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The Tour de Yorkshire is coming – is your cottage ready?

Sunday, March 15th, 2015
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Lest you’d forgotten: the opening stages of the 2014 Tour De France took place in Yorkshire, and to all intents and purposes, the Grand Depart was an unequivocal success.

Tour de France by Bryan Ledgard is licensed under CC 2.0

Tour de France by Bryan Ledgard is licensed under CC 2.0

Over 2.5 million spectators took to Yorkshire’s green and pleasant pastures to witness the peloton pass, and race director, Christian Prudhomme, called the event “very, very special”.

Tour de France by Bryan Ledgard is licensed under CC 2.0

Tour de France by Bryan Ledgard is licensed under CC 2.0

So successful was Le Tour Yorkshire that a sequel has been planned for 2015; the Tour de Yorkshire will take place from 1-3 May and sees riders put through their paces on a gruelling 520km route through some of the county’s most beloved landscapes, towns and cities. The event is a great opportunity for businesses in the area, with 2014’s Grand Depart raising over £80 million for the local economy.

Prior to last year’s Grand Depart, we were inundated with requests for cottages near the race route, and this year is no exception – cue gleeful hand rubbing from those lucky enough to own a holiday home on or near the Tour de Yorkshire route.

If you are the owner of a Yorkshire holiday cottage and would like to find out how best to prepare your property for this year’s event, we’ve come up with a few hints and tips on how to ready your holiday cottage for the Tour de Yorkshire 2015.

Is your cottage close to the action?

The Tour de Yorkshire takes place over three days, with each race split into three 170km routes. The first leg will take place on May 1st in North Yorkshire; the second sees riders winding through the Yorkshire Wolds en route to York; and the final stage steers racers deep into the Yorkshire Dales for a strenuous finale.

Tour de Yorkshire 4

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A comprehensive map of the route can be found on the Tour de Yorkshire website, but here’s a list of some of the towns and villages that the contest passes.

Stage 1 – Brid to Scarborough

  • Bridlington
  • Pickering
  • Danby
  • Whitby & Robin Hood’s Bay
  • Scarborough

Stage 2 – Selby to York

  • Beverley
  • Wetwang
  • Malton
  • Stamford Bridge
  • York

Stage 3 – Wakefield to Leeds

  • Ripponden
  • Hebden Bridge
  • Haworth
  • Addingham
  • Ilkley

Make changes to your welcome pack

Adding Tour de Yorkshire information to your welcome pack is a great idea if you have a booking over the race weekend as, chances are, those guests will be coming to watch the event; here’s a few things you may like to add to your welcome pack before the event.

  • Time, date and place information: Guests will be impressed you’ve gone the extra mile to find this for them, particularly those with poor mobile reception. In-depth race details can be found here.
  • List local events: On the run-up to and during the race, there’ll doubtless be a host of cycling themed events taking place, so be sure to list these in your welcome pack.
  • Suggest best places to spectate: Your local knowledge could prove invaluable for those hoping for a front row seat as the riders pass. If you’re familiar with the race route, list places where your guests can get a good view of the action – think lesser known cubby holes and quiet nooks and crannies.
  • Provide details of other cycle routes in the area: It may be that you already have this information in your welcome pack, but if not, now is a good time to include it. The Tour de Yorkshire is likely to attract some serious cycle-heads, so any information on cycling opportunities in the area will go down a treat.

Things to consider

Le Tour Yorkshire by Paul is licensed under CC 2.0

Le Tour Yorkshire by Paul is licensed under CC 2.0

Beyond customising your welcome pack, there are a few other things to consider before the tour comes to town on May 1st. Firstly, you may like to make a few changes to your property to make it more appealing to cyclists, such as providing adequate washing facilities and plenty of secure storage space – for further tips, check out our blog on how to make your cottage bike friendly.

