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Wales’ most beautiful beaches, as voted for by you

Monday, June 15th, 2015
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It’s official: Pembrokeshire is home to Wales’ most beautiful beaches! We asked more than 2,000 adults across the UK where you would find the best beaches in Wales and Pembrokeshire came out top with 21% of the vote.

Welsh respondents were even more enthusiastic about the county, with 40% saying Pembrokeshire is where you’ll find the most beautiful beaches.

However, a huge 33% of people we polled said they had no idea where to find to find the most picturesque spots in the country, suggesting plenty of opportunities to explore!

Take a look at Wales most beautiful beaches in the infographic below.

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And the prize for Scotland’s most beautiful beaches goes to…

Monday, June 15th, 2015
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Scotland is a country famed for its natural beauty and its picturesque coastlines are world famous. Our latest research set to find out exactly which area is home to the most beautiful beaches in Scotland based on the opinions of adults across the UK.

Overall, the beaches on the Isle of Skye came out top of the list, as voted for by 12% of those polled, followed by the Orkney Islands (9%) and Shetland Islands (7%). However, Scottish respondents were in disagreement with the rest of the UK, naming Ayrshire and Arran as having the most picturesque spots.

We were surprised to see so many people wouldn’t know where to look to find the best beaches in Scotland, with a huge 42% saying they don’t know. If you’re one of this group, check out the below infographic for more information or, even better, take a trip to explore them yourself!

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Discover England’s most beautiful beaches

Monday, June 15th, 2015
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Nothing says summer quite like a trip to the beach – and we certainly have a lot to choose from! Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly spot of golden sand, or a long stretch of coastline to stretch your legs, you’ll find it in the UK.

In fact, a huge 92% of us are planning on visiting a beach in the UK this summer, with one in three looking to take an extended stay, our latest survey found.

Our research also looks at where you will find the most beautiful beaches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland – for those who fancy travelling a little further afield.

Check out the top five for England below and keep your eye out for the results for Scotland, Wales and Ireland. If you’re inspired to take a trip yourself then take a look at our fantastic range of cottages across the UK and Ireland.

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The Leadership Factor polled 2013 UK adults on behalf of Sykes Cottages in April 2015.

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Five Reasons Self-Catering is Best for Families

Saturday, May 30th, 2015
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With thousands of self-catering cottages located throughout the UK, we can be a little biased when it comes to choosing our favourite type of holiday. We know of several reasons why cottage breaks are better than an overnight stay in a hotel or B&B, especially when it comes to family getaways. If you’re yet to be convinced that a self-catering holiday is the best option for you and your family this year, then keep reading as we list five reasons that are sure to change your mind!

Food and drink

Food on display at Thalassa (Reference 8726) in Cemaes Bay.

Food on display at Thalassa (Reference 8726) in Cemaes Bay.

Booking a holiday cottage allows you complete catering freedom as you chose and prepare the food and drink best suited to your family. So, whether you want to sample some of the local delicacies or have special dietary requirements, self-catering properties allow you the flexibility to eat what you want, when you want. For families with fussy eaters or young children, a self-catering holiday let provides all the tools you need to make your little ones the meals they like and that they’re used to, preventing any dinner time tantrums or poorly tummies.

Working to your own schedule

The tennis court at The Old Cow House (Reference 3591) in Plaish.

The tennis court at The Old Cow House (Reference 3591) in Plaish.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and for me, it’s also my favourite meal of the day, that’s why I’m often disappointed when I have to choose between a relaxing lie in and a full English! Luckily with a self-catering holiday you set the meal times; so if you want to sleep in until 11am and eat breakfast for elevenses then there’s no one to stop you. Along with flexible eating times, you also have complete control over the entertainment schedule meaning 2pm discos, 6pm party games and an early bedtime for tired children so the adults can wind down with a good movie and bottle of wine.

Space

Brookway Lodge (Reference 27085) in Lloc offers spacious gardens and meadows beyond.

Brookway Lodge (Reference 27085) in Lloc offers spacious gardens and meadows beyond.

