Archive for March, 2012

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Bodmin and Bodmin Moor (Part 2)

Friday, March 16th, 2012
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There are many day trips from Bodmin. Within a couple of miles of the town lie two of the region’s best Georgian residences, intimate, quirky Pencarrow and the grand, imposing fifty-roomed mansion at Lanhydrock. Both are set in lush grounds with gardens and woodland, lending themselves to gentle exploration at a leisurely pace. In the same vein, roam free with the deer in Cardinham Woods, while buzzards soar overhead; here marked trails wend their way through ravines and streams feeding Cardinham Water and make for a lovely day out, with picnic areas and children’s play area for those with little ones in tow. The Camel Trail is ideal for ramblers and cyclists of all ages and abilities, connecting Bodmin easily with the outlying towns of Wadebridge and Padstow, though train buffs may wish to join it from the comfort of a steam train ride on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. In addition to a nostalgic ride on one of the locomotives, true railway enthusiasts will want to extend their visit to see the restoration work being painstakingly carried out on trains being worked on in the Engine Shed. If wine rather than wagons is your thing, then don’t miss a visit to the Camel Valley Vineyards, where they have been producing internationally recognised wines on the sunny, south-facing slopes of the Camel River for over fifteen years. Tours and tastings are available, though it is wise to book in advance. Guided tours of a different nature can be enjoyed at Carnglaze Caverns, near one of Bodmin Moor’s access towns, St. Neot. Here, a forty-five minute visit delves more than one hundred metres into the hillside to reveal three stunning underground caverns of cathedral-like proportions, hewn out of the slate by local miners.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Bodmin and Bodmin Moor (Part 1)

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
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Bodmin is an interesting town, well located for a holiday cottage stay being just three miles west of the famous Moor, but also equidistant from the region’s north and south coasts with all their visitor attractions, and the Camel and Fowey rivers. The town and immediate environs have plenty to keep the holidaymaker occupied before leaving them free to discover the wider Cornwall area. There are a number of worthwhile museums in town, some of the region’s finest stately homes, the Camel trail, caverns, steam trains and, of course, the desolate beauty of the smallest of the West Country’s famous moors on its doorstep, enigmatic Bodmin Moor.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Ely

Thursday, March 8th, 2012
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Rising out of the wet fenlands between Cambridge and Newmarket, the small city of Ely feels more like a large town but its magnificent cathedral, which dominates the skyline of the flat East Anglian countryside, denotes a place of one-time historic importance. Oliver Cromwell lived in the town for eleven years, and his home can be visited with a trip to the town’s tourist information office, which is now housed within the ancient black and white walls. Today visitors on a cottage holiday will find plenty to fill a day in Ely, starting at the famous cathedral, known as the Ship of the Fens, with an unusual Octagonal tower which can be seen for miles around. Learn about the region’s history with a trip to the Ely Museum, housed in the old town jail, or visit the country’s only dedicated Stained Glass museum. Water, water, everywhere…Ely’s waterside area makes a very pleasant place to stroll away an afternoon; take a boat trip down river to enjoy the views from the water, then enjoy refreshments at one of the tea rooms. There are many excellent places to eat along the riverside; after lunch make time to see the Babylon Gallery’s mixture of local and national art, on display in the town’s old brewery warehouse. (more…)

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Easter Weekend Family Fun!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
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The Easter Holidays are just around the corner, and if the weather is anything like it was last year, you will want to be outside enjoying the sunshine! There are so many events being held across the country for Easter that there is sure to be one perfectly suited to you and your family. The kids will have nothing but fun at all of the special events planned for the Easter Bank holiday, and are sure to get their fill of chocolaty treats along the way! (more…)

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Saving Money on your UK Family Holiday

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
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2012 for many of us Brits will be another year of tightening our belts and being frugal with our spending. Whilst you may expect the family holiday to be one of the first things that is sacrificed in the name of saving money, British holidaymakers are placing a higher precedence on that break away than ever before.

Research by TravelSupermarket.com has found that 96% of us are aiming to take at least one holiday in 2012 and the deciding factor on where to go for that holiday won’t be the destination or the weather but instead how much the holiday will cost.

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