Archive for October, 2011

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
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A popular resort on the Isle of Wight’s east coast, thanks to a superb sandy beach, water sports and safe family bathing. Shanklin, an ideal place to visit on a cottage holiday, is a lovely quaint and charming old town and a site of natural beauty in its ancient chine, or ravine. Indeed Shanklin Chine is one of its main visitor attractions, and can be accessed either as a distraction from the beach, by the Esplanade, or perhaps after wandering the gift shops and coffee shops clustered around the charmingly thatched Crab Inn, in the old village.
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The Sykes Cottages Guide To St. Austell

Monday, October 17th, 2011
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Whilst on a cottage holiday in Cornwall, the town of St. Austell and the surrounding area are well worth visiting. Inland St. Austell is one of Cornwall’s biggest towns and administrative centres, but is largely bypassed in order to reach the nearby beaches further along the coast, the main reason for any visit usually being to the nearby Eden Project. Far and away Cornwall’s most visited tourist attraction, this unique vision of the future has been created out of St. Austell’s past. The town’s main industry was once the extraction of china clay, a key component required for the production of porcelain. The Eden Project was built in a disused clay pit to showcase the vital symbiosis between people and plants. Three ‘biomes’, or massive geodesic domes, house the warm Temperate Zone, where Mediterranean species flourish, the Tropical Zone, planted with rainforest, and the Outside Biome, where plants indigenous to the UK, and particularly to Cornwall itself, are painstakingly nurtured on gigantic terraces. Thought-provoking play areas and nature trails provide both enjoyable and educational activities for younger visitors.
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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Malton

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
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A traditional market town in the heart of agricultural land well situated between the city of York, the North York Moors, and the seaside resorts of Filey and Scarborough, Malton has been a busy thoroughfare between coast and country for generations. Malton today still forms the heart of the surrounding farming community and is an important livestock centre, and visitors will find a lively Saturday market, regular Farmer’s markets and, around the lovely ancient market square dominated by St. Michael’s church, there is a wide choice of shops, restaurants, cafes and tearooms. Spend a pleasant hour following the town’s historic trail available from the tourist office, visiting the Malton Museum and the town’s own brewery. (more…)

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Hathersage

Thursday, October 6th, 2011
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Hathersage is a popular centre for walkers, and particularly climbers, who are drawn to the gritstone cliffs and overhangs of nearby Stanage Edge. The beauty of Stanage Edge was catapulted onto the global stage recently as the unmistakeable setting for actress Keira Knightley in a pivotal sequence from the film of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice. (more…)

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Llandrindod Wells

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
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One of a number of elegant spa towns in Mid Wales, Llandrindod Wells prospered in the Victorian era when wealthy folk came from near and far to take the waters, and every August it celebrates its heyday with the colourful Victorian Festival. If you plan your holiday cottage stay to coincide with this extravaganza you can look forward to nine days of family entertainment, with superb costumes, parades and processions, street entertainment, fine food and drink and a superb final night firework display exploding into the night sky over the lake.
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