Archive for July, 2013

Celebrating 100 Years of the UK’s Wildlife Trusts

Monday, July 22nd, 2013
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Here at Sykes Cottages, we’d like to take the opportunity to wish the Wildlife Trusts a belated happy 100th birthday! Founded in 1912, the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves (as it was then called) and is today the largest voluntary organisation protecting nature and wildlife in the UK. There are more than 800,000 members in the UK and 2011 saw some seven million visits to Wildlife Trust reserves up and down the country.

100th birthday cake

Supporting the cause

Although each of the 47 Wildlife Trusts varies in their membership and activities, they share a common interest in wildlife and biodiversity and work to protect the UK’s natural heritage.  At Sykes Cottages, we share these goals and are proud to support a number of Wildlife Trusts in their important work across the UK.  We know that many of our holidaymakers choose a holiday in the UK and Ireland thanks to the impressive range of flora and fauna and we are keen to do our bit to protect our fantastic country for decades and holidaymakers to come.

Narborough Railway Line

Nature on your doorstep

The 47 Wildlife Trusts located across the UK, including the Isle of Man and the Isle of Alderney, offer a staggering 2,300 nature reserves to visit.  Come rain or shine this summer, getting back to nature is great way to spend part of your UK holiday and allows you to get to know your new destination.  All you need to do is choose one of our fantastic holiday cottages, visit the Wildlife Trusts’ website to plan a great day out and enjoy!

Poppies, Blackstone Nature Reserve, Bewdley, UK

From everyone here at Sykes Cottages, it’s a huge congratulations to the Wildlife Trusts and here’s to the next 100 years!!

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Sunday Snapshots: Todmorden near Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire Dales

Sunday, July 21st, 2013
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Now that summer is finally here and we’re all basking in glorious sunshine, we thought that today would be the perfect time to enjoy a view from one of our picturesque Yorkshire cottages. This week’s Sunday Snapshot comes from the Yorkshire Dales’ market town of Todmorden, not too far away from Hebden Bridge. With miles of unspoilt countryside to explore, it’s the perfect holiday destination for an active family, especially if the sun keeps shining! Until it’s holiday time, just sit back and enjoy the view…


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Get Away in the Summer Sun

Friday, July 19th, 2013
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The last thing that anyone wants to do is wish away the summer. Summer holidays are all about long, lazy days filled with ice cream and sunshine, and maybe a little time on the beach if you’re lucky. Here at Sykes Cottages were making the most of the recent heat with picnic lunches in the nearby park and icy treats in the office.


What better way to make the most of the remaining summer than to get away to a beautiful cottage with the family and be reminded of everything that is great about the summer. August is just around the corner, with this years August bank holiday falling on Monday the 25th, and we have lots of cottages still available throughout the month to enjoy. View our full selection of holiday cottages available in August.

A beach on the Gower - S. Wales

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Since the gorgeous weather set in across the UK and Ireland we have been extremely busy here at Sykes Cottages HQ trying our best to find cottages for everyone wanting to make the most of the sun. Sometimes it can be hard to meet everyone’s requirements, but we try our best and more often than not we’re successful. That being said, we have a few tips for those of you who are looking to book a cottage last minute.

Tips for Booking a Last Minute Summer Holiday

  1. Be Flexible – the more flexible you are with your dates and areas the better chance we have of finding the perfect cottage for you.
  2. Be Patient – If the sun is shining outside and you’ve decided to get away, the chances are that thousands of others have had the same idea. We respond to emails and messages as quickly as we can, so don’t worry, we will get back to you.
  3. Plan Ahead – The further in advance that you can contact us the better. Want to go away for the coming weekend? If you call us on Monday we’ll have more options than will be available by Friday.


With all that being said, never hesitate to get in touch no matter how last minute your plans. We are always here to help and we there is nothing that we like better than a challenge! Give us a call on 01244 356 695 to speak to one of our friendly holiday cottage advisors, send an email to, or make a reservation completely online via

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Summer in the Lake District

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
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Could there be anywhere more beautiful in the summertime than the Lake District? With glistening lakes, sky scraping mountains, and green rolling hills, the Lake District is the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy some quiet and relaxing time in the sun. In the summer in the Lakes you can have the best of both worlds, with secluded walks along the shores of Windermere or Coniston Water, and also get your fill of culture at one of the many events that are held throughout the summer months. Here are a few of our favourite summer events happening in the Lake District this season.

