Archive for March, 2013

The Sykes Guide to Our Most Unusual Holiday Cottages

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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Here at Sykes Cottages we are not just well known for our traditional holiday cottages, we also have an excellent choice of quirky, unusual and unique holiday homes all over the UK and Ireland. We understand that holidays are very special times for families, friends, couples and loved ones, so we have a number of cottages that provide a unique and extra special touch.

Interested in a staying in one of our more unusual cottages? Click here to see our most unusual holiday cottages in the UK and Ireland.

Troy House – Puddletown near Dorchester, Dorset

Troy House - Puddletown near Dorchester

Troy House – Puddletown near Dorchester

Troy house is a delightful thatched cottage situated in the village of Puddletown in Dorset. Formerly a village shop and wine cellar, this cottage now offers superb accommodation for up to four people.

This thatched Grade Two Listed cottage is brimming with charm and character and includes many original features including beams and the old wine storage bins.

The Roundhouse – Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Mendip Hills, Somerset

The Roundhouse - Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Mendip Hills

The Roundhouse – Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Mendip Hills

The Roundhouse is a purpose built, handcrafted home in the beautiful Somerset countryside. This property makes a wonderful romantic retreat, complete with an open plan design, a handmade four poster bed and custom-built woodburner. The cottage is set in the grounds of the owner’s organic farm and you can even sample their home-grown produce, with free range organic eggs and pork available for purchase.

Brookbank Folly – Mitcheldean, Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Brookbank Folly - Mitcheldean, Royal Forest of Dean

Brookbank Folly – Mitcheldean, Royal Forest of Dean

Situated just outside of the Forest of Dean, this truly unique hand built folly offers fantastic character accommodation, including stained glass windows, a coal effect fire and a delightful cottage garden. A truly one off holiday home that has to be seen to be believed!

Millstone Cottage – Ringstead near Thrapston, Cambridgeshire

Millstone Cottage - Ringstead near Thrapston

Millstone Cottage – Ringstead near Thrapston

Located inside a converted watermill, this exquisite cottage retains much of its original character. This property is situated above the owners tea room – the prefer place to drop by for a delicious slice of cake after a busy day of sightseeing around Cambridgeshire.

The Gaolhouse – Thetford near Bury St. Edmunds, Norfolk

The Gaolhouse - Thetford near Bury St. Edmunds

The Gaolhouse – Thetford near Bury St. Edmunds

For something truly different, this converted former gaol provides high quality accommodation for up to five people. Many of the original features of the gaol have been lovingly restored, including a glass floor that allows a glimpse of the former dungeon and the beautiful oak cell doors!

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Britain’s Best Views

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
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Britain is a land of dramatic landscapes – sweeping cliffs and crashing oceans, stately homes and patchwork fields, crystal lakes and craggy mountains. Britain may not have the world’s highest peaks or buildings, but what it may lack in size it truly makes up for in style.

Whether you are impressed by sweeping cityscapes, natural landscapes, or pastoral vistas, there is a view for you somewhere within England, Scotland, and Wales. Strap your walking boots on and set out to see what you can see from some of the most impressive views in Britain.

Lock Coruisk, Isle of Skye

Lock Coruisk Isle of Skye

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If drama is what you’re looking for then the Isle of Skye is waiting for you. Loch Coruisk has been dubbed the Valley of the Waters, an apt if not obvious nickname for a spot where water reigns supreme. The Loch itself is an ancient volcanic bowl; a crater shaped by years of seismic shifts and glacier migration. Today you can reach Loch Coruisk either via a 7-8 mile hike from Sligachan, or a leisurely boatride from Elgol. Regardless of your method of transport you will end up at the same place, marveling at the view of the pristine Scottish lake bathed in the shadows of the imposing Black Cuillin mountain.

Find a holiday cottage on the Isle of Skye.

The Shard, London

The View from The Shard: Down on the Observation Deck

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The view from the top of The Shard in London most certainly isn’t for the feint of heart. At over 800 feet above street level The Shard is more than twice as high as any other viewing point in London, giving locals and visitors alike a view of the capital metropolis unlike any that have come before. On a clear day you’ll be able to see more than 40 miles in every direction, though clear days in England are pretty few and far between. While the view from The Shard is undeniably impressive, the entry cost is not – an advance adult ticket will set you back £24.95, and £29.95 if you turn up on the day! Make sure you book online ahead of time to save yourself a few pennies, or take to the stairs at St. Paul’s Cathedral for a slightly lower and lower priced view.

Seven Sisters, Sussex

Seven Sisters, Sussex

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Have you ever seen a movie with sweeping views of ocean waves crashing into the stark White Cliffs of Dover and thought ‘I need to go there one day’. Well, the chances are pretty good that the impressive cliffs on show were actually the Seven Sisters, lesser known but no less impressive chalk cliffs in Sussex, England. While the White Cliffs of Dover are heavily built around and increasingly intervened with to stave off natural erosion, the Seven Sisters have been left in all but their natural state, with all 280 hectares of their white cliff faces open to the sea. From the Seven Sisters Country Park you can enjoy the cliff views from both above or below, basking on the beach at the cliff foot, or walking along the tops on the South Downs Way.

