Archive for December, 2010

Cottage Holidays In Blandford Forum – What To Expect

Monday, December 20th, 2010
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Between Sherbourne and Wimbourne in the east of Dorset, on the edge of the Blackmore Vale, Blandford Forum is a fine example of a Georgian town, offering an unusual uniformity of architecture and style, thanks to a near-total rebuilding of the original town which was ravaged by fire during the eighteenth century. Today, this market town on the banks of the river Stour is a busy one, with a variety of shops and services, many of which cater for the nearby military base as well as for locals and holidaymakers. (more…)

Like Brighton, This Place Needs No Introduction As Well …

Friday, December 17th, 2010
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One of Cornwall’s most popular holiday cottage destinations and internationally renowned surfing capital of the UK, Newquay scarcely needs any introduction. This area of north Cornwall, boasting ten or so varied beaches and one of the country’s best sunshine records, is eternally popular with young families, the more mature visitor and, of course, the surfing community. During the summer months the town buzzes with an influx of young visitors. The town centre is a somewhat haphazard mixture of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, surfing and mainstream shops. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To … Brighton (Part 2)

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
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A town dedicated to fun and partying needs a chill-out zone, and Brighton is blessed with a wealth of lovely green spaces. Preston Park, Queens Park and the Royal Pavilion Gardens all offer breathing spaces in the heart of the city, whilst further afield, there are woodland trails at Kipling Garden or great spot for picnics at St. Ann’s Well Gardens in neighbouring Hove. Try sailing or fishing down at the Marina, beach sports Californian-style on the main beach or take in a ride on the Volks electric railway, or enjoy one of the many museums. The Natural History Museum and the Fishing Museum each document a different chapter of local history, the Toy and Model Museum breathes new life into the old Railway arches with hundreds of antique toys, models and memorabilia, or make a visit to Brighton’s Sealife Centre for a day of guaranteed family fun. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To … Brighton (Part 1)

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
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Buzzing, bold, brash, bohemian and brilliant, Brighton scarcely needs an introduction these days. Placed firmly on the map by a party-loving Prince Regent who built the wonderful Royal Pavilion as his spectacular seaside folly during the mid eighteenth century, Brighton has been drawing the fun-loving crowd ever since, and is firmly established as the place to be, and a modern day London by the sea. A South of England holiday cottage in the vicinity offers the very best of beachside city break, with all the fun of Brighton itself as well as a host of superb holiday spots and great family days out within easy reach. (more…)

Such A Classic Cottage Holiday Destination …

Monday, December 13th, 2010
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Begin your tour of historic Skipton at Skipton Castle, which dominates the town at the top of the main street, and shields nearly a thousand years of turbulent history and a fascinating mediaeval legacy behind the twin-turreted hulk of its gateway. There is much to detain the visitor here, in particular the dungeons and the watch tower, but once the sights of the castle itself have been exhausted, follow the Wild about Woods trail around the grounds alongside the river and enjoy the views, peace and the sense of history. Back in town, the main street and Craven Court shopping arcade brim with quirky, independent and specialist shops, and market day, which operates four days a week, is a great opportunity to sample fresh local produce from around the region. (more…)