It’s that time of year again when the nights draw in, the mercury drops and no matter how much you wrap up, you can still feel an ominous chill tingling up your spine.  We are of course talking about “All Hallows’ Eve” – a chance to dress up, scare yourself silly, and celebrate the myths and monsters that have become mainstays of the season.  And with this season very much in mind, we’ve decided to put together a selection of Halloween-themed holiday properties, with some great spooky attractions nearby.

Halloween is a festival with something for everyone – whether you enjoy witches and wizards, ghost walking, or jump frights at every corner, attractions tend to offer several events all at once to accommodate families and horror fans alike this time of year.  Team that with our selection of cottages below, which are bound to delight more than they terrify with some lovely accommodation in very unique locations.  So even if your break fails to scare away your wits, you will still have a few tales to tell; they will just be about amazing views, heavenly hot spots and friendly locals! 

The Pingle, Quorn, Leicestershire

Watching scary movies is another Halloween hallmark that we never seem to tire of – especially when the location is as quaint as this! 

Or why not take the family along to Quorn Great Central Railway where a thrilling adventure awaits. The GCR heritage railway line is providing the chance to go on a real steam-hauled ghost train with ghost trains. Climb aboard and share a carriage with curious characters such as Gru and Scarlett Overkill from Despicable Me. Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc will also be on the platform to greet passenger. Be sure to dress up in your scariest costume and enjoy free sweets onboard, with a prize for best dressed and scare yourself silly with a selection of snakes, spiders and creepy crawlies who are available to meet.

Find out more at: https://www.gcrailway.co.uk/station-facilities/quorn-woodhouse/

Book The Pingle now: https://westay.countryretreat.net/rentals/the-pingle

Brecon Barn, Brecon, Wales  

Isolated in the Brecon Beacons Mountains, the barn provides the perfect opportunity for intrepid visitors to Brecon to get away from it all and enjoy an undeniable highlight in the National Park Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The area is also infamous for its spooky encounters and witchcraft.  Explore both the natural beauty and historic legacy of this lovely corner of Wales– or just relax and enjoy it in any way you see fit.

For those brave enough why not take a trip deep underground in Dan Yr Ogof Cave at their annual ‘Halloween experience’. Long before you get to the unique setting for our Halloween festivities the cries, moans of the ghosts, and ghouls can be heard echoing through the cave!

Find out more at: https://www.showcaves.co.uk/

Book your stay at Brecon Barn now: https://westay.countryretreat.net/rentals/brecon-beacons-barn

The Hideaway, Twyford, Leicestershire

Your enjoyment of Halloween at Hideaway may depend on how much you believe the local history! But what cannot be denied is that the region is a true delight, with glorious views and a wealth of wonderful heritage to soak up.  The Hideaway isn’t short of charm either.  This charming and romantic getaway for two is praised by guests for its lovely quiet location, gorgeous views  and more.

While there why not embark on the Haunted Heritage Ghost Walk at Bradgate Park. Wander around Bradgate and visit the ruins of the family home that once belonged to Lady Jane Grey – who was Queen of England for just 9 days at the age of 16. You’ll also get to explore the Chapel where you will be part of a vigil and use equipment to see what activity you can pick up. Monks have been sighted on many occasions and, and on entry to the ruins a female apparition has also been spotted and ghostly horses hooves have also been heard. 

Find out more at: https://www.visitleicester.info/whats-on/bradgate-park-ghost-walk-p818821

Book your escape at The Hideaway now: https://westay.countryretreat.net/rentals/the-hideaway

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