Sykes Gems: Winners 2017

Sykes Gems celebrates some of the finest holiday cottages across the UK and Ireland by recognising both owners and their properties, which offer truly exceptional experiences to all of our holidaymakers.

Earlier this year, our owners were able to nominate their properties into 15 different categories and after a thorough process that included reviewing customer feedback and a set criteria, our internal team of holiday cottage experts created an official shortlist.

Over 100 properties were shortlisted in this year's awards and after careful consideration, our panel of expert judges selected the winners of the Sykes Gems 2017 awards.

Our panel of judges included: George Clode, Editor of TravelGBI; Frank Barrett, Travel Editor of Mail on Sunday; Graham Donoghue, CEO at Sykes Cottages and Peter Harrison, CCO at Sykes Cottages.

Customer's Choice

Recognising properties that consistently receive strong feedback from guests.

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GOLD WINNER - CUSTOMER'S CHOICE 2017

West Beach


Llandudno, North Wales & Snowdonia

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SILVER WINNER - CUSTOMER'S CHOICE 2017

Wilderness Lodge


Stiperstones, Shropshire

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BRONZE WINNER - CUSTOMER'S CHOICE 2017

Dunromin


Llandudno, North Wales & Snowdonia

Owner Awards

Recognising the best property to join Sykes in the last 18-months – a property that delivers exceptional experiences.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST NEWCOMER 2017

Mill Cottage


Hanley William near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

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SILVER WINNER - BEST NEWCOMER 2017

The Croft


Trawden, Yorkshire Dales - South

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST NEWCOMER 2017

Eldroth House Cottage


Eldroth near Austwick, Yorkshire Dales - South

Property Awards

Awarding properties that are one of a kind – those properties that are both exceptional and memorable.

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GOLD WINNER - MOST UNIQUE PROPERTY 2017

Signal Box


Newtonmore, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park

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SILVER WINNER - MOST UNIQUE PROPERTY 2017

Just the Ewe of Us


Llanynys near Ruthin, North Wales & Snowdonia

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BRONZE WINNER - MOST UNIQUE PROPERTY 2017

Apple Tree Cottage


Harvington near Broadway, Worcestershire

Rewarding the best renovation/conversion project – the most impressive transformation.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST RENOVATION/CONVERSION 2017

Capel Dinorwig


Dinorwig near Llanberis, North Wales & Snowdonia

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SILVER WINNER - BEST RENOVATION/CONVERSION 2017

Grafton Mill


Grafton Flyford near Pershore, Worcestershire

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST RENOVATION/CONVERSION 2017

Ox Hey Barn


Sawley near Bolton-by-Bowland, Yorkshire Dales - South

Recognising exemplary properties in towns and cities across the UK and Ireland.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST URBAN PROPERTY 2017

Minster Secret Garden


York, Vale of York & Yorkshire Wolds

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SILVER WINNER - BEST URBAN PROPERTY 2017

Flo's Cottage


Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST URBAN PROPERTY 2017

6 Navigation Wharf


Liverpool, North Wales & Snowdonia

Rewarding properties that cater to large groups and go the extra mile to ensure every guest has a great time.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST FOR LARGE GROUPS 2017

Plas Yolyn


Ellesmere, Shropshire

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SILVER WINNER - BEST FOR LARGE GROUPS 2017

Hartcliffe View


Millhouse Green near Holmfirth, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FOR LARGE GROUPS 2017

Richmond Hall


St Asaph, North Wales & Snowdonia

Open to properties with fascinating history or are located in a historical setting.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST HISTORIC PROPERTY 2017

Greystead Old Church


Bellingham near Kielder Water, Northumberland

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SILVER WINNER - BEST HISTORIC PROPERTY 2017

River View Cottage


Fownhope near Hereford, Herefordshire

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST HISTORIC PROPERTY 2017

Apple Tree Cottage


Harvington near Broadway, Worcestershire

Rewarding green properties that care for the environment as well as their occupants.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST ECO FRIENDLY PROPERTY 2017

Rusby Barn


Ousby near Penrith, Cumbria & The Lake District

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SILVER WINNER - BEST ECO FRIENDLY PROPERTY 2017

Yr Hen Llaethdy


Blaen-Cil-Llech near Newcastle Emlyn, South Wales & Pembrokeshire

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST ECO FRIENDLY PROPERTY 2017

Ddol Helyg Barn


Llanrug near Llanberis, North Wales & Snowdonia

Rewarding properties which have the highest standard of facilities.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST FACILITIES 2017

Oughtershaw Hall


Oughtershaw near Buckden, Yorkshire Dales - South

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SILVER WINNER - BEST FACILITIES 2017

West Bay 5 Bedroom House


The West Bay Club near Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FACILITIES 2017

Brecon Cottages - Dyfed


Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales & Pembrokeshire

Experience Awards

Rewarding properties that offer walkers outstanding opportunities for adventure and relaxation.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST FOR WALKING 2017

Horton Scar House


Horton-in-Ribblesdale near Settle, Yorkshire Dales - South

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SILVER WINNER - BEST FOR WALKING 2017

Y Lleiaf


Porth Dafarch near Trearddur Bay, Anglesey

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FOR WALKING 2017

The Cobbles


Winskill near Penrith, Cumbria & The Lake District

Rewarding properties that are perfect for couples wanting to escape from it all on a romantic break.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST FOR ROMANCE 2017

