Archive for October, 2012

A self-catering break to Northumberland

Monday, October 8th, 2012
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Northumberland in the north east of England is a stunning holiday destination. Whether you are looking for a short break, a weekend away or a week’s holiday, Northumberland has so much to offer. From the historic Hadrian’s Wall, to the coast of Alnwick, the seaside town of Seahouses and beautiful city of Durham, Northumberland and the surrounding area is a fantastic place for a UK holiday.

Sykes Cottages have an excellent selection of self catering holiday cottages to rent in Northumberland, providing the perfect base for you to explore the sleepy villages, beautiful beaches and buzzing cities that that north east of England has to offer. Here are some suggestions of places to visit from your Northumberland cottage.

Traditional seaside charm at Seahouses

Seahouses is a charming traditional seaside town situated approximately 20 miles north of Alnwick. A popular holiday destination, Seahouses is a popular place for fishing making it a great place to tuck into a hearty serving of fish and chips on the beach!
Seahouses Harbour, Northumberland

The Farme Islands, a cluster of 15-20 small islands depending on the tide, just off the coast of Seahouses provide a fantastic destination for scuba diving enthusiasts.The Seahouses Festival that take place in June each year is a great place to learn more about the local area and its stunning wildlife. However you choose to spend your time in Seahouses, staying in a self catering holiday cottage in Seahouses means that you can explore the best of the area by day and when the evening comes, retreat to your charming holiday cottage.

Fact and fiction at Alnwick

Alnwick Castle

However you choose to spend your holiday in Alnwick, one thing is for sure – you will be spoilt for choice! Alnwick is arguably one of the most picturesque places in Northumbria with character filled cobbled streets and lovely little shops to wander around as well as the Alnwick Garden, one of the best contemporary gardens in the UK. Harry Potter fans will love visiting Alnwick Castle, featured heavily in the Harry Potter films as Hogwarts – a must for all Harry Potter fans!

City charm at Durham

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Durham is a truly unique university city, situated within easy reach of your holiday accommodation in Northumberland. The potent blend of the historic cathedral, winding river and bussing shopping scene, Durham is well worth a visit.

Planning a trip to Northumberland? Visit the Official Tourism website for the area for more information about days out and local events.  Why wait? Book your next holiday to Northumberland today! Contact us to rent a holiday cottage in Northumberland!

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The benefits of choosing a self catering holiday in the UK

Thursday, October 4th, 2012
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Booking a holiday? Have you considered booking a self catering holiday in the UK? Forget airports, passports and foreign currency, choose a holiday cottage in the UK for a fantastic hassle free break.

Choosing a UK staycation

Opting to take a holiday, or a so called staycation in the UK, has become increasing popular in recent years with more and more people turning their back on holidays in Europe and further afield in favour of holidays in their home country. Taking a holiday in the UK is not only great value for money but it is hassle free too. Forget hours of travelling spent in airports, pack up the car and off you go! It’s as easy as that!

Seven Sisters cottage holiday destination in the UK

Enjoy the flexibility of a self catering holiday cottage!

Staying in self catering holiday cottage gives you so much more flexibility than other types of holiday accommodation. You aren’t restricted to designated meal times so you can choose to eat your breakfast at a time that suits you, whether you are an early bird or a late riser. If you want to have a lie in, you can! Wake up at a time that suits you and rustle up a delicious breakfast in your own time or head out and treat yourself to brunch in a local cafe. The beauty of self catering holidays is that you can do everything at your own pace.

Enjoy peace and quiet

Beautiful August Morning in Llyn Crafnant, Wales. A lovely holiday destination.

There is nothing worse than having noisy hotel room neighbours or being woken by other guests traipsing up and down the hotel corridors and banging doors. Choose to stay in a self catering holiday cottage and you can enjoy the privacy and freedom that holidays are all about.

So many foodie options in your self catering kitchen!

All of our holiday cottages come with fully equipped kitchens, with everything that you need to cook delicious meals, including enough cooking equipment, plates and crockery for everyone who is staying in the property. Save money and bring food with you or take advantage of local shops and markets to stock up on holiday groceries. Plus you can treat yourself to a meal or two in local pubs or restaurants– you are on holiday after all!

Reflection of a beautiful day in the UK!

Self catering cottages – a great option for all the family

We all know what fussy eaters children can be. Staying in a self catering holiday cottage not only means that you can feed the children when they are hungry but you can easily store and prepare baby food and bottles too.

You don’t have to miss out on great facilities

Our self catering holiday cottages come with fully equipped kitchens, comfy seating areas and cosy bedrooms. Many also have other fantastic facilities like open or log fires, hot tubs, swimming pools, four poster beds and games rooms. Tempted? Why not book a self catering holiday UK holiday today?

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