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Half Term Holiday Cottages

Children playing in the autumn leaves at Rowallane Garden, County Down, in October.  © John Millar

Children playing in the autumn leaves at Rowallane Garden, County Down, in October. © John Millar

Half term holiday cottages are ideal for getting away with the children after first few weeks of the new school year are done and dusted. Half term holiday cottages are perfect for enjoying the fine Autumn weather, where the rich reds, oranges and yellows of fall cover the British Isles.

With many a spectacular holiday locations in Great Britain, the likes of Cornwall, the Lake District, Norfolk, Wales and Yorkshire are all sublime locations to enjoy beaches, forests, walks and Hallowe’en fun this October. Half term holiday cottages and the Autumn season go hand-in-hand, with spooky tales and scary attire awaiting brave families this Hallowe’en at National Trust places around the country.

There are plenty of October half term events for the whole you and your children to enjoy,  so why not whisk the family off for a half term adventure in one of our characterful holiday cottages.

It is not too late to book a holiday for the half term week and our half term holiday cottages are the epitome of a short uk break. Check out our special offers, they may come in handy when seeking that special holiday cottage for a week away with the kids this October.

Everything you need  for a spooky Hallowe’en adventure can be found at the places we look after. Discover creaking staircases and secret doorways, seek out ghoulish gargoyles and historical legends, or explore mystifying mazes and magical woods.

So why not book into one of our enchanted holiday cottages and enjoy a whole week of frighteningly good fun?

Whether it’s a leisurely stroll through the rusty carpet of fallen leaves, or a blast of cool air from the coast, holiday cottages in Cornwall have something for everyone this half term. Hall Court dates back to 15th century, and who knows what gruesome medieval happenings occurred in its 1,300 acre estate. right in the heart of Cotehele, you’ll occupy the oldest part of the building. For a more Gothic taste, The Old School House has been revived with a Regency window and the tranquil setting will revitalise the soul.

Devon was a favourite place of Agatha Christie, who used the county as a key setting in many of her novels. Well-known for her crime stories, there is sure to be a chilling sense of mystery. Holiday cottages in Devon date back hundreds of years, with original features still intact. One of Devon’s oldest manor house, Shute Barton is ideal for a family getaway this October and its grand medieval rooms are perfect for enjoying some pumpkin soup after a fine autumn day.

The sights, sounds and smells of autumn are hard to beat, especially in Cumbria. Our Lake District holiday cottages will provide a hauntingly good time and are perfect for a half term holiday. The eerie, rustic Bird How is not for the faint-hearted and the Trust has events and activities in the Lake District to appeal to all ages throughout the year.

Yorkshire holiday cottages Proctor and Vyner come complete with a chill in the air. Fountains Hall serves up ghost sightings to those brave enough to stay in the grand manor. Creepy musicians, “golden shining lady” and children playing are just a few of the specters said to haunt the ground’s guests. Are you up for staying the night?

Get in the Hallowe’en spirit with these hair-raising haunted houses. It will be goosebumps galore all around at some of these grand estates and these historic locations are draped in an eerie shroud. Many ghostly encounters and tales from centuries past will add a sense of mystery to your October half term.  

Norfolk's Blickling Hall brings creepy to a new level. Said to be the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, her headless ghost is believed to return on the anniversary of her execution. Many people have reported seeing the ghosts of a Roman army in the cellars of Treasurer's House, Yorkshire. There have been reported sightings of around twenty soldiers walking two abreast, carrying lances, round shields and short swords. Sir Francis Drake lived in glory as a national hero while he was alive, but his spirit is obviously not a happy one. Both he and some accompanying 'hell hounds' are rumoured to haunt his former home, Buckland Abbey in Devon.

What better way to spend the day before returning to your very own cosy cottage for toasted marshmallows and a ghostly tale or two?

Why Choose A National Trust Holiday Cottage for Half Term?

All of our holiday cottages are on or very close to land managed by the Trust and you will enjoy the space to relax in truly unbelievable locations. Every time you stay with us the proceeds goes directly back towards protecting, restoring or opening up buildings and landscapes for everyone to enjoy. Your contribution is invaluable in helping the National Trust continue to protect and grow these special places.

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The Trust are exceedingly proud of our guest feedback and know that people love to keep returning to their special cottage and enjoy its pleasure time and time again.

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We look forward to welcoming you soon.


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