Find yourself a holiday cottage in Sussex and explore the Seven Sisters.

Mount Snowdon, North Wales

The Horizon from Mount Snowdon

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Seeing as we’re based in Chester it seems only right that we include something local in our list of Britain’s best views, though Mount Snowdon in North Wales deserves to be in the list all on its own merits. As the highest mountain in Wales, with an altitude of 1,085 metres above sea level, Mount Snowdon is possibly most famous for its role in the epic Three Peaks Challenge, which some of the Sykes Cottages staff undertook not long ago. If slogging your way up three mountains over the course of 24 hours isn’t your idea of a good time, worry not! The walk up Snowdon is challenging but doable for anyone who is moderately fit, or just jump on the historic Snowdon Mountain Railway and enjoy the views from the comfort of the train.

Enjoy views of Snowdonia National Park from your very own holiday cottage in Snowdonia.

Do you have a favourite view in Britain? Tell us about it via TwitterFacebook, or Google+!

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Find your dream holiday cottage with Sykes

Monday, March 18th, 2013
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Here at Sykes Cottages, we’re sure that one of our 4,000 holiday cottages in the UK and Ireland will be perfect for your next short break or week away. But with so many great cottages, it can be tricky to narrow it down so today’s blog is aimed at making the hunt for your perfect holiday cottage that bit easier.



Visit our website

Our website is a great place to start your search for a great holiday cottage.  If you’ve got a good idea about where you want to go, why not narrow your search by location.  On the left hand side of the homepage, you’ll find a list of our most popular holiday destinations so you can quickly view all our lovely cottages in your perfect holiday spot.



For those of you with a few more requirements, why not use our advanced search facility?  This is the best way to find great value holiday accommodation if you’re travelling with a large group of friends, several pets or just want an extra bathroom or two!  Refine your cottage search by location, length of holiday, number of pets…the list is endless!  Here’s an example of what the advanced search tool looks like and how you can use it to find a great cottage.



As soon as you click search you’ll see a list of specially chosen holiday cottages to meet your needs.  All you need to do then is choose the one for your next getaway!


Give us a call!

If you’d rather speak to one of our friendly holiday cottage advisors, why not give us a call?  Our offices are open until 9.30pm, seven days a week so give us a call when you’re free or ask us to call you back at a time convenient to you.  Whether you have a long list of requirements or are simply looking for holiday inspiration, let our cottage advisors be your first port of call.  You can pay over the phone meaning that your next holiday can be booked and paid for in a matter of minutes.  Sounds pretty good to me!


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Sunday Snapshots: Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Sunday, March 17th, 2013
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As today is Saint Patrick’s Day, this week’s Sunday Snapshot comes from the Dingle Peninsul in County Kerry, Ireland, the westernmost point in Ireland. The Dingle Peninsula is ideally positioned for walking along the golden sandy beaches, exploring the town of Dingle and soaking up the atmosphere of this stunning part of the world.

Inspired to book a break to Country Kerry? View our holiday cottages in County Kerry near to the Dingle Peninsula here.


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Book a Last Minute Cottage for Easter Now!

Friday, March 15th, 2013
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The Easter holidays are fast approaching and along with noticeably longer days, the bank holiday Easter weekend is a great time to get away from the daily routine and spend some quality time with friends and family.

Click here to view holiday cottages that are available for Easter weekend.

Need a little more inspiration for your Easter holiday? Here are some suggestions for an eggstra special last minute Easter break.

Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt with the family this Easter weekend!

Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt with the family this Easter weekend!

A Luxury Easter Holiday

Everyone deserves a treat once in a while and our luxury holiday cottages are a fantastic way to pamper yourself. We have an eggcelent choice of five star holiday cottages that are still available for a luxurious Easter holiday, click here to view our current availability.

Farm Cottages in Springtime

Get close to nature this Easter

Get close to nature this Easter

Spring is a lovely time out on the farm, with signs of new life all around. Here at Sykes Cottages we have a number of cottages on farms – a great way to get back to nature and celebrate Easter with the family. Children will love seeing the baby lambs out in the fields and you might even get to sample a freshly laid egg or two!

Family Cottages – Great for a UK Easter Break

Get out in the countryside this Easter

Get out in the countryside this Easter

The Easter holidays are a wonderful time to get away with the family and with most schools having at least two weeks off there is plenty of time for a family holiday at Easter. Many of our holiday cottages provide excellent family accommodation, with more than enough space for aunties, uncles and grandparents to come along too. Arrange an Easter egg hunt for the children, cook a roast dinner for Easter Sunday and enjoy quality time together.

Don’t delay; book your last minute Easter holiday today!

Tempted to book a last minute Easter break? Don’t delay! Get in touch as soon as you can to secure your perfect Easter holiday home. We are open from 9am until 9.30pm, seven days a week, so we are here to help you to book your last minute Easter break at a time that suits you. If you have an enquiry outside of these times, or would simply prefer to get in touch via email, send us a message through our website and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Alternatively, you can book your whole last minute holiday from start to finish through our easy to use website, to get started click here.

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