Meet the Sykes Cottages pets!

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As you can probably tell by the fact that we have over 2,400 pet friendly cottages, here at Sykes, we’re big pet people. Because of this, we thought we’d take you behind the scenes and introduce you to some of our pets. So read on to meet some of our four legged friends!

Anne ‘Annie’ Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Tell us a bit about her

Anne Hathaway (or Annie for short) is a domestic long-haired feline with the personality and neediness of a pooch. Her hobbies include following people, scratching stuff and sleeping.

How old is she?

Two and a half years old

Does she have a favourite food or treat?

Anne Hathaway is likely to chow down on anything that comes from a cow, pig or chicken. One of her favourite treats is cat milk and a slice of wafer thin ham.

What is her favourite game or toy if they have one?

Annie adores laser pens, shoe laces, headphones, string and electric cables. She’s also fond of stalking and loves hunting house plants and shadows.

What would be her ideal UK holiday destination?

Anne Hathaway was born and raised in the city, so she loves escaping to the countryside whenever she can, her favourite destination being East Yorkshire.




Tell us a bit about him

Duke (or Dukie, Dukulton, Fluffy Butt…) is a cross breed commonly known as a Lionhead-Rex, he is white with brown markings or maybe it’s brown with white markings! He has an extremely cheeky personality and likes to nudge you with his nose as a sign to pet him. He loves being the centre of attention and hates it when you pack to go away; he will usually jump into my suitcase and start pulling the clothes out so I can’t leave!

How old is he?

He is still a baby bunny, nearly two years old.

Does he have a favourite food or treat?

It’s very cliché but Duke adores carrots! He is also really fond of pears, cucumber and lettuce.

What is his favourite game or toy if they have one?

Duke has a small teddy that the breeder insisted we take with us; he loves to throw it about and rub his chin all over it (this is how rabbits leave their scent).  He also enjoys running in circles and having you chase his tail whenever he runs in front of you.

What would be his ideal UK holiday destination?

Duke loves to visit my mum in Menai Bridge, Anglesey. She has a large back garden that he can run about it and a small puppy who just happens to be Duke’s best friend! My nephew loves having Duke home to Anglesey and smothers him with hugs and kisses as soon as he sees him.


Rupert and Colin

Rupert and Colin

Tell us a bit about them

As you can probably tell by the squishy black faces, Rupert and Colin are both pugs. Despite being brothers and being inseparable, they are both very different! Colin is very boisterous and friendly, whereas Rupert is mostly calm and is happy with his own company, although he does bark like a fog horn to let us know its dinner time!

How old are they?

They’re both three years old but still act like puppies!

Do they have a favourite food or treat?

We try not to give them too many treats, as pugs have the tendency to get a bit tubby! They do love a good chow down on a pedigree dentastix or a pig’s ear, though. They both also like the occasional slice of cucumber or cherry tomato!

What is their favourite game or toy?

Strangely, Rupert has no interest in toys whatsoever. He does love a good play fight or game of tick, though – either with Colin or a willing human! Colin is the polar opposite of Rupert as he absolutely loves playing with toys; he loves a game of football and will happily spend hours chasing the ball about.

What would be their ideal UK holiday destination?

They’re both yet to go on a UK holiday! As Rupert loves to sunbathe, I think he would love to holiday in Cornwall so that he could just lounge on the beach whilst watching the world go by. Colin is much more active and is happiest when he is running or walking about, so I think that a holiday in the Peak District would be his ideal location!




Tell us a bit about him

Charlie (or Charles depending on whether or not he’s in trouble) is a golden retriever who seems to be on the go 24/7. He’s never happier than when he’s in the back garden digging up the lawn (much to our annoyance) although he does also enjoy his daily walk and the odd powernap to recharge the batteries.

How old is he?

He’s still just a puppy, albeit a big one. He’s around ten months old now so he’s just starting to enter the moody teenager phase.

Does he have a favourite food or treat?

Like Rupert and Colin, Charlie loves his dentastix, he gets one every night and has to show it off to everyone in the house before he scoffs it. Aside from that if he’s lucky there’ll be some leftovers from the night before that he can tuck into for his breakfast but his favourite is probably roast chicken.

What is his favourite game or toy?

Charlie seems to have some strange obsession with footwear so you’ve got to keep any shoes or socks well out of reach. We have tried to get him to play fetch but he’s so easily distracted he normally forgets all about the ball and comes back with a random stone found en route instead.

What would be his ideal UK holiday destination?

We took him to Rhosneigr on Anglesey a few weeks ago where we had to drag him away from the beaches, so he’d probably love to go anywhere coastal. Because of this places like Northumberland or East Anglia would probably be a good options for the long seaside walks.

Hopefully you all enjoyed reading that and like us have a bit of a soft spot when it comes to our pets; if so then why not treat them to a little break? We’ve got plenty of pet friendly cottages for you to take a look at and I’m sure that you’ll be able to find one perfect for you and your four legged friend.

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.

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