Archive for July, 2013

Autumn Cottage Sale!

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
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I know we aren’t yet into August and the last thing you want to think about is the coming of autumn, but if you’re looking for a great cottage deal that is exactly what you need to do.

The fabulous Sykes Cottages autumn sale starts today!

With up to 20% percent off of selected weeks throughout September and October in participating cottages, now is a great time to grab yourself a great autumn holiday deal. Your holiday just needs to be taken between 30 August and 26 October 2013, it’s no more complicated than that. England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland? Take your pick of where to enjoy a purse friendly autumn break.

Just picture yourself relaxing in a peaceful holiday cottage, with no children screaming outside, no teenagers blaring music, and no hoards of traffic to contend with. Really, autumn is the perfect time to take a holiday; the chance of sunshiny days is still high, there are fewer other holidaymakers to contend with, and prices are often much lower. What isn’t there to like?!

Take a look at our Autumn Sale page to find the perfect holiday cottage for you and yours and see what kind of a deal you can find!


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Tour de France 2014 – Accommodation in Yorkshire

Monday, July 29th, 2013
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There’s nothing better than watching live sport and whether you’re a cycling aficionado or simply new to the sport, Yorkshire is the place to be next July. After two years of British success in the world’s premier bike race, the Tour de France will begin in Yorkshire in 2014.

Find a holiday cottage for the Tour de France


Le Tour arrives in Yorkshire

The race will kick off in Leeds on Saturday 5th July with a 190km stage finishing in Harrogate which snakes through the fantastic Yorkshire Dales National Park and takes in Kettlewell, Aysgarth and Ripon.  Stage two is no walk in the park either with a 200km stage between York and Sheffield which sees the peloton visit Keighley and Hebden Bridge before skirting the Peak District National Park.  There’s already huge excitement about the Tour coming to Yorkshire and we’ve already taken many bookings for next July here at Sykes Cottages.

Holiday cottages in Yorkshire for the Tour de France 2014.

Things to consider when looking for Tour de France accommodation in Yorkshire

When you’re looking for holiday accommodation to coincide with a special event, like the Tour de France, there are a few extra things to think about.  Firstly, where do you want to be located?  For a lively holiday, choose a holiday cottage in a town or village on the route itself or for a more peaceful break, choose something a little further away from the villages the cyclists will pass through.  As many of the local roads will be closed, you’ll also need to think about transportation to the cottage.  Our cottages operate a Friday or a Saturday changeover and this will be crucial to bear in mind as you’re choosing your perfect cottage.  Sykes Cottages are here to help; our call centre is open until 9.30pm seven days a week and we’re looking forward to helping you find accommodation in Yorkshire for the Tour de France.

Find Yorkshire accommodation for the Tour de France!

Cottages for a cycling holiday

If you’re planning to catch some of the action next summer, chance are you’ll be doing so on two wheels.  If Yorkshire is good enough for the Lycra-clad teams of professionals, it’s good enough for me!  We have a number of cottages which make the perfect base for a cycling holiday across Yorkshire.  From cottages with secure bike storage allowing you to sleep soundly in the knowledge that your two wheels are safe to our luxury cottages in Yorkshire with a hot tub to ease aching muscles after a day in the saddle, it’s easy to choose your perfect cottage.  All of the cottages that we recommend for a cycling holiday are within easy reach of great cycling routes meaning you can be enjoying the gorgeous Yorkshire countryside just seconds from your holiday cottage.

Who will be in yellow when the Tour visits Yorkshire?

Are you looking for accommodation in Yorkshire for the 2014 Tour de France?  Start by taking a look at our website where you’ll find high quality photographs of our cottages and reviews from previous guests.  We also have a team of expertly trained holiday cottage advisors who can help you choose one of our Yorkshire Dales cottages; just give us a call on 01244 356695.  Vive le Tour!

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Sunday Snapshots: Achill Island, Ireland

Sunday, July 28th, 2013
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When the sun is shining there are few places more astonishingly beautiful than Ireland. Known for overcast skies and incessant drizzle, every bright sunny day in Ireland feels like a gift, and one that is brightly wrapped in the brightest paper at that!

