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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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  • The Stables

    Bolam, nr. Darlington

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: MWB


    Perfectly located in the small, unspoilt village of Bolam, this beautiful single-storey holiday property, attached to the owner’s home, is in the ideal location for guests wishing to really explore the local area and surrounding counties. This quaint village is small and welcoming, and occupies a crest of high ground on the edge of the Tees basin with panoramic views into the Tees Vale. Guests will often see horses being ridden through the main street at any time of day and will be far away from any of the hustle and bustle of daily life. Ideal for guests wanting to enjoy a quiet romantic break, Bolam is peaceful and pretty, and is home to a village pub that serves food and drink, situated just a few hundred yards away from the cottage. There is also a Michelin starred restaurant that is located just 3 miles away too, making this the perfect excuse to enjoy a fabulous three course meal in top quality surroundings.
    Perfect for walkers, cyclists and ramblers, with plenty of walks, cycle paths, bridleways and established footpaths that pass through the village and beyond into some of the most picturesque countryside that County Durham has to offer. Taking guests through unspoilt woodland, open fields and fabulous countryside, guests will be able to wander far and wide through some of the many small villages and towns that lie in the surrounding areas including Staindrop, Heighington, Cockfield, Evenwood, Little Newsham and Ingleton.
    For guests who enjoy a round of golf on their holiday, there is the perfect opportunity to visit one of the many surrounding golf courses, including Headlam Hall Country Hotel and Spa, and Bishop Auckland Golf Club. The pretty village of Staindrop is only a little over 8 miles away and is an ideal destination for a day trip. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and peppered with cafés, tea shops, pubs and a butchers, this is a great spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch and then a wander around Raby Castle, where visitors will have the pleasure of being able to catch a glimpse of over two hundred deers, comfortable in their natural habitat within the grounds of the estate and castle. Only 14 miles away, the thriving and historic town of Barnard Castle is also a must see. There is a popular weekly farmers market offering local produce, as well as many various pubs, restaurants, shops and places of interest, including the ruins of the castle itself, along with a visit to the world famous Bowes Museum.
    Visit the cathedral city of Durham, which is only a 35-minute drive away, with an abundance of historic and popular attractions, including Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral and the River Wear. Durham is a city that is thriving all year round and is an ideal location for all ages, with many popular activities and shows to see and enjoy including the Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, book week, arts week and the theatre, as well as many designer boutiques and shops.

    Beach 25 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    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 case 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!

    Spacious, beamed living room with multi-fuel burner and wooden floor. Beamed kitchen with wooden floor. Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, leading to single bedroom.

    • Multi-fuel burner - initial fuel included, therafter available locally
    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • 32’’ Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Internet connection
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Appleby Cottage

    Bishop Auckland, nr Durham

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44275


    Nestled in the small village of South Church and backing on to the River Gaunless in Bishop Auckland, guests will find Appleby Cottage the perfect base for exploring the local area. This terraced property is only a short walk away from the bustling market town of Bishop Auckland, and there are plenty of places to visit and explore. Often referred to as the gateway to Weardale, Bishop Auckland is a historic market town in the Vale of Durham, standing high above the River Wear with commanding views of the surrounding countryside. Perfect for walkers, you can make the short 2½ mile walk from Appleby Cottage to the centre of the town and then just a few hundred yards further straight in to the grounds of the magnificent Auckland Castle, the country residence of the Prince Bishops for more than 900 years.
    This is also a great opportunity to enjoy exploring the 800 acres of the Bishop’s Deer Park which surrounds the castle and makes a great destination at any time of year. Bishop Auckland offers a thriving arts and cultural scene with a cinema, theatre and arts complex making this the perfect opportunity to enjoy a theatre break. There are plenty of places to eat and drink in the town as well as a selection of boutiques and high street shops. Only a mile from the town and just over 3½ miles from Appleby Cottage is Binchester Roman Fort, which is home to the best preserved Roman military baths in Britain. For those who enjoy visiting historical monuments and churches there is also Escomb Saxon Church. Ideal for cyclists as well as walkers, there are various established walks and cycle routes in the local area including the Auckland Way Railway Path and routes along the river.
    Only 10 miles away from the historic city of Durham, Appleby Cottage is in the perfect location for those wanting to visit friends and family at Durham University or an ideal base for prospective students wanting to explore the campuses and facilities or attend graduation ceremonies. The city of Durham offers many attractions and places to explore including Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral which are World Heritage Sites. Perfect for a trip at any time of year Durham is a thriving city with plenty of entertainment and sporting occasions. Durham County Cricket Club and Durham Golf Club are easily accessible. A little further afield but still within easy driving distance you will be able to enjoy a day trip to the magnificent North Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, or visit one of the many smaller villages in County Durham.
    There is also the opportunity to visit the Angel of the North statue which is only a 20-minute drive away; Beamish Museum is 30 minutes, Newcastle 40 minutes and the Metrocentre is 45 minutes by car. Warm and welcoming, Appleby Cottage offers super accommodation for families, couples and friends wanting to enjoy a holiday together. Shop and restaurant 1 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 case 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!