Another thing to consider before the Tour de Yorkshire is adding deck or portable chairs to your property. Although the majority of spectators will bring their own, providing moveable chairs would be a nice touch – particularly if you’re property is close to the race route.

If you’d like any further help and advice on marketing your property for the Tour de Yorkshire, call our owner team today on 01244 356695.

Stumbled upon this post in search of accommodation for the Tour de Yorkshire? Check out our cottages for the Tour de Yorkshire blog.

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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.

Cottages along the Tour de Yorkshire route

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
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Here at Sykes Cottages, we were extremely excited to learn that the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire will be taking place from 1st-3rd May 2015. The event follows on from the success of last year’s Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire and the immense surge in popularity of the sport across the country! The race begins in Bridlington on 1st May and runs in three stages before finally finishing up in Leeds on 3rd. For more information on the route, you can see each stage in detail on the Tour de Yorkshire website.  If you’re planning on heading to see the Tour de Yorkshire then luckily for you, we still have some lovely holiday cottages available along the route…

Stage 1 – Bridlington to Scarborough, Friday 1st May 2015

Holiday cottage on Tour de Yorkshire route

Amber Cottage, Whitby, Ref. 22180

This pretty former fisherman’s cottage is situated in the heart of Whitby, hidden away along a traditional, narrow yard. Amber Cottage has plenty of character with many charming original features including aged timber floors, beamed ceilings and a cast iron fireplace. Whitby’s amenities are right on the doorstep with the nearest pub just 1 minute walk away and the beach a 5 minute walk. Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire will be passing directly through Whitby along the coast and then south to Robin Hood’s Bay, so guests at Amber Cottage will have a front row seat to this exciting event!

Stage 2 – Selby to York, Saturday 2nd May 2015

Holiday cottage on Tour de Yorkshire route

Barn Owl Cottage, Stamford Bridge, Ref. 15874

Barn Owl Cottage is a luxury barn conversion on an arable farm just 2 miles outside of Stamford Bridge, near York. Set in a picturesque courtyard and boasting its own private decked area and hot tub, Barn Owl Cottage is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway in Yorkshire. The surrounding area is peaceful and rural but you’re only a short drive from the many facilities of Stamford Bridge and just over 8 miles from the delightful city of York. If you’re in Stamford Bridge for the second stage of the Tour de Yorkshire then you won’t be disappointed as the route for the race runs straight past the farm that Barn Owl Cottage is situated on – you’ll barely even need to leave the front door to catch a glimpse of the cyclists!

Stage 3- Wakefield to Leeds, Sunday 3rd May 2015

Holiday cottage on Tour de Yorkshire route

Holme House Cottage, Oakworth, Ref. 919042

For a first class holiday cottage packed with character and charm, look no further than Holme House Cottage in Oakworth. This beautiful 17th century cottage offers everything you could want from a holiday in the countryside with stunning meadow views, a traditional country pub a short walk away, wonderful walks from your doorstep and a cosy wood-burning stove to sit down and relax in front of! The Tour de Yorkshire cyclists will be racing through Oakworth village during the third stage of the event, just a couple of minutes’ walk from this lovely cottage. Or alternatively, you can travel the 2 miles to Haworth, where the cyclists will be making the climb up Main Street, which was an iconic moment of the Tour de France Grand Depart.

Book a holiday cottage along the Tour de Yorkshire route

You can see our full range of holiday cottages available for the Tour de Yorkshire 2015 by visiting our website. Cottages along the route are already booking up quickly so we definitely advise thinking about booking your accommodation sooner rather than later!

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Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

My trip to Yorkshire: A short break beneath the Three Peaks

Monday, February 16th, 2015
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A couple of weeks ago, I hit the road on my debut jaunt to a Sykes’ holiday home – destination: the Yorkshire Dales. Suffice to say, I had a great time, and thought I’d share some memories of my trip with you.

