Archive for September, 2010

Off Season Cottage Breaks – No Extra Charge For The Peace And Quiet!

Monday, September 13th, 2010
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It goes without saying that July and August is a busy time for the travel industry. With the kids off school and the summer sun shining, the majority of resorts and venues are fit to burst as the masses flock there. There are many who like the hustle ‘n’ bustle and the lively atmosphere of a popular tourist destination during the school holidays.

This said, there are many who would rather wait until the kids are back at school before booking themselves a little getaway. For example, a lot of people prefer to visit attractions and holiday hot spots in the off season when things are a little quieter (and a little cheaper!). Even I would begrudgingly admit that when lounging on a beach or by the pool with a good book, it’s hard to relax with little rascals running riot nearby, hitting you with a football and splashing you as they dive bomb into water!

If tranquil settings and an abundance of peace and quiet appeals to you, too, then why not take a look at some of the great value off season breaks in our recent newsletter? They start from only £148 for 7 nights.

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Ryder Cup – Don’t Despair If All The B&Bs & Hotels In Newport Are Full

Friday, September 10th, 2010
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The 2010 Ryder Cup is on British soil this time around and it takes place from October 1st to October 3rd in the host city of Newport, Wales. If you are lucky enough to have tickets to this biyearly American/European golfing showdown but still don’t have anywhere to stay, why not take a look at these 9 self-catering properties? They are roughly within a 30 minute drive of Celtic Manor Resort and, as this blog went to press, still had availability for the first week of October.

By renting a self-catering holiday cottage near Newport, you’ll be able to set up a comfortable Ryder Cup base camp. After you’ve checked on the progress of Tiger, Monty and Co on the course, you’ll be able to kick back in your home away from home and watch the TV highlights in the evening.

And if after the tournament you have an urge to get the clubs out and hit the golf course yourself, why not have a little look at this?

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6 Great Reasons Why You (Yes, You!!) Should Visit Pickering This September

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
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We have over 45 holiday cottages within 10 miles of Pickering in the North York Moors (click here to see them).  Below we have listed just some of the prominent events taking place within 10 miles of Pickering in the month of September.

1) Andy Black – Conceptual Forest

What? Andy Black’s timeless drawings of an imaginary landscape are created using the slow, fastidious repetition of motifs such as trees.
Where? Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole, Nr. Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UA
When? Runs up until 19th September, 2010
Contact: Emma Hirst, Tel: 01751 417 367, Email: science@ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk

2) Arts & Craft Fair at Pickering Memorial Hall

What? Extensive range of original artists, crafts & gifts.
Where? Pickering Memorial Hall, The Memorial Hall, Pickering, YO18 1AA
When? 18th September, 2010 – 09:30 – 16:30
Contact: Yorkshire Fairs, Tel: 01423 545 377

3) Bushcraft for adults at Dalby

What? Learn to survive in the wild including a night’s stay in the forest. 18years+, grid reference SE 855878, £35.00 per person.
Where? Dalby – The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT
When? 09.00 18th September to 09.00 19th September, 2010
Contact: Essential, Tel: 01751 472771

4) Diesel Gala at North Yorkshire Moors Railway

What? A steam train adventure through the stunning Yorkshire Moors. A great weekend for heritage diesel enthusiasts with a number of guest and home-based diesel locomotives on the line. Special event prices apply.
Where? North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering Station, Park Street, Pickering, YO18 7AJ
When? 17th September to 19th September, 2010 – 09:00 – 19:30
Contact: NYMR Tel: 01751 472 508, Email: info@nymr.co.uk

5) Family History Celebration Event at Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life

What? Examine the heritage, history and culture of life in the Pickering and District area.
Where? Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life, Bridge Street, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8DU
When? 18th September, 2010 – 10:00
Contact: Beck Isle Museum, Tel: 01751 473 653, Email: beckisle@aol.com

6) Roots North at Cropton Brewery & Visitor Centre

What? The second Roots North event in North Yorkshire. A whole weekend of Folk, Country, Blues and Roots music in excellent surroundings in the heart of the North York Moors. Early Bird Tickets £25 Weekend – Day and Event Tickets also available. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.rootsnorth.co.uk
Where? Cropton Brewery & Visitor Centre, The New Inn, Cropton, North Yorkshire, YO18 8HH
When? 24th September 2010 to 26th September, 2010
Contact: Festival Office Tel: 01287 660060