The Lodge


Bouth near Newby Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District

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SILVER WINNER - BEST FOR ROMANCE 2017

The Dairy


Haworth, Yorkshire Dales - South

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FOR ROMANCE 2017

The Croft


Trawden, Yorkshire Dales - South

Recognising exceptional coastal properties that provide easy access to some fantastic beaches.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST FOR BEACHES 2017

Herbrand House


Cooden Beach near Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex

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SILVER WINNER - BEST FOR BEACHES 2017

Beachcomber's Cottage


Tregonhawke Cliff, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FOR BEACHES 2017

North Beach House


Tenby, South Wales & Pembrokeshire

Rewarding properties that provide fantastic experiences for both pooches and owners.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST FOR PET-FRIENDLY BREAKS 2017

Coleridge


Kilve near Bridgwater, Somerset

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SILVER WINNER - BEST FOR PET-FRIENDLY BREAKS 2017

Mill Cottage


Hanley William near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FOR PET-FRIENDLY BREAKS 2017

Fell View Barn


Heggerscales near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria & The Lake District

Rewarding owners that ensure all their guests have a great experience.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST FOR ACCESSIBILITY 2017

The Meadows Cottage


Billingford near Bawdeswell, Norfolk

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SILVER WINNER - BEST FOR ACCESSIBILITY 2017

Poet's Retreat


Crackington Haven, Cornwall

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FOR ACCESSIBILITY 2017

Partridge Cottage


Low Hagg Farm near Kirkbymoorside, North York Moors & Coast

Rewarding the best family-friendly properties, from family amenities to fun and exciting experiences.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST FOR FAMILIES 2017

Squirrel Barn


Milwich near Stone, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

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SILVER WINNER - BEST FOR FAMILIES 2017

Hafan Haydn


Dyserth near Prestatyn, North Wales & Snowdonia

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FOR FAMILIES 2017

Brecon Cottages - Dyfed


Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales & Pembrokeshire

Regional Awards

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN NORTH WALES 2017

Capel Dinorwig


Dinorwig near Llanberis, North Wales & Snowdonia

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN NORTH WALES 2017

The Beach House


Trearddur Bay, Anglesey

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN NORTH WALES 2017

Richmond Hall


St Asaph, North Wales & Snowdonia

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN MID & SOUTH WALES 2017

Rhodewood Lodge


Saundersfoot, South Wales & Pembrokeshire

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN MID & SOUTH WALES 2017

Caban Gwdihw


Llanbrynmair, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN MID & SOUTH WALES 2017

The Old Mill


Dolau near Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN NORTH WEST ENGLAND 2017

Rusby Barn


Ousby near Penrith, Cumbria & The Lake District

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN NORTH WEST ENGLAND 2017

Solway Cottage


Bowness-on-Solway near Wigton, Cumbria & The Lake District

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN NORTH WEST ENGLAND 2017

Mungeon Barn


Backbarrow near Newby Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN CENTRAL ENGLAND 2017

Wilderness Lodge


Stiperstones, Shropshire

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN CENTRAL ENGLAND 2017

Manor Barn


Fulford near Stone, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN CENTRAL ENGLAND 2017

Rose Cottage


Winforton near Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN SOUTH WEST ENGLAND 2017

Five Elements Cottage


St. Agnes, Cornwall

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN SOUTH WEST ENGLAND 2017

Colhay Studio


Downinney near Launceston, Cornwall

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN SOUTH WEST ENGLAND 2017

Blue Harbour Cottage


Torquay, Devon

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN SOUTH COAST ENGLAND, EAST ANGLIA AND ISLE OF WIGHT 2017

Chapel House


Chale, Isle of Wight

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN SOUTH COAST ENGLAND, EAST ANGLIA AND ISLE OF WIGHT 2017

Phoebe's Cottage


Romsey, Hampshire

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN SOUTH COAST ENGLAND, EAST ANGLIA AND ISLE OF WIGHT 2017

Little London Norfolk


Southery near Downham Market, Norfolk

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN YORKSHIRE 2017

Quoits Cottage


Beck Hole near Goathland, North York Moors & Coast

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN YORKSHIRE 2017

Westwick Edge Cottage


Bishop Monkton near Ripon, Yorkshire Dales - South

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN YORKSHIRE 2017

The Dairy


Haworth, Yorkshire Dales - South

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN NORTH EAST ENGLAND 2017

Greystead Old Church


Bellingham near Kielder Water, Northumberland

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN NORTH EAST ENGLAND 2017

Corner Cottage


High Hauxley near Amble, Northumberland

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN NORTH EAST ENGLAND 2017

Craster Reach


Craster, Northumberland

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN SCOTLAND 2017

Kidcleugh Hide


Duns, Scottish Borders

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN SCOTLAND 2017

Tower House


Avoch near Inverness, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN SCOTLAND 2017

Torr Solais Cottage


Kilchoan, Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN IRELAND 2017

The Humble Daisy


Woodford, County Galway

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN IRELAND 2017

Ballyblood Lodge


Ballyblood near Tulla, County Clare

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN IRELAND 2017

The Visiting House


Gorteen near Dunmore, County Galway

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