Archive for December, 2013

Spotlight on New Sykes Cottages for 2014

Thursday, December 19th, 2013
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As we leave 2013 behind and look forward to what 2014 will bring, Sykes Cottages would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to some of our new properties for the New Year. After Christmas, our thoughts often turn to plans for the coming year so if you’re contemplating booking a UK holiday in 2014 then let us provide you with some inspiration.

1 Lazy Swan, Tattershall Lakes Country Park, Lincolnshire

1 Lazy Swan Cottage, Lincolnshire

1 Lazy Swan, ref. 22199

This traditional log cabin is nestled in Tattershall Lakes Country Park, in the heart of Lincolnshire and is the perfect retreat for the more energetic amongst us. With on-site facilities including a water skiing and wakeboarding lake, 18 hole golf course, fishing lakes and a jet skiing lake, you are sure to get your adrenaline fix. The lodge itself is warm and welcoming with an open plan living area, three spacious bedrooms and stunning lakeside views. Outside on your private terrace, you can relax in the bubbling hot tub overlooking the lake.  What could be more perfect than that!


1 Brooklyn Villas, Beer, Devon

1 Brooklyn Villas, Devon

1 Brooklyn Villas, ref. 31083

If you’re looking for period charm with a modern twist then look no further than 1 Brooklyn Villas. This charming Victorian villa boasts attractive original features and with close proximity to the local amenities and beach, this Beer holiday cottage is ideal for families looking for a holiday in South Devon. As Beer forms part of the spectacular Jurassic Coast, renting a holiday cottage here means that you’ll be just a stone’s throw away from World Heritage Site status coastline. This picturesque Devon fishing town has plenty to offer so why not consider spending your next holiday at 1 Brooklyn Villas?


Railwayman’s Cottage, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

Railwayman's Cottage, Somerset

Railwayman’s Cottage, ref. 19648

Formerly a 1860s railway worker’s lodging, this charming cottage is situated close to the beautiful seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset. Railway Man’s Cottage is wonderfully romantic with elegant period features, exposed brickwork and a cosy woodburner for you and your loved one to relax in front of. Burnham-on-Sea has over seven miles of unspoilt beaches and is close to many incredible hill-top walks, making it the perfect location for a romantic getaway in 2014.

If you’d like to view all of our newly added cottages then please visit our dedicated New Cottages page. If you have any questions or you’d like some helpful advice, our highly trained holiday advisors are on hand from 9.00am to 9.30pm 7 days a week. You can give them them a call on 01244 356 695 or request a call back at your convenience.

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Get Your Loved Ones a Sykes Gift Voucher this Christmas!

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
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Christmas really is starting to bear down on us. There is just one week to go until the big day and I’m sure that stress levels are building all around the country. If you’re anything like me then it is likely that this is compounded by the ever more desperate attempts to get the Christmas shopping done.

Let’s be honest we’ve all been in that awkward situation before; everything seems to be going well but there is that one tricky person who you just can’t think of a present for, or maybe you just can’t bring yourself to venture out into the wilds of the pre-Christmas shopping mayhem. Well here at Sykes we can offer you the chance to treat someone special to a luxury break in the UK with a Sykes Cottages gift voucher.

Why you should get a Sykes Holiday Gift Voucher!

Holly Tree Cottage, ref no. 25436

Last Christmas, the gift vouchers proved to be a bit of a hit, and since then we have added even more cottages to the selection meaning that the lucky recipient would have over 4,000 beautiful holiday homes to pick from throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. Think about it, they really are a sensible option. Not only are they an unusual and welcome gift to receive, there are no issues with buying something in the wrong size or in a colour that they don’t like; after all they get to pick the holiday themselves!

The gift that keeps on giving!

Little Thatch, ref no. 4270

The vouchers are available in denominations of £25, allowing you the utmost in terms of flexibility and they can be used as part or full payment for any purchase from Sykes Cottages, from a half-term break for the whole family to a winter weekend away or maybe even a little romantic retreat, the possibilities are endless!  What’s more the vouchers are redeemable for up to two years after the purchase date and so could be used to book a holiday at any point right up to December 2015! All it takes is one phone call and we will send the vouchers out to you, either personalised or left blank for you to complete and pass on to the lucky person come Christmas day.

So if you think that a Sykes’ gift voucher may well be the answer to your Christmas issues, or maybe you would just like a little bit more information about them, then visit the Sykes website or give us a call on 01244 356695 where we will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

Last Minute Christmas Cottages

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
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You better believe it, this year has absolutely whizzed by and we are now a mere week away from Christmas Eve! If the festive season has crept up on you like it has us here and your plans for the big day are still not set in stone, it’s not too late to book a last minute holiday cottage in time for Christmas. They’re filling up fast, but we do still have some lovely cottages available to rent over the festive season.

