Archive for August, 2012

September 2012 Breaks

Friday, August 31st, 2012
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Thinking about taking a holiday in September 2012? September is a fantastic time for a holiday! Although it may seem that the holiday season is essentially over, September is actually the perfect time to take a holiday. Once the autumn school term begins and the nation’s children head back into the classroom, the tourist crowds disappear and there are some amazing discounted holidays to be had! So what are you waiting for?

Fall off the deck

This August has been one of the wettest and coldest in recent years. September’s weather is said to be much more promising, if the early weather forecast is anything to go by. Cast your mind back to the heat wave that we enjoyed at the end of last September- fingers crossed for the same again this year! September is a great chance to take a holiday and catch some late summer sunshine before the days get shorter, the leaves start falling off the trees and we have to dig our winter coats out of our wardrobes. Some late summer sunshine and steady temperatures will do just nicely.

295/365 Autumn sunshine

Going on holiday in September makes great economic sense too! Because there is less demand, the price of September holidays is often significantly less than taking a trip in the peak summer season. Take a look at the cottages in the Sykes Autumn Sale for example. Plus if you haven’t yet booked your trip, you may be able to take advantage of a fantastic last minute deal on your holiday cottage!


Here at Sykes Cottages, our friendly holiday cottage advisors are ready to help you book your ideal September holiday cottage. We are open between 9am and 9.30pm; ready to take your call and help you book a holiday to remember. So why not book a holiday during September 2012 today?

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Days out in and around The Cotswolds

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
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The Cotswolds are a truly lovely holiday destination. From picturesque towns and villages, to stunning countryside and intriguing history there really is so much to do. There is a wealth of delightful self catering holiday homes in the Cotswolds to choose from, ideal for a relaxing trip away.

The Bourton-on-the-Water model village

Bourton-on-the-Water Minature Village
This model village is a one ninth replica of the real Bourton-on-the-Water village. Set in the grounds of a local pub, the replica village recreates all of the buildings from the village and includes the roads, the bridges that Bourton-on-the-Water is so well known for and of course a replica of the replica!

The model village was officially opened in 1937 and showcases the village in meticulous detail, from the shop fronts, to singing coming from inside the replica churches and even plants growing inside people’s miniature greenhouses! It really does have to be seen to be believed!

If you are taking a trip to the Cotswolds then the Bourton-on-the-Water model village is really is not to be missed.  Sykes Cottages have lots of holiday cottages in and around Bourton-on-the-Water so have a look at our website to see available accommodation in the area.

The Cotswold Water Park

The Cotswold Water Park is a stunning area of lakes, created by old gravel quarries filling with water. There are nearly 150 lakes in total, making the area very important for wildlife and a hub for bird watchers, fishing enthusiasts as well as a popular place for water sports like sailing.

You will feel like you’re a million miles away from home, surrounded by serene countryside and stunning wildlife, all within easy reach of your holiday accommodation. Browse our wide selection of self catering holiday cottages near to the Cotswold Water Park to select your picture perfect holiday property today!

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle is a fantastic tourist attraction and really easy to get to, with a great range of accommodation available in the areas surrounding Warwick Castle. As well as viewing the historic castle, walking up the towers and viewing the great hall and state rooms, Warwick Castle has a number of fascinating shows and interactive attractions. Watch birds of prey fly around the castle grounds, watch a huge trebuchet in action and visit the scary castle dungeon for a terrifying experience. If you’re looking for great self catering cottages near Warwick Castle, then Sykes Cottages have a number of great holiday cottages in Warwick. If you have your holiday to the Cotswolds booked and you want to visit Warwick Castle, it’s worth bearing in mind that you can save up to 40% on your tickets by booking online in advance.

Warwick Castle

To book your perfect holiday home in the Cotswolds, give us a call, let us call you or book online today!

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Great Savings During the Sykes Cottages Autumn Sale

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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Well, the summer is wrapping up and I have already begun to feel an autumn chill in the evening air. While it’s usually sad to see the end of another summer, I think I’ll be quite happy to see the back of this one. The weather here in the UK has been less than optimal for most of the summer months, with mother nature treating us to one of the wettest summers on record. Don’t let yourself get too down though. There is still some light at the end of the trouble in the form of a sunny September. The beginning of September is predicted to come along with some lovely autumn weather, making it the perfect time to take a cottage holiday.

Why take an Autumn Cottage Holiday?

Take in the beautiful colours of autumn on a cottage holiday

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Autumn might not be everyone’s ideal time to head off on a UK holiday, but for some it really can be the perfect time to escape. The children have gone back to school and the tourists have gone home, making autumn the best time to for a quiet and relaxing holiday. If standing in long queues and being surrounded by young children isn’t your idea of a nice relaxing holiday than September is the holiday time for you!

Save Big on an Autumn Short Break

Go hiking in the mountains on your autumn cottage holiday

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Not only is autumn a wonderfully quiet time to holiday, but it’s also a great time to snag a great holiday deal. Holiday accommodation prices are always lower in off peak times so you can get away for a fraction of the price, and the availability is also often better. What’s better than getting a steal of a deal on the cottage of your dreams?

