Choose a Holiday Cottage for your next Sporting Event

June 18th, 2015
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If you participate in sports, you’ll probably be used to travelling the length and breadth of the country for various events and tournaments. Frequently, these can be far from home and finding somewhere to stay can be a bit of a nightmare! Well, we at Sykes Cottages may be able to help; read on to discover five reasons why booking a self catering holiday cottage is perfect when you’re taking part in a sporting event.

Have a Bath to Soothe those Muscles

Bathroom The Malthouse

The Malthouse in Cromford, The Peak District

Be sure that there is a bath where you can relax after your event by booking a holiday cottage with a bath. Showers are great for quick fixes before heading out, but if there’s one thing you deserve after your event it’s a relaxing bath to help soothe your muscles. Why not really treat yourself by booking one of our cottages with a spa bath?

Have Space for Your Equipment

If your sport of choice means you must carry a selection of equipment with you, then a holiday cottage is ideal. Being much larger than a standard hotel room, where space is often at a premium, there will be plenty of space for your equipment and you can rest assured that it will be safe.

Cook your Own Meals

East Gable

East Gable located in Gatehouse of Fleet, Scotland

You don’t want to ruin all that training by falling at the last hurdle on your diet. Every one of our self catering holiday cottages have a kitchen and dining space including all of the utensils and pots you could need, so you can whip up a recovery meal post-workout and keep to that regime whilst you’re away!

Enjoy your Holiday Right Away

23 Clock Tower Court

23 Clock Tower Court in Charlestown, Cornwall

You’ve been training for months; you deserve to spend some time away getting a bit of rest and relaxation! By booking a holiday cottage, you can begin your holiday straight after the sporting event without having to travel elsewhere.

Bring the Whole Family Along

Bring all the family

Beechcroft in North Molton, Devon

Every sports star needs their cheerleaders but sometimes, if an event is quite far away, it can be difficult for everyone to be able to come along due to costs and space! Luckily, when booking a holiday cottage, everyone will have somewhere to stay and be able to cheer you on. Get that for support!

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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.

Walk of the Month: Aber Falls

June 16th, 2015
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Summer is finally here so for our June addition of Walk of the Month, we have decided to explore the Welsh countryside by visiting one of the country’s most iconic landmarks, Aber Falls in Gwynedd.

Aber Falls, or Rhaeadr Fawr as it’s known in Welsh, is a stunning waterfall located in the Aber Valley, just outside the village of Abergwyngregyn in Gwynedd, North Wales. The waterfall is surrounded by a rich array of plants and wildlife, making the whole area perfect for photographers and with the water itself falling a massive 120 feet, it’s no wonder the area is so popular.

However this walk is not all about the waterfall as the route up to Aber Falls is just as interesting. Several Bronze Age settlements line the route, making the path an important historic area. With so much to see, it’s well worth taking a picnic and the family camera so you can sit back and take it all in!

The Walk

This is a relatively easy 4.5 mile walk and although there are some steep descents, the route should take no longer than three hours to complete. Our advice would be to take strong footwear, plenty of water and don’t forget that all important picnic.

The Route

Park in the village of Abergwyngregyn, in the free cark park and make your way south through the village, passing an information centre with disabled toilet, following the lane. Follow the lane as it comes alongside the river for half a mile and cross the old stone bridge following way markers for North Wales Path in to the valley. The path continues up to the falls but make sure to stop and take note of the information boards along the route which note the management of Alder trees and wildlife in the valley. There is also a very interesting pile of stones on the route with an information board, explaining that they are actually the remains of an Iron Age round house dating back 2000-2700 years.

After passing the Iron Age round house, you will shortly come across a magnificent view of the waterfalls and the surrounding hills. After stopping to enjoy the views and a healthy picnic, continue the circular walk by crossing the river to its west bank and following the way markers for the North Wales Path. The route will continue west across the valley and cross another small river before coming to sheep-filled fields. Here the outlook will change and you’ll get a fantastic view over the Irish sea.

