Sykehouse holiday cottages are hard to beat if you want to experience life in rural Yorkshire, surrounded by rolling hills and fields. This welcoming community lies in the borough of Doncaster, in South Yorkshire. The River Don and River Went pass through the village before winding their way into gloriously unspoiled countryside. With its eight-mile main street, Sykehouse is said to be the UK's longest village. Take a stroll from your holiday cottage in Sykehouse and you'll discover a thriving village centre with independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Look out for striking historic landmarks, including Gothic Revival-style Holy Trinity Church and 18th century Marsh Mills Farmhouse, featuring a beautiful red brick and rubble barn.

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For a pint of Yorkshire ale, head to the Old George Inn, a lively pub with a reputation for serving excellent food, prepared with the very best ingredients from local farms. The Peppered Pig is another good option, with a brilliant deli counter and tea rooms, serving a range of homemade delicacies. The renowned Sykehouse Show takes place on the first Sunday of August, with displays of shire horses, cattle, show jumping and ponies, and plenty of family entertainment.

With the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Peak District all within driving distance, self-catering holidays in Sykehouse are perfectly located for exploring. The area's high, windswept moors, sweeping glacial valleys and ancient woods are a paradise for walking, wildlife-watching and horse-riding. If you fancy a day in the city, Leeds and Sheffield are both nearby, with great shopping, restaurants, galleries and theatres. A little further east, sandy beaches and ancient fishing villages await discovery on the Yorkshire coast.