Sykes Cottages Autumn Sale is on right now, which can save you from 10-20% on selected holiday cottages throughout the UK and Ireland. With hundreds of cottages to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding a great deal on holidays throughout September and October – so get browsing the great selection today!

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Take a National Park Cottage Holiday in 2013

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
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There are few places more relaxing, more beautiful, and better for a summer holiday than one of the UK’s National Parks. These protected and wild places are the best areas in the country to just get away from it all, turn off the mobile phone and computer, and just let yourself step away from the stresses of the modern world. There are fifteen National Parks across Britain to choose from, and any of these breathtaking landscapes would make the ultimate spot for your 2013 summer cottage holiday.

Perfection in the Peak District

Peak District


The Peak District National Park was the first area to be designated as a National Park in the UK in 1951, and today the park plays host to an astonishing 22 million visitors a year! Don’t worry that you won’t be able to get away from the crowds though, because with an area of more than 555 sq mi there is more than enough room for everyone. The Peak District is a great park to visit on a day trip from Manchester of Sheffield, being just a stones throw away from both, giving you the best of both worlds on your summer holiday – days spent walking in the sunshine of the Peak District and evenings spent taking in the infamous nightlife of two of England’s most exciting cities. Find your perfect Peak District holiday cottage today.

Laid back in the Lake District

Coniston Water in the Lake District


The Peak District may be the oldest National Park in Britain, but the Lake District is arguably the best known. Located on the north west coast of England, not far from the Scottish border, the Lake District National Park is best known for it’s breathtaking landscape and historic charm. After just a short time in the Lake District you’ll quickly understand why the area has been such an inspiration to artists and poets over the decades – it’s beauty is just undeniable. If you’re travelling with children they will love to visit some of the Lake Districts best known story book characters, including the friendly animals of Beatrix Potter and the ever-forgetful Postman Pat. The Lake District is a very popular for cottage holidays so make sure that you book your 2013 Lake district cottage soon!

Excitement in Exmoor

Exmoor National Park

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Exmoor National Park, in the south west of Britain, may not be the biggest National Park, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in sheet diversity of landscape. This 267 sq mi park once served as the ancient royal hunting forest of King Henry II of England, but today it more resembles a vintage postcard than a place to hunt beasts. That said, the legend of the Beast of Exmoor remains to this day. Take a walk through the moorlands and then pop into a cosy country pub to relax for the afternoon and just watch the world go by. Find your perfect Exmoor holiday cottage now.

The slogan for the National Parks in Britain is ‘Britain’s breathing spaces’ and that is exactly what they are! Spending all, or just part, of your 2013 cottage holiday in one of these beautiful natural landscapes is sure to leave you rested and relaxed, and feeling better than ever.

Booking your 2013 cottage holiday in advance is a great idea, but we also have many great cottages that still have summer availability for this year. If you don’t yet have plans for this coming bank holiday weekend, why not consider a family holiday to a lovely country cottage. Visit our last minute cottages page to find a great deal for your end of summer getaway.


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Why not choose a log cabin in Yorkshire with a hot tub?

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
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What could be better than staying in a log cabin with a hot tub in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside?

Lovely log cabins!

Staying in a log cabin is a truly lovely way to feel at one with nature, as log cabins are often positioned in beautiful woodland forest settings and are constructed of natural wood, meaning that they blend almost seamlessly into their natural surroundings. Staying in a log cabin means that you can get the best of both worlds, you can stay close to nature but still enjoy your home comforts from the inside of your lodge.

Brazengate, a Log Cabin in the Yorkshire Dales

Brazengate, a Log Cabin in the Yorkshire Dales

Relax in a hot tub at your log cabin

Some of our Yorkshire log cabins also have hot tubs to make your holiday even better! Enjoy stunning views of the Yorkshire countryside whilst you sit in a warm, bubbling hot tub. Let the water jets soothe and relax you as you really unwind. Some of our holiday properties have private hot tubs that are fully serviced and others have access to nearby leisure facilities. Whichever you choose, treating yourself to a stay in Yorkshire with a hot tub is a wonderful way to really get away from it all and have a truly special holiday.

Hot Tub at Orchard Cottage

Hot Tub at Orchard Cottage

Yorkshire – the perfect place for a hot tub holiday!

Yorkshire is a wonderful holiday destination, the stunning scenery, lush landscapes and deep green forests make it a great place to rent a log cabin. By day, staying in a log cabin means that you are perfectly positioned to make the best of the great outdoors and go out walking, cycling or fishing. The Yorkshire countryside really does have so much to offer, from stunning rugged coastlines, traditional seaside resorts, rolling green landscapes and charming towns and villages. For more information about visiting Yorkshire, visit the official visitor site for Yorkshire.

Stunning Yorkshire Scenery

Stunning Yorkshire Scenery

After a long day exploring the very best of Yorkshire, you can sit out on verandah and listen to the relaxing sounds of the forest. You really will feel like you are a million miles away from home!

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