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Sykes Gems Awards

by Owen Burt / News

The winners of the Sykes Gem Awards 2018 have been announced.

It’s that time of year again when we reward our owners and their properties for their popularity and outstanding features. This is the second consecutive year in which the Sykes Gem Awards have been running.

Nominations opened in May and over 1,000 properties entered across 25 categories to try and become one of our Sykes Gems.


A number of judges were chosen from inside and outside of Sykes Holiday Cottages to carefully inspect each and every nominated property. They included:

  • Graham Donoghue, Chief Executive Officer at Sykes Holiday Cottages
  • Peter Harrison, Chief Commercial Officer at Sykes Holiday Cottages
  • Bev Dumbleton, Chief Operating Officer at Sykes Holiday Cottages
  • Jacob Lewis, Deputy Travel Editor at The Sun 
  • Representatives from; North Wales Tourism, Welcome to Yorkshire, Tourism Ireland, Visit South East England and North East England Tourism Alliance

Whilst judging the many nominations that came flooding in, the experts considered the following factors:

  • Booking levels
  • Customer satisfaction scores
  • Owner entries (excluding the Customer’s Choice category)

The awards varied from the best properties in certain locations to more specific, speciality properties. ‘Best for Romance, ‘Best Renovation’ and ‘Best Historic Property’ were among the 25 chosen categories.

Each category produced a bronze, silver and a gold winner. All winners received a personal phone call of congratulations as well as a certificate. Our gold winners were awarded something extra, a sparkling trophy to show off to their friends, family and guests at their now award-winning properties.

Take a look for yourself to see which categories our Sykes Gems winners have been commended for, as well who took up the bronze and silver spots.

You can also view the winners for our Sykes Gem Awards in 2017.

by Owen Burt / News

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