Archive for August, 2012

Great bank holidays in 2013 with Sykes Cottages

Friday, August 17th, 2012
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Next year’s bank holidays may feel like a long way away, but now really is a great time to book a trip over a bank holiday weekend in 2013. Bank holidays and public holidays are extremely popular times of year to take a trip, so booking early is the best way to ensure that you get the holiday cottage that you want.

Plan ahead for a great bank holiday weekend

Many of the bank holidays fall into the school holidays meaning that New Year, Easter, May and Christmas are already some of the most popular times to take a holiday. Plan ahead to avoid disappointment and to ensure that you have the widest choice of holiday cottages.

Peak District

The bank holiday dates for 2013

So when are the bank holidays in 2013? Here is a list of dates for the 2013 bank and public holidays in England, Wales and Scotland. For more information about bank holidays and public holidays, visit the Directgov website.

Holiday Date Exceptions
New Years Day 1st January
2nd January 2nd January Scotland only
Good Friday 29th March
Easter Monday 1st April England and Wales only
Early May Bank Holiday 6th May
Spring Bank Holiday 27th May
Summer Bank Holiday 5th August Scotland only
Summer Bank Holiday 26th August England and Wales only
St Andrew’s Day 2nd December Scotland only
Christmas Day 25th December
Boxing Day 26th December


Make the most of long weekends

The extra day off work means that a bank holiday is a great time to have a weekend away. Make the most of a three day weekend and book a cottage for a short break for just three nights. After three relaxing days away you will feel like you have really made the most of the bank holiday! Or, if you fancy a full week away, taking annual leave to coincide with a bank holiday weekend means that you can have a week off and only use four days holiday. Great news!

Shropshire Union Canal

Don’t wait; book your bank holiday break today!

We are already taking bookings for 2013! If you want to find out more about booking a bank holiday break, give our offices a call and talk to one of our friendly holiday cottage advisors, or browse our website to view our cottages to rent for the next bank holiday.

We also have holiday cottages that are available for a break over the upcoming August bank holiday weekend. Why not book your perfect self-catering holiday today?

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2013 Holiday Ideas — Cottages in Cornwall by the Sea

Thursday, August 16th, 2012
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Well summer 2012 is drawing to a close. The shops have their school supplies all lined up on the shelves and the kids are beginning to feel that familiar end of summer malaise. While you still have time to take a great last minute cottage holiday before the school year starts again, now is the time to start planning for next year’s unforgettable summer vacation – a luxury holiday cottage in Cornwall by the sea.

Cornwall is one of the best places in the UK for a cottage holiday, with breathtaking coastline, dramatic moorlands, and some of the best weather in the country. Not only that, but it is also filled to the brim with fascinating history, amazing food, and exciting activities for the whole family. All in all Cornwall is pretty much a holiday maker’s paradise.

Getting Wet and Wild on the Cornish Coast

A fantastic Cornwall beach

One of the beautiful beaches that could be on the doorstep of your Cornwall holiday cottage

With more than 300 miles of coastline, Cornwall is the best place for a water loving holiday. Little ones will love to spend their days paddling in the surf along a stretch of golden beach, while teenagers and adults will have fun learning to surf with one of the numerous surf schools that line the Cornish coastline. There is no better accommodation for a beach lover than a cottage by the sea, and Sykes certainly have no shortage of those in Cornwall.

Tasty Cornish Tidbits

A delicious cream tea in Cornwall

Treat yourself to some luxury with an indulgent Cornish cream tea

The county of Cornwall boasts a particularly rich local food heritage, full of delicious local delicacies the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else in the UK. One of the county’s most famous foods has to be the Cornish Cream Tea, which consists of a freshly baked scone, slathered in jam and then smothered beneath locally produced clotted cream. Treat yourself to the height of luxury and indulge in afternoon tea at Tregothnan Estate, the home of English tea.

