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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.

Coast

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.

Country

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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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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.

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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By Louise O'Toole

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.

A Local’s Guide to the Romantic East Riding

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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East Yorkshire: home of The Beautiful South, William Wilberforce, Amy Johnson and the mighty Yorkshire Wolds. As epic as all this sounds, I can’t help feel this corner of God’s Own County is often overlooked, particularly as a romantic holiday destination. I may be biased, but I believe the East Riding can be just as a romantic as the Cotswolds and the Lake Districts of the world, not least because of its exquisite coast and rolling, picnic worthy landscapes. Not convinced? Just you wait; in the next five hundred words or so, I bet I can convince you that when it comes to romance, there’s nowhere like the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Feast on fine Yorkshire fare

Via Flickr

Via Flickr

Yorkshire grub is known for its heartiness and simplicity, and it’s no different in the East Riding. The region’s agricultural heritage has forged an honest-to-goodness approach to cookery, Food iStock 15017286with cosy country pubs serving delicious, locally sourced fare at every turn. Should you and your beloved be tootling around near the Wolds/ Moors border, be sure to stop off at The Blue Bell pub in Weaverthorpe, where roaring fires and a superb menu await. Or, visit The Chestnut Horse in Kelk, an 18th Century inn renowned for its unusual – yet mouth-watering – approach to pies.

And it’s not just charming country pubs on offer, no sir. East Yorkshire may be quaint, but it also boasts several vibrant towns that are chock-a-block with eateries both foreign and domestic. Like spice? Add some heat to your evening at Trishna Tandoori, an authentic Indian restaurant in Driffield. Or, perhaps it’s the taste of Italia you’re after? If so, make for La Perla, a cosy Italian in the City of Culture 2017; Hull for short.

Take a romantic stroll beside the North Sea

Flamborough Lighthouse – Via Flickr

Flamborough Lighthouse – Via Flickr

OK, so East Yorkshire’s countryside may be pastoral and lovely and everything, but let’s be honest, it’s nothing compared to its coast. From the secluded dunes of Spurn Point to the evocative cliffs of Flamborough Head, Couple on beachthis stretch of North Sea coast is perfect for romantic coastal strolls at any time of year. One of my favourite places for a bracing, hand-in-hand walk begins in the village of Sewerby and follows the sea cliffs south to Bridlington. Head north from Sewerby, and the Flamborough Headland Heritage Coast also promises a charming stomping ground for a coastal hike.

Travel to East Yorkshire in summer and your first port of call ought to be the beach. Though busy, the beaches of Bridlington and Hornsey offer the classic seaside experience, whilst the golden sands of Dane’s Dyke, Spurn Point and Thornwick Bay are secluded enough for lovesick couples. Regardless of where you lay your beach towel, I’m positive the East Yorkshire coast will be just what you were hoping for.

Discover history and heritage

Burton Agnes Hall – Via Flickr

Burton Agnes Hall – Via Flickr

Take a walk anywhere in East Yorkshire and you’ll be struck by the nostalgia of the place. Like much of Yorkshire, the East Riding has a long and evocative history, much of which is lovingly preserved in several attractions and98353808 historic sites. For romantic-types, the gardens of Burton Agnes Hall, Sledmere House, Burnby Hall and Burton Constable prove perfect for pondering, whilst the unusual Wharram Percy – a deserted medieval village in the Wolds – offers a secluded spot for exploration.

Aside from stately homes and mysterious, time-forgotten villages, what else does East Yorkshire offer history fans? Take a trip to Beverley Minster, an enormous church regarded as a gothic masterpiece by historians. Discover bizarre curio and wonderful architecture in The Bayle Museum in the Old Town of Bridlington. Or, venture to Hull’s Museum’s Quarter, where you’ll find eight great museums that you can enter free of charge.

