Archive for June, 2013

Sunday Snapshots: Colourful Beach Huts, Chapel St Leonards, Lincolnshire

Sunday, June 30th, 2013
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After a very cold winter, it finally feels like summer is here! This is the weather for packing up a picnic, grabbing your swimming costumes and heading to the beach. With some of the best weather in the country, Lincolnshire is the perfect destination for a beach weekend and I just love these gorgeous beach huts in Chapel St Leonards. In every colour of the rainbow, they’re guaranteed to out a smile on my face, whatever the weather! Take a look at our Lincolnshire cottages for an impromptu weekend getaway; the perfect way to start your summer with a bang!

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Choose an action-packed summer holiday!

Friday, June 28th, 2013
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Adrenaline junkies of the United Kingdom rejoice! With the UK now rivalling far-flung destinations for exciting, adrenaline activities, choosing a holiday closer to home no longer means compromising on your days out! Whether you’re a water baby or prefer to stay on dry land, you’ll be spoilt for choice while you’re on holiday and here’s our pick of the best…
Cornish Microadventure

Coasteering in Cornwall

If you’re planning a holiday to Cornwall this summer, chances are you’ll be planning to make the most of the breathtaking coastline.  The best way to experience Cornwall is from the water so head to the beautiful Widemouth Bay beach in Bude where Outdoor Adventure offer both surf lessons and coasteering.  Where better to learn the ever-cool sport of surfing than in Cornwall where it really took off in the UK?  Coasteering is one of the newest action sports to hit the Cornish coast and allows you to visit some of the most picturesque spots on the coastline.  Look forward to scrambling up the cliffs, jumping into the turquoise water below as you explore completely unspoilt sections of the coast; come rain or shine this is an activity not to be missed!

Head for heights at Honister

For those with a head for heights, Honister Slate Mine in Keswick offers a challenge like no other.  There are more than 900 years of history to discover in this corner of the Lake District with slate first being mined here during Roman times.  The Via Ferrata allows visitors to trace the steps taken by miners at Honister through a combination of vertical climbs, cliff edge ladders and rope bridges.  Once you’ve clambered to the top of the mountain, heart pounding, you’ll be treated to the best views the Lake District has to offer.  Regularly topping the best attraction lists in the UK, you’ll climb seven times as high as Big Ben.
Mine entrance

Tubing in North Wales

The pretty town of Llangollen in North Wales, which forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the start of a white water tubing adventure, the latest extreme sport to arrive in Wales.  From sections which resemble the lazy river at exotic water parks to white rapid waters which leave you breathless, this adrenaline activity will certainly keep you guessing as you navigate the River Dee.  Don a wetsuit and grab a giant inflatable ring and set off down the four kilometre stretch of river rapids; fun guaranteed!
Dee Bridge.
Fancy an action-packed adventure in the UK?  Look no further than Sykes Cottages’ selection of self-catering holiday cottages across the UK and Ireland.  You’ll find cottages ideally located to get your heart racing and test your nerve this summer!  Why not visit our website or give our holiday cottage advisors a call to start planning your summer break.

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Sykes Cottages Website Gets a Facelift!

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
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Have you noticed that things are looking a little bit different around here? How could you not? We’ve given the Sykes Cottages website a facelift, we hope you like it.

Finding a cottage is as easy as ever

Don’t worry that you’ll need to relearn how to navigate the website to find your perfect holiday cottage, most of the functionality is the same, it’s just wrapped up in a prettier package. You can still search for cottages via a few different routes, either by the location you’re planning to visit, the type of holiday you’re looking for, or simply by the dates you wish to travel.

new Sykes Cottages website

Newly designed cottage pages with clearer amenities and photos

One of the best parts of the new design is the upgraded layout of our cottage pages. Really, after the search function this is one of the most important parts of our website because it is here that you learn all about the cottage you would like to book. Now you’ll find that the photos are larger and easier to scroll through, and the cottage amenities are much easier to find. You can also share your favourite cottages with all of your friends via. Facebook, Twitter, and Google +, as well as Pinterest.

Updated cottage pages

A great amount of time and effort has gone into this new facelift to the Sykes Cottages website and we really hope that you find it easier to use than ever. As always though, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to call our friendly holiday cottage advisors any day of the week, between 9am and 9:30pm.

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Anyone for tennis? Wimbledon starts today!

Monday, June 24th, 2013
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All eyes will be on the pristine lawns of south west London today as the 127th All England Lawn Tennis Championships kicks off at Wimbledon. The grass has been mowed, the ball girls are ready and there are 27,000 kilos of strawberries waiting to be consumed…there are no surer signs that summer is here! Even the weather forecast is looking fantastic for the first few days of the Championships!

 
Wimbledon - Logo in flowers
 

High hopes for the British contingent

Fresh from his victory at the Queen’s Club last weekend and his appearance in the Centre Court final in 2012, Andy Murray will be looking to add the Wimbledon trophy to his US Open crown which he gained last year.  Keen tennis fans will also be keeping an eye on Jonathan Marray, last year’s victor in the men’s doubles, who returns to the lawned courts of SW19 to defend his title.  In the women’s half of the draw, young British hopes Laura Robson and Heather Watson will be pitting themselves against big hitters Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams as they fight for the Wimbledon crown.

 
Andy Murray
 

No ticket? No problem!

If you didn’t manage to bag yourself a ticket in this year’s ballot, not to worry!  There are plenty of ways to keep up with every serve, challenge and rain delay wherever you are.  The BBC website is a great place to start with fantastic coverage on TV and online throughout the competition.  To get closer to the action, why not pack up your strawberries and cream and head to one of the big screens up and down the country.  With Bristol, Swansea, Swindon and Oxford just some of the places featuring a big screen this summer, you’ll never be too far away from watching Murray and co in style.

 
Strawberries and Cream
 

Find a cottage with a tennis court

If the manicured lawns of Wimbledon and the surprisingly good weather forecast has got you in the mood for a rally or two, why not take a look at our cottages with a tennis court?  It’s the perfect opportunity to practise your backhand while enjoying a few days away exploring a new part of the country.  With almost 100 self-catering cottages just perfect for tennis lovers, you’ll have to be quick in picking your summer cottage as these properties always sell out fast!  If you need some help choosing, why not give our team of friendly holiday cottage advisors a call on 01244 356695?  Our call centre is open until 9.30pm, seven days a week and we’re waiting to take your call.

 

 

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Sunday Snapshots: Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
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With the Summer Solstice just recently passed this weekend we’ll enjoy some of the longest days of the year, and that’s something to celebrate. What better excuse could there be to get out and about to explore some of the great attractions that we have right here on our doorstep. Stonehenge is one of the most obvious choices for the Solstice weekend, with its ancient connection to this summer’s day. Don’t live near Stonehenge? Worry not, there are fascinating megalithic sites across the UK and Ireland. Visit the Megalithic Portal to find a site near you.

Stonehenge & The Birds

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