Posts Tagged ‘England’

Discover England’s most beautiful beaches

Monday, June 15th, 2015
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Nothing says summer quite like a trip to the beach – and we certainly have a lot to choose from! Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly spot of golden sand, or a long stretch of coastline to stretch your legs, you’ll find it in the UK.

In fact, a huge 92% of us are planning on visiting a beach in the UK this summer, with one in three looking to take an extended stay, our latest survey found.

Our research also looks at where you will find the most beautiful beaches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland – for those who fancy travelling a little further afield.

Check out the top five for England below and keep your eye out for the results for Scotland, Wales and Ireland. If you’re inspired to take a trip yourself then take a look at our fantastic range of cottages across the UK and Ireland.

England's most beautiful beaches

The Leadership Factor polled 2013 UK adults on behalf of Sykes Cottages in April 2015.

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Spring Flower Walks in England

Thursday, February 21st, 2013
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After a long winter filled with cold and snow there are few things more comforting than the sight of little spring flowers beginning to pop their heads out into the warm spring sunshine. Over the past few weeks the delicate white of the first harbingers of spring, the snowdrops, have been appearing across the country, and soon enough the snowdrops will give way to the more elaborate of the spring flowers, sunshiney daffodils, elegant tulips, multicoloured primroses, and headily scented hyacinths.

If you are starting to feel as though the cold of winter will never end, spend the next sunny day basking in the beauty of a spring flower show, a sight that is sure to pull you out of the winter doldrums. Warm sun, pretty flowers, fresh air, and a little exercise are just what the doctor orders for a case of the winter blues!

Snowdrops at Welford Park – Newbury, Berkshire

Snowdrops by the River Lambourn at Welford Park in Berkshire

Snowdrops by the River Lambourn at Welford Park in Berkshire Via. Flickr

Throughout the month of February the grounds of Welford Park, a country house estate in the county of Berkshire, are all but carpeted in delicate snowdrops, a display which has become world famous over the past fifty years. Though Welford Park is not open to the public all year, it is for the snowdrop display. This year you can visit the grounds until 3rd March from Wednesday to Sunday, between 10am and 4pm. The entry fee for adults is £5 (£4 concession), and children under 12 are free.

Spring Flowers in Shrewsbury – Shropshire

#178 Flower bed March 28th 2011

Spring Flowers in Shrewsbury Via. Flickr

From the middle of February the city of Shrewsbury begins to bloom. From February to mid-April you could return to Shrewsbury again and again to see a new palate of spring blooms colouring the streets of this picturesque city. Follow the spring flower trail through the town centre that has been laid out by the local tourist authority to see the best of the flowers, both on and off the beaten track, beginning at the railway station and ending at the Quarry, the city’s 29-acre parkland. Spots not to miss : St Alkmund’s Square, Shrewsbury Castle, and the Quarry.

Looking for local accommodation? Browse our Shrewsbury holiday cottages.

Spring Flower Walks on the South Coast Path – Cornwall, Devon & Dorset

flowers on the cliff top - South West Coast Path

Clifftop flowers along the South West Coast Path Via. Flickr

For those looking for something a bit more wild and natural, consider heading out on either a long or short jaunt on the South Coast Path. The South Coast Path, which runs for 630 miles through the counties of Devon, Dorset and Cornwall, is the longest waymarked long-distance footpath in England and offers visitors the opportunity to meander through some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. Don’t worry, you don’t have to walk the whole 630 miles, there are short marked walks along the course of the path, including a number which offer magnificent flower viewing opportunities. Pick a spring flower walking route here and enjoy!

Browse our selection of self catering cottages in South West England to find your perfect holiday accommodation.


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Evolution of the Family Holiday

Monday, June 25th, 2012
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There isn’t much we look forward to more than our family holiday. That week or two away from it all is for most of us the highlight of our year.

But with changes to the population, global warming and evolving family structures all having an impact on the way the much loved family holiday is changing, will the way we enjoy a family holiday in years to come change?

Will the possible change to school holidays mean we take more short breaks? Will global warming mean we shy away from the Med and holiday in climates that are now thought of as cooler?

Here is an infographic from showing how the family holiday may evolve in years to come:


Evolution of the Family Holiday Infographic
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