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5 Last Minute Summer Holidays for Families

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
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Decided to book a last minute summer holiday but not sure where to start? Below, we’ve listed five fantastic holiday cottages in the UK that still have availability in the school summer holidays; from Cornwall to the Lake District, these cottages lovely cottages are perfect for a family getaway. Act quickly though, as they’re sure to be snapped up soon!

12 Deva Terrace, Cheshire

Beautiful Georgian terraced property in Chester, overlooking the River Dee. Just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Chester with its shops and restaurants, as well as family attractions including Chester Zoo, Blue Planet Aquarium and the Roman Dewa Experience.

Price: 7 nights in the summer holidays from £750. Sleeps 4.

Read more here: 12 Deva Terrace, Chester, Cheshire

Fairoak, Lake District

Victorian Lakeland terrace just 1.5 miles from Lake Windermere. Located at the heart of the popular Lake District town of Windermere, this pretty cottage is perfect for families looking for a getaway in the Lakes this summer, with spectacular scenery just a short drive away and fantastic family attractions on your doorstep.

Price: 7 nights in the summer holidays from £766. Sleeps 5.

Read more here:  Fairoak, Windermere, Lake District

Rose Cottage, Devon

Pretty holiday cottage on a non-working farm amongst tranquil, rolling countryside and meadows, yet not far from the Devon coastline. Rose Cottage is lovely and cosy; perfect for relaxing after a day on the beach! There’s a private, sun-trap garden boasting spectacular sea views and the property also offers direct access to a footpath leading to Hallsands beach and the South West Coast Path.

Price: 7 nights in the summer holidays from £842. Sleeps 4.

Read more here: Rose Cottage, Hallsands, Devon

The Station Flat, Cornwall

Wonderfully unique holiday apartment situated above the ticket office alongside the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, just 4.5 miles from the popular holiday destination of Newquay. Guests at The Station Flat can enjoy all the on-site facilities at at the Lappa Valley Steam Railway -a fantastic family day out- including steam train rides, canoeing and miniature golf.

Price: 7 nights in the summer holidays from £787. Sleeps 4.

Read more here: The Station Flat, St Newlyn East, Cornwall

St Edmunds, Norfolk

Located just 150 yards from the beach in the seaside town of Mundesley, St Edmunds is a brilliant choice for a coastal family holiday. The property is modern, bright and airy with plenty of room for everyone, and with its beautiful sandy beach and colourful beach huts, Mundesley makes for a traditional seaside holiday on the Norfolk coastline.

Price: 7 nights in the summer holidays from £1185. Sleeps 8.

Read more here: St Edmunds, Mundesley, Norfolk

If you want to see our full list of holiday cottages still available for the school summer holidays, you can do so by visiting our website or by giving our team of holiday advisors a call on 01244 356 695.

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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.

Summer Holiday Inspiration

Sunday, May 10th, 2015
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Still in a quandary about where to go on your summer holiday this year? We understand why, the UK is full of wonderful places! Well look no further, as we’ve compiled a short list to give you some inspiration of where to choose. From a romantic retreat for two to a large property for the extended family to enjoy, we have some ideas below that we hope will inspire you when choosing your summer holiday this year.

Summer Holiday Inspiration for Couples: Chester

With many holidaymakers flocking to the coast to enjoy Britain’s fabulous beaches, it’s a great time to head a little more inland and enjoy each other’s company on a UK city break. We really recommend Chester where you can enjoy the sun in its beautiful city centre gardens, whilst on a walk by the river or sitting outside one of the many cafes and restaurants. If you fancy heading a little further afield, Chester is in the perfect location for exploring North Wales and also cities such as Liverpool and Manchester. It really is the perfect summer time retreat for couples to spend some time together!

Recommended properties: At The Races and Tower View

Summy Holiday Inspiration for Families with Young Children: Norfolk

Choosing where to head on holiday when you have young children can be difficult. Not only do you want a property that’s suitable so that the little ones will be safe and you can relax, but in a location where there is plenty of things to do to entertain both children and parents! If this sounds like something you’re looking for from your summer holiday this year, then why not make a visit to Norfolk? Being located close to the coast, wherever you stay in Norfolk you won’t be too far from sandy beaches, where children and those young at heart can enjoy building sandcastles, playing beach games, or enjoying all that the promenades have to offer. For ideas of what to get up to in this wonderful county, take a look at our Norfolk Visitor Guide.