Pen-y-ghent, Settle & the mighty Indian


Approaching the peak of Pen-y-ghent

Being in Three Peaks country, I thought it only right to scale at least one of these fabled hillocks. As our cottage (the delightful Harber Scar – pictured below) was in the shadow of Pen-Y-Ghent, this was the obvious choice for our hike.

Six buckets of sweat later, we made it to the summit

I don’t pretend to be Ranulph Fiennes; can only watch agog at the intrepid Tour De France cyclists; and am intimidated by the do-or-die nature of Bear Grylls – but I’m not out of shape. I dabble in running, enjoy a walk, and take the bike out for a regular blast. That said, hiking Pen-y-ghent nearly killed me. I sweated like a mule from the first to last mile, but as the pictures demonstrate, it was well worth it.

The route we took was a 6.1 mile circuit (I know, six miles – sounds easy, right?) The trail left Horton-in-Ribblesdale via the Pennine Way, before rising at a seemingly 45 degree angle up the western slope of Pen-y-ghent. For the first mile or so the peak was shrouded in low cloud, but before long the sun burnt a hole, and we were granted a beautiful – albeit, intimidating –  view of the approaching bluff.

At the summit, the vista was stunning. Cloud had spread through the valley, but we could see the other peaks of Ingleborough and Whernside, as well as the distant Cumbrian fells. Only God gets a better view.

For anyone staying in the Ribblehead Valley, conquering at least one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks is a must. Remember: if me and my 50+ Dad can do it, you can too.

That afternoon,  we discovered that the market town of Settle is the ideal place to regain your composure after an intense hill-climb. With a plethora of cafes, pubs and independent shops, it’s easy to while away an afternoon amongst the town’s cobbled byways. Later, we ate at one of Settle’s two Indian restaurants, Royal Spice, which was delicious and inexpensive. But be warned: they don’t have an alcohol license, so it’s BYO, tea or a glass of pop only.

Waterfalls, fog & the prettiest viaduct in England

After an exceptionally good night’s kip in our ever-so-cosy cottage, we drove to Ingleton to tackle the village’s highly-regarded waterfalls walk. Despite being pricey (£6 per adult) we felt we couldn’t miss this supposedly “enchanting” and “magical” visitor attraction – and were pleased we didn’t.

Pecca Falls

Pecca Falls, Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

The walk is just over four miles, and begins a short way from the centre of the village. After passing a densely wooded stream, the path ascends purpose-built steps and leads you to the first proper cascade of the walk, Pecca Falls. What follows is a sequence of modest waterfalls which climb steeply through the woodland. At this point, fog began to spill into the valley, adding a mystical element to what was already an extraordinary walk.

At the valley summit lies Thornton Force, easily the most impressive fall on the route. Here, the River Twiss drops fourteen-metres from a limestone cliff, throwing up a mist you can feel from fifty-feet away. Further along the trail you’ll reach Baxengyhll Gorge, where the river is forced down a narrow channel. The roar of the water is quite remarkable here, and there’s a well-placed viewing bridge where the fearless can take a peek at the torrent twenty metres below.

The circular route brings you back to the village, where the hungry will be drawn to the pervading smell of fish and chips. When all is said, the Ingleton Waterfall Trail is a stimulating hike; just be sure to check the weather before your visit as fog can really spoil the view.

Walk over; we headed for some sustenance at The Railway Inn, whose car park overlooks the Ribblehead Viaduct. Built in the 19th century, the bridge – which carries the famous Settle-Carlisle railway – is a grand old thing, and was a big hit with the amateur photographers who’d planted their tripods along the opposing dry-stone wall. With Whernside to the left of you and Ingleborough to the right, the panorama here is simply staggering. Visit as soon as possible.

