Archive for December, 2012

How did you spend Christmas? Spend Christmas 2013 in a Sykes holiday cottage.

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
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Merry Christmas from everyone at Sykes Cottages. We hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday with plenty of laughter, games and family fun. So, how did you celebrate Christmas? If it felt like you were running around to get everything organised and see everyone, why not consider spending next Christmas in a holiday cottage with your nearest and dearest?


Take the pressure off

Choosing a self-catering cottage for Christmas is a great way to reduce your stress levels before the big day.  Most of our holiday cottages are decorated for the festive season so you won’t have to worry about bringing a tree or digging out old decorations from the attic.  To make your festive break run even more smoothly, order your Christmas groceries online and have them delivered on the day you arrive so you don’t have to race around the local supermarket.  Relax at your holiday cottage with a glass of mulled wine and just enjoy the festivities!  The big day itself should go without a hitch with plenty of volunteers to peel vegetables, set the table and wash the dishes.

Mulled Wine & Mince Pies

Room for all the family

If you’ve got a big family, you’ll want to have a look at our large Christmas cottages.  Find a festive cottage with enough bedrooms and bathrooms to accommodate everyone in comfort.  Christmas can be a stressful time, so choosing a spacious cottage so everyone can let off steam if needed is a great idea.  Choose a central location to make the journey easy for everyone; it’s no fun going from house to house in the cold and snow unless, of course, you’re dressed like Father Christmas!  Booking a short break over the Christmas period also gives your whole party flexibility as each member of the family can arrive at their convenience.  Plus, when it comes to Christmas dinner, you won’t have to worry about finding enough chairs as each cottage is equipped with more than enough seating and crockery for everyone.

Christmas Eve Dinner

Have a wonderful Christmas

Recreate a typical Christmas card scene with a cosy cottage in the UK and hopefully it will snow.  Instead of dozing on the sofa after Christmas lunch, make the most of your excellent location and round up the whole family for a bracing walk.  It’s a great opportunity for some family bonding without the distractions of new toys and television Christmas specials.  We have cottages located throughout some of the most beautiful parts of the UK and Ireland; Christmas on the beach or in a National Park could be just a few clicks away!  Of course, if you do want to relax in front of the TV, our cottages are perfect for that too!


Believe it or not, we have already taken bookings for cottage holidays for Christmas 2013.  Why not browse the Sykes Cottages website from the comfort of your sofa with a selection box in hand to make plans for next Christmas?

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Season’s Greetings from Sykes Cottages

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012
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Merry Christmas from everyone at Sykes Cottages! We hope your day is filled with happiness, family and some wonderful food. We look forward to helping you book a memorable holiday in the New Year.

Have a wonderful Christmas!


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The Sykes Cottages Christmas Opening Hours

Monday, December 24th, 2012
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It may be Christmas Eve but here at Sykes Cottages we are still open and ready to help you to find a cottage for your next holiday.We pride ourselves on being available to help you book your holiday at a time that suits you, so we are open on Christmas Eve until 6pm. Our friendly holiday cottage advisor’s are ready to help you with your holiday request by telephone or email, so why not get in touch and let us help you to plan a great holiday for 2013?

Quaker Cottage, Dorset

Quaker Cottage, Dorset

Our Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Eve 9am – 6pm

Christmas Day Closed

Boxing Day 10am – 4pm

27th December 9am – 9.30pm

28th December 9am -9.30pm

29th December 9am -9.30pm

30th December 9am -9.30pm

31st December 9am – 7pm

The Boat, Cornwall

The Boat, Cornwall

If you want to book a holiday cottage outside of these hours then you can use our easy to use website to book your holiday 24/7. Why not start your holiday search today?

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Sykes spotlight on our most popular cottages

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012
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Here at Sykes Cottages we have a huge selection of holiday cottages, more than 3500 in total! All of our cottages are unique and have their own specific features, facilities and amenities to cater for many different types of break.

Here is a guide to some of our most popular types of holiday cottage in the UK and Ireland.

Cottages with Hot tubs

Relax in a hot tub whilst on holiday

Relax in a hot tub whilst on holiday

What could be more perfect than sinking into a steaming hot tub whilst on holiday? Many of our holiday cottages come with a hot tub where you can spend the evenings with your family and friends soaking away. Holidays are all about enjoying little luxuries and a hot tub is a great way to relax after a long day. Soak away in the warm bubbles in your very own private hot tub, you are on holiday after all!

