Archive for August, 2012

The Sykes Cottages autumn sale is now on

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
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The Sykes Cottages autumn sale has begun. From now until the end of October you can save up to 20% on holiday cottage breaks in September and October. So if you fancy a holiday this autumn, look no further than a holiday cottage from Sykes Cottages!

 

The Round House, Cornwall

The Round House, Cornwall

Maybe you haven’t been away yet this year and you are in desperate need of a holiday. Even if you have had a holiday earlier this year, it probably feels like a distant memory away now. A trip to a holiday cottage is a lovely opportunity to make the most of the last of the warmer weather before the cold winter days and the long dark evenings draw in.

Wetherlam, Near Broughton-in-furness, Cumbria

Wetherlam, Near Broughton-in-furness, Cumbria

Autumn is a time when the kids go back to school and the leaves begin to fall off the trees. It’s a fantastic time to go away if you don’t have to take your holidays during the main school holidays. Once the children go back to school there is usually more choice of holiday accommodation. It’s a wonderful season, when the days start getting shorter, the green leaves turn to beautiful shades of orange and yellow and pile up, just ready to be kicked. The days get cooler too, the perfect excuse to closes the curtains, light the log fire and enjoy a glass of wine with your loved one.

Bramble Cottage, Cornwall

Bramble Cottage, Cornwall

So if you fancy an autumn break to make the most of the last of the summer visit our holiday cottage autumn sale page to see the cottages that are in our sale. Alternatively, give our offices a call between 9am and 9.30pm and let our holiday advisors help you to find the perfect cottage for you.

Charlotte

By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.

The Best of British

Friday, August 3rd, 2012
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With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Wimbledon and now the Olympics us Brits can be excused for feeling more than a little bit patriotic this year. And whilst we may be happy to spend our bank holiday weekends enjoying what our great country has to offer what’s to stop us planning our entire summer break around our wonderful country?

Whilst it is true that the weather can be somewhat temperamental in the UK, if we are lucky enough to get some sun Britain has holiday destinations to rival the best in the world.

And many of us are already aware of this with 30% of Brits planning to take their main break in the UK this year according to research by TravelSupermarket.

Whether it’s a break with the family by the beach, a romantic city break with your other half or a fun filled countryside getaways with your friends the UK has something for everyone.

Family fun

At one time Great Britain was the epi-centre of all things family beach holiday, piers stood majestically off our favourite sea-side resorts and the whole family could enjoy a week or two of fun without the need to even leave the country. With the advance in air travel our seaside resorts began to lose visitors and now many of them are only shadows of what they used to be.

Blackpool

Blackpool

However there are still plenty of great British seaside resorts that are well worth a visit if taking a family staycation this summer. A stay in Blackpool is great for the whole family, enjoy ice creams as you walk along the beach and tuck into some fish and chips on the pier. Children will love the attractions at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach or if theme parks aren’t your thing the Sea Life Centre and Adventure Golf can provide the family with hours of fun. A holiday to Blackpool needn’t be expensive; there are great deals to be had on accommodation and plenty of vouchers to lessen the cost of otherwise expensive days out.

If the thought of a British beach holiday leaves you less inspired than a beach holiday to say Spain or Greece, it shouldn’t – a total of 79 English beaches were awarded the coveted Blue Flag award this year. Making the British coastline one of the most beautiful in the world.

Romantic City Breaks

The city of the moment in the UK has to be London! The whole world is watching our capital city as people from all over the world come to visit to watch the Olympics and revel in the party atmosphere.

Whilst a visit to our great capital during this time may be fun it would be increasingly difficult to find accommodation at short notice – instead why not stay just outside the city in neighbouring counties Essex, Kent or Surrey and travel in to experience the games related fun. You don’t have to have a ticket to enjoy the sport; Hyde Park will be showing the games live on a big screen where visitors can watch the games for free whilst still enjoying the atmosphere of the crowd.

York

York

If the crowds of London aren’t your thing then why not try a smaller city, York is perfect for a romantic getaway, with plenty of historic sights to see in the day and fantastic bars and restaurants to enjoy in the evenings. Treat your other half to some sweet treats at the famous Betty’s tea room or head to the races for a fun filled day out with a flutter on the Gee Gees!

Countryside Getaways

If your idea of fun is to get away from all of the crowds with a select group of friends then a break to the Great British countryside could be for you.

Lake District

Lake District

Head to somewhere like the Lake District with a gang of your nearest and dearest and enjoy all of the outdoor activities that are on offer, long walks in the national park and water sports on the lakes then head back to your accommodation for cosy nights in in front of the log fire.

Hiring a large holiday cottage can be a great base for a big get together, having accommodation where all of you can stay together can not only be great fun but also save on money – self-catering cottages come with fantastic facilities, meaning you can cook large meals for the whole group without having to fork out for expensive restaurant meals.

If you choose a cottage that allows it you can even take your pets with you – not only do they get to enjoy a break with you but you also don’t have to spend money on expensive kennel costs.

Charlotte

By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.

Why wait, book a last minute break today

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
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The month of August has begun and the school holidays are well underway. Now is the time that many people start to wish that they had a holiday booked. Well it’s not too late! There is still time to book a last minute break with Sykes Cottages for a summer getaway during the

Jasmine Cottage, Devon

Jasmine Cottage, Devon

The weather so far this summer has been as unpredictable as usual, with glorious sunny days and beautiful hot weather followed a few days later by rain, clouds and cool temperatures. Whatever the weather has in store for the rest of the summer, with so much to see and do, a trip to the UK or Ireland is great place for a holiday, whatever the weather!

Stapledon Lodge, Devon

Stapledon Lodge, Devon

There are still plenty of holiday cottages with availability during August, so whatever type of break you want, from a rural retreat in a Lake District cottage to a hideaway in the Welsh mountains or a family trip to the seaside staying in Yorkshire, Devon or Cornwall we will have the accommodation for you.

Tuckermarsh Quay River Cottage 2, Devon

Tuckermarsh Quay River Cottage 2, Devon

Here are Sykes Cottages we aim to have the very best choice of holiday cottages. We have holiday cottages that sleep two people up to large cottages and groups of cottages that sleep up to thirty six people. So if you have been thinking about holding a family get together or a trip away with family and friends for a special occasion, this summer could be just the right time for you!

Going on a cottage holiday is just so easy. Simply book online or give us a call to help you book your accommodation. Then just pack up the car with your belongings and off you go! You can even book and travel on the same day. So what are you waiting for? Book a last minute break today!

Charlotte

By Charlotte Stamper

Charlotte's love of the UK started as a child, with frequent trips to the North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. In her spare time she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Her favourite place is the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales.