Archive for December, 2011

The Sykes Cottages Guide To The Isle of Purbeck, Corfe & Swanage

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
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This area is well worth exploring on a cottage holiday. The Isle of Purbeck is a peninsula encompassing Wareham, Swanage and St. Aldhelm’s Head, with the gateway to this region being Corfe, an iconic village dominated by a ruined castle, standing proudly on a rocky outcrop above the village and visible from miles around. The village offers a unique shopping experience, with a host of ‘nostalgia’ shops selling goods from times past, from home made fudges and ice creams to traditional sweets of yesteryear. There are gift, craft and jewellery shops, specialist stores such as the Ginger Pop shop and even a local blacksmith. Two of the main attractions though are Corfe’s Castle and the Corfe Castle Model Village. Ruined Corfe Castle, believed to have been the site of defenses since the Roman times, and a place of chequered history, is now run by the National Trust. The Visitor Centre charts the turbulent history of the castle and its various occupants.
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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Looe

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
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Looe is an excellent place to visit on a cottage holiday. First popularised as a tourist destination by the arrival of the railways in the late nineteenth century, pretty Looe, with its east and west sections, remains a firm family favourite on south Cornwall’s sunny, gentle coast. East Looe is the busier of the two areas of town, where the long harbour forms the natural focal point of activity, backed by a seaside parade of shops and cafes. The Shark Fishing Club of Great Britain has its headquarters here; so shark-fishing expeditions have become a popular attraction for visitors, although mackerel angling trips and scenic coastal boat trips on board a traditional Cornish lugger are equally in demand, depending on the weather.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Pwllheli

Friday, December 2nd, 2011
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Pwllheli is the largest town and unofficial capital of the Lleyn peninsula and is a great place to visit on a cottage holiday. Pwllheli is a busy market town which has greatly benefited from a new marina in recent years, making it, along with nearby Abersoch, a magnet for sailing enthusiasts. Markets are held on Wednesdays, and the town offers a good range of shops and services for holidaymakers. There are two main beaches, shingly South Beach, which extends from town in the direction of Llanbedrog, and Glan y Mor, by the marina. It is worth heading out of town along the beach, as the often-muddy flats give way to sandy stretches as you head further towards the Pen y Chain headland.

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