Archive for October, 2012

Book your accommodation in Cornwall for summer 2013

Friday, October 26th, 2012
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Although it feels that the school summer holidays of 2013 are a million miles away, getting in early and booking your summer holiday accommodation for 2013 could really pay off! The early bird catches the worm, or so they say, so get ahead of the crowd and reserve your self-catering cottage in Cornwall now. The high demand for quality family holiday accommodation in the peak season always outstrips supply, so if you have a particular holiday location on the Cornish coastline in mind, then make sure that you don’t miss out. We are taking reservations for summer 2013 already! Why not give us a call or send us an email to book your holiday cottage in Cornwall today.

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So much to do in Cornwall

Eden project

Cornwall is an eternally popular holiday destination for people of all ages, with many people flocking back to the area time and time again. From the Eden Project and the Tate Gallery, to fantastic opportunities for water sports and outdoor pursuits, Cornwall has so much to offer. So, whether it’s the golden sandy beaches, the fantastic sunny weather, the coastal walks, delicious local cuisine or the great choice of accommodation in Cornwall, that draws you to Cornwall, there really is something for everyone.

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Great family holidays in the UK

Cornwall is a fantastic UK family friendly holiday destination. Simply pack up the car, not forgetting your bucket and spade and off you go! Travelling to Cornwall by car means that you have the flexibility to bring with you whatever you like. So whether its surf boards for surfing at Newquay, bikes for great family cycle rides by the beach, or simply a car packed full of treats and goodies to enjoy whilst on holiday, you can bring with you whatever you like to make your time in Cornwall extra special.

Surfing at St Ives

An unforgettable holiday in Cornwall

Try a boat ride on a holiday in Cornwall

Try a boat ride on a holiday in Cornwall

For something a little bit different, why not get in touch with Specialised Charters who offer specially chartered boat trips from Lizard and Falmouth Bay on the Cornish coastline. Whether you fancy a day of fishing, a relaxing boat ride or a chance to capture some stunning photographs of Cornwall’s coastline from a whole new perspective, a trip on a specially chartered boat is a great way to make your holiday to Cornwall totally unforgettable.

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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.

Autumn Ideas for this October Half Term

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
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There are few better ways to enjoy the crisp autumn weather than to get out on a woodland walk in some of the UK’s most beautiful wooded areas. You don’t have to head to North America or Europe to enjoy all the beauty that autumn brings, you can enjoy it right here in the UK, either on a day trip from home or a longer getaway to some of this country’s more wild and windswept locales.

The New Forest

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that a place with ‘forest’ right in the name is a great location for an woodland walk. The New Forest is one of England’s most important ecological sites, filled with unique flora and fauna. Some of the most amazing of the New Forest’s residents is the New Forest pony, European polecats, otters, as well as all three British snake species. Want to take a walk with a purpose? Why not sign up for a fungi walk and learn how to forage for your own local mushrooms. Find the perfect cottage in the New Forest for your holiday.

Snowdonia National Park

Llyn Ogwen, Snowdonia

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If you’re still looking for something fun for the family to do over the October half-term holidays, why not head to Wales’ beautiful Snowdonia National Park and spend the holidays exploring all the magic that the park holds. If you are a family of walkers you will be spoilt for choice with all of the trails that are available. No matter what you’re level of experience there is sure to be a trail for you. If you don’t fancy the walk, why not take the old-fashioned steam train to the top of majestic Mount Snowdon? You can take in all of the beauty of the surroundings without subjecting yourself to hours of hard walking getting to the top! Find a last minute cottage in Wales today.

The Lake District

Ennerdale, Lake district

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There are few places in the UK that are more beautiful in the autumn than the Lake District, one of England’s most treasured natural landscapes. One of the best parts about the Lake District is that you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker to enjoy some of the most beautiful views in the country as many are easily accessible by those of us who don’t spend every weekend walking. Go Lakes, the areas official tourism authority, has compiled a great list of nano-walks, or what they describe as “little hikes with big views“, which are well worth considering if you’re heading to the Lake District. Discover why the Lake District is one of the most beloved parts of the country on a Lake District autumn cottage holiday.