Room for Everyone

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Christmas is about family and spending time with loved ones, although sometimes it can be difficult getting everyone together particularly if your family spans the breadth of the UK. If you’re still having a worry of how you’ll get everyone together then booking a cottage that’s easy for everyone to get to could be a great idea, we still have cottages available at last minute prices across the UK that will make spending time with your nearest and dearest a doddle! Booking a holiday cottage with enough rooms and beds for the whole family can also cut down on expensive hotel costs, and ensure everyone is together when Father Christmas comes down the chimney.

Cook up a Christmas Feast

Manor Farm. Property reference: 15822

Our cottages are all fully equipped for the number of people staying in them, so say goodbye to family members bringing their own fold out chairs and having to bring in the garden furniture to ensure everyone has a seat. All of our cottages have enough seats and space for everyone, making them perfect for the whole family to enjoy Christmas dinner together! The kitchens are also fully equipped with all you need to whip up a Christmas feast to remember. Plus with all the family around, help is surely at hand for preparing food and setting the table.

Book Today!

Hunting Lodge. Property reference: 381

With booking last minute comes great prices. Our last minute Christmas cottages will now be available with a brilliant discount, so what are you waiting for – sort out your Christmas planning woes and book a brilliant last minute cottage today.

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Northumberland Scoops Starry Skies Award

Monday, December 16th, 2013
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Northumberland can expect a spike in “Astro Tourism” after it was announced that a large area of its beautiful countryside has been granted protected Dark Sky Park status by the Dark Skies Association. The award was given in recognition of the quality of Northumberland’s night’s sky, which has become a hotspot for stargazers and astrologists across the globe. The accolade makes this area of Northumberland one of the third biggest International Dark Sky Parks in the world, and the largest in Europe. But just what is it about Northumberland which makes it such a perfect spot for nocturnal sightseeing? Let’s find out!

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The proposed site for Northumberland’s protected stretch of sky hangs above 1,500 square kilometres of pristine wilderness between Northumberland National Park and the Kielder Forest Park, close to Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Border. This region is famed for its isolated heathlands, lush river valleys and scarcity of urban areas, making it a prime spot to enjoy the uninterrupted dark sky which graces the area.

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This new ‘dark zone’ will be called the Northumberland International Dark Sky – or NDSP for short! – and visitors to this newly formed attraction can look forward to a breath-taking medley of starry nights and an enchanting nocturnal environment. Some of the best places to see Northumberland’s stars include the Cawfields Picnic Site on Hadrian’s Wall as well as the Kielder Water Observatory and Astronomical Society, a large public observatory which has attracted over 50,000 visitors in the last five years.

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But it isn’t just these places that offer spectacular night-time panoramas. Other locations are expected to pop up throughout Northumberland that are specifically intended for those in search of an almighty great view of the twilight heavens!

From the rapturous beauty of Holy Island, to the imposing ramparts of Bamburgh Castle, you’ll never be far from the nearest twinkling collection of stars in Northumberland. So if you fancy yourself as a star-spotting astro tourist, why not book one of our holiday cottages in Northumberland? We’ve a great range of cosy cottages that would provide the ideal base for a cosmic cottage holiday, so choose yours today and look forward to a wonderful getaway beneath the Northumberland stars!

Alternatively, read more about where to find the best stargazing spots, here.

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Jonathan Tuplin

By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.

Sunday Snapshots: Spectacular Christmas Decorations

Sunday, December 15th, 2013
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With Christmas just around the corner, it’s safe to say that everyone at Sykes Cottages is feeling rather festive. So festive in fact, that we’ve decided to dedicate today’s Sunday Snapshots to the assortment of decorations and illuminations which have been popping up around Britain over the past couple of weeks. From Edinburgh to Penzance, tinsel has been wrapped, garlands have been draped and lights painstakingly hung in an effort to spruce the place up for the arrival of Little Saint Nick. But if you aren’t feeling full of festive cheer quite yet, why not book a last minute cottage for the Christmas holidays? We’ve a number of characterful Christmas cottages still available for a Christmas break, so choose yours today.

For some festive inspiration, see our collection of Christmas snaps below.

Edinburgh Christmas Lights

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Edinburgh Xmas Skyline

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Covent Garden Christmas

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York Christmas Tree Carol Singing 2 December 2012

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Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

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Jonathan Tuplin

By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.