Archive for December, 2011

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Newton Stewart

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
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Set in picturesque countryside along the banks of the river Cree, the small town of Newton Stewart is a haven for anglers and walkers on a cottage holiday. Nature is at its most abundant in this region, where the Galloway Forest Park provides a good starting point for ramblers and nature lovers, and is home to southern Scotland’s highest peak, Merrick, which is set within more than three hundred square miles of spectacular forest park, woodlands, mountains and lochs. Birds of prey are common here, and birdwatchers can hope to find red kites, buzzards and maybe even a glimpse of a golden eagle.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Reeth

Friday, December 23rd, 2011
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Reeth is a lovely place to visit and explore on a cottage holiday. Just a few miles from Richmond, Reeth lies at the junction of two of Yorkshire’s most northerly dales, the beautiful and tranquil dales of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. A tiny, traditional Dales village, built around the village green, life continues here today seemingly little removed from the way in which it has over centuries. It is precisely this quintessential village character which makes Reeth a popular place to visit today.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Combe Martin and Exmoor

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
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Combe Martin

Explore Combe Martin and Exmoor on a cottage holiday. The village of Combe Martin is located where Exmoor National Park and the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty meet, it really is worthy of a mention simply for the pure picturesque nature of its setting. Whitewashed houses, pleasant pubs and beautiful coves off the main beach nestle between the two main headlands protecting the village. A walker’s paradise, sections of the South West Coastal path pass through Combe Martin, whilst visitors must see also the neighbouring delightful ancient village of Berrynarbor. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Wymondham, Diss, Harleston & Hingham

Friday, December 16th, 2011
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The many historic towns and villages found to the south of Norwich, between the city and the county’s border with neighbouring Suffolk, are well worth visiting on a cottage holiday. Visit the Roman settlement at Caistor St. Edmund just south of Norwich, or discover beautiful Diss, a delightful market town offering sixteenth century timber-framed houses built around the six acres of Diss Mere Lake. The walking route of Boudica’s Way starts here, and ramblers can make the journey back to Norwich along this famous trail. Harleston holds a market every Wednesday, whilst the village of Hingham boasts a plethora of period buildings. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Ellesmere

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
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Make sure to spend some time in Ellesmere on your Shropshire holiday cottage break. A delightful town on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, Ellesmere centres on a beautiful glacial lake. There are many different ways to enjoy it; take a boat out on the water and indulge in a spot of fishing or bird watching, board a steamboat or watch for herons and other wildlife from the warmth of the Visitor Centre. Take a ramble along the lakeshore before following the Llangollen canal towpath into town, passing the home of the legendary engineer, Thomas Telford, en route.

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