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Holiday Cottages … Why?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
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There are still some people out there who wouldn’t know a holiday cottage if it walked up to them and introduced itself.  Let’s say you stopped the average under 30 on the street and asked them a Family Fortunes style question: “Quick! Can you name 5 different types of accommodation?” What would they say? 1) Hotel, 2) Bed & Breakfast, 3) Campsite, 4) Caravan, 5) Hostel? If you’re reading this blog on www.sykescottages.co.uk, then the chances are you’re pretty familiar with the concept of a self-catering holiday cottage. But for those people who aren’t, making people aware of the cottage option is half the battle.

Once people are aware of the cottage as a form of accommodation, the benefits – and, more importantly, the savings – are obvious. Let’s take a closer look at 4 of them.

Benefit # 1 – Save Money On Flights (And Cut Out The Hassle Of Flying!)

When you stay at a cottage in the UK, you don’t need to dig out your passport and have that obligatory moment of panic when you wonder if it is still in date. You don’t have to pay for expensive airport parking or for a taxi to and from the airport (£80 this cost me the last time I went abroad – £40 there and £40 back). Once you’ve gotten to the airport, there’s a good chance you’ll be stood in a long, snaking queue as you check your luggage in. After checking in, you encounter another queue, as you hand over your liquids in a 20cm x 20cm clear plastic bag and wait patiently to pass through the x-ray security scanners that can see you naked. Once you’ve gone through all of the above, the worst is yet to come … if you’re scared of flying, that is! And with the perils of no frill flights (such as ultra-strict luggage allowances, paying for the toilet and standing up while you fly), more and more people seem to be developing this phobia.

As the planes fly overhead (or not, if there is a delay or an ash cloud), chances are you’ll be driving to your cottage in your car, perhaps using the trusty old Sat Nav. You were going to always going to put petrol in your car, so how much have you saved on your holiday by driving to your cottage and cutting out the flights with all those hidden charges?

Benefit #2 – Save Money On Kennels

Let’s be honest. When holidaying abroad, cramming Fido into your suitcase and smuggling him onto a plane has never really been an option! Most people have to impose on a kind-hearted neighbour to look after their dog or they have to fork out for kennels. With a pet friendly cottage, you no longer have to endure the heart-wrenching moment when Fido sees the suitcases, sees everyone leaving and begins to whine and pine as he realises something is afoot. Indeed, there’s no need to leave the K-9 member of the family at home – get him to jump in the car because he’s having a holiday, too!

Benefit #3 – Save Money On The Euro

In recent times, a lot of Britons have been put off by the expensive Euro Zone and they have chosen to ‘staycation’ in the UK. The refrain of “I’m not paying 7 Euros/Quid for a pint” has been commonplace as Brits work out the exchange rate of the Turkish Lira. But even if this blog ages and the Euro may or may not become a more attractive currency compared to the pound, you’ll still be saving yourself time, as there’s no need to go to the trouble of changing your money into a foreign currency and then back again. When you go on a cottage holiday, the money in your wallet or purse is good enough!

Benefit #4 – Save Money On Food

Almost everyone has a weekly food shopping budget. Whether you’re at home or whether you’re staying at a cottage in a home away from home, you’re still going to have a food shopping budget for you, your partner, your family etc. Chances are you’ll spend the same amount of money on stocking up the fridge in your self-catering cottage as you would stocking up your fridge at home. Either way, it’s likely to be cheaper than eating out for breakfast, lunch and dinner day after day after day. Of course, on some days you might want to sample a gastro pub lunch or be wined and dined in a local restaurant. With a self-catering holiday cottage, you have the flexibility to do this.

See For Yourself

So if you’re new to holiday cottages, hopefully the 4 points above convinced you on the virtues of this form of accommodation. And if you strip out the costs of flying, kennels, strong currencies and relentless dining out from your annual holiday, you can see that this is a good value option for your next getaway. Why not book one of these cottages and see for yourself?

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