Archive for November, 2011

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Youlgreave

Monday, November 14th, 2011
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Youlgreave is a good place to visit on a cottage holiday. Youlgreave is a pretty town, well located for discovering two lovely Derbyshire dales,  Lathkilldale and Bradford dale, standing as it does at the junction of the two, with the village built along a ridge separating the two rivers. Lathkilldale in particular is supremely pretty; calm and serene, with a crystal clear river running through it, it is a quintessentially beautiful English country scene and a truly stunning, peaceful place to enjoy the outdoors. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Kingussie

Friday, November 11th, 2011
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Pronounced ‘Kin-yewsie’, this attractive town lies where two spectacular mountain ranges meet; those of the Monadhliath and Cairngorm mountains, both of which offer superb opportunities for hill walking, climbing and mountain biking. The stunning scenery can be enjoyed in so many ways, not least of which is from the heights of the golf course, which rises to more than 1,000 feet above sea level from its hillside location, or maybe via a pleasant country stroll to nearby Ruthven Barracks, now a historic ruin, but built in the eighteenth century on the site of an earlier castle following the Jacobite rebellion. The town, a great place to visit on a cottage holiday, has plenty of shops and places to eat, and a number of interesting attractions nearby. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Falmouth

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
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Modern Falmouth’s identity is inextricably linked to the development of its deep water harbour in the seventeenth century, which first allowed this pleasant town to turn its gaze outwards, opening itself up to new markets overseas with the Falmouth Packet company exporting mail and bullion to the Mediterranean and the Americas. Today the town is a lively tourism centre, famous Pendennis castle being a popular attraction, but with four good beaches, a proud maritime heritage, a thriving local arts scene and a good network of services, it makes a very popular family cottage holiday choice. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Cardigan

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
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Cardigan is a place of quiet, unspoilt natural beauty on the Teifi estuary, with Cardigan Bay linking Pembrokeshire to the south and Ceredigion to the north. The town, a great place to visit on a cottage holiday, has a gentle charm, a thriving maritime centre with a rich cultural heritage. Cardigan Castle, an eleventh century stronghold, and the Cardigan Heritage Centre on the wharf, are obvious starting points for getting to grips with discovering this lovely town. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Lowestoft and Southwold

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
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The Lowestoft, Southwold and North Suffolk area collectively calls itself the ‘Sunrise Coast’ and indeed this most easterly region of the British Isles enjoys one of the driest and mildest climates in the UK, with long days of sunshine and plenty of holiday attractions. Its combination of vast swathes of both resort and rural beaches, proximity to the Norfolk Broads, and lovely quiet, unspoilt inland countryside make the area a wise choice for a holiday cottage stay.