Walk of the Month: Prawle to Lannacombe

May 29th, 2016
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For May’s edition of Walk of the Month, we’re heading to the spectacular South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This route from Prawle to Lannacombe offers rugged coastline, beautiful sandy coves and sparkling sea views, as well as being rich in wildlife with an array of pretty wildflowers along the paths. Stop off at Lannacombe Beach along the way for a picnic by the sea. This delightful beach is Devon at its best- unspoilt and tranquil. Dogs are welcome all year round too!

The walk:

This circular coastal walk is 5 miles long and will take around 2-3 hours to complete although please allow more time if you plan on stopping off at Lannacombe Beach. It’s classed as a moderate walk with one steep ascent and one steep descent and it can be rocky and uneven in sections, so make sure that you’re wearing proper walking boots. If you’re driving to the area, there’s parking around East Prawle Village Green by donation and there are public toilets here too.

The route:

Begin at East Prawle Village Green and follow the road running past the Pig’s Nose Inn. Bear left then round the corner, take the first right. Follow this lane along the edge of the village until you reach a red phone box. Shortly after the phone box, there’ll be a turn off on your left marked ‘Public Bridleway’- take this path.

You’ll come to a T junction, where you’ll need to follow the blue waymarker arrow and turn left. Follow this track down to the stream and back up along the field edge. Take a right along the diverted public bridleway. After 250m, follow the blue waymarker arrow and bear left. After a further 100m where the path starts to bear right, you should carry straight on following the ‘Public Footpath and Bridleway’ sign. 50m after this, take the path signposted ‘Public Footpath’ on the right.

When you reach a gate, follow the yellow waymarker arrow marked ‘Public Footpath’. When the path emerges from the green lane, bear left through the scrub. At the footpath junction, follow the sign marked ‘Coast Path’ and turn left. Follow this along but before you reach the houses overlooking Lannacombe Bay, turn left following the yellow waymarker arrow marked ‘Public Footpath’. This footpath will take you up and around the cliff top to the car park and here you’ll have access to the beach.

When you’ve had your fill of this beautiful beach, retrace your steps back along the coast path and continue to follow it westwards. Pass the Edwardian Maelcombe House and the path will begin to skirt a field. When you come to the fingerpost follow the sign marked ‘Public Bridleway East Prawle 1/2m’ through the gate and up old green lane.

At the green lane junction, turn right up towards the houses then at the end of the road turn right and return back to the village green.

To view the full route map, please click here.

Book a holiday cottage in Devon:

If you’re planning a walking break in Devon, we have hundreds of lovely Devon holiday cottages for you to choose from. They’re the perfect base for walkers to relax after a long day exploring this wonderful part of the country; visit our website for more information.

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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.

Last Minute Half Term Cottages

May 22nd, 2016
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Half term is just around the corner and with the summer weather finally making an appearance, it’s the perfect time to book a cottage getaway. Here at Sykes Cottages we still have a fantastic range of holiday rentals available for the half term, so to help whet your appetite for a family getaway, we’ve listed just a few of the stunning properties still available for next week below.

Five Bells Cottage, Ref. 929287

Shorwell, South of England

Five Bells Cottage, Ref. 929287, in Shorwell.

Five Bells Cottage, Ref. 929287, in Shorwell.

Located in the picturesque rural village of Shorwell on the Isle of Wight, this charming holiday cottage is perfect for a week by the sea. The property’s quality interiors and stylish décor offer a much needed break from everyday life, and with the local amenities right on your doorstep, there’s no need to take the car out every day.

A weeks stay at Five Bells Cottage from Friday May 27th (2016) will cost you a total of £939.

The Coach House, Ref. 923082

Middleton Hall near Belford, Northumbria

The Coash House, Ref. 923082, in Middleton.

The Coach House, Ref. 923082, in Middleton.

Sleeping up to ten people, this large, stylish property is perfect for larger families or friends sharing. At The Coach House you can spend your days exploring the nearby woodland walks and boating lake, before heading back to the cottage for a home cooked meal around the large dining table and an evening of fun in the games room.

The Coach House is available for a mid-week break, from Monday May 30th (2016) for four nights, at a total cost of £1466.

Golden Slack Cottage, Ref. 18506

Wincle near Macclesfield, Peak District

Golden Slack Cottage, Ref. 18506, in Wincle.

Golden Slack Cottage, Ref. 18506, in Wincle.

If you’re a family who love to be outdoors then Golden Slack Cottage’s scenic location on a working livestock farm could be just what the doctor ordered. Not only does this property have a welcome interior but the surrounding area is perfect for walking, cycling and exploring the Peak District’s wonderful array of wildlife.

You can book a week’s stay at Golden Slack Cottage from Saturday May 18th (2016) for a total cost of £788.

