Halloween in a 400 year old Lake District cottage

October 18, 2016

Spend Halloween in an old cottage

The Lake District is a wonderful place to visit.

Back in October 2012 we decided to rent a cottage for a few days in the October half term, right through Halloween.

We had heard great things from friends about Sykes Cottages, and so we booked through them, and weren’t disappointed.

The cottage was an excellent standard, and included a welcome pack (that had a few things for the kids too).

We booked Sykehouse Cottage, which is located in the beautiful village of Broughton-in-Furness in the southern part of the Lake District in Cumbria.

Broughton-in-Furness – Things to See and Do

Broughton-in-Furness is a great village with a good bakery and shops, and makes an excellent base for exploring the southern side of the Lake District, which is somewhere most people don’t explore.

Just up the road (A593) is Coniston Water, and not too far from Coniston is Grizedale Forest Park.

If you are feeling adventurous, try out the Go Ape in Grizedale Forest Park.

Neary By South Lakes Animal Park
We really recommend taking the kids to the nearby South Lakes Wild Animal Park.

If your kids are in need of a modern day treat, then Barrow-in-Furness is not too far a drive. There’s a small multiplex cinema there, along with a Pizza Hut.

BTW, if you have kids going through school you may have come across the excellent CGP Books. Broughton-in-Furness is the village where they are based, and there’s even a CGP petrol station!

When we visited in Halloween there were pumpkins all around the village (and a night time walk down to the Church graveyard really added to the ‘spookiness’!)

Sykehouse Cottage

Sykehouse Cottage had been beautifully restored. The old part of the house is a 400 year old Grade II building with a lot of history. The owners added a fantastic extension, so you have all the charm of ‘ye olde worlde’ with mod-cons like underfloor heating and WiFi.

Even though it wasn’t too cold outside, we loved firing up the woodburning stove in the living room.

Sykehouse Cottage, with woodburner in living room
There are 2 double bedrooms in the refurbished part of the house, and a twin bedroom in the old part.

There is one large bathroom that has a bath with shower over, basin, and of course WC. There’s also a downstairs toilet and sink.

Sykehouse Cottage Kitchen - great for family meals
The kitchen is fantastic, with lovely underfloor heating.

It is large enough for a big family meal in the kitchen – farmhouse style – and in the living room is a woodburning stove that puts out a great amount of heat, making it very cosy.

Enjoying a brew in the conservatory
Outside there is short drive with enough room to park one car, and the garden is at the rear of the house and the gate can be locked so that the kids don’t get out!

If you are thinking of exploring the southern side of the Lake District we recommend staying at Sykehouse Cottage. With all the mod-cons it makes a great base to explore in the cooler months.

Getting in Touch with Sykehouse Cottage

Here's how you can get in contact with Sykehouse Cottage.

Sykehouse Cottage Website


Sykehouse Cottage Facebook Page

01244 500579

Where to find Sykehouse Cottage

Sat Nav Postcode: LA20 6ER


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