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Choose a Holiday Cottage for your next Sporting Event

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
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If you participate in sports, you’ll probably be used to travelling the length and breadth of the country for various events and tournaments. Frequently, these can be far from home and finding somewhere to stay can be a bit of a nightmare! Well, we at Sykes Cottages may be able to help; read on to discover five reasons why booking a self catering holiday cottage is perfect when you’re taking part in a sporting event.

Have a Bath to Soothe those Muscles

Bathroom The Malthouse

The Malthouse in Cromford, The Peak District

Be sure that there is a bath where you can relax after your event by booking a holiday cottage with a bath. Showers are great for quick fixes before heading out, but if there’s one thing you deserve after your event it’s a relaxing bath to help soothe your muscles. Why not really treat yourself by booking one of our cottages with a spa bath?

Have Space for Your Equipment

If your sport of choice means you must carry a selection of equipment with you, then a holiday cottage is ideal. Being much larger than a standard hotel room, where space is often at a premium, there will be plenty of space for your equipment and you can rest assured that it will be safe.

Cook your Own Meals

East Gable

East Gable located in Gatehouse of Fleet, Scotland

You don’t want to ruin all that training by falling at the last hurdle on your diet. Every one of our self catering holiday cottages have a kitchen and dining space including all of the utensils and pots you could need, so you can whip up a recovery meal post-workout and keep to that regime whilst you’re away!

Enjoy your Holiday Right Away

23 Clock Tower Court

23 Clock Tower Court in Charlestown, Cornwall

You’ve been training for months; you deserve to spend some time away getting a bit of rest and relaxation! By booking a holiday cottage, you can begin your holiday straight after the sporting event without having to travel elsewhere.

Bring the Whole Family Along

Bring all the family

Beechcroft in North Molton, Devon

Every sports star needs their cheerleaders but sometimes, if an event is quite far away, it can be difficult for everyone to be able to come along due to costs and space! Luckily, when booking a holiday cottage, everyone will have somewhere to stay and be able to cheer you on. Get that for support!

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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.

Try a Real Ale Trail this Father’s Day

Monday, June 15th, 2015
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Not only is it National Beer Day today but we’ve got Father’s Day just around the corner from us! So here at Sykes HQ, we thought it was only sensible to try and combine to two and come up with the perfect gift for all of those beer aficionado dads out there and settled on the Real Ale Trail! After all, what better way is there to spend a sunny afternoon than journeying between a selection of delightful country pubs and sampling some locally brewed real ales along the way? So if you’re still struggling to think of what to do this Father’s Day, take a look and see if we can tempt you into trying a Real Ale Trail!

The Tarka Rail Ale Trail

When it comes to a real ale trail, you can’t do much better than the Tarka Rail Ale Trail! This popular route goes along the famous Tarka railway line running between Barnstaple and Exeter in Devon, and features the possibility of enjoying a tipple in up to nine stop-offs – you can even stretch it out to eighteen pubs if you visit every single one on the route, so you might want to spread it out over a few days!  Off peak day return tickets from Barnstaple through to Exeter prove to be the best value for money when it comes to making your way along the line and if you manage to collect ten stamps, you’ll be able to claim your Tarka Rail Ale Trail t-shirt!

Transpennine Real Ale Trail

Alternatively, you could head up north and try out some of the best local ale pubs that Lancashire and Yorkshire have to offer with a trip on the Transpennine Real Ale Trail. Featuring on the BBC’s Oz and James Drink to Britain back in 2009, the trail starts off in the town of Stalybridge and runs all the way through to Batley in West Yorkshire. Along the trail, you’ll be able to enjoy a drink in one of the few remaining Victorian Station Buffet Bars, in amongst some quaint country pubs such as The West Riding in Dewsbury and Marsden’s Riverhead Brewery Tap and Dining Room.

But don’t forget these are just a couple of the fantastic real ale trails scattered all over the country so there’s no need to worry if you’re not in the area. Or if you wanted, you could even plot out your own trail by using CAMRA’s What Pub guide to track down the best establishments around. And one final option, if you feel like really spoiling Dad this year, would be to take a look at our wide range of holiday cottages near to pubs so you can enjoy a relaxing break and a couple of pints together!

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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.

Where to find the most beautiful beaches in Ireland

Monday, June 15th, 2015
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Ireland’s coastline is home to some truly spectacular beaches but it seems many people living in the UK are still to learn about their charms. A huge 50% of adults polled in our latest research said they didn’t know where to find the most beautiful beaches on Ireland’s 7,500km of coastline.

The beaches of County Kerry came out top overall with a narrow lead, followed closely by County Donegal and County Cork. Explore some of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches in the infographic below.


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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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