Walk Away Your Worries in Cornwall

The south west coastal path in Cornwall

Leave your worries behind with a walk along the beautiful Cornwall coast

There are few better ways to relax and let the stresses of everyday life slip away than by taking a long walk in the Cornish countryside. Dartmoor National Park is one of the wildest areas of country landscape that you’ll find in Britain, and offers the perfect location to escape from it all. If you prefer to stay by the sea, consider a walk along the South West Coastal Path, a 630 mile path which takes in some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery to be found in the world. The full path can take 7-8 weeks to complete, but can also be tackled in shorter day walks. Find the perfect path for you on the South West Coastal Path website.

If you have your heart set on staying in one of Sykes Cottages luxury Cornwall cottages by the sea next summer make sure to get planning soon and get in before the rush. All of the prices for the 2013 season have now been released and are ready to be booked so there is no reason to delay. Take a look at all of the holiday cottages in Cornwall that are currently available for summer 2013 and start planning your perfectly luxurious Cornwall cottage holiday today!

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A great family holiday to Anglesey

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
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It is hard to think of a better family friendly holiday destination in the UK than the beautiful isle of Anglesey. Situated on the western tip of North Wales, the stunning scenery, beautiful clean beaches and the laid back way of life have been attracting families to the area for years, establishing the island as a firm family favourite.

Anglesey is easy to reach from the north west of England. The A55 takes you along the North Wales coastline, then across the Britannia Bridge, crossing the Menai Strait and onto the picture perfect holiday island of Anglesey. So get mum, dad and the kids in the car and set off on your Welsh holiday adventure! As you make your way across the island, watch the perfect patchwork of green rolling landscape pass you by. Then, head off the beaten track and onto the winding narrow lanes that epitomise the island, across little bridges and along to your family holiday cottage in Anglesey.

The Britannia Bridge, Anglesey - Wales.

Anglesey – the perfect place for a family walk

Anglesey is a lovely place for enjoying a family walk. Although taking on the whole 124 miles of the Anglesey Coastal Path may be a little too much, the coastal paths provide relatively flat walking opportunities that are great for a family day out. Rhoscolyn on the north west of Anglesey is a particularly lovely place to head to. What could be better? Sit amongst the sand dunes and marshes and enjoy a family picnic. The kids will be in their element on their very own private beach.

Stunning Anglesey beaches that the kids will love!

One of the most popular beaches in Anglesey is Trearddur Bay. This stunning bay has been a tourist hotspot for years and it’s so easy to see why. On a warm day, the beautiful sandy beach is packed with families making the most of the sunshine. The sand is lovely and clean and the shallow sea is a great place for the children to paddle. Just bring along your buckets and spades and your beach mats and you are all set for a lovely day on the beach. There are plenty of places where you can buy an ice cream, then just lie back whilst the kids play in the sand and watch the sea glistening on the horizon.


It’s great news too if you are bringing the family pet on holiday with you to Anglesey. Most of the beach at Trearddur Bay is dog friendly and there are lots of dog friendly holiday cottages in Anglesey to choose from too!

Great Museums in Anglesey

Kids will love learning more about Anglesey’s history in the islands fantastic museums. For more information visit

Family friendly dining in Anglesey

There are some lovely restaurants, pubs and cafes in Anglesey that cater for all the family. The White Eagle, in Rhoscolyn is a lovely pub to visit with the kids. As well as a well thought out  menu for both children and adults alike, this fantastic pub has space hoppers for the kids to play on whilst mum and dad enjoy stunning views of the coastline from the raised decked area at the back of the pub.

To read more about great family holiday destinations in Wales visit

Has reading this whet your appetite for a family holiday to Anglesey? Why not book a great family holiday to Anglesey today?

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Top tips for booking a last minute summer holiday

Friday, August 10th, 2012
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Haven’t booked a summer holiday yet? It’s time to book a last minute break!

It’s that time of year again, we are more than halfway through the school holidays and the weather across most of the UK is absolutely beautiful. If you haven’t got a holiday booked yet but you would like to get away before the children go back to school then we have the perfect solution – a last minute breakfrom Sykes Cottages.