With properties sleeping up to 32 people, space is not a problem here at Sykes Cottages. Rather than booking a single room, our guests take charge of the whole cottage making use of bedrooms, bathrooms, the living and kitchen area as well as any outside space like gardens and patios. So whether you want a country kitchen with large dining table so the whole family can eat together, or a warren of rooms so the children and adults can have their own space, a self-catering cottage lets you chose the right accommodation to suit your needs.

Location

 

Spectacular views across the bay from Solway Cottages (Reference 911744) in Bowness-on-Solway.

Spectacular views across the bay from Solway Cottages (Reference 911744) in Bowness-on-Solway.

Self-catering properties can be found all over the UK, from the stunning British countryside to the bustling cities; you can travel hours to reach new destinations or simply venture down the road for a change of scenery. Finding a spot that appeals to you is extremely easy with a range of locations and property types available; explore the UK’s history and award-winning architecture from a stylish city apartment, build sand castles and run through the surf at a coastal cottage or relax in the country with a family BBQ at a log cabin.

Save Money

Swimming pool available at Bridge House (Reference 915721) in Lower Mill Cotswolds Estate.

Swimming pool available at Bridge House (Reference 915721) in Lower Mill Cotswolds Estate.

When on a self-catering holiday, you can spend as much or as little as you like but for those on a budget it’s the perfect way to have a memorable family holiday without blowing the bank. Shop around for the best deals on food and drink or try visiting a local market; spend your afternoons exploring the local park, woodland or coast before heading back for a night in with films, books and board games; or simply book a cottage with a swimming pool and spend your getaway teaching the children to swim.

There you have it, our top five reasons why self-catering is the best choice for families. If this post has left you longing for a family getaway then make sure to visit our family cottages page for more information on a self-catering holiday with Sykes Cottages.

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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.

Packing for a Fishing Holiday: Hints and Tips

Friday, March 27th, 2015
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Being an island nation with lochs, rivers and lakes stocked with salmon, trout and eels amongst hundreds of other finned species, it is no surprise that UK fishing holidays are hugely popular. Whether you’re a seasoned pro at fishing getaways or you’re planning your first time, read on for a few hints and tips to think about when packing for your next fishing holiday.

Check for Fishing Licences

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Image of Lake Windermere from Priory Ghyll

It is important before you head on a fishing holiday to check what kind of fishing is available nearby and what licence you will need to be able to fish there. There are two types of fishing licence available; one that lets you fish for non-migratory fish and another that allows you to fish for salmon and sea trout, as well as the fish covered by the first licence. For full information about what fishing licence you will need and how to obtain one visit the fishing licence page on the Gov UK website.

Don’t Forget Your Fishing Gear

If there’s one thing that will put a dampener on your fishing holiday, it’s forgetting the equipment that you need to fish! Everyone is different with what they use when fishing so there is no one-size-fits-all style guide of what to pack, but make sure that you have your rods, reels and full tackle carrier as the minimum. A landing net will make reeling in your catches easier and if you’ll be bringing your fish home, don’t forget a cooler to store your catches in!

Be Weather Prepared

If you’re planning a day out fishing, the chances are the temperature will alter throughout the day, so pack clothing that you can layer to ensure you will be comfortable no matter the weather. Bring a light rain coat for any potential showers and long sleeved shirts and jumpers for when it gets a little chilly. Don’t forget a large umbrella for any heavy rainfall and always put on a high factor sunscreen before heading outside.

Make Sure You’re Comfortable

If you’re going to be sat beside a river or lake all day, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re comfortable. Pack a fold out chair so that you can sit comfortably without hurting your back and bring a flask so you can have a hot brew whilst waiting for that first bite; being uncomfortable and cold may put a dampener on your day!

Book a UK Fishing Holiday

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Cedar Lodge, East Anglia

No matter your fishing style, we are sure to have a self catering holiday cottage available for you to rent in an ideal location for your fishing getaway. See all of our fishing properties on our website or give our friendly reservations team a call on 01244 356695 to book your fishing holiday with Sykes today.

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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.