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People often associate holiday cottages with rest and relaxation, plush furnishings and comfortable surroundings and they wouldn’t be wrong. However there are two sides to every story and in this addition of the Sykes Cottages blog we will be focusing on the opposite side of the spectrum, looking at ways in which a relaxing cottage holiday can be transformed into an active and exciting adventure! Below you will find an alluring selection of cottage ideas perfect for energetic couples, families and friends whilst on holiday in the UK and Ireland.

Score an Ace on the Tennis Court


Tennis Court at Greystead Old Church in Bellingham, Ref 23575

Tennis is a fascinating sport, eagerly played by people of all ages and a remarkably enjoyable pastime whilst on holiday. There are a range of cottages with tennis courts here at Sykes which are excellent for practising your backhand, perfecting your serve or even enjoying a friendly game whilst indulging on a punnet of strawberries. Many of our tennis courts will be shared use with other holiday makers or the cottage owners so you should never be short of a competitor or doubles partner!

Practice Your Swing on the Fairway


View of the golf course from Storws Wen in Benllech, Ref 1161

Golf is a winning sport which sees you out in the fresh air, socialising with friends and keeping both the body and mind active with new challenges- no wonder the game is loved by all generations!  We have a gorgeous range of holiday cottages near golf courses which are excellent for keen golfers on a sporting holiday. Within easy proximity to all your golfing needs these cottages allow you to practise your putting on a new and challenging course.

Explore On Foot or By Bike


Pengwern Cottage in Llangynog, Ref 903598

The British countryside is a walker’s paradise, with its rocky hills and wide open planes there is a trail to suit everyone. Combine that with our wonderful cycle routes and exciting mountain bike tracks and you have an outdoor enthusiast’s dream location! Both our walking cottages and cycling cottages offer an array of extra facilities for those partaking in outdoor activities; from lockable bike storage and outdoor cleaning facilities to stunning scenery with walks and bike paths right from the doorstep!

Indoor Activities for a Rainy Day


The games room at Brookway Lodge in Lloc, Ref 27085

The UK’s temperamental weather usually means our holidays are highly dependable on the weatherman’s questionable predictions. If you are promised sun and instead met with a downpour the lack of excitement can leave your spirits dampened. To avoid this dilemma we suggest booking a cottage with a games room. These cottages come equipped with pool tables, dart boards and even table tennis; with such an array of activities these unique cottages are sure to quench your thirst for excitement.

We hope this appealing selection of cottage holidays has left you with an appetite for an active holiday this year. For more holiday inspiration don’t forget to visit the holiday ideas section of the blog, where you will find a variety of suggestions designed to help you make the most of your next cottage get away!

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