Harber Scar – putting the ‘osy’ in ‘cosy’

Putting aside the scenery, the walks and the eating, the highlight of our trip was undoubtedly our cottage, Harber Scar. Charming and characterful both inside and out, Harber Scar offers a cosy, comfortable and refreshingly-no-frills base for a break beneath the Three Peaks. The property is chock-a-block with original period features; its doorframes are laughably low, its beds are irresistibly comfortable, and its roaring log burner ever-so cushty. I’d recommend the cottage to anyone, particularly if they plan to spend some time trekking the Three Peaks.
Think you could conquer the Three Peaks? Or just fancy taking in the sights?  Then check out our cottages to rent in the Yorkshire Dales.

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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.

Book a 2015 summer holiday in Yorkshire

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
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Yorkshire is the ideal destination at any of time year, including the summer. From stunning golden beaches flanked by wildlife-rich cliffs to sprawling purple heathlands that stretch as far as the eye can see, England’s largest county is one destination you can’t afford to miss.

Whether you choose a contemporary holiday home in one Yorkshire’s coastal resorts or a traditional cottage amid the county’s wonderful countryside, a summer holiday in Yorkshire offers something for everyone. Here’s a whistle-stop tour of god’s own county to demonstrate just how bloomin’ lovely it is.


Image by Thomas Tolkien is licensed under CC 2.0

Image by Thomas Tolkien is licensed under CC 2.0

Blow out the cobwebs or soak up the sunshine: the Yorkshire Coast is a wonderful place to be whatever the weather. Stretching from the dunes of Spurn Point to the Jurassic Cliffs of Staithes, the Yorkshire seaboard is home to everything from windswept bays and secluded coves to bustling seaside towns and cobbled coastal villages time almost forgot.

Rent a self-catering cottage in North Yorkshire, and brace yourself for some epic coastal grandeur. This is a place where purple moorlands nudge chalk clifftops, and age-old villages cling to the rocks metres from the bracing tide. One of the most popular destinations on the North Yorkshire seaboard is Whitby, a town famed for its ties to Dracula, which happens to be one of Yorkshire’s most stylish and desirable destinations. Just a few miles south, you’ll find Robin Hood’s Bay, whose cobbles, pubs and fossil strewn beach make for an enchanting daytrip destination.

Continue south and things get more traditional, with classic seaside resorts like Scarborough, Bridlington and Filey providing plenty of nostalgic family fun. For sunseekers, this area of the Yorkshire Coast is for you thanks to its fabulous selection of beaches, which include Bridlington’s Blue Flag North Beach and the secluded sands of Dane’s Dyke.


Yorkshire 2

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There’s a chance I could waffle all day about the Yorkshire countryside, so I’ll try keep it brief. Whichever direction you turn in this mighty county, you’ll encounter some of England’s prettiest pockets of countryside. From the Dales to the Moors, this is a region of blustery peaks and peaceful valleys, interrupted now and again by the odd village, hamlet or town.

Rent a holiday cottage in the Yorkshire Dales this summer, and remember to pack the walking boots. Whether tackling the infamous three peaks or taking a stroll around one of the region’s many historic villages, you’ll no doubt be using your feet. Sights not to be missed in the Yorkshire Dales include the Ribblehead Viaduct, the peak of Pen Y Ghent, Aysgarth Falls, and the villages of Hawes, Settle and Grassington.

Book a break in North Yorkshire, and explore some of the most popular valleys in England, including Wensleydale, Swaledale and Coverdale. Tucked between these picturesque vales are some wonderfully charming villages, whose histories date back to Viking times. Destinations not to be missed in the region include Richmond, Leyburn, and Middleham, as well as the historic sights of Bolton Castle, Studley Royal and Rievaulx Abbey.

You’ll love a summer break in Yorkshire

North, south, east, west – wherever you choose to stay, a cottage holiday in Yorkshire is a great choice for families and couples looking for that perfect blend of coast and country. So don’t wait around; if Yorkshire’s the place for you this summer, check out our huge range of Yorkshire holiday homes that are available to rent for a sunny break in 2015.

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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.

