Archive for May, 2012

Get away with the family this half term

Thursday, May 31st, 2012
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With all the excitement and focus on the forthcoming Jubilee weekend, it’s easy to forget that half term is next week too. Although the weather is forecast is unpredictable, we can all keep our fingers crossed for more of the sunshine and hot weather that we have been basking in during the last couple of weeks.

The June half term is a fantastic time to take advantage of lower prices than in the main summer holidays and get away for a break with the kids. It feels like a long time since the long weekends of Easter and still a while to go until the big summer holiday and quality family time is often in short supply. If the kids are stressed with revision for forthcoming exams, a change of scenery could be just the thing to leave them recharged and ready for a few tough weeks ahead.

How about a cottage in the Lake District?

Waterskiing on Lake Windermere

The Lake District is a great place for a family holiday. There are many different types of cottage available in the Lake District whether you fancy a short break or a full week away. The peace and serenity of the area makes it a good place to go and get away from it all and enjoy some down time. Famous for its walking, there are walking routes suitable for all ages from demanding climbs to gentle lakeside walks. The picturesque towns of Keswick and Ambleside with their beautiful quaint shops and cafe’s are perfect for an afternoon saunter round too.
For those who fancy something a little more active, the Lake District is full of thrill seeking activities to help you let off a little steam. From Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre on Lake Windermere you can go waterskiing as well as hire canoes, kayaks, motor boats to name but a few.
If you would prefer to stay on dry land but still fancy a thrill, there is a great place for bike riding at Grizedale Forest with many different routes, suitable for all ages. There is a bike shop from which you can hire almost every type of bike possible, from full suspension bikes, suitable for serious riding, to kid’s bikes and tag along additions so smaller children can join in too.

Or, fancy a Welsh holiday cottage?

If you fancy a cottage holiday, Wales is a fantastic option as it is packed with family friendly things to do. Llandudno is a great place for little children. From the traditional Punch and Judy shows on the promenade, to a paddle in the sea and a ride on one of the fairground rides on the pier, small children will be in their element. For bigger kids, the Ski and Snowboard Centre at the Great Orme is a great day out and is also home to the longest toboggan run in Britain.

The Village of Portmeirion

Portmeirion further down the North Wales coast is a stunning tourist village built in the style of an Italian village. The grounds around the village are home to vast collection of rhododendrons and other exotic plants in a stunning setting making Portmeirion a top tourist attraction.
If retail therapy is more your thing, a quick hop across the Welsh border to Cheshire Oaks near Chester, the UK’s largest outlet centre is a must for all label lovers!

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A Last Minute Break for the Jubilee Weekend

Friday, May 25th, 2012
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All across the UK the sun is shining. Sunglasses and flip flops have been dug out of the wardrobe and everyone wants to barbeque in the sunshine. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend is just around the corner and everyone is getting in the mood for the summer.  However, many people haven’t yet made plans for the bank holiday weekend. So how about getting away to a holiday cottage?

Next weekend marks the beginning of two bank holidays, meaning that many people will enjoy an extra day off, in addition to the usual bank holiday. A four day weekend in June! Horary! Plus with great deals on last minute bookings for self catering cottages, there couldn’t be a better time to book a UK holiday.

Get away for a romantic break for two to give each other the time you deserve or alternatively book a large cottage and bring along the kids and your friends for a really British break! What could be more British than all clubbing together to enjoy a spread of lovely sandwiches and homemade cakes followed by a glass of something cold to toast the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Sykes Cottages have properties all across the UK and Ireland so there is sure to be a cottage to suit you and your family. Maybe you fancy a taking in the fells and lakes and fancy a walking holiday in the Lake District. Spend the evening rewarding yourself for your hard work with a delicious pub meal in the evening or cook up a storm in your own self catering kitchen. Don’t forget to call by at Sarah Nelson’s gingerbread shop in Grasmere for delicious gingerbread baked daily on the premises.

Perhaps a trip to the good old British seaside is more your thing? A costal cottage could be the perfect option from which to enjoy walks along the beach followed by fish and chips whilst watching the waves.

Whatever your plans, a Sykes Holiday Cottage is sure to make your Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, a weekend to remember! Let’s all cross our fingers that this beautiful weather holds!

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Paignton

Friday, May 18th, 2012
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The hub of pretty Paignton is the seafront esplanade, and the town boasts some fine stretches of gently shelving sandy beach, ideal for children and families. A time-honoured seaside resort, you’ll find all the traditional attractions at Paignton, with ice cream kiosks, marinas, bars and gardens. The sea is central to the life of the town and all manner of sea-going craft can be hired by the hour or the day, from canoes, kayaks and paddlers to motorboats and yachts.


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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Filey

Friday, May 11th, 2012
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A wide sweep of golden, sandy beach has been attracting holidaymakers to the traditional British seaside resort of Filey for generations, from its Edwardian heyday, through the Butlins era of mass tourism and still today Filey’s popularity endures. The golden crescent of sand; the wide, shallow bay and the promenade, with its lush gardens, traditional bandstand and Sculpture Trail are perfect ingredients for a family cottage holiday by the sea.


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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Newtown

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
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The largest town in Mid Wales, Newtown serves as a good place for shops and services for those staying in a holiday cottage in the area. The obvious high street retailers have a presence here, as well as local independent stores and plenty of pubs and inns nestling among the black and white half-timbered buildings lining the main street. Newtown is within striking distance of many of the attractions of this quiet and largely unspoilt area of undulating Welsh Marshes.


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