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County Durham

If you’re looking for a peaceful ‘away from it all’ holiday where you can re-charge your batteries amongst beautiful countryside, County Durham is for you; providing untouched rural landscapes and a rich historical backdrop.

Any cottage holiday in County Durham would not be complete without a visit to the historic city of Durham. The city is renowned as one of the finest historical and cultural cities in the UK, with its magnificent cathedral and castle world heritage site. Enjoy its medieval architecture, cobbled winding streets, unique shops, pubs and restaurants.

The Durham Dales forms The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an area of open heather moorland, rivers and dales, wonderful wildlife and ancient stone villages; just perfect for days out walking and touring. Include a visit to High Force waterfall where you can combine a lovely woodland walk with the magnificent site of the waterfall where the River Tees falls over the falls in two stages, creating a wonderful natural, all-year round spectacle.

Head eastwards for days out at the Durham Coast, with a coastal path, quiet beaches and imposing headlands. A great way to unwind amongst nature as it was intended, with the wind in your hair and great uninterrupted view out across the North Sea.

For a the perfect family day out Beamish Museum fits the bill, where you can discover what the north east was like in times gone by. Set in 300 acres of countryside this is a working, living museum giving a real sense of what life was like all those years ago.

From riverside strolls to tackling parts of the Pennine Way and with quiet country roads to challenging off-road climbs, County Durham offers lots of opportunities to explore by foot or bike; suitable for both novices and experts alike!

Despite its rural character there’s plenty to keep visitors fully occupied during their stay, with a wealth of things to do and places to see in this enchanting corner of England.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in County Durham.
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  • Woodland View

    Beamish

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29808


    This elegantly furnished and spacious detached bungalow is only a ten minute walk from the Beamish Living Museum. Set at the head of a small quiet cul-de-sac, it is ideally located to discover the delights of Durham, the Dales, and Northumberland’s sweeping sandy beaches and famous castles, offering a combination of tranquil countryside, vibrant city life and historical sites. The open air living museum of Beamish is a short walk away. Woodland View looks over to the woods from the rear and sitting in the peaceful conservatory is perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the idyllic Beamish Valley, beautiful woodlands and cycle paths. Sustrans coast to coast cycle track runs right by the woods to the rear and there are delightful walks from the door. The surrounding villages are full of friendly country pubs. Only a 10 minute drive takes you to The Riverside International Cricket Ground; home of Durham Cricket team, and with the Metro Centre only 20 minutes and the coast around 30 minutes. The property is within a mile of Beamish golf course and under 2 miles to a municipal golf course. This is an ideal holiday location for exploring the whole of this unspoilt area. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    The property is situated only a short drive from Bishop Auckland which plays host to the magical Kynren Eleven Arches spectacular from July-September 2016. Kynren - an epic tale of England - promises to be a historical extravaganza with a cast of over 1,000 people set over 7.5 acres of County Durham. There’ll be 14 action packed and movie-like performances of colossal and dazzling proportions. The shows will incorporate a full size lake with pyrotechnics, stunning lighting and water effects making it a true spectacle in every sense of the word!

    1 step to entrance: All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Conservatory. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with clawfoot bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating included (£30per week, £25 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned rear garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Front garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Arrow Cottage

    Witton-le-Wear

    Grade
    15
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: MQG

    Set in the heart of the ‘picture-postcard’ Anglo Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear - steeped in history with its 12th-century tower, Norman church and views of the 15th-century Witton Castle, where fishing is available on their beautiful lakes. This attractive large house (built circa 1780) provides spacious living accommodation for families and/or friends to get together or to celebrate a special occasion. Adjoining another property, Arrow Cottage has lovely gardens together with river walks and the renowned Low barns Nature reserve nearby where visitors can relax and unwind, making this a tranquil and peaceful holiday retreat. Arrow Cottage is a 5 bedroomed family cottage, with rooms set out to cater for family groups of 10 adults, 5 children and/or 2 babies/toddlers or combinations thereof to a maximum of 17. Perfectly located to explore this magnificent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - starting in the quiet picturesque village, which has two good real ale pubs on hand. The Wear Valley area is noted for its outstanding natural beauty and diversity of wildlife together with beautiful breathtaking scenery, peppered with small villages bustling with hospitality for locals and visitors alike. Hamsterley Forest, with its pathways, cycleways, bridleways and numerous sporting and leisure activities, lies 4 miles to the west. Durham city is 15 miles away with its majestic cathedral, cobbled streets, eateries and galleries. Raby Castle with its 200-acre deer park and fine medieval interior is a short drive, while Beamish Museum, one of the largest and most interesting working museums of its kind, can be enjoyed by the whole family, and is only a 30-minute drive. The local towns of Barnard Castle and Bishop Auckland are within easy reach, with Auckland Castle and Bowes Museum being excellent tourist attractions. Shop 1½ miles, pubs in village.

    The property is situated only a short drive from Bishop Auckland which plays host to the magical Kynren Eleven Arches spectacular from July-September 2016. Kynren - an epic tale of England - promises to be a historical extravaganza with a cast of over 1,000 people set over 7.5 acres of County Durham. There’ll be 14 action packed and movie-like performances of colossal and dazzling proportions. The shows will incorporate a full size lake with pyrotechnics, stunning lighting and water effects making it a true spectacle in every sense of the word!

    Beamed living room with decorative cast-iron fireplace, wooden floor. Beamed dining room with decorative cast-iron range, wooden floor. Step down to large well-equipped kitchen with electric range, slate floor, and door to patio. Sitting room with open fire, wooden floor, door to patio. Steps down to beamed games room with TV, slate floor and access to garden. Separate toilet. Stairs to double bedroom with additional single bed (for +1 child) with en-suite bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed. Two further double bedrooms, each with decorative fireplace; one with high beamed ceiling, 5ft bed and additional single bed (for +1 child), one with 5ft four-poster bed, additional bunk beds (for +2 children) and wooden floor. Twin bedroom with decorative fireplace additional single bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Bathroom with cast-iron claw-foot bath, bidet and toilet. Walk-in tiled shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Electricity and full central heating included (October-March £50per week, £25 per short break)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Two travel cots
    • Two high chairs
    • Two TVs
    • Two DVDs (large library)
    • 5-ring electric Rangemaster (double oven)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed south-facing garden, patio terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Garage (for 1 car); parking (for 1 car); extra roadside parking (3 cars)
    • Cycle storage
    • Games room with sofa, pool table, darts and various games/toys
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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