Sykes’ Spotlight: Holmfirth, Yorkshire

Sunday, January 18th, 2015
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The picturesque market town of Holmfirth lies at the heart of the breathtaking Holme Valley on the edge of the Peak District National Park. If you’re searching for a holiday that combines charming pubs, cafes and shops with stunning scenery and walking opportunities, then Holmfirth is a fantastic choice. There are plenty of fascinating shops to explore, lovely places to eat and drink, including TV chef Timothy Bilton’s  ‘The Spiced Pear’, and beautiful nearby walks including Holme Valley Circular Walk, the Riverside Way, Digley Reservoir and Holme Moss View Point.

The town is often better known as the filming location for TV classic, ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ and visitors to Holmfirth can still experience Last of the Summer Wine tours on a vintage tour bus, or visit the Summer Wine exhibition which is located inside ‘Compo’s House’. If Holmfirth sounds like the perfect holiday destination for you, make sure you take a look at some of these lovely self-catering cottages in the area!

Underbank Hall Cottage (ref. 3839)

Holiday cottage in Holmfirth

Underbank Hall Cottage, Ref. 3839

If you’re looking for a romantic retreat near Holmfirth, then look no further than this pretty stone-built cottage in Stocksbridge. With its king-size bedroom and en-suite, Underbank Hall Cottage offers the perfect place for a tranquil romantic getaway with your loved one, and as it’s pet friendly, you will be able to enjoy the surrounding scenery with your four-legged friend in tow too.

3 Hanging Royd (ref. 27400)

Holiday cottage in Holmfirth

3 Hanging Royd, Ref. 27400

3 Hanging Royd is a charming, Grade II listed end-terrace in the traditional village of Slaithwaite, just 6 miles from Holmfirth. Dating back to 1840, this cosy pet-friendly cottage offers a wealth of original features including beams, stonework and mullioned windows, along with all the modern conveniences that you could need from a holiday cottage. 3 Hanging Royd sleeps 6 guests in 3 bedrooms.

Leapings Cottage (ref. 913420)

Holiday cottage in Holmfirth

Leapings Cottage, Ref. 913420

This characterful detached cottage is set on a leafy lane in the lovely village of Thurlstone. With fantastic views of the lane and river, Leapings Cottage is a delightful rural retreat. It even has its own wild ‘secret garden’ for guests to enjoy. The cottage sleeps 6 guests in 3 bedrooms and is also pet friendly! Thurlstone itself offers a few charming village shops and a good pub, as well as having direct access to the Trans Pennine Trail, which runs through the village itself; Holmfirth is just 8 miles away.

Stoneycroft Barn (ref. 6188)

Holiday cottage in Holmfirth

Stoneycroft Barn, Ref. 6188

Stoneycroft Barn, a luxury barn conversion, is nestled on the edge of the picturesque village of Midhopestones, just 10 miles from Holmfirth and a short drive from the beautiful Peak District National Park.  The surrounding area is peaceful, with walks from the doorstep and a lovely pub that serves food just a few minutes’ walk away. The cottage itself is warm and welcoming, sleeping 8 guests in 4 spacious bedrooms. The central woodburner-effect gas fire in the living room is a real highlight and is perfect for lounging in front of after a long day exploring!

Bullace Barn (ref. 23330)

Holiday cottage in Holmfirth

Bullace Barn, Ref. 23330

Bullace Barn is ideal for a family holiday in Holmfirth this year, with 3 spacious bedrooms, a large kitchen and dining area, and a games room with a pool table and playstation – even the most unenthusiastic of teenagers will love it here! Sleeping 7, this pet-friendly cottage is located on a smallholding on the edge of Millhouse Green, a small village on the edge of the Peak District National Park; it’s the perfect location for exploring this rugged part of the country.

If you want to see our full range of holiday cottages in and around Holmfirth then you can do so by visiting our website. Our reservations specialists are on hand for advice and help from 9.00am until 9.30pm every day so please do get in touch by giving us a call on 01244 356 695 or by sending us an email.

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Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.