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with slate effect floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single, all with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Fawn Lea Cottage

    Staindrop, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29137

    Set in a quiet courtyard, close to the village amenities of Staindrop and the village greens, this cosy, comfortably furnished and well-equipped holiday cottage is adjacent to the owner’s property. Raby Castle is within walking distance and Bowes Museum is a short drive. Visit Barnard Castle, Hadrian’s Wall or enjoy walks on the beautiful Teesdale fells and meadows or in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Visit High Force Waterfall, Beamish Open Air Museum or Eggleston Hall with its beautiful gardens. Many footpaths lead from the door, as well as a bus service from the village. Staindrop has a shop, post office, a pub serving meals, bistro and tea room. A lovely, tree-lined walk lies across the road from the cottage, with a river running alongside. North Yorkshire is a few minutes’ drive and Durham is half an hour away. Shop and pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Utility room with toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms, both with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Garth House

    Mickleton, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29168

    Approached by a short grassy pathway and set back from the village road, this charming and tastefully decorated, semi-detached holiday cottage has lovely views from the front and rear, and an enclosed rear gravelled sitting-out area. It offers a cosy base to return to after exploring this little-known, unspoilt region. Mickleton has two pubs and there is a selection of other inns and restaurants in the surrounding villages. The market town of Barnard Castle is 8 miles away which has a variety of shops as well as Bowes Museum, whilst the countryside offers very good walking and cycling for all abilities. Shop 2 miles, pub serving food 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Step down to kitchen with beams and tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 2 steps to 1 twin and bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Small enclosed, gravelled sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Iris Cottage

    Eggleston, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29203

    With far reaching views to Mickleton Fell and the Lake District beyond, this traditional holiday cottage dating back to the 1800s provides a comfortable base with original beams, an open fire and exposed stone work. Enjoy a day out on the fells in this unspoilt area of Teesdale or visiting historical attractions such as Bowes Museum, Raby Castle and the delightful villages of the Northern Dales. Excellent walking can be enjoyed from the cottage and cycling is also popular in the area. Everyday shopping can be done in Barnard Castle, or Middleton-in-Teesdale. Shop 2 miles, pub serving food 50 yards.

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV/DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared courtyard. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • River View

    Frosterley

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 23712

    Overlooking the River Wear, this conversion of farm buildings is peacefully situated in an AONB. Adjoining another cottage, it makes a comfortable holiday base to explore the area. The Northern Dales is made up of waterfalls, rugged upland, fertile valleys and meadows. Market towns dot the area, the historic town of Barnard Castle with the Bowes Museum and Durham, with its cathedral and cobbled streets easily accessible. Shop 400 yards, pub 300 yards.

    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 case 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!

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared garden. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared games room with pool table. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond, 100 yards.

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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 case 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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  • Dove Cottage

    Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC211120
    Dove Cottage is a delightful character cottage nestling in a peaceful location in the historical market town of Barnard Castle.  The cottage is only a short stroll from the town centre which has numerous bars and restaurants.  Great care has been taken in the refurbishment of this compact cottage to ensure a cosy and welcoming holiday.

    Ground Floor: Heated by slim line wall mounted electric heaters, Dove Cottage comprises:
    Lounge/dining/kitchen: With gas stove, colour TV with freeview, DVD and radio/CD. Kitchen with electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with icebox.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Master double bedroom with colour TV.
    Bedroom 2: Small twin bedroom with 2’6" beds, particularly suitable for children.
    Shower room: With shower and hand basin.
    Separate WC.

