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Sunday Snapshots: Cornwall’s Dramatic Coast

Sunday, December 1st, 2013
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For today’s Sunday Snapshots, Sykes venture to the shores of South West England to witness the majesty of the Cornish coast. With its windswept bays, age-old fishing villages and countless quantity of aquatic critters, the Cornish Coast is one of the most immersive and charming seaside destinations in the UK. There’s a number of different ways to enjoy this wonderful stretch of coast, but one of our favourites has to be by boat. Falmouth based boat trip company, AK Wildlife Cruises, offer year round wildlife tours up and down the Cornish Coast, giving passengers the opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the region’s majestic marine life. Scour the cool Atlantic waters for the tell-tale fin of a Common Dolphin, and get up close to the seals that nestle on Cornwall’s remote pebble beaches, all from the comfort of AK’s heated cabin; what could be a better way to witness the beauty of Cornwall’s wonderful South Coast?

Like the sound of Cornwall? Why not book a Cornish summer holiday with us! We’ve plenty of holiday cottages along the Cornish coast that would make the perfect base for a family holiday in 2014. Until then, have a look at some inspiring wildlife photographs taken off the shores of Cornwall.

All images courtesy of AK Wildlife Cruises. (www.akwildlifecruises.co.uk)

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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: Puzzlewood, The Forest of Dean

Sunday, November 24th, 2013
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In today’s Sunday Snapshots, we’ll be delving into the murky realm of Puzzlewood, an ancient stretch of woodland thought to be one of the most enchanting forested areas in England. This gnarled pocket of primeval trees can be found in the dense underbelly of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, and is thought to be the inspiration behind JRR Tolkien’s fabled forests in his fictitious Middle Earth, as well as JK Rowling’s ‘Forbidden Forest’ in the Harry Potter series. Landscaped in the 19th century after over 2,000 years of unhindered growth, Puzzlewood contains over a mile of pathways which coil curiously through an arboreal landscape, revealing moss smothered limestone gorges and age-old thickets of rare flora. Get lost in this uncanny English jungle for yourself on a winter short break, and discover an endearing tangle of some of the country’s most beloved vegetation. Facilities at the site include a Willow Maze for kids, a large on-site car park and café, making it a wonderful destination for a family day out.

Discover Puzzlewood for yourself with our selection of photographs below.

Looking For Angels at Puzzlewood

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Puzzlewood

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Open-air Caves At Puzzlewood

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Puzzlewood

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Wooden bridge at Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean

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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: Wrest Park

Sunday, November 17th, 2013
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For a winter wander on a shivery Sunday, you need charm, character and somewhere warm and dry to thaw out your extremities. With this in mind, we’ve chosen Wrest Park as our destination of choice for today’s Sunday Snapshots. Comprising 92 acres of peaceful parterre gardens, evocative blotches of picturesque woodland and a peppering of French-style Victorian architecture, Wrest Park offers a fascinating peep into the grandeur of the previous century. And luckily, winter is the perfect time for a visit, with Christmas Wreath Making and a Festive Family Fun Trail transforming the park’s grounds into a winter wonderland.

To find out more about what to see and do at the park, visit our Wrest Park accommodation page today. In the meantime, have a nosey at the wonderful photos below!

Wrest Park (EH) 27-05-2013

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Wrest Park Willows

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Formal garden, Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire

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Wrest Park (EH) 27-05-2013

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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: Remembrance Sunday

Sunday, November 10th, 2013
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This Sunday, we remember those who gave their lives to uphold the peace and freedom that we enjoy today. Wherever you may be in the UK this Sunday, take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by a generation of men and women who valiantly laid down their lives to protect our beautiful country.

Poppies

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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: Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
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This Sunday, step into the pages of history as Sykes introduce you to the illustrious Fountains Abbey, a world renowned heritage site in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside. As one of England’s largest and best preserved Cistercian monasteries, a visit to Fountains Abbey makes for an excellent day trip during your cottage holiday in Yorkshire.

Unearth the abbey’s long, undulating history as you explore the ruinous shell of the former monastery and its adjoining Cistercian corn mill. Loiter on the emerald lawns of the Georgian Water Garden, and spot the neo-classical statues amongst the flora of Studley Royal. Relax in the Reading Room of the Elizabethan Fountains Hall, before taking a bracing walk through the medieval Deer Park, keeping your eyes peeled for the park’s allusive, hooved inhabitants!

Interested? Why not treat yourself and the kids to a winter short break in Yorkshire? We’ve a handful of cottages within a short distance of Fountains Abbey, so make next Sunday extra special with Sykes Cottages.

For more inspiration, find some beautiful photographs of Fountains Abbey below.

Fountains Abbey

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Fountains Abbey

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Fountains Abbey

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Studley Royal

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Studley Royal

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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.