Archive for October, 2010

Are You A Glossop Girl?

Friday, October 29th, 2010
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Like Buxton, Glossop lies just beyond the official border of the Peak District National Park but it is one of the larger conurbations in the area and, as such, offers good shopping and services for those staying at a holiday cottage in the area. The town has an interesting Heritage centre with an art gallery and craft centre and some pleasant green spaces; Manor Park is a useful visit for those with small children with its miniature railway and children’s playground plus crazy golf, lake and walks. Visitors can enjoy a history trail around ‘Old Glossop’, site of the original town, with its Norman Church, sundial and houses dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. From here, the ‘Doctor’s Gate’ footpath leads up onto the Pennine Way. Glossop is well located for discovering the northwestern area of the Peak District National Park, and also close enough to visit the attractions of Cheshire and Manchester.

Melandra Castle is the site of a Roman fort just 2km from Glossop. The site has been extensively excavated, uncovering the fort’s headquarters, walls and a shrine and has now been landscaped into a pleasant picnic and recreational site standing above the river Etherow.
Dovestone reservoir is worth a visit and is particularly recommended for those with pushchairs or wheelchairs wanting access to the outdoors. Dovestone is actually a series of three reservoirs set in a bowl surrounded by magnificent peaks. Circular walks or cycles of varying lengths can be enjoyed around the reservoirs amidst lovely Peak District scenery, whilst those looking for something more challenging may extend the walk up onto open moor land. The Peak District has many reservoirs which have been way marked into trails for cycling or rambling; the Derwent Dams and Ladybower reservoirs, along the main A57 Snake Pass, were famously used for shooting practice for the famous Dambusters Squadron.

To see our holiday cottages in Glossop, please click here.

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Alnwick … Britain’s Best Place To Live?

Thursday, October 28th, 2010
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Nominated ‘best place in Britain’ to live by Country Life magazine, surely the next best thing to living in the unspoilt, picturesque market town of Alnwick is to make it the destination of choice for a Northumberland holiday cottage. Dubbed ‘the Windsor of the North’, the county town of Alnwick is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland and home to popular Alnwick Castle and Gardens.

Alnwick is a superb choice for your holiday cottage, ideally situated a short drive from Northumbria’s many ancient castles, rolling Cheviot hills and stunning Northumberland Heritage Coast. The town’s origins date back to the 11th century and Alnwick successfully retains a strong sense of history to the present day, with its narrow cobbled streets, ancient buildings and the medieval market place, which is still the hub of the town and the focal point for local events such as the monthly Farmer’s Market. Modern amenities in Alnwick include a host of fine pubs, bistros and restaurants, and it also boasts a modern sports centre, cinema and theatre for leisure pursuits. Alnwick’s location in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, on the doorstop of all that Northumberland has to offer, makes it an ideal spot for a holiday cottage stay.

You can see our choice of self-catering cottages in Alnwick here.

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Cottage Spotlight: Number 16 (Ref 3791) In The Lake District

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
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For today’s cottage spotlight, we’re looking at an Edwardian townhouse in the centre of Windermere.

Number 16, which is currently free to book from December 4th to December 27th, boasts some truly incredible views. If you click here and take a look at the photos, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Included in the rent of this property is a leisure pass at the nearby Old England Hotel. This means you can use the heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room, gym and also get 10% off spa treatments.

To keep the adults busy in the day, Number 16 is situated close to a cinema, shops and restaurants. To keep the kids busy, there is a games room with a Playstation, table football and more.

As I mentioned, this property has availability for a Christmas booking in December. Why not get everyone together under one roof during the festive season?

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All You Need To Visit Lochgilphead Is The Number 4002

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
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Lochgilphead is the main town extending from Loch Gilp, close to Loch Fyne on the Kintyre peninsula. The advent of the Crinan canal saw the town increase in significance, to the extent that today it is the administrative centre for a the Argyll and Bute region, which represents a significant chunk of Scotland, including some of the outlying Inner Hebridean islands.  For those on a Scottish cottage holiday, the town’s quirky local shops are a useful place to stock up on provisions, whilst there are many sites of historic interest in the immediate vicinity. The surrounding countryside is known as Kilmartin Glen and is extraordinarily rich in both historic and prehistoric remains such as rock carvings, burial and standing stones. The Kilmartin House museum in Kilmartin village offers a good introduction to the various sites, and there are some marked walks and cycles routes that take in different sites, such as Temple Wood Stone Circle and the Nether Largie Stones. Indeed walkers are well served throughout the region.

Close to Lochgilphead you can wander amid ancient woodland at Taynish Nature Reserve, managed by Scottish National Heritage. A scenic peninsula with views to nearby Loch Sween, this is a magnificent, almost primeval forest, with giant ferns, spongy mosses and, particularly in spring, many species of butterfly and plants. For a much less rampant and more tamed look at nature, make for Kilmory Woodland Park, in the grounds of Kilmory Castle. Here you will find  beautifully manicured gardens, a lochside picnic area, woodland trails and hundreds of exotic plant species. Further afield, Oban is approximately thirty miles away and opens up the islands of the Inner Hebrides, with regular ferries serving islands such as Mull and Iona.

If you’d like to see Lochgilphead and the above sights for yourself, why not book yourself a cottage break in property reference 4002?

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To East Cowes

Monday, October 25th, 2010
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Last week we looked at what to see and do if you booked one of our holiday cottages in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. With today’s guide we’re moving a little to the East …

Osborne House, at East Cowes, is one of the island’s most visited attractions. Built in the mid nineteenth century, this fabulous mansion was the summer residence of Queen Victoria, and makes a great day out for all the family. Visit the royal rooms and apartments, including the Durbar room packed with glittering Indian treasures, and enjoy the beautiful grounds, featuring an original walled garden and hot houses filled with exotic plants from the Tropics.

For an altogether different perspective of island life, take to the trees at Goodleaf Tree Climbing Adventures, which will have you swinging through the trees, monkey-style, in no time at all, or for a more sedate view on East Cowes and its history, call in at the Heritage Centre in town.

To read more about places to visit in Cowes, please click here.

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