Archive for October, 2011

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Taunton

Monday, October 31st, 2011
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During your stay in a holiday cottage, take time to visit this delightful town. Taunton is the county town of Somerset with an interesting local heritage which can be uncovered using the town’s Heritage Trail; a self-guided circular walking route which takes in the lovely old black and white timbered buildings and places of interest in the heart of the town. Taunton castle is a Grade I listed ancient monument in the very centre of town, dating back to the twelfth century and now home to the Somerset County Museum. (more…)

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Grassington

Friday, October 28th, 2011
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Grassington is one of the most popular of the Dales villages, a great place to visit on a cottage holiday, and is particularly favoured by walkers and ramblers thanks to its superb, scenic location in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park, where the delights of both Wharfedale and Nidderdale are on the doorstep. The village itself is picturesque and friendly, with a good range of amenities, including plenty of lovely independent shops, pubs, and coffee shops. (more…)

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Teignmouth

Thursday, October 27th, 2011
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Teignmouth is a great place to visit whilst on a cottage holiday. The historic port town of Teignmouth is one of the country’s best-loved holiday resorts, boasting the usual attractions of a British seaside town, including a Victorian pier. Unlike many resorts, however, Teignmouth also offers the hustle and bustle of a modern living, working port, with large ships, fishing vessels and pleasure craft navigating a delicate passage between the sea and the Exe estuary.
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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Shrewsbury

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
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One of the finest Tudor towns in England – a good reason to visit Shrewsbury on your Shropshire cottage holiday! The town has a number of interesting attractions, including the Abbey, a site of pilgrimage for the relics of St. Winifred, whose bones are interred here, and the red sandstone Castle, which is now home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum. In addition to these sights, Shrewsbury is just a lovely town to explore on a leisurely stroll, the sense of history oozes out from the half-timbered buildings, and the street names, that are indicative of the type of trading that once took place there including Fish Street and Butcher’s Row. The ginnels, passages and shuts of the winding mediaeval streets are great for wandering, beautiful half-timbered, overhanging buildings now house some very good shops, from high street names to lovely specialist boutiques, and there are some good places for eating and drinking. Or for a more purposeful wander, follow the Darwin Trail, and learn how evolution began, right here in the heart of England! Alternatively, enjoy Shrewsbury from the water, with a relaxing cruise along the river Severn. (more…)

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Nairn

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
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Nairn and the surrounding area make an excellent base for a Scotland cottage holiday. This popular Highlands town sits on the Moray Firth, within an hour’s drive of many of the region’s top visitor attractions and nestled in beautiful coastal and mountain scenery. On your doorstep you’ll find historic castles, such as those of Cawdor, Urquhart and Brodie; ancient battlefields such as Culloden; the sandy shores of the Highland coastline with the opportunity for wildlife watching; the mysterious depths of Loch Ness and the magnificent splendour of the Monadhliath and Cairngorm mountain ranges.
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