Sykes Cottages still have a great selection of holiday cottages that are available for last minute half term holidays, so don’t worry if you haven’t planned your autumn vacation yet. Just head over to our last minute cottages page and spend your time discovering the beauty of the UK’s very own wild spaces.

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What to Expect While Hiking in Scotland

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
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While many backpackers still prefer to trek to the Highlands, the southern borderlands between England and Scotland make for an interesting alternative destination that offers a rich variety of unique experiences and destinations. Since the time of Roman Emperor Hadrian, best known in Britain for the wall that bears his name, this region has been a frontier, and sparsely settled as a result. It is among the most naturally unspoilt parts of Britain and offers much of interest to hikers drawn by history and wildlife alike.

Visit Scotland for fantastic walking, hiking and outdoor pursuits

Visit Scotland for fantastic walking, hiking and outdoor pursuits

The first advantage of hiking in the Scottish borderlands is the less severe weather. While the highlands have a place among the wettest locations in all of Europe, the borderlands are comparatively sunny during the summer time. The borderlands are much less likely than the highlands to receive significant snowfall during the winter months as well. That said, this is still Britain, so trekkers are well advised to pack along outdoor rain gear and be prepared for unpredictable, though not overly extreme, weather changes.

The borderlands are host to a rich variety of wildlife. Along the coasts there is ample opportunity to spot marine mammals including seals, dolphins, and even whales. Inland, foxes and badgers are the largest land mammals one has a chance to spot. Bird lovers will especially enjoy the trails of the borderlands. Kestrels and buzzards are a constant presence throughout the region. Lucky trekkers keeping a keen eye around dusk or dawn may have a chance to spot the ghostly spectre of a barn owl stealthily seeking prey. Along the numerous rivers and lakes of the borderlands there is a rich variety of herons, swans, and kingfishers, although the last are spotted more rarely. Keen observers may even spot an otter if they are lucky.

The primary destination for any nature lover in the borderlands must be Northumberland national park. Encompassing nearly the entire length of the border between Scotland and England, the largest yet least visited of Britain’s natural parks encompasses almost the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall. Built by the Romans to save manpower along the frontier of their province of Britannia, the wall was dotted with strong forts and was responsible for the rise of several large settlements that catered to the needs of the large Imperial garrison. Since 2003, the Hadrian’s Wall national trial has made all sections of this piece of history open to the public. The trails takes 7 days to complete, and runs from Segedenum Roman Fort at Wallsend on Tyne to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast of Cumbria. The trail passes through some of the most rugged terrain in Britain, a reminder to the modern visitor of Roman defensive surveying skill indeed. In fact, the border they laid closely follows that which has persisted between England and Scotland to this day. The borderlands remained a veritable no-mans land and scene of constant raid and counter-raid long after the Romans had departed. Many small castles and other forts of the medieval period can be observed throughout the region even today.

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Hikers seeking a more medieval flavour may consider St. Cutheberts trail. Stopping along various points that had bearing on that Saint’s life, the trail is 62 miles long, and ends at the stunning seaside monastery at Lindesfarne island. Along the way, there are many rustic pubs and cosy inns, making this hiking trail ideal for trekkers seeking some occasional modern amenities.

With thousands of years of history, and a landscape unspoiled due to no particular side’s ability to claim it, this region will give the hiker a unique set of challenges, rewards, and unforgettable memories.

Feel like a holiday to Scotland? View our excellent selection of self catering holiday cottages in Scotland.

Author: This post was supplied on behalf of Simply Hike, the UK online camping supplies and Hiking equipment store.

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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.

Have Some Festive Fun at a UK Christmas Market

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
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After all the excitement of the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics and Paralympics, we are once again a Kingdom United and bursting with national pride. Numbers of holidayers wanting to escape the UK dropped this year, as right here was the place to be. So why not continue the trend this Christmas by spending time with your loved ones and celebrate in our great country.

Roasted chestnuts, ice-rinks, hot chocolate with marshmallows and of course the one and only Mr Claus. Christmas markets can really get you into the Christmas spirit and the UK certainly hosts some of the best.  Luxury and budget hotels are on offer so you can take some time out to enjoy your visit. The only worry you’ll face is where to choose.

