Archive for September, 2012

Feel the love at a Lake District log cabin!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
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Do you feel like you have been neglecting your loved one recently? Why not show them how much you care by booking a romantic weekend away to a log cabin in the Lake District. Whisk them away on a romantic break and you will find yourselves falling in love with each other all over again.


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Log cabin – the perfect romantic holiday destination

View from a Lake District log cabin

View from a Lake District log cabin

A self catering log cabin makes the perfect destination for a romantic trip. Our Lake District lodges are ideally positioned in serene woodland surroundings and perfectly located for making the most of the Lake District national park.

From your self-catering lodge, you could spend your days going for brisk winter walks, eating delicious pub lunches and wandering round the quaint towns and villages of Keswick, Kendal and Ambleside. When the evening comes there are numerous top quality restaurants to choose from for that extra special evening, or retreat to your accommodation and show your partner how much you care by serving them a delicious homemade meal in your cabin.

Hot tub outside a Lake District log cabin

Hot tub outside a Lake District log cabin

Some of our log cabins also have their very own hot tubs! Rent a log cabin with a hot tub, sink into the warm bubbly water and feel the stresses and strains of everyday life simply melt away. Most of all, enjoy it all with the person who means the most to you.

Why not rent a log cabin with an open fire this winter?

Log cabin with a wood burner

Log cabin with a wood burner

Many of our log cabins have open fires and log burning stoves. On a cold winter’s night, nothing is more perfect than snuggling up together  in front of a roaring log fire with a glass of wine in hand. Cuddle up together and forget about the world, what could be better?!

Cosy lounge in a Lake District log cabin

Cosy lounge in a Lake District log cabin

If you are planning a romantic weekend and you want to rent accommodation with an open fire, be sure to book quickly! The recent winter weather means we are currently experiencing high demand for our properties with log fires. Get in touch with us today or browse our cottages on our website.

An extra special weekend in the Lake District

The stunning scenery of the Lake District is the perfect place to tell your partner that you love them and is a truly wonderful place to get down on one knee and ask them for their hand in marriage.

Log cabin in the Lake District

Log cabin in the Lake District

Need a little more inspiration? Online magazine iVillage, have published a handy guide on how to get the most of your romantic holiday.

Our helpful holiday cottage advisors will be more than happy to help you book an extra special trip to a log cabin in the Lake District. We are open between 9am and 9.30pm. Alternatively, send us an email with your holiday requirements and we will be more than happy to help you book a memorable holiday to a romantic Lake District lodge.

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Time to book a holiday cottage for Christmas

Friday, September 21st, 2012
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Its official, the countdown to Christmas has begun. With just thirteen weeks to go until Christmas, already the shops are filling their shelves with festive gifts, stocking fillers and mince pies and people are planning ahead as to where they will spend the Christmas holidays. Here is one suggestion you might not have considered – have you thought about staying in a holiday cottage this Christmas and New Year?

Family Christmas 2012

To many people, Christmas is a time for spending time with their families, the children excited about Santa’s arrival and the adults enjoying time in each other’s company. Renting a large holiday cottage at Xmas means that you can have a family Christmas celebration like no other! Our holiday cottages are the perfect place to spend Christmas. Forget all squashing into each other’s houses and cramming round the kitchen table for Christmas dinner, our holiday cottages have enough space for even the largest of families with space around the table for everyone staying at the property and plenty of comfy chairs for an afternoon snooze afterwards.

Taking a holiday at Christmas is so easy – many of our holiday cottages are festively decorated with a tree and Christmas decorations ready for your arrival, just make sure that Father Christmas knows where to deliver the gifts!

A holiday to welcome in the New Year

Why not celebrate the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 in style with a holiday cottage. Get together a group of friends and club together to welcome in 2013 in one of our big cottages. What could be a better way to start the year as you mean to go on?

Or a cosy winter holiday cottage away from all the fuss

When Christmas comes sometimes all you want to do is escape the hustle and bustle of the festive season and get away from it all. A cosy winter holiday cottage could be the answer! By day enjoy crisp winter walks and when the evening comes light a roaring log fire and relax with a glass of wine.

