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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Dawlish and Newton Abbot

Friday, March 30th, 2012
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On a cottage holiday, Dawlish and Newton Abbot are well worth a visit.

Dawlish

Dawlish is a popular Devon holiday town, located between Teignmouth and Exeter and across the estuary from Exmouth. It has three beaches, and gives easy access to neighbouring Dawlish Warren, with its two miles of sand providing safe family bathing along the Exe Estuary. The town is worth exploring with its mixture of Regency period buildings and modern shopping centre. Aside from the beaches, the Lawn is the focal point of the town; an attractive public green space filled with mature trees and exotic plants and much used by locals and holidaymakers alike. Dawlish Water runs through the centre of the Lawn and is home to the famous Dawlish black swans and a variety of other birdlike. On summer evenings, this watercourse is illuminated making it a lovely place to take an evening stroll before heading off for dinner at one of the town’s restaurants or continuing on to the seafront.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Weymouth

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
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Once heralded the ‘Naples of England’, Weymouth is a bustling seaside resort during peak summer months, with some fine sand and pebble beaches, which are ideal for families on a cottage holiday. The busy harbour buzzes with a dizzying number of eye-catching yachts, cruisers and pleasure boats, powerboats, lifeboats, cross-channel ferries and Naval vessels. The town has a lovely sweep of seafront lined with Georgian houses, plus Tudor cottages are to be uncovered tucked away in the narrow back streets behind the bright seafront, and there is wide range of restaurants, cafes, pubs and ice cream parlours to cater for the hungry tourists who flood in during the holiday season. The beaches are well maintained and supervised in season, and offer all manner of beach and water sport activities, from the hire of beach huts and pedaloes to the more traditional seaside fare of donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows and many other forms of children’s entertainment.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Ventnor

Friday, March 23rd, 2012
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Backed by high cliffs on the southeast corner of the island, Ventnor basks in one of the sunniest and most sheltered locations on the Isle of Wight. This is a great location to rent an Isle of Wight holiday cottage, with the lovely beaches of the eastern side of the island on your doorstep, beautiful coastal walks, the shops, pubs, restaurants and green spaces of Victorian Ventnor and proximity to many of the island’s principal visitor attractions, a holiday here brings together many of the island’s considerable charms. The town itself has something of a history as a health spa; the unique microclimate and quasi-Mediterranean setting attracting convalescing Victorian visitors and today, a visit here still provides a lift to the spirit and the senses. In summer, flower-filled gardens cascade down towards the sea, Ventnor Botanic Gardens bloom with flowers, herbs and trees. There’s a children’s play area and a Temperate House, brimming with a profusion of exotic plants. Visit St. Boniface Down, the island’s highest point, and see the ancient Bronze Age burial mounds. The wide sweep of the Esplanade overlooks an excellent, sheltered family beach, and makes a pleasant place for a seaside stroll in either direction.

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Why is Whitby So Popular?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
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A picturesque English seaside resort at the mouth of the river Esk, Whitby is the jewel of the North Yorks coastline; an ancient and pretty town refreshingly unspoilt by the types of development frequently associated with British coastal resorts. Whitby successfully retains a sense of its long and rich history in its ancient inns, churches, the market place and the clusters of elegant houses clinging to the cliffs; an enduring legacy of the wealthy ship owners who made the port their home during the town’s maritime heyday. Whitby’s proximity to both the quaint and charming fishing villages and larger resorts of the stunning North Yorks coast and to the tranquil and unspoilt beauty of the North Yorks Moor National Park make it a consistently popular choice for a Yorkshire coast holiday cottage stay.

One of Whitby’s most famous landmarks stands high on the cliff top dominating the town; here, in the churchyard of St. Mary’s Abbey, Bram Stoker found the inspiration on which to base his famous novel, Dracula. The Dracula Experience, with life-like models and recreations, special effects, and memorabilia from the Dracula films is popular with holidaymakers. A visit here can be followed up with a guided walking tour of the darker corners of the town, following the Whitby Dracula trail. But the best-selling story of this most well known of vampires is far from the town’s only claim to fame. Captain James Cook was a local seaman who set sail from the port of Whitby to change the course of history, and his extraordinary journeys, as well as his life and times, are well chronicled in two of the town’s best museums, the Whitby Museum and, more extensively, at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, the latter set in the explorer’s former home in Grape Lane. On an altogether different theme, another popular place to visit is The Whitby Wizard on the town’s West Cliff; an innovative and quirky interactive science exhibition quite unlike any other, which will keep both younger and older visitors intrigued and entertained far beyond the duration their visit.

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Haverfordwest

Monday, March 19th, 2012
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Ancient county town of Pembrokeshire and once a bustling port, Haverfordwest is a pretty, compact town with a picturesque setting on the river Cleddau. Most visitors on a cottage holiday head straight for the castle, which is set high above the town. The Haverfordwest Museum located here tells the town’s story, and the castle affords lovely views of both the town and the surrounding countryside. In the centre there is a good choice of independent shops and some excellent pubs, restaurants and bistros.

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