Review: Idyllic Hereford: Sykes Cottages

Looking for a little getaway? A traditional cottage surrounded by stunning views and never-ending countryside? Then look no further than Sykes Cottages.

We stumbled across Sykes Holiday Cottages To Rent when looking for a mini break to celebrate a friends 30th birthday. We had a long wish list and with 12 adults and 1 baby to accommodate we were a little worried that we would be left feeling a little disappointed! We needn’t of worried. With a user-friendly website, so much choice and an array of cottages available, we knew we were looking in the right place. In just 3 phone calls our needs were matched, our incredibly long list had been ticked off and hey presto we were all booked up. Fabulous.

For those who like me, love to make a list, this was ours: within a 2-hour drive, peaceful, stunning location, country pub lunch, log fires, fresh air, open space, a baby cot, comfy beds, enough bathrooms, a huge dining table and of course free wifi for the social media addicts (that would be me!).

We were recommended  Stocks Barn. As we made our way up the drive you couldn’t help but smile, I think you’ll agree that it is simply stunning…


The only way to describe this beautiful unspoiled Barn is … A hidden gem. In a corner of Didley near Hereford, tucked away from distractions but within a few minutes of country pubs and a few miles from a nearby supermarket! We can also highly recommend the Kilpeck Inn for traditional food and scrummy deserts.

Due to the remote location you couldn’t help but feel like you had escaped to a desert Island, only without the sand! And despite taking a mini break at the end of September we were blessed with Indian Summer like temperatures which allowed us to fully utilise the garden and outdoor seating area. Perfect for long late night BBQ’s by candle light and a fresh walk looking out over the countryside in a morning.

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As you can see, the garden area is vast. With swings to entertain your little ones and a wide open space to enjoy a spot of rounders or football or even a family birthday or a party. With views that go on for miles there is something rather peaceful about looking out over the Herefordshire Countryside with nothing but the sound of animals in a nearby farm.

Let me take you inside for a little tour…

An unusual layout with the kitchen and living area on the first floor, which added to the quirky feel of staying in a Barn. You couldn’t help but feel cosy and comfortable despite all the wide open, spacious rooms and exposed wood. We took spare utensils, pots and pans thinking that we would run short. We couldn’t have been more wrong. Everything had been thought of, even down to fresh dish cloths! Now that’s impressive. With a large open plan kitchen, 2 large fridges and a freezer, a breakfast bar and large dining table complete with a high chair, we were very content.

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The living space was vast, comfy sofas, grandad chairs and blankets to snuggle under. Despite the many windows you really didn’t feel the cold. It was warm, cosy and relaxing. There is something rather quaint about being snuggled up under a blanket. It was heaven.

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 I couldn’t help but wonder how magical this Barn and surrounding area would be at Christmas time!

Moving on to the all important bedrooms and washing facilities. WOW. The bedrooms were large, spacious, perfectly laid out. There were four bathrooms, 3 of which were en suite. Pristine clean with a set of towels for each guest. Superb shower facilities which lets face it are generally hard to come by! The beds were so so comfortable. We certainly had no problems sleeping.

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Be sure to follow Sykes Cottages on their social channels. They are very active on Twitter and Facebook where you will find them tweeting tips and ideas of what to do when staying at one of their holiday destinations. We particularly enjoyed the list of country pubs to visit!

What with the advances in technology so many people choose to book their holidays online. I can say with sincerity that Sykes Cottages have encouraged me to return to the old school method of picking up the phone and actually talking to a person about what it is you are looking for. It worked for us. As winners of the British Travel Awards 2013, it goes without saying and from first hand experience that you will be safe in their capable hands.

You will find them on Twitter here and Facebook here.

*NB This is a review post however all words are my own. 

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