Why not try a Christmas Short Break from Sykes Cottages

Due to popular demand we are now offering our customers a Christmas short break. This means that you can book a five night break for Christmas or New Year and only pay 85% of the weekly rental price. Yet another incentive to book a holiday for Christmas!

Our most popular holiday cottages are already booking up quickly for Christmas and New Year 2012. Make sure you don’t miss out! Call our holiday cottage advisors or browse our Christmas holiday cottages on our website and book your perfect Christmas accommodation. We wish you a Merry Christmas!

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The October half term, a great time for a family holiday!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
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The children have been back at school for a few weeks and that can only mean one thing – the October half term is on its way! The October half term holiday is a great time to take a short break with the family. Enjoy some quality family time together and your children will come back relaxed, refreshed and ready for the rest of the autumn school term.

A well deserved October half term holiday

The autumn school term is usually the longest one of the year and in many ways can be the toughest. The kids are trying to get back into the school routine after the long summer holiday, the weather is turning cooler and the mornings are getting darker. When the October half term comes around, both you and the kids are in need of a break!

Easter Urray - Muir Of Ord Near Beauly

Easter Urray – Muir Of Ord Near Beauly

In most schools, the October half term holiday lasts just one week, so a trip to a holiday cottage in the UK is an excellent choice. You don’t have to travel too far, meaning that you can really make the most of the break. Plus, you will have ultimate flexibility of how you spend your time when you get there – get out for long walks in the autumn sunshine, wander around quaint towns and villages or spend your days pottering around your accommodation. The choice is up to you!

Take advantage of the Sykes Cottages autumn sale

The Hollies - Stocksfield Near Corbridge, Northumberland

The Hollies – Stocksfield Near Corbridge, Northumberland

If you need a little extra incentive to book a holiday cottage for the October break then look no further! The Sykes Cottages autumn sale is still on! We still have a number of our self catering cottages that are offering discounts of up to 20% off the weekly rental price during October,

Why wait? Book your half term cottage today!

Lower Town Cottage - Trewidland, St Keyne, Near Looe, Cornwall

Lower Town Cottage – Trewidland, St Keyne, Near Looe, Cornwall

If you want to take a family holiday during the half term then now really is the time to book! Don’t risk losing out on the holiday cottage that you really want, book it today. Our friendly holiday cottage advisors are available seven days a week between 9am and 9.30pm so you can book your half term holiday accommodation at a time that suits you. Alternatively, you can book a holiday cottage through our website, send us an email or request for us to give you a call.

Stoneybeck - Rescorla Near St. Austell, Cornwall

Stoneybeck – Rescorla Near St. Austell, Cornwall

However you want to get in touch with us, we look forward to helping you to book a fantastic October holiday.

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Why not book a trip to Durham?

Friday, September 14th, 2012
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The city of Durham in the north east of England is a truly delightful place for a holiday. As well as stunning architecture and fascinating museums, Durham has some great places for eating out. Sykes Cottages have some lovely self catering holiday cottages in Durham that will add that really special touch to your trip. So what are you waiting for? Here is my guide of some of the best things to see and do on a trip to Durham and the surrounding area.

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral dates back as far Norman times – building work began in 1093 and took nearly forty years to complete. The Cathedral’s high up position on the banks of the River Wear means that it stands tall over the rest of the city and, to many people, is one of the most iconic images of Durham. The stunning cathedral is now recognised as a UNECSO world heritage site and no trip to Durham would be complete without a trip to marvel at both its beauty and sheer scale.

Durham Cathedral - Durham

Durham Cathedral is open to the public but it is worth bearing in mind that it is still a place of worship and access can be restricted during mass times. Visitors can walk through the beautiful cathedral, climb the 300+ steps to the top of the tower and enjoy a delicious slice of homemade cake in the Undercroft cafe.

The Angel of the North

Harley & Angel of the North

Situated overlooking the A1 dual carriageway, the Angel of the North is a fantastic feet of engineering and design. It stands tall at twenty metres, with a wingspan of more than 50 metres, built in such a way to create a ‘sense of embrace’. It is well worth a little drive out of the city to see this amazing structure!

Great food in Durham

Foodie lovers will be pleased to hear that the Durham City Food Festival takes place every October on the Palace Green and Market Square in the city centre. If you are taking a trip to Durham outside of this time though, don’t worry, there are plenty of lovely restaurants and cafes to visit in Durham. One of my favourites is Bistro 21. Situated outside of the city centre, it classic food is well worth the drive or taxi ride!

