Archive for February, 2011

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Warkworth

Friday, February 4th, 2011
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Just seven miles south east of Alnwick, and a mile from the nearest sandy beach, the quaint village of Warkworth is well situated for a cottage holiday in the region. Boasting a near-complete church dating from Norman times, a rare example still in such good repair from this era, the main visitor attractions in Warkworth are a fine twelfth century castle, nearby Warkworth Hermitage and the town’s Norman bridge. The castle’s most famous owners were the Percy family, also proprietors of nearby Alnwick castle, and whose distinctive lion crest is displayed on many of the well-preserved bastions of the fortress. The castle keep dates back to the 14th century, and, unlike many, preserved its roof during the dissolution of the monasteries and remains almost entirely intact, as do the impressive circular, turreted walls. Further along the river Coquet, on which Warkworth castle stands, Warkworth Hermitage was the medieval cave dwelling of a local holy man, accessible only by boat across the river.

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Cottage Breaks In Beverley – The 2 Minute Guide

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
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The East Riding town of Beverley, on the North Yorks moors, is famed for horse racing and its ancient Minster. A picturesque town, with fine gothic and mediaeval buildings and some good specialist shopping, Beverley’s Minster is less famous than that of neighbouring York, but is nonetheless a fine example of magnificent mediaeval architecture, and an extraordinarily imposing building for a town of its small size. Cathedral-like, the massive twin Minster dominates the horizon for miles around. Beverley Racecourse is the town’s other main attraction, and many enthusiasts come here to enjoy a day at the famous races. Others still come for  various festivals of growing repute; the Folk Festival runs each June at a variety of venues around town, whilst the Beverley Literature Festival takes place every October.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Brading, IOW

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
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A small inland town just a short drive from the popular beaches and resorts of the Isle of Wight’s east coast, Brading and its environs is the location for a number of the island’s cottage holiday attractions, including, most notably, a new £3 million heritage centre dedicated to the preservation of an ancient Roman settlement. The Brading Roman Villa consists of an excavation of twelve rooms of an ancient Roman dwelling, now protected and showcased together with ancient exhibits, such as pottery, mosaics and jewellery, which were unearthed at this historic site. On a rather less grand scale, the town’s Lilliput Doll and Antique Centre is one of the country’s largest collections of antique dolls, and enthusiasts and casual visitors alike will find something of interest. (more…)