Recommended properties: Mill Farm Barn and Pear Tree

Summer Holiday Inspiration for Families with Teenagers: Snowdonia

With social media reigning supreme and our phones being stuck to our hands (both with adults as well as children) holidays really are a time for the whole family to reconnect and none more so than families with teenagers! This means that going on holiday somewhere that the whole family can enjoy, with activities that all ages can enjoy can be quite difficult. Our suggestion would be somewhere with plenty of teenage-friendly days out that parents can get involved in too, yet also somewhere that everyone can relax. This is why we would suggest a family holiday with teenagers in Snowdonia where there is beautiful scenery, fantastic walks and a whole host of activities! Make fantastic memories by taking part in white water rafting, go seaboard by sailing or feel the air in your hair at Zip World. Whatever you choose to do on your family holiday to Snowdonia one thing is certain; you will all leave with lasting memories!

Recommended properties: Bryn Meirion and Ymwlch Bach Farmhouse

Summer Holiday Inspiration for Large Groups: The Peak District

Alton Towers Sonic Spinball Peak District Holiday Idea

image of Sonic Spinball at Alton Towers by Holly Magoolagan

Meeting up for a holiday in the summer months is a popular choice for both larger families and groups of friends who want to reunite and spend some quality time together in the sunshine. This can of course be a logistical nightmare, with trying to fit in different schedules and travel times. This is where central locations can come in very handy. If your group is spread around England, we recommend the Peak District for its central location and huge choice of things to do! From historic sights to the thrilling Alton Towers theme park, there is something to keep everyone in a large group entertained on a holiday in the Lake District. At Sykes Cottages, we have a number of larger properties located in the Peak District that are ideal for a summer time holiday reunion.

Recommended properties: Stanley House and The Watermill

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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.

Sykes’ Summer Hitlist

Friday, May 8th, 2015
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Looking out of the window here at Sykes HQ, it seems strange to say that summer is nearly here but the truth is that it’s just around the corner! The days are slowly getting longer and even though today certainly wasn’t, there’s already been a couple of t-shirt weather days. This got me thinking about what makes a great British summer, so I asked the rest of the team and we put together a short list of activities for families to check off this summer; take a look and see how many you fancy trying out.

Hit the beach

Where else is there to start? Here in the UK, we love nothing more than a trip to the seaside when the sun finally comes out- whether it’s an afternoon spent settled down with a good book, tucking into an ice cream or even testing out your architectural skills with the biggest sandcastle possible

Get out in the Garden

Or another way to get the kids out in the great outdoors is by getting them interested in the garden. Not only does it get them away from the iPads and Playstations but it also teaches them some new skills. You can even give them their own corner of the garden to look after and see what happens over the course of the summer!

Fire up the Barbie

Let’s be honest, it isn’t a proper British summer without dusting off the old BBQ is it? Whether it’s a lovely sunny evening or one of those nights when you have to battle the elements in order to get the barbie up and running, it’s become a cornerstone of the British summer and the kids love it! With the novelty of eating a meal outside and different foods to what they’re used to, you can understand why!

Go For a Bike Ride

But what if you’re wanting to get the whole family out in the great outdoors for a bit of exercise? Well what about a group bike ride? If you pick out a good day and a route easy enough for everybody, it’s the perfect family activity! If you remember to put together a picnic you can even turn it into a day-long adventure!

Have a go at Geocaching

One of the more recent crazes, geocaching, has transformed the old-fashioned treasure hunt into something for the digital generation. Geocaching involves the tracking down of containers filled with hidden goodies (caches) with the use of a GPS system.  There are well over 2 million of these caches hidden all around the world with plenty in the UK. It’s the perfect way to liven up a summer walk!

Take Part in The Summer Reading Challenge

What if the ever temperamental British weather has its say I hear you ask!  One option would be to try and get a spot of reading done. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children between the ages of 4 and 11 to read six books during the school holidays rewarding them with stickers and other goodies for completing books, and if they manage to get through six, they’ll get a certificate at the end!

