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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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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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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.

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.

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 www.visitengland.com 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.