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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.

Sunday Snapshots: Illuminating York

Sunday, October 27th, 2013
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If you’re anything like the majority of 9 to 5ers across the UK, it can feel like you live life in perpetual darkness when the clocks go back and the dim mornings and dusky evenings of winter take hold. But fear not my fellow diurnals, because some cunning folk in the grand old city of York have come up with a twinkling solution to our woe. Taking place between 30th October and the 2nd November (so only a temporary fix; apologies for inappropriate spirit raising), this bunch of bright brainiacs will be illuminating York as part of their aptly named annual festival, Illuminating York! Visit the city any evening on the above dates and feast your eyes on an iridescent medley of dazzling digital light shows, cast on to some of York’s most esteemed landmarks in recognition of the city’s unique culture and heritage. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Illuminating the Past, Enlightening the Future’, allegedly chosen to celebrate the deep connection that the city has had to incoming cultures throughout its 2,000 year history.

So embrace the darkness and be enthralled by the enlightening artworks that will shine from Clifford’s Tower to the imposing Minster, before taking to the cobbled streets to enjoy a candlelit ghost tour on All Hallows’ eve; can you think of a better way to enjoy some good old darkness this autumn?

Take a look at last year’s lavish light show below!

Illuminating York installation 'Rose' on the South Transept

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York Minster

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Accendo

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Illuminating York 2009

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Illuminating York 2010 [365 - day 303]

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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: Laugharne, Wales

Sunday, October 20th, 2013
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Interesting accents, mounds of Carmarthen Bay cockles and one rather famous poet are just a few of the things to discover in the charming Welsh town of Laugharne in Carmarthenshire. Huddled beside the estuary of the River Taf, this alluring town is made up of tiers of stately Georgian houses, including the grade 2 listed Castle House which stands in the shadow of the imposing Laugharne Castle. Peek into the past at this 12th century stone leviathan, made famous by the town’s most eminent resident, Dylan Thomas, in his piece ‘Poem in October’. Discover the still sailing boats and misty woodlands which inspired Dylan to put pen to paper in this bewitching Welsh town, as well as his charming ‘writing shed’, the Boathouse, which houses the literary mementoes and personal effects of this canny Welsh bard.

Once you’ve unearthed the cultural delights of Laugharne, pop into one of the town’s heart warming pub for some fine Welsh fare; the perfect place to relax and enjoy the flavours of the real Wales on your next cottage holiday.

Laugharne Castle

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Dylan Thomas House, Laugharne

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Laugharne Bookshop

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Dylan Thomas Writing Shed

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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: Robin Hood’s Bay

Sunday, October 13th, 2013
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Tumbling down the Jurassic cliffs five miles south of Whitby, the traditional fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay has long been a popular day-trip destination in the North East; and for good reason! This bygone settlement boasts a deluge of sense rousing sights and sounds, making it the perfect place to visit on an out-of-bed-early Sunday. Negotiate the steep, winding main street and treat yourself to a trinket in one of the village’s independent speciality stores. Amble out onto the cobbled beach, pooch in tow, to enjoy the fresh North Sea breeze and views of the rugged coastline. Explore the warren of narrow paths that criss-cross the village, recalling the devious comings and goings of smugglers that prospered in the village in the 18th century, before finishing the day with a sumptuous fish supper in the Ye Olde Dolphin pub- can you think of a better reason to give up your lie in on a prized Sunday morning?

If the answer’s no, why not take a look at our Robin Hood’s Bay holiday cottages? With its proximity to the popular towns of Whitby and Scarborough, you can really make the most out of your time on a cottage holiday in North Yorkshire.

Robin Hood's Bay

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Robin Hood's Bay

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Robin Hood's Bay

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Robin Hood's Bay Coastal Path

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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: Dramatic Ireland

Sunday, October 6th, 2013
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A trip to Ireland in the winter months? Surely not! With a reputation for cold and rainy weather that rivals even England, a trip to the Emerald Isle over the less fair months of the year might seem ill-advised. Though your chances of getting caught in some rain, and maybe having to face some chilly winds, are pretty high during winter in Ireland, you’ll also get the chance to see Ireland in all her dramatic beauty. Wind swept cliffs, emerald green fields, and quiet country lanes are what await those brave enough to head to Ireland off season. Don’t believe me? A picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say, and here are a few that show winter in Ireland in all its glory.

Cliffs of Moher

Rock of Cashel, Ireland

Winter Trees

Lough Egish Winter Morning

Homefires in the Hills

View from Inishowen

Glendalough, Ireland

Have we convinced you yet? Set yourself up in a cottage in Ireland with an open fire and spend your days exploring this beautiful and dramatic country.

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