Archive for July, 2012

Sykes 2013 Cottage Selection Now On Sale

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
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Book early for 2012 to secure your first choice – and don’t pay until February!

Cottage holidays are the ideal getaway at any time of the year. So make sure you get the pick of the best properties by booking early for next year. With Sykes you can create your perfect holiday safe in the knowledge you’ll enjoy the very best quality, choice, service and value for money. And if you book now you can secure your first choice and you won’t have to pay a penny until next year!

Sleepeezy Cottage

Sleepeezy Cottage – Norfolk

Fairway Lodge

Fairway Lodge – Devon

You can request an copy of our new 2013 brochure, but there is lots of choice online with over 3,500 cottages for you to choose from. Alternatively, call our friendly cottage advisers with your wish list and they’ll find the ideal cottage for you. Just remember, for the widest possible choice, book early to secure your perfect place to stay and avoid disappointment.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

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Pets Like Holidays Too!

Thursday, July 26th, 2012
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Every year thousands of dog owners have the same age old problem, how to arrange for someone to look after their dog whilst they go on holiday. It can be tricky – looking after someone else’s dog is a huge responsibility and even best friends and relatives can be reluctant to offer. Spaces at kennels can get booked up quickly and even if you can find somewhere, will you be able to really enjoy your holiday with a key member of the family missing? The solution is to bring your beloved family pet on holiday with you, to a pet friendly cottage from Sykes Cottages!

Bay Tree Cottage, Dorset

Bay Tree Cottage, Dorset

With the school summer holidays of 2012 already underway, it’s still not too late to book a trip to a dog friendly cottage in the UK. There are plenty of pet friendly cottages still available for this summer for you, your family and your pets to enjoy.

Rambler's Cottage, Lincolnshire

Rambler’s Cottage, Lincolnshire

A man’s best friend is the perfect company for long walks along the beaches of the UK and along some of the best coastal paths of places like Cornwall and Wales. The family pet is also a trustworthy companion to accompany you when hiking in the fells of the Lake District. At the end of a busy day, the loyal family dog can enjoy stretching out at your feet in your cosy holiday cottage and on a cold night, in front of a roaring log fire.

Station Drive, Ludlow, Shropshire

Station Drive, Ludlow, Shropshire

Many of our holiday cottages will allow one or two dogs and some will allow three or more dogs so you and all your four legged friends can have a fabulous holiday together. If you need assistance in booking your holiday cottage then give us a call between 9am and 9.30pm and we can help to select the perfect pet friendly cottage for you. Pets are part of the family after all!

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Don’t Delay, Start Planning Your Summer Holiday Today

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
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With the school year coming to a close many families are beginning to plan their summer adventures. More and more families are choosing to spend their precious holiday time right here at home, and why shouldn’t they?!  This summer is set to be one of the best for events in the UK, with Diamond Jubilee events continuing throughout the year and the summer Olympics kicking off in just a matter of days.

The Barn - Withiel Near Wadebridge

The Barn – Withiel Near Wadebridge, Cornwall

Visit England, the national tourist board for England, predicts that self-catering cottage holidays will continue to be popular throughout 2012, with bookings of such properties steadily rising since 2010. Here at Sykes Cottages we are expecting next week to be one of the busiest periods for our reservations team. It will be all hands on deck to make sure that all of your telephone calls and emails are answered as quickly as possible!

Wood Farm

Wood Farm – Bawdeswell Near Dereham, Norfolk

If you are planning to spend your holidays in the UK this summer then you should start making your accommodation choices sooner rather than later. There are still lots of great holiday cottages with availability through the summer, but they might not last long. You can start checking cottage availability right away, just head to our homepage and start browsing.

Oaktree Cottage

Oaktree Cottage – Broadwoodkelly Near Winkleigh, Devon

The Sykes Cottages website is simple to use and you can choose a cottage, reserve it, and make the payments all online. No fuss, no muss. If you don’t feel comfortable searching for a cottage yourself, don’t worry, our friendly reservations team are always ready to help. Give the team a call anytime between 9am and 9:30pm GMT and they will be happy to help find the perfect holiday cottage for you and your family.

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The Olympics is Coming to London!

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
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With just three days until the London 2012 Olympic Games begin, the UK is getting ready for a truly spectacular opening ceremony that will mark the start of the competition. We have been promised a truly wonderful display and I for one just can’t wait!

The countdown to the London 2012 games

The countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games

The Olympic torch has been making its way around the UK since the middle of May but on Friday 27th July 2012, the world’s eyes will be on London. The bells of Big Ben will be ringing across London for three minutes on Friday morning to celebrate the start of the games and the official opening ceremony will begin at the Olympic Stadium at 9pm. Only the lucky few have managed to get tickets for the ceremony, but the whole thing is being shown on the BBC so we can all get to see this truly special event.

It’s not all about London though as there are many events being held all over the country. Mountain biking is taking place in Essex and there are football games taking place in Manchester, Cardiff and Newcastle to name but a few. So if you have tickets why not book a cottage holiday to Wales or Northumberland and make a trip of it? There are holiday cottages within reach of the major cities that mean you can enjoy the festivities but retreat away from it at the end of the day.

If you haven’t got tickets for any of the sporting events, there are still ways to get involved. There are open air events taking place in London, including road cycling, the marathon, the triathlon and marathon swimming that you don’t need tickets for. So get out on the streets and show your support for the athletes!

Across the country, big screens are being set up in towns and cities so that people can congregate together and watch the competition, so if you haven’t got tickets and you don’t want to head to London, you can still get involved. There is still time to book a holiday cottage in the UK during the Olympics. Why not book a large cottage and go with family and friends so you can all watch the games together? However you celebrate the Olympic Games coming to the UK, have a fantastic time!

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So many reasons to stay in the UK this summer!

Friday, July 20th, 2012
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So, schools out for summer! Six whole weeks of holidays lie ahead of the nation’s school children. But talking to mums outside the school gates, so many people are still to book a summer holiday. Forget staying at home, tearing your hair out with the kids; why not book a holiday in the UK?

There has been so much talk in recent years about the great British staycation, but forget the cliché, more and more people are choosing to stay in the UK for their summer holidays, not because they have to but because they want to. There is still availability for self-catering cottage breaks during the summer holidays so take your pick from the beauty of the Lake District to the wild Highlands of Scotland or the serene coast of Cornwall and Devon. Never mind passports, airports and jabs, holidaying in the UK is the simplest and best type of trip that you can have.

Staying in a Sykes holiday cottage is the perfect balance of keeping the cost of your family holiday down but also enjoying a touch of luxury and comfort at the same time. Plus if the weather isn’t good then a holiday cottage is a lovely place to retreat to, light the fire and relax for the evening. If you feel like pushing the boat out then there are some great family cottages with swimming pools, games rooms and hot tubs, all sure to be winners with the kids. You are on holiday after all!

So many British people have seen surprisingly little of the UK, myself included, that in recent years I have made it my mission to see more of what wonders the UK has to offer. In the last year I have visited the Cotswolds, Yorkshire and the Lake District and there really are so many cottages to choose from. The hardest part is deciding where next!

This video from Visit Britain demonstrates why the UK is such a great holiday destination. Why not search our website for holiday cottages available in the school holidays?

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