Whether you’re a free spirit looking for somewhere to rest, a hardy holidaymaker in search of a fright or you’re just seeking some much-needed creature comforts, there are loads of ghoulish getaways to enjoy this Halloween.
The original ghost town, a break in York allows you to admire some of Britain’s most beautiful architecture and take a trip on the UK’s first ever ghost walk. After being suitably scared by the city’s hair-raising tales of horror, you can retire to the comfort of your tower: an ancient monument with stunning views available from the rooftop terrace.
Due to its connection to Dracula, Whitby is a place where you can celebrate Halloween all year round. Say ‘fangs’ to his creator by staying in the apartment where Bram Stoker dreamt up the devilish count in the late 19th century. Enjoy the same sea views and incredible inspiration but with modern comfort and convenience.
First spotted in 565AD, the Loch Ness Monster’s fame only really spread from the 1930s onwards. Stay at Bramble Lodge and you’re close enough to go monster hunting (boats trips available locally). Or you could just cosy up on the couch and watch a hair-raising horror film on DVD.
Located in the grounds of one of Britain’s most beautiful strongholds, the cottages offer amazing accommodation and free access to the castle itself. A private property of 6 medieval queens and a palace used by Henry VIII, Leeds Castle also boasts a few ghostly legends. The most notable includes the appearance of a strange black dog. But since Keeper’s House does not accept pets, you can relax in complete canine-free comfort.
A scenic setting at the bottom of the beautiful Pendle Hill puts you at the forefront of one of history’s most notorious trials: when 12 people from the area were tried for witchcraft in 1612. Though you can explore the region’s history, there’s plenty more to enjoy in your accommodation and the area: one of Britain’s most beautiful hidden holiday gems!
Fans of spooky cinema will not want to pass up a stay at The Towers. This grand, Gothic chateau sleeps 20 and offers a home cinema and open fire in the living room – perfect for a frightening film fest. With a 9-hole putting green and croquet lawn it’s ideal for a restful break. Its dining room, drawing room and library also makes it perfect for a murder mystery weekend too.
The scenic, timeless setting of this Dales hamlet attracted filmmakers when looking for a remote backdrop to feature in the 2012 film The Woman in Black. Away from the gloomy filmic ambience, you have a beautiful countryside setting with wonderful walks and cosy pubs to explore, and a beautiful holiday home to retire to afterwards.
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Words: Ben Webster, cottages.com
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