Eden Food and Farming Festival

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The Eden Valley

Get back to the land and fill up your belly at the Lake District’s premiere food and farming festival. Held in the charming Lake District town of Eden from July 20-27, 2013 and will involve everything from food tastings and demonstrations, to a local food market and celebration of food in the local community. The festival also includes entertainment and activities for the whole family, so bring everyone along! Visit the website for more information.

Cumbria Forestry Festival

Hutton-in-the-Forest Estate

Hutton-in-the-Forest Estate

Cumbria’s biggest and best free forestry festival will be take place on the Hutton-in-the-Forest Estate, Penrith, this weekend on Sunday 21st July. The weekend will feature, as a main attraction, the annual UK Loggers Competition, as well as local entertainment, forest entertainment, and exhibits from forestry contractors, equipment providers, biomass producers and greenwood workers. The aim of the Forestry Festival, which is organized by Cumbria Woodlands,is to raise awareness of new equipment and techniques within the forestry sector, as well as educate the general public and woodland sustainability and woodland management. The Cumbrian Forestry Festival is free to all and is sure to make a great day out.

Cockermouth Rock Festival

The Cockermouth Rock Festival, otherwise known as Cock Rock, has become an institution in Cumbria in the nine years since its inception. The three day festival is held at Wellington Farm near Cockermouth on the edge of the beautiful Lake District, with with idyllic camping and full panoramic views of the Cumbrian Fells. The festival was set up to raise money for two local charities, Cockermouth Mountain Rescue and The Pride of Cumbria, as well as to encourage and promote local bands and musicians. This year’s lineup sees The Cribs headlining the Friday night and Kids In Glass Houses headlining the Sunday night, with Saturday still to be announced. There are still day and weekend tickets available so head to the Cockermouth Rock Festival website for prices and the full lineup.

With so much to see and do in the Lake District you’ll want to get planning your summer cottage holiday today! We have a great selection of cottages in the Lake District, but they always book up quickly so take a look soon!

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Last Minute Bookings for Summer 2013!

Monday, July 15th, 2013
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School’s out for summer! Well, nearly! If you haven’t planned your summer holiday for 2013, now is the time to make some plans for the school holidays. At Sykes Cottages, we still have a number of excellent holiday cottages throughout the UK and Ireland available during July and August.
Open Air Minack Theatre at Porthcurno West Cornwall Coast

Cottages for all types of holidays!

With a great selection of cottages located throughout the UK and Ireland to choose from, we’re sure that you’ll find just what you’re looking for.  To make the most of the fantastic weather, choose a coastal property in Devon or Cornwall where you’ll find never-ending activities on your doorstep and the beach just a pebble’s throw away.  Why not follow in Royal footsteps and head to Scotland for the summer, where you can look forward to breathtaking landscapes, historic castles and the Loch Ness Monster!  If you’re looking to get away with a large group of friends or family, fear not!  We still have a number of fantastic cottages sleeping as many as 20 people available in July and August so all you need to do is pack the buckets and spades!
Balmoral Castle

Plan your holiday with Sykes Cottages

Sit back, enjoy the sunshine and let us help you plan a holiday to remember.  We’ve been providing self-catering cottages for more than 25 years so you can trust us to help you find excellent holiday accommodation.  Our website lists all of our cottages, that’s more than 4,000 and counting, and it’s easy and quick to find out whether a particular is available for your holiday dates!  Alternatively, we also have a team of friendly and highly trained holiday cottage advisors who can help you plan your next holiday in the UK.  Our call centre is open until 9.30pm, seven days a week and we’re waiting for your call!
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It’s St Swithun’s Day!

Today, 15th July, also marks St Swithun’s day and the patron saint’s famous rhyme which is said to forecast the weather for the next few weeks to come…

St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithun’s day if thou be fair
For forty days ‘twill rain nae mare

As I gaze out of the window here at Sykes HQ in Chester, all I can see is bright blue sky and sunshine-dappled trees and I hope that the next 40 days are just the same!

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