About Sykes Holiday Cottages

We're one of the UK's leading independent holiday cottage rental agencies with over 25 years' experience in the business.

We offer over 16,000 holiday homes throughout the UK and Ireland - from cosy cottages for two to larger properties sleeping 20 or more. Whether you're after some peace and quiet in the countryside or a relaxing hot tub weekend away, there's something for everyone.

Our aim is to become the number one provider of UK breaks, by delivering the best choice of holiday homes and unrivalled service to our customers and property owners alike.

Our story

Our journey began in the Yorkshire Dales, where Clive Sykes' mother ran a small lettings agency for her own holiday cottages and those of friends. Clive soon saw that there was a demand for a top-quality service to holidaymakers and holiday homeowners, so this dedicated 'mother and son' team decided to create Sykes Holiday Cottages.

Having started out at Clive's kitchen table, we've since become one of the biggest players in the industry.

We secured private equity investment in 2015 and, under the leadership of CEO Graham Donoghue, have become a fast-growing technology-driven business, hosting more than a million holidaymakers each year.

Over the past three years, we have successfully integrated nine regional businesses into the Sykes Family, retaining existing brands to offer a local service-led position backed by Sykes' technology. These sister brands include Cornish Cottage Holidays, Helpful Holidays, Lakes Cottage Holidays, Manor Cottages, Hideaways, Dream Cottages, Coast & Country Cottages, and Menai Holidays.

Although our business has grown significantly, the commitment to giving both our customers and property owners a great experience remains unchanged. Quality accommodation and exceptional customer service brings our customers back time and time again. Nobody knows the UK staycation sector quite like we do.

Over the years, we've grown from the kitchen table to become an award-winning business. We're the winner of the British Travel Award for Best UK Holiday Cottage Booking Company for the past seven years in a row - a fact we're very proud of!

Working with us

Our head office is based in Chester city centre, with regional offices in the Lake District, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and the Cotswolds.

We're an exciting, dynamic company with a hard-working and friendly team of over 500 employees. If you're interested in joining us, you can view our opportunities and find out more about working with us.

Join over 8,000 holiday homeowners who see the benefit of our expert advice and marketing support. To find out more about becoming a property owner with Sykes Holiday Cottages, please visit our Let Your Cottage page.

Our values

Our company values are at the heart of everything we do. We want to build a company that we can all be proud of and these values provide the foundation to achieve the right results in the right way. Our staff voted for these values to reflect who we are and what's important to us:

  • We achieve together
  • We communicate honestly
  • We grow and learn
  • We earn trust
  • We drive innovation and change

Press & Media

You'll find contacts for our helpful press and media team, and more information about what we can offer to journalists and influencers here .


  • The British Travel Award for 'Best Large UK Holiday Cottage Company' for the last eight years (2013 - 2020)
  • Best Companies Awards - 2018 'One to watch' and 2019 2 star company
  • Named as 'The Sunday Times Fast Track Ones to Watch' 2018
  • 'Top 100 The Sunday Times Fast Track' 2020
  • Graham Donoghue winner of a CEO Today United Kingdom Awards 2018
  • Michael Graham - Financial Director of a business £32-£60 million turnover 2018 at the Finance Director of the Year Awards
  • Judges' Leadership Award in the 2018 Northern Tech Awards
  • Feefo 'Gold Trusted Service Award' for 2018
  • 'Top 100 Fastest Growing Technology Companies' at the Northern Tech Awards in 2017 & 2018
  • 'Top 1000 companies to Inspire Europe' by the London Stock Exchange in 2017
  • Highly commended for Frontline team of the year at the Call North West Awards in 2017
  • 'Top 15 Fastest Growing Larger Technology Companies' in 2017
  • 'Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain' by the London Stock Exchange in 2015 and 2016
  • 'Best Use of Search Engine Marketing' at the Travolution Awards in 2014