Sykes Gems: Winners 2018

Welcome to the winners' page for Sykes Gems 2018.

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

This year’s panel of judges included:

  • Jacob Lewis, Deputy Travel Editor at The Sun
  • Peter Harrison, Chief Commercial Officer at Sykes Holiday Cottages
  • Bev Dumbleton, Chief Operating Officer at Sykes Holiday Cottages
  • Graham Donoghue, CEO at Sykes Holiday Cottages

And representatives from North Wales Tourism, Welcome to Yorkshire, Tourism Ireland, Visit South-East England and North-East England Tourism Alliance.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

To see the 2017 Sykes Gems winners click here.

Customer Awards

Recognising properties that consistently receive strong feedback from guests.

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GOLD WINNER - CUSTOMERS' CHOICE 2018

1 The Quay


Lympstone, Devon

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SILVER WINNER - CUSTOMERS' CHOICE 2018

Cottage Anton


Ravenscar, North York Moors & Coast

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BRONZE WINNER - CUSTOMERS' CHOICE 2018

Hope Cottage


Castleton, Hope Valley, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

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 2018

Lower Tundridge Cottage


Suckley near Malvern, Worcestershire

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SILVER WINNER - BEST NEWCOMER 2018

Oyster Cottage


Porthleven, Cornwall

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST NEWCOMER 2018

Meriel


Laide, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park

Property Awards

Awarding properties that are one of a kind – those properties deliver exceptional experiences and offer something a bit different.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST QUIRKY PROPERTY 2018

Grafton Mill


Grafton Flyford near Pershore, Worcestershire

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SILVER WINNER - BEST QUIRKY PROPERTY 2018

Cambridge Lodge


Wensley near Matlock, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST QUIRKY PROPERTY 2018

The Shire Hut


St Asaph, North Wales & Snowdonia

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

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GOLD WINNER - BEST RENOVATION 2018

The Old Cottage


Ludlow, Shropshire

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SILVER WINNER - BEST RENOVATION 2018

The Old School


Hatton near Wragby, Lincolnshire

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST RENOVATION 2018

Bell House Barn


Staindrop near Darlington, Yorkshire Dales - North

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 2018

High Fellside Hall


Sedbergh, Cumbria & The Lake District

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SILVER WINNER - BEST FOR LARGE GROUPS 2018

Unsliven Bridge Farm


Stocksbridge near Holmfirth, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FOR LARGE GROUPS 2018

Jacob's Lodge


Eggleston near Barnard Castle, Yorkshire Dales - North

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

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GOLD WINNER - BEST HISTORIC PROPERTY 2018

4 Masons Court


Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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SILVER WINNER - BEST HISTORIC PROPERTY 2018

Ty Tabitha Wynne


Afonwen near Ruthin and Mold, North Wales & Snowdonia

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST HISTORIC PROPERTY 2018

The Oval


Dunster, Somerset

Rewarding properties that provide exquisite views and scenery.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST FOR VIEWS 2018

Three Peaks Barn


Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, Three Peaks Country, Yorkshire Dales - South

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SILVER WINNER - BEST FOR VIEWS 2018

No 6 Arlington Villas


Ilfracombe, Devon

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FOR VIEWS 2018

Treasure Cottage


Penrhyn Bay near Llandudno, North Wales & Snowdonia

Recognising owners that have gone the extra mile and added a hot tub to their property.

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GOLD WINNER - BEST HOT TUB PROPERTY 2018

Little Silver Nugget


Umberleigh, Devon

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SILVER WINNER - BEST HOT TUB PROPERTY 2018

Cobblers Barn


Mickleton near Middleton-in-Teesdale, Yorkshire Dales - North

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST HOT TUB PROPERTY 2018

Billy Boo


Backbarrow near Newby Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District

Experience Awards

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

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GOLD WINNER - BEST FOR WALKING 2018
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SILVER WINNER - BEST FOR WALKING 2018

Isallt Lodge


Trearddur Bay, Anglesey

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FOR WALKING 2018

Glen's Cottage


Longnor, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

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 2018

Omalast


Truro, Cornwall

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SILVER WINNER - BEST FOR ROMANCE 2018

Hazel Cottage


Heage near Belper, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FOR ROMANCE 2018

The Clydes


St Asaph, North Wales & Snowdonia

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

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GOLD WINNER - BEST FOR BEACHES 2018

Y Lleiaf


Porth Dafarch near Trearddur Bay, Anglesey

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SILVER WINNER - BEST FOR BEACHES 2018

