Archive for January, 2011

Symonds Yat In 30 Seconds …

Friday, January 28th, 2011
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A beauty spot attracting visitors from near and far, Symonds Yat is a delightful haven at a horseshoe-shaped bend in the meandering river Wye. With holiday cottages located on either side, the village is split in two by the river, and linked only by a hand-pulled ferry. Many come to enjoy the area’s unspoilt natural beauty, to climb the five hundred feet of Yat rock, catch a glimpse of the nesting peregrine falcons and other wildlife or enjoy the challenge of the river’s rapids. The Wye Valley Walk winds through the woods here, and are a delight in all seasons – carpeted with blue bells and filled with a profusion of wild garlic in spring, or a riot of colour from the turning leaves in the autumn months. (more…)

Places To See In Sheringham

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
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As people who have stayed in one of our holiday cottages there will know, Sheringham has a lovely town beach and is home to the North Norfolk Railway, which offers steam and vintage diesel train rides though areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Sheringham and the neighbouring towns of Holt and Weybourne. Sheringham Park at Upper Sheringham makes another excellent day out, with miles of countryside paths waiting to be explored on foot or two wheels, superb collections of azaleas and rhododendrons, and viewing towers offering spectacular costal views. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Christchurch In Dorset

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
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A lovely Saxon town, with an enviable blend of beautiful coastline, pretty natural harbour, peaceful rivers, open green spaces and rich heritage, picturesque Christchurch, or neighbouring Mudeford, make an ideal base for a holiday cottage stay. Christchurch sits under the gaze of the eleventh century Priory, with the adjacent eighteenth century Red House museum once the town’s workhouse and a testament to a more difficult past, now an important visitor attraction. There are many historic buildings dotted around the town, some dating as far back as Norman times, though most have been converted into shops, tea rooms and other visitor services. More recent reconstructions hinting at a less tolerant past include the town stocks, ducking post and whipping stool, variously positioned throughout the town. (more…)

The Only Place In The UK With A ! In Its Name

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
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Eternally popular with families, Westward Ho! is a typically English seaside resort complete with associated attractions; amusement arcades, putting green, tennis courts, children’s playground, beach shops, snack bars, seafront pubs and, of course, holiday cottages. The two mile sandy, Blue Flag beach is its main attraction, ideal for swimming, popular with regular and kite surfers and one which is famously dotted with brightly coloured traditional beach huts redolent of a by-gone age. Facilities at the beach area are particularly family friendly, with a café, toilets, deckchair hire, first aid, lifeguard watch and lost child centre. The town was named after Charles Kingsley’s eponymous book and is known also for Pebble Ridge, an area of sand dunes home to a rich variety of insects, wild flowers and bird life lying between the sandy beach and the nearby Northam Burrows Country Park. At the latter, a Visitor Centre explains the ecology of the sea and local area. (more…)

What Is The Nation’s Oldest Borough?

Monday, January 24th, 2011
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Dubbed ‘The Queen of Hilltop Towns’, Malmesbury sits in the Wiltshire countryside in the southeastern Cotswolds. It is the nation’s oldest borough, rich with over a thousand years of history, and a fine Norman abbey rises up to indicate its presence, whilst the elaborate market cross standing proudly in the square is one of the finest in the country. Visit the Abbey, and take a tour of the unique Abbey House Gardens, enjoy a circular stroll around the hilltop town or find out more about Malmesbury in the Althestan Museum. (more…)