Archive for July, 2011

Holiday In Beautiful Bude On The Cornwall Coast

Friday, July 29th, 2011
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Right up at the top of the North Cornwall coast, Bude lies just four miles from the Devon border and is nestled between two fabulous beaches. The town’s history is industrial; the Bude canal so vital to its past still plays an integral part in the life of the community, but today tourism is the mainstay of the economy, and with excellent surfing, wide expanses of sand beach and a good location for discovering the many delights of the area, there is little wonder that Bude has long since reinvented itself as one of the region’s principal holiday resorts.

There are two main beaches flanking the town; Summerleaze is closest to the center and is such is a family favourite in the summer with full amenities available. A seawater swimming pool has been built by the cliffs that back onto the beach, as the sea can recede to such a distance at low tide as to turn a quick dip in the sea into something of a trek. Further along, Crooklets is popular with surfers and water sports enthusiasts, and every conceivable surfing-related item, from boards to kit to lessons, can be arranged by the beach. Further options include Crackington Haven, with its dramatic backdrop of cliffs, Widemouth bay, Sandy Mouth, which has fine sands or rock pools depending on tidal conditions, and Duckpool, a tiny cove preferred by surfers.

In town, all manner of activities can be arranged. Water sports of all varieties, pony trekking from several nearby centres, golf at a number of clubs nearby, the pick of which is the Bude & North Cornwall links course, with its fine cliff top location above Summerleaze Beach. Many come to Bude to enjoy the walking provided by the South West Coastal Path, which passes through the town. Other routes can be enjoyed along the historic Canal area, including a number of guided and unguided routes available from the tourist office. The Canal, which stretches from Bude to Launceston and once allowed coastal merchant ships access to the inland regions of the county, is well used closed to Bude for fishing, boating and cycling, and is continually being maintained by enthusiasts who are extending accessibility. Some excellent, unspoilt routes follow the towpath and provide a natural environment for wildlife to flourish. For a family day out, or on wet weather days, families with children will find plenty to keep them busy at Brocklands Adventure Park, located just outside Bude. There are a multitude of play areas and activity centres for kids, from Playland, filled with soft play toys, skittle alleys, sand pits, ball pools and a bouncy castle to the areas for older children, with an interactive computer centre, bowling alley, go-karts, outdoor assault course, bumper boats, archery, racing cars, steam railway to name but a few of the attractions. A restaurant and other family-oriented services make this a great family day out.

We have many fantastic cottages available in Bude and the surrounding area. Visit our Bude Cottages page to browse our full selection.

Top Tips On Finding A Last Minute Holiday Cottage

Thursday, July 21st, 2011
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Booking a holiday at the last minute doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. Indeed many holiday makers enjoy the sheer excitement of finding and then booking, amazing holiday properties, at unbelievable prices. We’ve put together some simple but important tips to help you find a cracking late availability holiday cottage.

1 Be flexible and open to trying something new.

When looking for last minute availability, to be truly successful, you’ll need to be open to offers which perhaps weren’t what you had in mind originally. Why not embrace this as an opportunity to try something new, visit an area you haven’t visited before, stay in a different style of property or perhaps even taking a holiday in a country you haven’t visited before?

Being flexible also means being open to changing the dates of your holiday, sometimes being able to take a holiday slightly earlier or later, can open up a huge choice of fantastic properties and locations to customers. At Sykes Cottages our holiday advisers strive to offer as many options as possible, whilst meeting customer’s requirements but the more flexible customers can be, the more exciting the range of options our advisers can offer.

2 Be resilient and stay positive!

There will always be those lucky few who’ll find their ideal holiday, on their first visit to a website and within just a few clicks of their mouse. For the majority of us however it takes a little longer to find our dream last minute holiday. The good news is that if you’re resilient and determined in your search, you’ll often be rewarded with the very best deals and properties.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for straight away, don’t be disappointed, instead you should remain positive and have another browse later that day or the next morning. With availability changing rapidly, you’ll stand a much better chance of grabbing a great deal, if you keep checking for availability and offers regularly.

3 Don’t be afraid to ask!

Many people forget that their biggest source of help, in finding a last minute holiday, is the company itself! Any holiday company (ourselves included) with last minute holidays, would love to sell that availability to customers. Many of our customers find that a speculative inquiry by email or telephone, about last minute availability in a certain area, has led to them securing a fantastic cottage at an equally amazing price.
Don’t forget, even if the company has no last minute availability when you contact them, they may be able to give you an indication of where to look for their late availability, making your search that little bit easier. For example at Sykes Cottages we have a dedicated late availability page, which details all of our cottages allowing last minute bookings.

4 Find those valuable news feeds, tweets and Facebook posts!

Many companies use feeds, tweets and posts as a fast effective method of making their customers aware of any last minute deals. Look out for news or blog feeds appearing on the company’s website or an option to subscribe to their ‘latest offers’ feed.

With social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook being so fast to deliver news, many companies use these services to deliver their offers to customers even quicker. At Sykes Cottages we use our Facebook page and Twitter tweets to make our customers aware of the extra special offers we have available.

A word of warning, offers which appear via feeds, tweets or posts contain some of the very best offers available so they get booked very quickly indeed!

5 Don’t delay!

Many customers delay once they’ve found a perfect last minute break and end up missing out! Don’t delay, ask the company if you can book it straight away or reserve it for a short period. We’d always suggest securing a booking as early as possible however we appreciate that sometimes people sometimes need a little extra time…

With provisional bookings you have the peace of mind of knowing you have your fantastic last minute holiday at a brilliant price, without a feeling of being committed to the booking. At Sykes Cottages for example we offer customers the opportunity to provisionally book, any of our cottages, without commitment, for a period of 24 hours, giving you the time you need to decide if the holiday is right for you.

3 Northumberland Holiday Destinations You Can’t Afford To Miss!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
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Whether you’re already thinking about visiting Northumberland itself or just exploring your options, we’d like to show you three areas you should definitely consider paying a visit to…

1) Beadnell — Beaches, Wild Life and Water Sports

Beadnell is a small coastal community whose miles of open, empty golden stands and stunning sand dunes attract visitors from around the country.  Despite the popularity of the bay for a whole host of water-based leisure pursuits, from sailing to windsurfing to kayaking, as elsewhere along the Northumberland coast, the visitor can often find himself alone on vast stretches of unspoilt, windswept sands.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Sandown

Thursday, July 14th, 2011
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Another of the Isle of Wight’s fine Victorian resorts, Sandown, on the east coast of the island, makes a great location for an Isle of Wight cottage holiday. For a classic British seaside break, this lovely town has all the essential attributes. There’s a wide stretch of sandy beach, ideal for bathing and sandcastle building. The pier houses a host of traditional seaside amusements while the promenade and sea wall walk are perfect for beachfront strolls. Behind the Esplanade, the town is well laid out with parks, gardens and all the shops, restaurants and pubs needed for a holiday cottage stay.  (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Worcester

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
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Make a day trip to Worcester from your holiday cottage; there’s more than enough here for an enjoyable day out, without the crowds of some of the region’s more famous towns. The lovely cathedral is an impressive starting point, where King John, best known for his associations with the Magna Carta, lies buried in the Royal Tomb. Climb the tower in the summer months for splendid views of the surrounding countryside.

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