Archive for August, 2011

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Portree, Isle of Skye

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
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Portree is Skye’s island capital, set on a pretty harbour, boasting the largest range of services, shops and general amenities on the island and is an ideal place to visit whilst on a cottage holiday. There are a number of attractions to detain the visitor before they set out to discover the wilderness beauty of the island, and its high concentration of Munros (Scottish mountains above 3,000 feet). The Aros Centre is the place to uncover the island’s history, including the story behind Bonnie Prince Charlie, as he famously fled ‘over the sea to Skye’. Skye Scene Highland Ceilidh introduces the visitor to the authentic musical experience of the Highlands, while the An Tuireann Arts Centre houses contemporary visual arts and craftwork. More than attractions, though, visitors simply let Skye happen to them.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Chester

Thursday, August 11th, 2011
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The Roman city of Chester is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and vibrant of the North West of England’s cities, its compact nature making it a pure pleasure to enjoy on foot and yet it size belies an astounding wealth of architectural, cultural, retail and family interest.


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Try Yorkshire’s New ‘Delicious Ale Trail’ Today!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
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If you’re thinking of visiting Yorkshire on a cottage holiday this summer, don’t miss out on the ‘Delicious Ale Trail’. This trail celebrates some of Yorkshire’s very best of the regions inns and ales; it’s certainly something not to be missed! The trail brings together 30 ales from across the Yorkshire region and is already becoming popular with tourists.

As an added bonus, many of the establishments offer fantastic food and have won their own independent awards, for their excellent cuisine. If you’re visiting the area then why not explore the ‘Delicious Ale Trail’ and sample some of the excellent food and drink on offer, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

Ale not your thing? Then Try Tea…

If the ‘Delicious Ale Trail‘ isn’t your cup of tea, then why not have a cup of tea on Yorkshire’s ‘Delicious Tea Trail’ instead? Choose from the 17 excellent teas available across Yorkshire, or why not try and visit them all?

A Sykes Suggestion..

Experience fine dining on your cottage holiday with Sykes Cottages excellent recommended establishment…

Recently the Shibden Mill Inn has been awarded Welcome To Yorkshires’ prestigious honour of being ‘Yorkshire’s favourite pub’. There were almost 200 entries for the award and over 3000 votes were cast for the 12 finalists alone! The Shibden Mill Inn has also been awarded a second AA Rosette, UK Food Pub Of The Year 2011 and Sunday Lunch Pub Of The Year at the Publican Food and Drink Awards.

With the dinning and enjoyment of the ‘Delicious Ale Trail’, all you need now is your quality accommodation. Browse through our cottages in Yorkshire and fall in love with your perfect holiday property today!

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Saltburn By The Sea

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
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The Victorian coastal resort of Saltburn By The Sea has one major claim to fame, and a rather surprising one at that, given the high number of Victorian resorts along this stretch of coastline. It is home to the only seaside pier on Yorkshire’s entire stretch of coastline, and is the most northerly located pier still in existence. The precarious-looking, elongated structure has survived shipwreck, storms and threatened demolition on numerous occasions, jutting stubbornly out into the North Sea to remain a distinctive sight along this rugged stretch of coast. Stroll to the pier end in the bracing sea air, enjoy the sandy beach and promenade, in summer lend an ear to the music wafting from the Victorian bandstand before riding the town’s famous cliff lift.

Facing the pier, this ancient water-balanced lift is now a tramway that has been hoisting fishermen and tourists alike between the pier-front promenade and the main town’s Marine Parade more than one hundred metres on the cliffs above for over two centuries. Other attractions in town include a trip back in time at the fascinating Saltburn Smugglers Heritage Centre. Set in former fishermen’s houses next to the popular Ship Inn, it explores the darker side of this fishing village’s past, with tales of shipwreck, contraband and smuggling derring-do, as townsfolk struggled to outwit the officers of the day in their pursuit of clandestine commodities and an evasion of tax. Back out in the bright light of day, enjoy the miniature railway, built in the middle of the last century, as it passes on its short journey through the lovely Saltburn Valley Gardens. Here you will find pleasant gardens and a tea room as well as the Woodland Centre, which has its own permanent orienteering trail and information on local walks, including the Cleveland Way which passes through, and attractions. In recent years surfing has become increasingly popular from Saltburn’s beach and during the summer a hire shop in the seafront caters for all levels of interest, including tuition for beginners.

Why not take a look at our self catering cottages in Saltburn By The Sea?

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3 Brilliant Lake District Events In August

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
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Now is the time to get out and enjoy the summer break, by taking advantage of the fantastic events on offer and the excellent late availability prices of our cottages in the Lake District. We’ve even given you a head start by including a few fantastic events which might interest you below…

Have Tea With Mrs Tiggy-Winkle!!

Kids will love this fantastic event taking place at The World of Beatrix Potter™ in beautiful Bowness-on-Windermere. You’ll be treated to a party lunch with Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and ‘Beatrix Potter’ as the guest of honour! Kids will enjoy the story telling, cakes and opportunity to explore the whole World of Beatrix Potter™, they’ll also be given a free present as well!

Details of how to take advantage of this special event are given below, but hurry this event is extremely popular, booking is essential, so don’t miss out and book today!

Date: Wednesday 24th August 2011

Time: 1pm

Ages: All ages

Venue: The World of Beatrix Potter™, Bowness-on-Windermere ( See On Google Maps)

Admission: £8 per person

Find out more about this and other events at The World of Beatrix Potter™ events page.

Why not discover Geocaching this summer?

Geocaching is the new trend of high tech treasure hunting, combining both the traditional thrill of treasuring hunting with the accuracy of GPS; don’t worry though despite having GPS, it can be just as challenging and enjoyable as ever!

Even better news, the Lake District National Park is holding an introductory session exploring the new trendy sport of Geocaching, so you can get top tips from the experts. Details of the session are given below. Geocaching is something to be enjoyed by young and old and is especially fun for families to take part in.

Date: 13th August 2011

Time: Sessions start at both 11am and 2pm

Ages: 8+

Venue: Brockhole, Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere (See On Google Maps)

Admission: £8 per person

Further details can be found on the National Park Website.

Traditional Sheep Dog Trials

If you’re visiting the Lake District then why not experience the excitement of watching sheep dog trials. Popular events with both locals and tourists, they give visitors an opportunity to watch a traditional technique demonstrated by experienced hands, which is effective but also enchanting and entertaining as well.

The show also has a range of stands offering tempting local delicacies, unique fashion articles and other traditional Cumbrian specialities. The catering tent uses local produce to produce some truly tasty treats, so why not experience both a pastime of Cumbria and some fantastic foods at the same time?

There’s no need to book as spectators are welcome and encouraged to come to every event.  Key details about the Rydal show are shown below, we highly recommend a visit as it certainly offers something for everyone.

Date: 11th August 2011 (This is their 108th show!)

Time: 9am

Ages: All Ages

Venue: Rydal Park, Ambleside (See On Google Maps)

More details and a programme of events can be found on the Rydal Show Website.

All you need now is your accommodation!

With all of those fantastic events taking place, all you need to do now is book your Lake District accommodation with us. We have cottages available in locations near to all of the events mentioned, whether you’re looking at holiday cottages in Bowness-on-Windermere for the Beatrix Potter event,cottages in Windermere to go Geocaching or cottages in Ambleside for the Rydal Show, we’ve got quality cottages ready to accommodate you on your Lake District adventure.

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