Holiday cottages with open fires

Snuggle up in front of a log fire at a holiday cottage from Sykes Cottages

Snuggle up in front of a log fire at a holiday cottage from Sykes Cottages

One of the most popular winter features is an open fire or log burner and it is so easy to see why. If you are renting one of our holiday cottages during the winter months, why not book a holiday cottage with an open fire? What could be better than snuggling up to watch television in front of a roaring log fire? Most of our cottages with a log fire, open fire or log burner come with some logs or coal so you can open a bottle of wine and light up a fire on your first evening. Why wait? Start enjoying your holiday as soon as you arrive!

Pet Friendly holiday cottages

Enjoy a holiday with your dog at at cottage that welcomes dogs

Enjoy a holiday with your dog at at cottage that welcomes dogs

Our dog friendly holiday cottages are amongst our most popular cottages, with many of our customers wanting to take their pets on holiday with them. Staying in a cottage that allows dogs means that the whole family can come on holiday with you and nobody gets left behind at the kennels! Bring your furry friend along on holiday and enjoy a long county walk, followed by a trip to a dog friendly pub. Many of our cottages welcome dogs so why not search for a pet friendly holiday cottage today?

Searching for a holiday cottage with a hot tub, open fire or a cottage that allows dogs? Why not let Sykes Cottages help you to find the perfect accommodation!

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Sykes’ Spotlight on the Isle of Wight

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
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While the Isle of Wight may be small at only 23 miles long and 13 miles wide, this popular tourist destination is no shrinking violet. Journey across the Solent for a holiday on the Isle of Wight and look forward to a holiday with something for everyone.


Sailing Heaven

The highly popular Cowes Week regatta is held each August on the Isle of Wight and unsurprisingly attracts experienced sailors from around the globe.  Even if you’re a newcomer to this exciting sport, soak up the atmosphere on the quayside and you’ll soon be hooked.  Where better for a first sailing lesson than the home of Cowes Week?  And, where there’s water, there are beaches.  You’ll find lots of amazing beaches to discover, 13 of which are award-winning and many have attained coveted Blue Flag status.  For families hoping for a traditional seaside break, a visit to Sandown beach is a must.  Look forward to safe paddling, golden sand perfect for sandcastle building and a variety of amusements close by should you need a change of pace.  Compton Bay is popular with surfers due to its excellent conditions and once the tide goes out the palaeontologists take over when dinosaur footprints are visible.  Have a look at our Isle of Wight cottages to choose the perfect place for your summer holiday.
Totland Pier sunset

Iconic Landmarks

Mention the Isle of Wight and it’s the iconic ‘Needles’ which first spring to mind.  Head to the west of the island to view the three distinctive chalk stacks which have been moulded by the weather and sea over many years.  Visit today and you can enjoy a fantastic visitor centre; take the cable car from the beach for far-reaching views over the coloured sands at Alum, watch glass being blown or enjoy hours of family fun at the amusement park.  Why not find a property in Yarmouth or Freshwater for easy access to The Needles?  Queen Victoria made Osborne House on the Isle of Wight her summer residence, and who can blame her?  Today you can explore her summer home or discover the fascinating castles of Carisbrooke and Yarmouth for a fun-packed day out.  What are you waiting for?
The Needles

Natural Beauty

Head away from the gorgeous beaches and you’ll find yourself in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which covers almost half of this pretty island.  You’ll find miles of unspoilt countryside, a heritage coastline and woodlands which are the chosen habitat of the red squirrel.  Enjoy a walk through the island and enjoy the solitude or take to two wheels to get the adrenaline going.  Lonely Planet has even chosen the island as one of the world’s best cycling destinations thanks to its varied terrain, a pretty fantastic accolade as I’m sure you’ll agree!  Keen stargazers should also head to the Isle of Wight which boasts some of the darkest skies in the UK making for stellar star-spotting opportunities!  However you choose to explore the island, I guarantee you’ll be back for more!


Choose a charming Isle of Wight holiday cottage.

Choose a charming Isle of Wight holiday cottage.


To start planning a wonderful holiday to the Isle of Wight, browse our cottages or call the expert reservations team on 01244 356666 until 9.30pm, seven days a week.

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