Sykes Cottages Cycling Breaks

June 19th, 2016
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With over a million people turning up to watch this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, it’s no wonder hundreds of holiday makers have been inspired to dust off the saddle and take their bike on holiday with them. Here at Sykes Cottages, we encourage cycling holidays and even have a selection of over 2,700 cycling cottages to choose from. You can take a cycling break just about anywhere in the UK but with Yorkshire quickly becoming the home of UK cycling, it would be a hard task to find a better location for your getaway. With that being said, we’ve listed some of our best Yorkshire cycling cottages below to help get you in the mood for your next cycling break.

Padley Barn

Hurst near Reeth, Yorkshire Dales

 Padley Barn, Ref. 20841

Padley Barn, Ref. 20841

This wonderful detached stone barn conversion is perfect for a group of cyclists looking to explore Yorkshire. The property sleeps up to six people in six comfortable bedrooms and even offers lockable bike storage. Not too far from this cottage, cyclists will find the 2014 Tour de Yorkshire route and there is even a bike hire and repair shop close by in case of emergencies.

 Weekly stays at Padley Barn start from £364

Red Rose Cottage

Wadsworth near Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire Dales

Red Rose Cottage, Ref. 912594

Red Rose Cottage, Ref. 912594

Located just outside Hebden Bridge, Red Rose Cottage provides two bedrooms, sitting room with wood burning stove, bike storage and a beautiful garden with long-distance views across the countryside and relaxing hot tub. From Red Rose Cottage, cyclists can enjoy a fantastic ride along the area’s cycling routes which featured in the 2014 Tour de France and 2015 Tour de Yorkshire.

Weekly stays at Red Rose Cottage start from £372

Holmdale Cottage

Netherton near Holmfirth, Yorkshire Dales

Holmdale Cottage, Ref. 29640

Holmdale Cottage, Ref. 29640

This charming Netherton cottage is ideal for cyclists who like to take things slow. The area has numerous cycling routes, including some used in the 2014 Tour de France, as well as fantastic walks and family friendly attractions. Visitors to this property are encouraged to spend time in the pretty garden where its two patio levels offer spectacular views over the Yorkshire countryside.

Weekly stays at Holmdale Cottage start from £313

Lavender Cottage

Threshfield near Grassington, Yorkshire Dales

Lavender Cottage, Ref. 918240

Lavender Cottage, Ref. 918240

Lavender Cottage is a delightful stone built cottage located in the heart of Threshfield, alongside the village green. This property is just a stone’s throw from Grassington where cyclists will find a great selection of cycle routes including the Grassington to Hawes cycle route and Kettlewell to Grassington route.

Weekly stays at Lavender Cottage start from £323

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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 husband.

Sykes Cottages Hits 7,000 Properties Milestone

June 16th, 2016
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Here at Sykes Cottages, we’re delighted to announce that this week, we’ve reached a milestone 7,000 holiday cottages across the UK and Ireland!

We started off as an ambitious family business run from the kitchen table and with the help of our fantastic staff, owners and customers, we’ve grown into the UK’s biggest and fastest-growing independent cottage agency- a fact we’re very proud of.

Sykes Cottages staff

Miles Hill, our Chief Executive Officer has congratulated staff and owners on this wonderful achievement saying: “We’re delighted to have hit this milestone. We’ve worked hard over the past 12 months and brought on board over 1,000 holiday rentals during this period alone, including many in new areas where we’ve not previously had properties before. This is the icing on top of the cake after a record-breaking year. Congratulations to everyone involved”.

The past 12 months have seen other big achievements from Sykes Cottages including winning the British Travel Award for ‘Best Large Holiday Cottage Booking Company’ for the third year in a row, as well as being named in the London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’. We’ve got plenty more exciting things in store for the rest of the year so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

Our 7,000th property: Rhodewood Lodge, Pembrokeshire

We may have grown significantly over the years but one thing has always remained the same and that’s our commitment to providing our customers with the best holiday experience. With that in mind, we’re very proud to introduce you to our 7,000th property: Rhodewood Lodge in Pembrokeshire.

Living room in holiday cottage    Bedroom in holiday cottage

Kitchen in holiday cottage     Hot tub at holiday cottage

This stunning Gothic house in Saundersfoot sleeps up to 11 guests in pure luxury. The property has been lovingly restored by the owners, flawlessly combining beautiful original features such as mosaic tiles and arched windows with lavish modern comforts. With six bedrooms and four bathrooms, there’s plenty of space for an extended family or group of friends to relax and outside, there’s a large tiered patio and garden perfect for lazing in the sun. This exquisite property even has its own hot tub with back massager!

Look out of the windows and you’ll find far-reaching sea views, whilst a sandy Blue Flag beach is just five minutes’ walk. The centre of the friendly seaside village of Saundersfoot is also within walking distance with a variety of charming shops, pubs and restaurants. If you fancy heading further afield, there are plenty of fantastic attractions nearby including Folly Farm, Oakwood Theme Park and Blue Stone, as well as the spectacular views of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

You can read more about Rhodewood Lodge or browse all 7,000 of our wonderful holiday homes by visiting our website. From everyone at Sykes Cottages, thank you for your support!