    All fuel, power, bed linen for all beds and towels included. Sorry no cot available.Pebbled patio with garden furniture to the front of the house. On street parking. Two well behaved pets welcome but they must be restricted to the ground floor rooms. 

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  • Valley View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 13388

    This delightful barn conversion retains its rustic charm standing in an elevated position with wonderful panoramic views overlooking the Wear Valley and the Pennine Fells beyond. Adjoining the owner’s cottage and another holiday property, in unspoilt countryside of the Durham Dales. A good central base, the Lakes, Dales, Borderland, Barnard Castle, Hexham, Newcastle and Durham, within 30 miles. Shop and pub ½ mile. Can be booked with ref 13874 to sleep 6+2.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

    Solid fuel central heating (coal at cost). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. 24hr drying service. Freezer space available. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: There is a stone banked area and drop in the garden.

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  • Fawn Lea Apartment

    Staindrop, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29138

    Situated a short stroll from the village, this holiday apartment, adjoining the owner’s home, provides an ideal base and is close to a lovely, tree-lined walk which runs along the river. The Northern Dales holds a wealth of historical interest; visit the gardens of Egglestone Hall, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum or Baldersdale Reservoirs. Staindrop has a shop, a pub, a cafe and bistro both serving food, and a P.O. The historical market town of Barnard Castle is famous for ’The Banks’, antique shops, tea rooms and boutique shops. Fishing is available by permit on the River Tees. Hamsterley Forest has nature trails, pony trekking and mountain bike routes. High Force waterfall (the highest in England) and Beamish Museum are worth a visit. North Yorkshire is a few minutes’ drive and Durham is half an hour away. Shop and pub 500 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared large courtyard and natural grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Pig Run Barn

    Nr. Beamish

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: E5343

    Set amidst rolling countryside and enjoying peace and tranquillity on the owners’ 200 acre farm, where you can enjoy its many footpaths and cycleways, these renovated cottages provide excellent accommodation. Lying down a sleepy country lane, these stone-built cottages were converted from farm barns and have been tastefully and thoughtfully furnished giving the perfect base that’s both relaxing and ideal for exploring the diverse attractions this region has to offer. Only 20 minutes from the many attractions of Newcastle and Gateshead - home to the Sage music venue, Baltic contemporary art gallery and excellent shopping. The renowned Beamish Open Air Museum that vividly recreates life in the North of England in the late 1800s and early 1900s is just 3 miles away and is an essential day out. The historic city of Durham, with its magnificent cathedral, which is regarded as the finest Norman building in Europe, is a mere 10 miles away. Durham is one the most beautiful cities in England, with spectacular architecture, tree-lined river bank walks and winding streets. Durham Cricket ground, which hosts many international matches is just 10 minutes away. The Durham Dales with wonderful scenery, great hill walking and cycling is only a 20 minute drive, while further afield you can discover Hadrian’s Wall, Alnwick Gardens and the castles and gloriously unspoilt coastline of Northumberland – all under an hours’ drive. Lapwing Cottage and Beamish Cottage (refs E5028 and E5029) can be interlinked to sleep 4 guests. Shop and pub serving food 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Freezer. Patio and furniture.

    Lapwing Cottage and Beamish Cottage (refs E5028 and E5029) can be interlinked to sleep 4 guests. Pig Run Barn and Millers Barn (refs E5343 and E5344) can be interlinked to sleep 9 guests.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD/iPod dock. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi available at £10 per stay. No smoking.

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  • The Granary

    Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 26502

    This converted detached granary is set on a farm breeding pure bred Aberdeen Angus cattle and is situated very close to Hamsterley Forest. It uses a low carbon air source heat pump for both hot water and underfloor heating throughout and electricity is supplied by the farm’s own wind turbine. Shop 1 mile, pub 3/4 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    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 case 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!

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom, shower over bath, toilet, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite wet room, toilet. Beams throughout first floor.

    Woodburner in living room included. Underfloor heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas range cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Stabling horses and secure bicycle lock up available. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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