Bath Christmas Market, Bath, UK

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The Bath Christmas Market runs for 18 days from 22nd November to 9th December 2012 and is located in the streets of Bath between the Roman baths and Bath Abbey. Plan to do your Christmas shopping here and be rewarded with the choice of over 140 wooden stalls packed with authentic gifts and indulge yourself in a Christmas atmosphere.  You’ll find unique and unusual gifts, handmade gifts as well as food and beverage presents. Bath hotels will fill up early so make sure you think ahead and book now.

delicious pastries at the Liverpool Christmas Market

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Head to Liverpool’s Christmas market and be met with a cultural experience. The city of culture offers craft and food stalls from around the world from China to South America and is situated right in the city centre on Lord Street, Church Street and Whitechapel. But where will your visit take you? Make sure you book Liverpool hotels in advance to avoid disappointment.

Edinburgh German Christmas Market - Scotland

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For a truly magical experience why not visit Edinburgh and its legendary German Christmas market. Book an Edinburgh hotel so you can relax and enjoy the market situated beneath the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle where the experience of visiting this Christmas market is unforgettable. Sip on mulled wine as you look around the unique stalls full of hand-blown baubles and handmade toys and give someone an authentic gift this Christmas. Take a ride on the big wheel or skate on the ice-rink with the kids, there’s something for everyone.

York Minster beneath a blanket of Christmas snow

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York’s Winter Wonderland runs from 24th November to 6th January 2013. York hotels will be busy as the popular market attracts many looking for a festive treat. Last year the market saw 35,000 visitors who enjoyed the city’s Ice Factor; a 900sqm ice rink turned into a winter wonderland which caters for decorative villages and a 30ft Christmas tree. Take the children to see Santa Claus in his grotto and indulge in food and warming sloe gin or hot chocolate. Entry is free and open from 12.00-20.00 every day.

If you’d prefer to escape the hustle and bustle of the Christmas dash, why not retreat to a cottage in the countryside and enjoy a spacious, rustic environment to entertain the family. There are plenty of destinations you can choose from across the UK to spend your perfect Christmas at.

Wherever your Christmas spirit takes you, makes sure you celebrate in an authentic British fashion and finish this year as we’ve celebrated the whole of 2012 – on a high.

This article was written by our friends at TravelSupermarket.com

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Luxury holidays in the UK

Thursday, October 11th, 2012
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Looking for an extra special holiday? Why not choose a luxury holiday cottage from Sykes Cottages? We have a number of holiday cottages that provide exclusive holiday experiences right here in the UK.

Holiday cottages with hot tubs and swimming pools

Cottage with an outdoor swimming pool

Cottage with an outdoor swimming pool

Some of our most popular luxury holiday cottages come with a swimming pool or hot tub. Going away on a luxury holiday is all about getting away from it all and there is no better way to do this than relaxing in a steaming hot tub under the stars or enjoying some fun with the kids in your very own private swimming pool.

Cottage a with swimming pool

Cottage a with swimming pool

Fabulous luxury holidays in Wales

From romantic cottages for two to big luxury cottages suitable for up to twenty people, whatever type of luxury trip you are planning, we have holiday accommodation for you in Wales. Our luxury cottages in Wales are really lovely places to stay and come complete with all the extra special touches that you would expect, from fantastic stylish kitchens, decadent bathrooms fit for a king, to sumptuous bedrooms with crisp bed linen that you will just sink into.

Luxury lounge

Luxury lounge

Holiday cottages to give you that extra special bit of luxury

Staying in a luxurious holiday cottage means that you can experience a bit of luxury, without the luxury price tag. All of our luxury holiday cottages represent excellent value for money so you can treat yourself to a meal out in a nice restaurant or two during your stay too. Or why not go all out and make the most of the butler, housekeeper, chef or waitress service that some of our most prestigious cottages offer! This is self catering with a difference!

Luxury bedroom

Luxury bedroom

We can help you to book a luxury holiday cottage and get the very best out of your holiday. Give us a call and our friendly holiday advisors can help you to book the perfect luxurious holiday cottage. But beware – our luxury holiday cottages are often the most popular! Call us today to secure that extra special accommodation for your next holiday.

Luxury Cottage

Luxury Cottage

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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.