Make some Homemade Ice Lollies


Crunchie Banana Cream Ice Lollies

Or one more option would be to try and getting the kids together in making themselves a homemade treat. As a result of a competition last summer, we’ve got some cracking recipes for you to try out, from hidden veg lollies containing cucumber, celery and avocado, through to an attempt to create the old family favourite the Fab, you can see all of the recipes here.

Have a Break

Alternatively, you could book the whole family in to a holiday cottage and escape it all for a few days. We’ve still got hundreds of family friendly cottages available to book this summer, click here to take a look through them and pick your perfect break.

So there you have it! A short guide on making this summer one to remember for the kids, or maybe you have a few extra suggestions that you think could be added in, if so let us know either by Tweeting us or getting in touch over Facebook and we’ll spread the message.

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

10 Reasons to Stay in the UK this Summer

Monday, May 4th, 2015
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We may be a little biased, but here at Sykes Cottages, we’re of the opinion that nothing beats a summer holiday in the UK. I personally spent many a happy childhood holiday playing on the beaches of Cornwall and South Wales. Now, I know that not everyone shares this positive view of British holidays so, to change your mind, here are our top ten reasons why you should stay in the UK this summer.

1. Save money. Plain and simple, choosing a staycation instead of heading abroad will save you money on everything from airport transfers to roaming charges on your mobile.


2. You won’t waste time waiting in long queues to change your currency, and there’s no risk your card will be swallowed because you haven’t informed your bank that you’re heading abroad!


3. There’s no need to fly so you’re safe from jet lag ruining the first couple of days of your holiday.


4. No passport needed! Passports can be expensive, especially when you’re travelling as a family.


5. Holidaying in the UK means that you have the choice to take your pets on holiday with you.


6. We may moan about the weather sometimes but we’ve actually had 4 years in a row of glorious, British summer heatwaves.


7. Aside from all the practical reasons, the UK is actually also a really beautiful place to holiday.


8. There’s some spectacular scenery that you won’t see anywhere else.


9. Our traditional seaside towns are like nowhere else in the world.


10. Finally, when you beaches like this, why would you want to be anywhere else?

If you’re planning a summer holiday in the UK this year then make sure you take a look at our fantastic collection of holiday cottages. With over 5,500 cottages to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect holiday home for your summer getaway!

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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.

Holiday Cottages with Lovely Patios – Perfect for Summer!

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
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There is nothing better when the sun is shining than spending time alfresco and topping up on that all important vitamin D. Where better to do so than on your private patio with a glass of something cold in your hand? If this sounds as blissful to you as it does to us then read on as we take a look at some of our properties with wonderful patios that are just perfect for a summer getaway!

 Lough Brin House – County Cork

With a barbecue available on request and a furnished patio outside, Lough Brin House is the perfect summertime hideaway. Just imagine enjoying a barbecue after a long day exploring whilst looking out at the stunning County Cork countryside – bliss!


Bury Villa – Hampshire

Sleeping 19, this lovely property in Gosport is perfect for a large family getaway and the patio is impressive enough for everyone, too! Whether enjoying some alfresco dining, relaxing in the sunshine or having a luxurious bathe in the hot tub, the outdoor area at Bury Villa has something for everyone to enjoy.


Manor Farmhouse

If you can bear to leave the stunning interiors of this property in Kent, you can enjoy all that the outside space has to offer; expansive gardens, private patio and an outside swimming pool are just the beginning!


Bookilber Barn

With spacious gardens, a hot tub and a fabulous patio area featuring a barbecue, the whole party will be spoilt for choice of what to get up to on balmy summer evenings in this stunning Lake District barn conversion.

The Granary, Lower Trefdw

Whilst each of the rooms in this lovely first floor Pandy apartment offer incredible countryside views, they are best enjoyed from the raised balcony where you can see the countryside and the Skirrid Mountain’s vista in all its glory.



When the sun is shining over the Lake District, it’s time to head out and make use of the private patio with furniture in the lovely cottage, Woodlands.

 Roe Deer Cottage

This property located on the outskirts of Lincoln is as glorious outside as it is inside. With a large patio, furniture and a barbecue, it is the ideal place to head to after a day of exploring for a spot of alfresco dining.


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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.