Follow the brow of the hill and you will soon see your starting point. Head back through the small village of Abergwyngregyn until you reach the carpark for some much needed rest.

To view the route map please click here.

Rent a cottage in Gwynedd with Sykes Cottages

Garth Mortin The Barn (Reference 27046), in Morfa Bychan

Garth Mortin The Barn (Reference 27046), in Morfa Bychan

Gwynedd offers something for everyone, with the stunning mountain ranges of Snowdonia National Park, beautiful sandy beaches at Abersoch and Portmeirion, and an array of impressive historic structures like Penrhyn Castle and Cymer Abbey, you’re sure to find something to entertain you on your next UK holiday. Here at Sykes Cottages we offer over 250 Gwynedd cottages to choose from, so along with the variety of attractions on offer you’ll also have your pick of some of the county’s best holiday homes!

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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.

Try a Real Ale Trail this Father’s Day

June 15th, 2015
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Not only is it National Beer Day today but we’ve got Father’s Day just around the corner from us! So here at Sykes HQ, we thought it was only sensible to try and combine to two and come up with the perfect gift for all of those beer aficionado dads out there and settled on the Real Ale Trail! After all, what better way is there to spend a sunny afternoon than journeying between a selection of delightful country pubs and sampling some locally brewed real ales along the way? So if you’re still struggling to think of what to do this Father’s Day, take a look and see if we can tempt you into trying a Real Ale Trail!

The Tarka Rail Ale Trail

When it comes to a real ale trail, you can’t do much better than the Tarka Rail Ale Trail! This popular route goes along the famous Tarka railway line running between Barnstaple and Exeter in Devon, and features the possibility of enjoying a tipple in up to nine stop-offs – you can even stretch it out to eighteen pubs if you visit every single one on the route, so you might want to spread it out over a few days!  Off peak day return tickets from Barnstaple through to Exeter prove to be the best value for money when it comes to making your way along the line and if you manage to collect ten stamps, you’ll be able to claim your Tarka Rail Ale Trail t-shirt!

Transpennine Real Ale Trail

Alternatively, you could head up north and try out some of the best local ale pubs that Lancashire and Yorkshire have to offer with a trip on the Transpennine Real Ale Trail. Featuring on the BBC’s Oz and James Drink to Britain back in 2009, the trail starts off in the town of Stalybridge and runs all the way through to Batley in West Yorkshire. Along the trail, you’ll be able to enjoy a drink in one of the few remaining Victorian Station Buffet Bars, in amongst some quaint country pubs such as The West Riding in Dewsbury and Marsden’s Riverhead Brewery Tap and Dining Room.

But don’t forget these are just a couple of the fantastic real ale trails scattered all over the country so there’s no need to worry if you’re not in the area. Or if you wanted, you could even plot out your own trail by using CAMRA’s What Pub guide to track down the best establishments around. And one final option, if you feel like really spoiling Dad this year, would be to take a look at our wide range of holiday cottages near to pubs so you can enjoy a relaxing break and a couple of pints together!

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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.

Where to find the most beautiful beaches in Ireland

June 15th, 2015
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Ireland’s coastline is home to some truly spectacular beaches but it seems many people living in the UK are still to learn about their charms. A huge 50% of adults polled in our latest research said they didn’t know where to find the most beautiful beaches on Ireland’s 7,500km of coastline.

The beaches of County Kerry came out top overall with a narrow lead, followed closely by County Donegal and County Cork. Explore some of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches in the infographic below.


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Wales’ most beautiful beaches, as voted for by you

June 15th, 2015
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It’s official: Pembrokeshire is home to Wales’ most beautiful beaches! We asked more than 2,000 adults across the UK where you would find the best beaches in Wales and Pembrokeshire came out top with 21% of the vote.

Welsh respondents were even more enthusiastic about the county, with 40% saying Pembrokeshire is where you’ll find the most beautiful beaches.

However, a huge 33% of people we polled said they had no idea where to find to find the most picturesque spots in the country, suggesting plenty of opportunities to explore!

Take a look at Wales most beautiful beaches in the infographic below.


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