Other things to do on a romantic break in East Yorkshire

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Beverley Westwood – Via Flickr

Explore the East Riding at your leisure and you’ll no doubt come across things that’ll spike your interest, whether it be a private beach, rural country pub or secluded wildflower meadow. To help you along on this odyssey of chance encounters, here’s a shortlist of some of the hidden gems that you should look up before visiting East Yorkshire:

  • Beverley Westwood, Beverley For pleasant pastures, head to Beverley Westwood, a large country park on the outskirts of the historic market town.
  • Little Switzerland, Hull Walk under the mighty Humber Bridge in the Humber Bridge Country Park, known locally as Little Switzerland.
  • Petros, Nafferton A glorious Italian restaurant hidden within the façade of a humble pub in the village of Nafferton.
  • Green Lane, Driffield Panoramic views of the Yorkshire Dales beckon on Green Lane, a public byway that begins in Driffield and winds high into the countryside.
  • Kings Mill Millennium Park, Driffield Travelling with your pooch? Head to Kings Mill, a wetland park offering plenty of room for Rex to romp.

Rent a cottage in East Yorkshire with Sykes Cottages

So there you have it, a local’s guide to the romantic and oh-so-charming East Riding of Yorkshire. If you’re interested in renting a Yorkshire holiday cottage in the East Riding, visit our website today.

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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.

Celebrate Yorkshire Day 2014

Friday, August 1st, 2014
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If one county deserves its very own day, it’s Yorkshire. On 1st August each year, the UK’s biggest county comes together to celebrate all that’s brilliant about the region. In honour of Yorkshire Day 2014, we set about finding some dazzling facts and truths about God’s Own County, to demonstrate exactly why Yorkshire merits its own diary date. So let’s get to it.

Top 10 amazing facts about Yorkshire

Ilkley Moor- Via Flickr

Ilkley Moor- Via Flickr

Yorkshire’s unofficial anthem is On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at, which to non-Yorkshire folks translates as On Ilkley Moor without a hat. There are worse places to be hatless I suppose…

Yorkshire contains two national parks, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. Between them, the parks cover a land area of 3,203 square kilometres and comprise 1,049 scheduled ancient monuments and 79 conservation areas.

The UK experienced its largest recorded earthquake at Dogger Bank in 1931. The quake measured 6.1 on the Richter scale and caused widespread damage to Yorkshire coastal towns like Filey and Bridlington.

Yorkshire Coast- Via Flickr

Yorkshire Coast- Via Flickr

If Yorkshire was an independent country, it would have finished an impressive 12th in the league table at the 2012 Olympics. The county’s sportsmen and women racked up 7 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals over the course of the games.

Did you know, Guy Fawkes, instigator of the 1605 gunpowder plot, was born in the city of York in 1570?

The popular coastal town of Scarborough in North Yorkshire became Britain’s first seaside resort in 1626, after a damsel discovered a spring in the town which supposedly had health-giving properties. Mystical water or not, the tourists have returned ever since.

The Shambles- Via Flickr

The Shambles- Via Flickr

Roman Emperor, Septimus Severus, ruled his entire empire from York for two years before his death in 211AD. His body is said to be buried beneath the old city- who needs Rome eh?

England’s tallest bloke, William Bradley, was born in the East Yorkshire town of Market Weighton in 1787. By 20, he was well over seven feet tall and was known throughout the country as the Yorkshire Giant.

Brompton, North Yorkshire, has a spot reserved in the history books thanks to Sir George Cayley, an aviation pioneer and all round aerodynamics guru. In 1853, this Yorkshire-born genius invented the world’s first glider. Other inventions conceived in Yorkshire include stainless steel, road cat’s eyes and the steam locomotive.

William Wilberforce, a key figure in the abolition of slavery in the UK, was born in the city of Hull in 1759. Today, his legacy can be seen across the globe, with universities and schools from the USA to Africa named after the Yorkshireman.

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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.