Achill Island is the largest island off the coast of Ireland and is connected to mainland County Mayo by the Michael Davitt Bridge. The island is of both historical and cultural interest, with a history stretching back to the first inhabitants of 3000BC and a thriving Irish speaking population today, this paired with Achill’s breathtaking beauty makes it the perfect place for a cottage holiday in Ireland.

Achill Island

Via. Flickr


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Baby friendly cottages from Sykes Cottages

Friday, July 26th, 2013
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In the week that the third in line to the British throne was born in London, we thought we would take the opportunity to showcase our baby-friendly cottages in the UK and Ireland.
Screenshot Prince William, Kate & Royal Baby at  Lindo Wing

Our baby friendly cottages

Choosing one of our baby friendly cottages means you can reduce some of the stress in getting away as a new family and certainly some of your packing list!  All of our baby friendly cottages offer a cot, high chair and stair gate, where appropriate.  If there are older children in your family, many of our baby friendly cottages also offer a selection of toys and games and are within easy reach of family attractions.

Enjoy a holiday as a new family

We know that becoming new parents is both an incredibly special and daunting experience, whether you’re royalty or not!  With a bit of forward planning, getting away for a few days break doesn’t have to be a stressful experience!  A week’s holiday with your newborn is a great way to enjoy some quality time together and create some unforgettable memories.  As our cottages are located the length and breadth of the country, it’s easy to find somewhere quiet within a short drive from home where you can make the most of some time away.
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Perfect for a babymoon

If the new bundle of joy isn’t due to arrive for the next few months, why not make the most of your final childfree weeks with a luxurious romantic getaway.  We have a fantastic selection of cottages throughout the UK and Ireland where you can simply enjoy each other’s company in anticipation of your new arrival.  How about a romantic yurt with roll top bath and private hot tub?  Or a cosy stone-built cottage with roaring open fire and boutique hotel-style furnishings?

Congratulations to William and Catherine on the safe arrival of baby George!  If you’re looking for somewhere to escape the limelight in the next few weeks and months, royal or otherwise, we’re here to help!  Visit our website to take a look at all of our cottages or give our team of holiday cottage advisors a call on 01244 356695.

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Newly Added Sykes Cottages: Cornwall Cottages

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
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With the sun shining above and a warm breeze blowing across the UK there are few better places to be than the beach. Cornwall, the UK’s most south westerly county, boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Cornwall is one of our most popular destinations so we are always looking for great new cottages in the area.

If you happen to own a quaint little cottage in Cornwall that you are considering letting out to holidaymakers we would be happy to answer any questions you may have, just visit our owners’ website to request our informational owners pack.

If, however, you are just looking for a lovely place to stay for a weekend or longer, why not consider some of these newly added cottages?

Halfpenny Cottage – Harrowbarrow, Cornwall

If you’re looking for the type of holiday cottage that you don’t need to leave than Halfpenny Cottage is the one for you. This immaculate cottage in Harrowbarrow, Cornwall is situated adjacent to the owners’ home and has extensive sloping lawned gardens with wonderful far reaching views, and if that isn’t enough, there is also a solar heated swimming pool! Ideal for a family holiday away from the crowds, the cottage has an open plan living area with French doors that lead out onto a balcony. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire, Halfpenny Cottage is the perfect place to just get away from it all.

The Old Cottage – Trevanson near Wadebridge, Cornwall

This isn’t called the Old Cottage for nothing, this peaceful and quiet cottage is a 17th century Grade II listed Cornish cottage filled with character features. Exposed beams, Cornish slate floors, a range cooker and a woodburner, are effortlessly combined with modern furnishings to make the Old Cottage perfect for families, couples and groups of friends alike.

Safe Haven – Tywardreath near Fowey, Cornwall

Safe Haven, near Fowey in Cornwall, has been renovated to a high standard and makes an ideal holiday home for a family or group of friends wishing to explore this coastal area. The accommodation at Safe Haven comprises two bedrooms, one with a king-sized bed and one with a single, as well as a fully equipped kitchen and a dining area and woodburner. Outside steps lead down a path to an enclosed, private lawned garden a few yards away, making it a perfect place to dine alfresco.What more could you ask for?



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