Archive for September, 2011

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Wells

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
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One of the smallest cities in the country, Wells is justifiably famous for its stunning Cathedral, and in the heart of rolling Somerset countryside, just a short journey from Glastonbury and Bath, it has an ideal location for a those cottage holidaying in the area. The cathedral forms the natural focal point of the town, with its imposing and splendid West Front, adorned with hundreds of intricate carvings. Visitors flock to see the neighbouring Bishop’s Palace, and in particular to witness the curiously obedient swans that have been trained to ring a bell hanging from the gatehouse of the Palace moat to herald feeding time. As they do this, food is duly thrown to them in time-honoured fashion. The gardens and arboretum provide a pleasant and peaceful place for a stroll, the Rampart Walk rewards the visitor with terrific views of the surrounding countryside, and on still days the lake here affords a superb mirror image of the cathedral in its still waters.
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The Sykes Cottages Guide To St. Andrews

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
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In north-eastern Fife, St. Andrews is home to Scotland’s oldest university and to the famous ‘Old Course’ of championship golf. The town, a great place to visit on a cottage holiday, displays a wealth of architectural styles, and lends itself to leisurely exploration on foot, with many bars, coffee shops and restaurants in which to linger in between browsing the old town streets. Golfers can play one of five courses, and enjoy the town’s Golf Museum, which chronicles the centuries-old connection between the sport and the town.
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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Ipswich

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
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Ipswich has a pleasant, compact centre, with a number of interesting historic buildings in the Ancient House, Ipswich Museum, Custom House and St. Lawrence Church, together with a newly regenerated modern waterfront area with an attractive range of shops and cafes. Visitors on a cottage holiday can take one of the blue badge guided walks to familiarise themselves with the town, or uncover its darker secrets on one of the designated Ghost Tours. Orwell river cruises offer the chance to experience the town and the pretty Suffolk coastline from the water.
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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Barnstaple

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
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In the valley of the river Taw, the country town of Barnstaple is the principal town of the North Devon region, with good road links to all the region’s popular tourist towns and villages. A large modern shopping mall and out of town shopping facilities make it the largest shopping centre in the area and a good starting point for picking up provisions for a North Devon holiday cottage stay.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Bridgnorth

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
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Make time to visit Bridgnorth on your Shropshire cottage holiday; there’s much here to reward the visitor. A delightful two-tiered town, which clings to a rocky escarpment at a bend in the river Severn, enjoy the views from the vantage point of the old town; the lower town was once a busy river port carrying goods as far as Bristol. Tackle the cartway, once used to transport goods to market, to get between the two parts of town, or you can climb the steps that link the two. The best way, however, is to let oldest funicular in the country, the unique Bridgnorth Cliffe Railway, take the strain, as it transports you to the crooked castle, gardens and shops of the high town.
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