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For those couples who want to add a bit of luxury to their Valentine’s getaway, a hot tub will be top of the wish list! Particularly in the chilly February weather there is nothing more appealing than hopping into a hot tub with your Valentine at the end of a day exploring and enjoying each other’s company. Our cottages that have hot tubs are often the first to be booked up, so if you have the space to fit one at your property it is well worth it!

Comfy Sofas and Open Fires

Image from Barn Cottage. Property reference 2111.

For the modern couple, where time spent together may be few and far between, having a comfy sofa to cuddle on is important when on a romantic getaway. If this comfy sofa happens to be in front of an open fire then all the better! Romantic breaks are the perfect time for a couple to reconnect and to rekindle their romance; what better way to do this than with a snuggle on a big comfortable sofa? Also, why not have a basket of blankets near the sofa, to let your guests get really comfy?

Entertainment

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As much as a romantic getaway is a chance to spend quality time together, having some kind of entertainment for guests to enjoy together can be a very good idea. Having either a CD player or a docking station can allow couples to rekindle their love of old songs or to help get them in the romantic mood. Having a television with a DVD player might also be a good idea, to allow couples to catch up on their favourite television series or watch their favourite film.

The Little Touches

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If you know that a couple is coming to your property for a romantic break or honeymoon, why not leave out a few extras. Things like a bottle of wine, some chocolates or some lovely local foodie treats will go down a storm and could help make the romantic getaway really special for the couple.

So there you have it, our top tips of additions you can make to spruce up your holiday home for the romantic crowd. Or perhaps you already have the perfect romantic retreat and would like to join us here at Sykes Cottages? If so, then take a look at our cottage letting page for more information!

Leanne Dempsey

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.

Spotlight on New Sykes Cottages – Romantic Cottages for Couples

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
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Dotted across the country Sykes Cottages have delightfully cosy cottage accommodation that is designed just for two, offering the perfect place to get away with the one you love for some special time alone. Whether you fancy a cosmopolitan city break, a quaint little cottage in the countryside, or a secluded cottage perfect for getting away from it all, Sykes Cottages have some newly added cottages that are sure to be perfect for the two of you. Take some time to browse these three newly added romantic cottages for two and start planning the romantic getaway of your dreams.

Mossy Nook – Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District

Mossy Nook Cottage

Mossy Nook Cottage, ref. 23606 – Bowness-on-Windermere

Spend a romantic weekend tucked away in Mossy Nook, a cosy wing of a semi-detached Edwardian townhouse in the centre of the ever-popular town of Windermere. Here you’ll have the best of both worlds, a quiet location that’s only a few minutes’ walk from shops, pubs and places to eat. This Lake District cottage has been fully renovated and offers 5 tick, luxury accommodation in a beautiful location. Perfectly situated for exploring the local area, Mossy Nook is within easy driving distance of Bowness, Coniston Water, Grasmere, and the magnificent Langdales, and makes an ideal romantic home from home at any time of the year.

Lock and Key Cottage – Lampeter, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay

Although Lock and Key Cottage sleeps only two people, you will be astonished by the spaciousness of accommodation offered in this annexe converted within a former pub. On the ground floor of the cottage you’ll find a sitting room complete with 3D television and electric fire, a conservatory style sitting area with views over the patio and garden, a superbly equipped kitchen, as well as a dining area. Up a short set of carpeted stairs you’ll find the luxurious sleeping area, complete with a super king-size bed, comfy chairs and a settee plus a unique style dormer window which can be opened out to create a Juliet balcony. Should you ever actually feel like leaving this 5 tick cottage while on holiday you can visit the nearby tea rooms, pubs, restaurants and the quirky little shops in Lampeter, or head further afield to the South Wales coast and enjoy a refreshing coastal walk. All in all you can’t ask for much more in a romantic cottage getaway!

Ramblers Roost – Grasmere near Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District

Nestled on the slopes of Rydal Fell with extensive shared grounds overlooking Grasmere Lake you’ll find Ramblers Roost, a ground floor apartment with stunning views across the Lake District countryside. Ramblers Roost is an ideal place to enjoy the stunning scenery and amazing sunsets of the area, and all within a short walk of charming Grasmere village. As the name would suggest, Ramblers Roost is the perfect accommodation for those who like a bit of walking, with the well-known coffin trail around Grasmere and Rydal Water, and the more ambitious Fairfield Horseshoe both accessible from the front door. This is a landscape that has inspired poets and painters alike for centuries and this Grasmere self-catering apartment is perfect for anyone wishing to enjoy time together in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.