7 Mariners Point, Ref. 935729

Hartlepool, North York Moors and Coast

7 Mariners Point, Ref. 935729, in Hartlepool.

7 Mariners Point, Ref. 935729, in Hartlepool.

With breath-taking, panoramic views of the harbour, 7 Mariners Point offers the perfect coastal getaway for a family of four this half term. Visitors to this holiday cottage can really make the most of their time at the seaside by taking the short trip to the RSPB reserve at Saltholme Park, where they can see watch grey seals play in the water.

7 Mariners Point is available for a seven night stay from Friday May 27th (2016) for a total cost of £524.

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

4 Lesser-Known Locations in the Lake District

May 15th, 2016
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We all know the charm of the Lake District- the sweeping countryside, towering fells and spectacular lake views. It’s one of few places in the UK that has real, year-round appeal and its walking opportunities and attractions help to pull in millions of visitors every year. As one of the most beautiful places in Britain, there are naturally crowds, especially in the peak months. So if you want to experience the beauty of the Lake District but avoid the hustle and bustle of the most popular areas, here are a few lesser known locations that are just as striking but slightly off the beaten track.

Ennerdale

The Ennerdale Valley is on the north-western fringe of the Lakes and is home to one of the UK’s longest-running ecological conservation projects, Wild Ennerdale. Ennerdale Water, the most westerly of the National Park’s lakes, is an idyllic spot with no light pollution and a wealth of wildlife. It is the only lake in the park which doesn’t have a road running next to it, making access a little difficult but it’s also a haven for visitors who want to experience a truly unspoilt part of the Lake District. Stay at nearby Ennerdale Bridge, a picturesque village just a few miles from the Cumbrian coastline with a couple of lovely pubs and a village shop.

Buttermere

The Buttermere Valley area is one of the most spectacular Lakeland landscapes going with its dramatic scenery and calm, sparkling lakes. On the northern edge of the park, it’s slightly off the beaten path from the traditional tourist spots, making it a much more tranquil setting for your Lake District holiday. Buttermere Lake itself is one of the best round-the-lake walks in the region and is perfect for families as it’s quite an easy route, taking around 2-3 hours.

Wasdale

This remote area is the wildest of the Lake District valleys, covering the stretch of land between Wastwater and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain. Wastwater is England’s deepest and most awe-inspiring lake, with the view looking from the lake across to Scafell Pike being voted as Britain’s favourite view. Despite its striking landscape and beauty, the Wasdale area is still largely considered to be a hidden gem. If you fancy exploring the Wasdale Valley, stay at Nether Wasdale which has two good pubs serving food, its own brewery and a farm shop selling local produce.

Duddon Valley

To escape the crowds on a walking holiday head, to Duddon Valley. This stunning region has unrivalled walking opportunities and is perfect for mountain biking and climbing. The peaceful fells and beautiful scenery offer a satisfying reward for those savvy enough to visit- it really is a hidden gem and only those in the know walk here. The famous Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, is one of many to have loved this valley, so much so in fact that he wrote 35 sonnets praising it. The area is also thriving with wildlife- you may even spot a red squirrel! The pretty hamlet of Seathwaite is a good place from which to explore the valley.

For more information on all of our holiday cottages in the Lake District, please visit our website. We’ve over 800 holiday lets for you to choose from all across the region from Windermere to Wastwater.

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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.

5 Stunning New Cottages in East Anglia

May 8th, 2016
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There are many reasons why you should be booking a holiday to East Anglia. It’s the perfect English holiday destination with a wide range of landscapes to explore. Its big skies, beautiful coastlines and pretty market towns are attracting the attention of tourists from around the world, so if you haven’t made the trip yet, what are you waiting for? The area is relatively flat making it perfect for walking and cycling, and there’s plenty of history and culture to soak up here too with spectacular stately homes, castles and museums on offer.

If we’ve convinced you that East Anglia should be on your travel bucket list then you’re in luck as we’re adding new properties in the area every day! To get you inspired, here’s 5 of the latest cottages in East Anglia to join the Sykes Cottages family.

Silver Dollar, Saham Toney, Norfolk

See it here: Ref. 932001

This beautiful hand-made shepherd’s hut is set in an idyllic lakeside location. Complete with its own private hot tub overlooking the lake, it’s the perfect place for a romantic retreat. Curl up in front of the cosy woodburner, relax with a drink on the lakeside decking, or head out into the Norfolk countryside to explore the area on foot as there’s plenty of walks nearby.

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Daisy Cottage, Friston, Suffolk

See it here: Ref. 932749

Daisy Cottage is a lovely character cottage close to the Suffolk Heritage Coast. The perfect base for exploring this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Daisy Cottage sleeps up to four guests and is pet friendly with its own enclosed garden and a delightful pub just 2 minutes’ walk. The pretty coastal towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold are close by and the fantastic forest cycling route, the Viking Trail, is just a few minutes away.

