SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE: FIVE RELAXING STAYCATION SPOTS WITH SYKES COTTAGES
As our lives continue to become more and more fast-paced, travellers may find they are craving the joy of unhurried holiday moments.
To help holidaymakers embrace the art of slowing down, Sykes Holiday Cottages has rounded up a selection of staycations to encourage travellers to connect with their surroundings and recharge without time pressures.
From a cosy cottage in the heart of Northumberland to an eco-lodge surrounded by coast and countryside on the Isle of Wight, this collection is guaranteed to help guests unwind.
To book a slow travel staycation, visit www.sykescottages.co.uk, call 01244 617 683, or download the new Sykes Holiday Cottages app.
The Croft House – Thornhaugh, Cambridgeshire | Sleeps: 18 | Price: Seven nights from £2,471
Croft Farm House offers three distinct holiday homes in the heart of Cambridgeshire.
The collection of cottages can house up to 18 people at a time and boast open-plan living rooms, a shared hot tub overlooking the countryside, and private gardens to enjoy, with plenty of space for games or dining al fresco.
The surrounding area is a perfect blend of tranquillity and convenience, and within the picturesque village of Wansford families will find all the essentials they need for a self-catered stay. Guests can also visit the local pub, The Hayhock Hotel, which is known for its charming interiors and delicious food.
Hillside Cottage – Beeston, Norfolk | Sleeps: Eight | Price: Seven nights from £720
Hillside Cottage is nestled within the rural village of Beeston in Norfolk.
With charming character features and contemporary furnishings, families or groups of friends can get comfortable on the cottage’s plush sofa next to the woodburning stove and watch their favourite film. There is also an enclosed garden for enjoying the morning sunshine with a cup of coffee.
During their stay, visitors can also venture into the nearby town of Dereham to stock up on fresh local produce from its weekly market or browse the souvenirs available at the array of independent shops.
Forever Summer – Lymington, Hampshire | Sleeps: Four | Prices: Seven nights from £766
Forever Summer is a charming three-storey house located in the historic port town of Lymington, Hampshire.
With its homely décor and amenities, the property is a cosy home away from home for small families or groups. Tucked away under a large skylight with colourful hanging lanterns overhead, the dining area is perfect for enjoying a meal together.
Located on the doorstep of the New Forest National Park, this pet-friendly property is the ideal base for those looking to tackle a long walk in the great outdoors.
Owl Cottage – Morpeth, Northumberland | Sleeps: Five | Price: Seven nights from £455
Owl Cottage can be found in the heart of the historic market town of Morpeth in Northumberland.
The property has an open plan living space to relax in – after a day discovering the area and before making a home-cooked dinner with loved ones.
Owl Cottage offers a central base from which to explore the North East’s stunning coastline, with Cresswell Beach or Druridge Bay only a short drive away.
Champagne – Pondwell, Isle of Wight | Sleeps: Five | Available: Seven nights from £706
Champagne is a three-bedroom eco lodge located on the outskirts of Seaview on the Isle of Wight.
Guests can make the most of the outdoors by visiting the surrounding coast and countryside before heading back to unwind on the lodge’s decking with a brew. With three bedrooms, there is plenty of room for families or friends to catch up on their sleep and enjoy a slower staycation.
The renowned local Mermaid Gin Distillery is close by where guests can try local ales and indulge in pub classics. Alternatively, a plethora of attractions can be found across the island, including Ryde Harbour, Osborne House and the iconic Needles chairlift that takes guests to the top of the Alum Bay cliffs.