Lowen Penty, Cornwall

Lowen Penty, Cornwall

Searching for a last minute deal, especially one during the school holidays, can end up being difficult and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are our handy tips for booking a last minute break during the school holidays.

Be Flexible

Granary Cottage, Devon

Granary Cottage, Devon

To get the very best holiday, especially when you are booking last minute, means that you need to be flexible and open to new ideas. Booking last minute is a great opportunity to try something new, like visiting a new area or staying in a different style of property. The key is keeping an open mind!

Get together with family and friends

Wood Farm, Norfolk

Wood Farm, Norfolk

Some of our largest properties are available to book last minute. If you are going on holiday with the family but struggling to find a property then why not club together with family or friends who are also looking for a summer break and book a larger cottage?

Sign up to our twitter and facebook pages

This is where we advertise some of our best deals and late availability cottages. To make sure that you don’t miss out, follow us on twitter and become our friend on facebook.

Ask for help

East Cottage, Shropshire

East Cottage, Shropshire

Our friendly holiday cottage advisors are here ready to help you book the perfect holiday. Let them help you by giving them a call, or let us call you!

Act quickly!

Once you have seen a holiday cottage that you want to book don’t hang around! Late availability cottages can sell out very quickly!

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Getting in the Festival Spirit in Edinburgh

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
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There are few cities in the UK that are filled with more art, culture, and history than the capital of Scotland – Edinburgh. The city is home to some of the biggest festivals held annually in the UK, most notably the outlandish Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. If you’re looking for something to fill your time over the next couple of weeks then Edinburgh is the place to go.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe 2010: The Flash

The Flash. Street performers on the Royal Mile – Via. Flickr

This wacky, weird, and witty festival is the largest arts festival in the world, this year hosting an astonishing 2,695 shows in 279 venues and including an estimated 22,457 performers! The city is all but taken over by the festival during it’s nearly month long run, from August 3rd to August 27th, 2012 this year, filling the streets with festival goers and street performers from around the world.

No matter your taste in entertainment there is sure to be a show for you, with on-stage performances including comedy, theatre, music, cabaret, dance, physical theatre, exhibitions, children’s shows and spoken word. The variety is absolutely astounding – from the concerts by the UK ukulele orchestra, TUKUO, to the performance art of Bootworks Theatre who will devise their show 30 Days to Edinburgh while walking to the festival from their home in Chichester, England.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket to a show yet, unlike the Olympics there is always something available, and there are lots of free events held during the course of the Fringe, and the streets are always packed with street entertainers competing for the spare change of the passing tourists.

To see everything that is going on over the month long festival visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Fireworks Over the 2011 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Fireworks Over the 2011 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Via. Flickr

For something completely different while visiting the capital head to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a spectacle of military precision and music from around the world. This international festival of military bands has been happening in the grounds of the historic Edinburgh Castle since 1950, over which time it has grown to be one of the biggest in the world. Over the month of performances held at the castle an average of more than 220 000 people observe the display, which features highly trained pipe and drum bands from the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth Forces, and military bands from around the world.

So what will you experience while at the Tattoo? Well, from August 3rd to 25th the lucky ticket holders will enter the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle at twilight, waiting patiently for darkness to fall and the show to begin. The floodlights rise and the spectacle begins when the grand oak gates of the castle open to allow the hundreds of assembled pipers and drummers to enter the stadium. It is hard to not be moved by the majesty of the show, which has been intentionally designed to be magnificent and emotional. Throughout the course of the show there are dancers, battle re-enactments, motorcycle riders, horses, and to end it all, a fireworks display from the castle ramparts.

There are still tickets available for some nights of the Tattoo, but they are sure to go quickly so don’t take too long to make your decision. Visit the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo website for more information.

Don’t worry if you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, there are still lots of cottages available in Scotland throughout August. This is one of the most beautiful and fascinating parts of the UK so why not take a last minute holiday with the family in Scotland before the kids head back to school. We can guarantee that it will be a holiday not soon forgotten!

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