Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Travel - UK self catering
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  • Contact
    • Richard House, 80 Lower Bridge St, Chester, CH1 1RU

About Sykes Cottages

Sykes Cottages have been letting holiday cottages for over 25 years and is today the UK’s leading independent agency.

The company’s journey began in the Yorkshire Dales, where Clive Sykes’ mother ran a small lettings agency for her own holiday cottages and those of friends. Clive soon saw that there was a demand for a top quality service to holidaymakers and owners, leading to the creation of the ‘mother and son’ team of Sykes Cottages.

Over 200,000 holidays are booked with Sykes Cottages every year and the company operates over 10,000 cottages across the UK.

The company’s core values are to: achieve together; communicate honestly; earn trust; drive innovation and change; and learn and grow.

Headquartered in Chester and with three offices across the UK, the company is led on a day-to-day basis by Chief Executive Graham Donoghue.

What is it like to work for Sykes Cottages

The senior management team encourage new initiatives and ideas through events, such as the IT ‘Hackathon’, where the technology team downed tools for 24 hours to spend time working on new and innovative ideas that interested them.
My Team
My Team
The company recently ran a half-day staff conference aimed at sharing the strategic vision of the business and having fun as a team, followed by an awards ceremony, which included a dinner and celebration.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
As well as an enhanced benefits package, Sykes have a monthly Staff Values Awards, as nominated by colleagues. Staff are awarded at a company-wide floor brief by the CEO, who presents a letter detailing their nomination, a certificate and a £50 Amazon voucher.

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  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Companies offering private health insurance for all employees

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative

Company Statistics

  • Earning £35,000+:


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  • Male : Female:

    42% / 58%


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