Holiday Cottages still available for Tour de France 2014

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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As we speak, Yorkshire is hard at working preparing for a visit from one of the world’s most famous cycling races. Within the next two weeks, Yorkshire will play host to the first two stages of the Tour de France Grand Départ 2014, with the first stage taking place on Saturday 5th July from Leeds to Harrogate, and the second stage taking part the following day on Sunday 6th July from York to Sheffield. We do have a handful of cottages that are available for Le Tour, perfect if you’re still looking for accommodation! However, they are booking up quickly so if you’re interested then please get in touch with us as soon as possible!

Clifford House Farm, Buckden

Holiday cottage in Buckden

Clifford House Farm, Buckden, Ref. 922

Looking for somewhere to stay where you can experience Stage One of Le Tour? Look no further than this stunning seventeenth century farmhouse in picturesque Buckden. Sleeping 11, this property would be perfect for a large group of family or friends and the location is ideal for those wanting to soak up the Grand Départ atmosphere. The publicity caravan will arrive in Buckden at around 11.37am on Saturday 5th July and riders will be passing through from around 1.28pm. To find out more about the availability of Clifford House Farm during the Tour de France then please visit the property’s listing page on our website.

Norton View Farm, Hetton

Holiday cottage near Skipton

Norton View Farm, Hetton, Ref. 6741

Norton View Farm is a spectacular former coaching inn in Hetton, just four miles from Skipton. This cottage enjoys breathtaking views over the Yorkshire countryside and boasts luxury furnishings including an AGA Rangemaster and a hot tub. On Saturday 5th July, the bustling market town of Skipton will host the cyclists of the Tour de France as they pass by from approximately 12.47pm, with the publicity caravan expected to start arriving at around 10.52am. This cottage is still available for the dates that Le Tour will be travelling through Skipton but is bound to be snapped up soon; book quickly to avoid disappointment! You will find all the details on our website.

Gaylebeck Gallery, Hawes

Holiday cottage in Hawes

Gaylebeck Gallery, Hawes, Ref. 23216

Gaylebeck Gallery is set in the wing of a charming, Georgian house in the heart of the bustling market town, Hawes. Offering characterful, spacious accommodation, this cottage also boasts stunning views from most of its rooms. The first stage of the Tour de France will be passing through Hawes on Saurday 5th July, with the publicity caravan expected to arrive at around 12.27pm with the riders travelling through from approximately 2.13pm. Hawes is also the start of the Hawes Cycle Route, which is a 60 mile recreational route taking cyclists along many of the same roads as the competitors will face. This beautiful property is still available for the dates of the Tour de France and you can find all details and prices on our website.

The Snug, Haworth

Holiday cottage in Haworth

The Snug, Haworth, Ref. 903849

This characterful cottage in the quaint Yorkshire town of Haworth still has availability for the week of the Grand Départ. The route will see the publicity caravan arrive at around 11.22am on Sunday 6th July and competitors are expected to pass through Haworth’s Main Street with cyclists arriving from approximately 1.10pm. However, as a designated spectator hub for the Tour de France, there will be plenty of other things to see and do in Haworth over the weekend including big screen live coverage, children’s activities, workshops and live music in Haworth’s Central Park. To find out more about the dates available and prices, please visit our website.

Webb Cottage, Mytholmroyd

Holiday cottage near Hebden Bridge

Webb Cottage, Mytholmroyd, Ref. 911868

Webb Cottage is a traditional, stone-built property in the heart of Mytholmroyd, just one mile from the attractive town of Hebden Bridge. This charming cottage is still available during the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire, which will be passing through Mytholmroyd from approximately 1.36pm on Sunday 6th July. The publicity caravan is expected to arrive around 11.51am. For more information about Webb Cottage, please visit our website.

If you have any questions about any of the above properties or if you’d like to know what other properties are still available, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, either by calling 01244 356 695 or via email. If you’d like any more information about the Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire then visit letour.yorkshire.com.

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

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.