Herbrand House


Cooden Beach near Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FOR BEACHES 2018

Dartans


Penrhyn Bay near Llandudno, North Wales & Snowdonia

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

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GOLD WINNER - BEST FOR PET-FRIENDLY BREAKS 2018

Hartcliffe View


Millhouse Green near Holmfirth, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

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SILVER WINNER - BEST FOR PET-FRIENDLY BREAKS 2018

Galowras Cottage


Mevagissey, Cornwall

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FOR PET-FRIENDLY BREAKS 2018

Little Greenways


Sidlesham near Chichester, Sussex

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

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GOLD WINNER - BEST FOR FAMILIES 2018

Squirrel Barn


Milwich near Stone, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

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SILVER WINNER - BEST FOR FAMILIES 2018

Turnip House


Plaish near Cardington, near Church Stretton, Shropshire

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST FOR FAMILIES 2018

Robin's Nest


Cromer, Norfolk

Regional Awards

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN NORTH WALES 2018

Pen Y Bont


Glyn Ceiriog, North Wales & Snowdonia

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN NORTH WALES 2018

Afallon


Porthmadog, North Wales & Snowdonia

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN NORTH WALES 2018

Carreg Rhys


Malltraeth near Newborough, Anglesey

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN MID & SOUTH WALES 2018

Glebe Farm Cottage


Llandegveth near Cwmbran, South Wales & Pembrokeshire

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN MID & SOUTH WALES 2018

North Beach House


Tenby, South Wales & Pembrokeshire

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN MID & SOUTH WALES 2018

The Barn at Waunlippa


Narberth, South Wales & Pembrokeshire

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN NORTH WEST ENGLAND 2018

The Old Laundry


Clappersgate near Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN NORTH WEST ENGLAND 2018

Moss Cottage


Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN NORTH WEST ENGLAND 2018

Swallowdale


Matterdale, Cumbria & The Lake District

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN CENTRAL ENGLAND 2018

Mill Cottage


Hanley William near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN CENTRAL ENGLAND 2018

Manor Barn


Fulford near Stone, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN CENTRAL ENGLAND 2018

Bishop's Castle Barn


Banks Head near Bishop's Castle, Shropshire

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN SOUTH WEST ENGLAND 2018

Limecombe


Simonsbath, Somerset

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN SOUTH WEST ENGLAND 2018

Ebenezer Cottage


Marazion, Cornwall

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN SOUTH WEST ENGLAND 2018

The Cottage


Loddiswell, Devon

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GOLD WINNER - SOUTH COAST ENGLAND AND ISLE OF WIGHT 2018

Chapel House


Chale, Isle of Wight

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SILVER WINNER - SOUTH COAST ENGLAND AND ISLE OF WIGHT 2018

Hop House


Three Oaks near Hastings, Sussex

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BRONZE WINNER - SOUTH COAST ENGLAND AND ISLE OF WIGHT 2018

Pump House


Hellingly near Hailsham, Sussex

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN YORKSHIRE 2018

The Old Piggery


Hainworth near Haworth, Yorkshire Dales - South

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN YORKSHIRE 2018

The Dairy


Haworth, Yorkshire Dales - South

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN YORKSHIRE 2018

Tenby


Whitby, North York Moors & Coast

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN NORTH EAST ENGLAND 2018

The Old Farmhouse


Lowick near Holy Island, Northumberland

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN NORTH EAST ENGLAND 2018

Sunflower Cottage


Eglingham near Alnwick, Northumberland

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN NORTH EAST ENGLAND 2018

Orchard Cottage


Durham, Northumberland

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN SCOTLAND 2018

Kidcleugh Hide


Duns, Scottish Borders

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN SCOTLAND 2018

North Lodge


Brydekirk near Annan, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN SCOTLAND 2018

The Granary


Jedburgh near Kelso, Scottish Borders

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN IRELAND 2018

The Dispensary


Inch near Killeagh, County Cork

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN IRELAND 2018

The Visiting House


Gorteen near Dunmore, County Galway

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN IRELAND 2018

Bluebell House and Gardens


Gurteenulla near Ballydehob, County Cork

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GOLD WINNER - BEST IN EAST ANGLIA 2018

Little Farm


Great Fransham near Little Fransham, Norfolk

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SILVER WINNER - BEST IN IRELAND 2018

Jacko's Barn


Homersfield, Suffolk

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BRONZE WINNER - BEST IN IRELAND 2018

Foxley Wood Cottage


Spixworth near Norwich, Norfolk

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