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Sunday Snapshots – The Isle Of Wight

Sunday, May 11th, 2014
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Fresh from hearing the news on how this summer is meant to be the hottest on record, we’ve been debating where we think people should go to soak up the long awaited sunshine. As it turns out, the best place might be the Isle of Wight! Apparently the island enjoys up to 2,100 hours of sun a year, which is higher than most of the UK and even beats some parts of Spain! That’s not all; with its long, sweeping beaches and plentiful country walks, you’ll have every opportunity to catch some rays. Be sure to check out our guide to the Isle of Wight here, to find some hints and tips on other things that you can get up to during your trip to England’s favourite island.

Here’s a look at some of the things that you can expect from a holiday on the Isle of Wight. To view our complete range of affordable Isle of Wight holiday rentals, click here.

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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.

Sunday Snapshots: Dogs on Holiday

Sunday, May 4th, 2014
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It’s a common misconception that dogs are man’s best friend when in fact these fluffy, energetic, lovable pups are everyone’s best friend! Always happy to see you dogs offer a shoulder to cry on, a friend to play with and are very generous when it comes to giving away cuddles.

Here in Britain dogs are considered part of the family and when off on your holidays no family member gets left behind, so for this addition of Sunday Snapshots we’ve been cooing over thousands of pictures of dogs on holiday! Keep scrolling  to view a shortlist of our favourite pictures.

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If you’re planning a family holiday this year and don’t want your pup being left behind then make sure to visit our pet friendly cottages page. We have over 2,000 dog friendly properties available where your dog will feel right at home snuggled in front of the fire!

 

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Sunday Snapshots: Llandudno Pier, North Wales

Sunday, January 5th, 2014
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If you’re holidaying in North Wales and fancy a mosey along the coast, why not head to the town of Llandudno to take a stroll on the impressive Llandudno Pier. Jutting 700m into the Irish Sea, this wonderful Victorian balustrade is the longest pier of its kind in Wales and the fifth longest in the UK. This unusual, cast iron leviathan comprises two entrances- a rare feature for a pier- as well as a number of seaside eateries and arcades, making it an excellent stopping off point for a relaxing stroll on your family holiday in North Wales.

Take a look at a few photos of the pier below, or visit our website to plan your cottage holiday in Llandudno.

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Llandudno Pier 3

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Jonathan Tuplin

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.

Sunday Snapshots: Whitby Abbey

Sunday, December 29th, 2013
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As part of our post-Christmas plot to get the UK out and about in the coming year, we’re dedicating today’s Sunday Snapshots to one of the best visitor attractions in North East England: Whitby Abbey. Perched atop the East Cliff overlooking the popular heritage town of Whitby, this imposing structure has been keeping an eye on the comings and goings of the town for over 1,000 years. An occupied monastery for nine centuries, the Abbey was disestablished by the pesky Henry VIII in the 16th century, and left to waste away beside the North Sea.

Now, this ruined site is cloaked in mystery and folklore, providing visitors with a striking backdrop for a winter wander along the beautiful North Sea cliffs- but be on your guard, as the Abbey’s most famous fanged resident (Count Dracula, so I’m told) is still said to haunt the grounds when the sun goes down.

If you’d like to book a holiday in Whitby, click here. Or if you’re just here for a nosey, take a look at our Whitby Abbey snaps below.

Whitby Abbey

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Jonathan Tuplin

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.

Sunday Snapshots: Winter Wildlife Watch

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
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Last week, after I’d sidled into my frostbitten Fiesta to embark on my morning commute to Sykes HQ, I noticed small footprints on my windscreen. Suspecting squirrels, I later did a bit of Googling and discovered that the culprit was actually a fox. And that got me thinking: what other wildlife might be clambering about atop my car in the dead of a cold winter’s night?

You see, winter is blooming tough on wildlife- the lack of daylight means that many struggle to find food, and the plummeting temperatures radically affect survival rates. As such, many have to go to extreme lengths to track down their evening meal- like perusing the roof of a car, for example.

This, coupled with a lack of vegetation and leaf cover, make winter wildlife spotting a rather fruitful enterprise, with numerous species emerging from their comfy hovels in search of a spot of fodder. From the majestic deer and the illusive badger, to marsh harriers, redwings and starling roosts, there’s no denying that the UK is awash with astonishing wildlife during the winter months.

So if you should take a cottage holiday in the UK between now and February, it’s more than likely that you’ll encounter at least one of the following furry, feathery and altogether cuddly critters:

Deer

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duck life

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Badger

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Robin

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Starlings roosting

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Fox

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Jonathan Tuplin

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.