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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.

Treat Your Dad This Father’s Day

June 12th, 2016
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With Father’s Day just a week away, you’ve hopefully already sorted what you’re getting your Dad as a gift. However if you’ve left it a bit last minute then don’t worry as we’re here to help. We’ve a wide range of charming holiday cottages across the UK and Ireland that are still available for Father’s Day weekend, so how about getting your dear old Dad a weekend break? Here are a few ideas of self-catering cottages still available for next weekend- have a browse and see if there’s any that your Dad would love!

Holly Bush, Lake District

If your Dad is interested in walking or cycling then Holly Bush near Windermere is an excellent choice. This lovely stone cottage is surrounded by spectacular scenery and Bowness-on-Windermere is just a 25 minute stroll away. There’s an abundance of unrivalled walking and biking opportunities in this part of the Lakes and Holly Bush even has its own secure bike storage for your convenience. As a reward for a hard day’s cycling or hiking, treat your Dad to a tour around the Hawkshead Brewery in nearby Staveley, or head to their Beer Hall where you can enjoy local ale on tap and at weekends you can enjoy live music.

Ouse View, York

Pack your Dad off on a historic city break to York staying at this modern first floor apartment close to the city centre. Ouse View offers contemporary, open plan living with all of the mod cons you could need. The city walls are the longest medieval walls in England and are just a short walk from the apartment so history-buff Dads can soak up the rich history and culture easily. York is also the perfect break for Dads who love their food as it’s jam packed full of delicious restaurants, cafes and real ale pubs.

Chalet 18, Cornwall

Does your Dad love golf? Look no further than a getaway to Chalet 18 near Dobwalls in the heart of Cornwall. This cosy wooden chalet is located on the edge of a 9-hole par 4 golf course so your Dad can stroll from his accommodation and be on the course within minutes! Tennis courts are also on-site and fishing is available in the River Fowey with the usual regulations applying. The famous Highway Inn at Dobwalls is within a few minutes’ walk which serves a carvery all day every day and boasts a fantastic selection of real ales- perfect for a Father’s Day meal.

To see our full range of cottages available for next weekend, please visit our website or alternatively, you can give our friendly reservationists a call on 01244 356 695 and they’d be more than happy to help!

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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.

5 Places You Won’t Believe Are In Scotland

June 5th, 2016
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Planning your next holiday but dreading the long check-in queues and frantic search for the passports? If so no need to worry, the UK offers some of the best scenery in the world and with this summer predicted to be the hottest on record, there is no better time to book a UK break. But where to go? Well for white sandy beaches, iconic wild swimming spots and fantastic architecture, we suggest heading north to Scotland. It may not be your first choice for a summer holiday but keep reading and you’ll discover some amazing location you just won’t believe can be found in Scotland!

Achmelvich Beach

Scotland. Achmelvich Beach

Image of Achmelvich Beach by Lucy ChapmanCC 2.0

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway then forget the Maldives or Mexico, sunsets at Achmelvich Beach are just as spectacular! This picturesque beach not only provides incredible scenery in every direction but with its turquoise waters and white sandy beach, it’s the perfect spot for a couples retreat.

Dunrobin Castle

Scotland. Dunrobin Castle

Image of Dunrobin Castle by John HaslamCC 2.0

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this fairy-tale castle is a chateau in France, or even the castle from Disney’s classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’, but in reality it’s the iconic Dunrobin Castle in Sutherland, Scotland. Visitors to this castle can spend the day exploring the grounds and the castle as well as attending one of the venue’s summer falconry displays!

Northern Lights at Bute

Scotland. Bute

Image of the Northern Lights over the Isle of Bute by MarkCC 2.0

With many of us travelling to Iceland and as far as Canada to see the Northern Lights, you may be surprised to hear that the Aurora Borealis can be seen in your own back yard. Simply travel to the Isle of Bute and you’ll be able to see the beautiful lights dance across the Scottish sky.

Smoo Cave

Scotland. Smoo cave

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When you think about British caves, our minds are instantly taken to Devon and Cornwall but let’s not forget about the rugged northern caves in Scotland. The dramatic Smoo Cave is a perfect example of a Scottish cave and at 200 feet long and 130 feet wide, this large cave is perfect for discovering local wildlife, geology, archaeology and legends.

Fairy Pools

Scotland. fairy Pools

Image of the Fairy Pools by Daniel StockmanCC 2.0

With the Fairy Pools in Australia more than half the world away, it would be far easier to head up north to the Isle of Skye and take a dip in the Scottish Fairy Pools. The beautiful crystal clear pools are great for wild swimming, but if you don’t fancy getting wet then the magical atmosphere is perfect for day trips and picnics.

If you feel like exploring Scotland’s hidden treasures for yourself then make sure to visit our Cottages in Scotland page for a fantastic selection of over 700 self-catering holiday lets located across Scotland.

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Nicole Jones-Gerrard

By Nicole Jones-Gerrard

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 husband.

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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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.