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Sykes Gem 2019 Feature

The shortlisted properties have been inspected, the votes have been counted and the winners of the 2019 Sykes Gems Awards have been announced!



For the 3rd year running, we have brought together some the finest minds of the travel industry to commend our standout properties and their owners for going the extra mile. Nominations have been flooding into Sykes HQ since May and our judging panel has been hard at work trying to pick the cream of the crop. The judges included:

  • Graham Donoghue, Chief Executive Officer at Sykes Holiday Cottages
  • Bev Dumbleton, Chief Operating Officer at Sykes Holiday Cottages
  • Harriet Kerr, Commercial Director 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

Many factors came into consideration when deciding which properties and owners deserved a Sykes Gems award, including:

  • Booking levels
  • Customer Satisfaction scores
  • Owner entries

30 awards were judged in a variety of categories, from the best properties in each region to Best Historic, Best for Romance, Best for Views and much more. Bronze, silver and gold awards were given for each category, with all winners receiving a congratulatory phone call. Gold winners can also look forward to a glistening trophy turning up at their doorstep as a reward for their efforts!

Have a look through the full list of 2019 Sykes Gems winners and runners up, and perhaps even book an award-winning property for yourself!


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