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Beamish, County Durham

Beamish, the ‘Outdoor Museum of the North’ makes a great day out, especially if you are on holiday with children. Beamish tells the story of life in the north of England over the last one hundred years, through the Victorian and Edwardian eras and right up to the modern day. A day at Beamish is just like stepping back in time!

Beamish Bus

Durham – a great shopping destination!

No holiday would be complete without indulging in a little retail therapy! Durham’s large student population means that there are lots of unusual and alternative shops, including vintage shops and a busy indoor market.

Durham Cathedral

Whet your appetite for a holiday to Durham? Durham is easy to get to from many of our cottages in Northumberland. Why not search for and book a self catering cottage near to Durham today?

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A Local’s Guide to a Romantic Weekend in Chester

Thursday, September 13th, 2012
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The Sykes Cottages main office is located in the beautiful Roman city of Chester, one of the best cities in the UK for taking an autumn short break. We may be a little out of the way up here in the North West of England, but after one visit to Chester you’re sure to fall in love.

Speaking of love, if you’re looking for the perfect location for a romantic autumn break, than look no further. The romance of this compact city is undeniable. Spend your days exploring the city walls, shopping along the historic Rows, and strolling along the picturesque River Dee with the one you love. A weekend break doesn’t get much better than this.

Things to See in Beautiful Chester

Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral

The city of Chester is the perfect size to explore over a weekend. It’s compact nature makes it the optimal size to explore on foot, wandering its cobbled alleys hand in hand with the one you love.

No trip to Chester is complete without a walk around the Roman city walls, the most complete Roman and medieval defensive town wall system in Britain. If you follow the city walls around for the full 2 mile circuit you’ll take in many of the most popular destinations in the city, including the Chester Racecourse, Chester Cathedral, and the Eastgate Clock. A new app called Walls Quest has been designed to make your Chester City Walls exploration even more fun and informative and is available for free. Download Walls Quest before you head out see if you’re up to the challenge.

Chester Cross

The lovely architecture of Chester

The city walls conveniently take you along the banks of the beautiful River Dee, which makes the perfect place to stop for a snack. Treat yourselves to an ice cream before renting a boat. There are few better ways to spend the afternoon than gliding along the calm waters of the river, just relaxing and enjoying each others’ company.

Where to Eat in Chester

Once you’ve finished your tour of the city walls and boat ride along the River Dee you’re sure to be ready for a good meal. So where do the locals go for the best food in Chester. There are no shortage of great cafes, restaurants, and bars to choose from, no matter what your taste. For a nice relaxed lunch or afternoon snack head to the Blue Moon Cafe along the River Dee, or The Row’s Cafe in the city centre. You can’t beat the famous Grosvenor Hotel for afternoon tea, featuring delicate sandwiches, decadent scones and cream, and melt in the mouth french pastries. This is the definition of indulgence.

Views from the River Dee

Views from the River Dee

Looking for the perfect restaurant for a romantic dinner? Chester isn’t short of them either. The Garden by Simon Radley at Oddfellows on Lower Bridge Street offers a unique dining experience, specializing in Mediterranean food that can either be enjoyed in their elegant dining room or outside in the beautifully designed courtyard.

Autumn views in Chester

Autumn views in Chester

If you happen to be coming back from the races than Convivio Bar & Restaurant is the perfect place to stop for a romantic meal. The food at Convivio is said to be just as good as any you will find in Italy, which is really quite the compliment! Here they focus on using the best possible ingredients, and prepare their own bread and ravioli right on site. Yum!

Where to Stay in Chester

There is no better place to stay in Chester than in one of Sykes Chester holiday cottages. With city centre apartments, riverside homes, and country cottages Sykes are sure to have the perfect cottage for your romantic city break. You could even choose to stay in nearby North Wales and have the best of both world – the beauty of the Welsh countryside and the city attractions of Chester.

Stop thinking about an autumn holiday, and start planning! Find a great selection of holiday cottages that are available for rent this weekend, or take a little bit more time and find the perfect cottage for a romantic autumn getaway for two. Either way, you’re sure to have a wonderful time.

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