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Wroxham Rest, Wroxham, Norfolk

See it here:  Ref. 934557

Discover Wroxham, known as the Capital of the Broads, from this charming terraced cottage tucked away down a quiet lane. From Wroxham, you can hire a boat to explore the waterways of the Norfolk Broads with its abundance of wildlife and idyllic riverside pubs and restaurants, or get on your bike and discover the Broads from a different angle. The cottage itself sleeps up to six guests with secure storage for bikes and a children’s play area at the end of the road.

Holiday cottages in Norfolk

Harvest Moon, Grundisburgh, Suffolk

See it here: Ref. 936205

Fancy a getaway in the picturesque Suffolk countryside? Harvest Moon is nestled in the delightful village of Grundisburgh, a little slice of rural tranquillity centred around a village green. It has its own village shop, children’s play area and a lovely pub serving local ales and delicious food. From here, you’re within easy reach of the Heritage Coastline and the area is also particular popular for road cycling.

Holiday cottage in Suffolk

Flat 1, Cromer, Norfolk

See it here: Ref. 933664

For a getaway to the seaside, look no further than this lovely Victorian apartment in the heart of the vibrant coastal town of Cromer. Perfect for a small family or two couples, Flat 1 is just 2 minutes’ walk from the sandy beach and has its own private patio where you can enjoy the summer sunshine whilst eating breakfast. Spend your days strolling along the promenade, relaxing on the beach and trying the local delicacy- Cromer crab.

Holiday cottage in Norfolk

Book a holiday cottage in East Anglia

Not found the perfect cottage for you yet? We’ve over 300 cottages in East Anglia for you to choose from, with properties on the stunning Suffolk coastline to luxury holiday homes in the Norfolk Broads. To see more of our cottages in East Anglia, please visit our website.

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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.

Making Your Cottage Guests Feel Welcome

May 5th, 2016
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First impressions count and here at Sykes Cottages, we want to help you make the best first impression possible when new customers arrive at your holiday let. From a friendly welcome to a cup of tea, we’ve listed some basics below that are sure to make your guest feel welcome on arrival.

A warm welcome awaits guests at Springle Barn (Ref. 5469) in Monyash

A warm welcome awaits guests at Springle Barn (Ref. 5469) in Monyash

Provide a warm welcome

If you’re around to greet your guests in person then this is a great opportunity to make them feel welcome – a smile and friendly handshake can go a long way! If you’re not able to greet your guests in person then never underestimate the power of a handwritten note. Providing a small handwritten welcome in your cottage is a lovely touch and lets your guests know that you care about their stay.

Introduce the property

Make sure your guests get the most from their stay by providing them with a little back ground information on the property, how long you’ve had it and its best features – this works especially well if your holiday let is older or has an interesting history. The property’s introduction can be done in person when your guests arrive or as part of your welcome pack in the cottage.

Welcome basket at Yate Cottage (Ref. 913883) in Oxenhope

Welcome basket at Yate Cottage (Ref. 913883) in Oxenhope

Stock up on the basics

An easy way to make your guests feel welcome is to provide a few basics like tea bags, milk and sugar so your guests can have a nice cup of tea after their journey. Cooking essentials like salt, pepper and cooking oil are common items you’d find in your own home but may forget to take to a holiday let, so don’t forget to provide these for your guests. These homely touches will go a long way in making your guests feel comfortable.

Little extras

As well as the basics, you may want to look at included some little extras to make your guests feel special on arrival. A bunch of fresh flowers in the property or a nice cake can really impress your visitors and encourage them to share their experience at your cottage with others, increasing word of mouth and encouraging new potential customers.

A little dog made feel very welcome at Greenway (Ref. 930748) in Kilve.

A little dog made feel very welcome at Greenway (Ref. 930748) in Kilve.

Consider the whole party

Children and pets can often be overlooked as we try to please the adults, but taking the time to point out any child friendly attractions or good dog walking routes can really help your guests feel welcome. For an extra special touch, try leaving out some games for children or a dog toy ready for your guests’ arrival.

A guide to the local area

Providing your guests with expert knowledge of the area like where to eat and local days out will let your guests know that you care about their stay. Try to including include this information in your welcome pack or let your visitors know that they can contact you for advice on places to visit and restaurants to eat at during their stay. Make sure to avoid telling your guests what they can’t do in the area and focus on the things they can do.

And there you have it, our guide to making your guests feel welcome. Have you tried any of these tips? If so did they work? Let us know by leaving a comment on our Facebook or Twitter page.

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.