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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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  • Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Brancepeth Cottage

    Wolsingham

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 27766

    These delightful semi-detached cottages are holiday homes situated in the heart of County Durham, located near the idyllic countryside village of Wolsingham, in the Durham Dales. Each cottage offers you the remoteness of a country retreat with shared indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, there is also a games room with full size snooker table. There are limited private pool sessions available which can be booked directly with the owner, and these must be booked 7 days in advance. Whether you choose to take in the scenic countryside that County Durham has to offer, or are looking for a quiet retreat, this is an ideal holiday base. Just minutes away are Tunstall Reservoir and Hamsterley Forest, with bike riding, horse riding and many other activities. Kilhope Lead Mining Centre and Beamish Museum are close by, as is a real snow ski lift. Located around 30-minutes from the historic city of Durham with its World Heritage site status, cathedral and castle. The National Railway Museum at Shildon, High Force Waterfall, the Metro Centre, Newcastle Airport, Durham Tees Valley Airport, Diggerland and Newcastle town centre with its cultural attractions are all within easy reach. Visit Hadrian’s Wall, Lake District National Park and the beautiful north east coastline. Shop, pub and 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!

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with stone floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room on request (fuel at cost). Travel cot and high chair on request.

    All properties: Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Shared natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m; depth 2m x 0.9m), limited private sessions are available to book 7 days in advance. Shared hot tub and sauna. Shared games room with snooker table and games. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Steps within the grounds. Lake in grounds.

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  • Castle Garden

    Barnard Castle

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: E5468

    A comfortable mid-terraced holiday home, situated in the oldest part of the ancient Teesdale market town of Barnard Castle, home to the Bowes Museum and its acclaimed national art collection. Its true asset is the conservatory looking out onto the secluded garden with seating area and garden furniture, offering castle wall views, great for al fresco dining. Barnard Castle has a wonderful selection of specialist retailers, cafes, restaurants and antique centres, all within walking distance, and an 18-hole golf course, leisure centre with pool and horse riding nearby. It is ideally placed for varied walks and exploring outstanding areas including the Yorkshire Dales (8 miles), Teesdale, the North Lakes (50 mins) and Raby Castle (7 miles). Shops and pub serving food 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Conservatory. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • The Garden Cottage

    Castleside

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E5243

    Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages have been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features. The tranquil location makes this the perfect place to relax and unwind while the many foot paths and cycle routes are an excellent way to enjoy the surrounding countryside and views. Situated on the Durham/ Northumberland border, Derwent Grange is ideally located for exploring the many attractions both counties have to offer. The historic city of Durham, with its magnificent cathedral and river boat trips and the market town of Barnard Castle with its 12th century castle; and Medieval Raby Castle are all just a short drive away. The award winning Beamish Open Air Museum, is just 13 miles away and is well worth a visit. Newcastle and Gateshead offer an array of museums and art galleries along with excellent shopping and are only 18 miles away. The breathtaking scenery of the Northumberland National Park is within an half an hours’ drive as is Hadrians Wall. A little further afield are Alnwick Castle and Gardens while the castles and gloriously unspoilt coastline of Northumberland are around an hours’ drive. Shop and pub serving food 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. NSH included. Cot. Video. DVD. Large garden.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. CD. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room (at cost). Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Private water supply.

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  • Old Hall Cottages - 2 Old Hall Cottages

    Byers Green, nr. Durham

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 30418


    No.2 Old Hall Cottage was originally the stables at The Old Hall. Byers Green is situated within 15 minutes’ drive of both the historic city of Durham with its mainline rail link, and Bishop Auckland, home of the Prince Bishops at Auckland Castle. This stone built holiday property has expansive garden views looking towards Weardale. The site has no through traffic and is a rich haven for birds and wildlife, with country walks from the door, fishing on the River Wear (permits available) and cycle tracks. This is the gateway to the Durham Dales, Weardale and Teesdale, with splendour at Raby Castle and Bowes Museum, industrial heritage at Killhope, Beamish and Shildon. Visit Keilder Water, Hadrians Wall, the Northumberland Coast and the Lake District. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub ¼mile.

    There are two other properties on this site (refs 30417 and 30419).

    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: Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Utility room. 1 single bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, one zip and linkl, both with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Front patio with furniture. Small rear sitting-out area.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot, high chair and stairgate on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in The Old Hall garden.

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  • Cherry Tree Cottage

    St John’s Chapel, nr. Stanhope

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 26746

    This semi-detached holiday home, set in a tranquil village just outside St John’s Chapel, is situated down a quiet country lane, the perfect place for a quiet and relaxing holiday, with a large garden to enjoy in the summer evenings. The house has wonderful views across the Durham Dales and beyond, with many wonderful walks and attractions right on your doorstep. Popular attractions include Kilhope Mine, the Force Waterfall, the historic market town of Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum and Durham Cathedral, all within one hours’ drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and beams. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 5 steps in grounds.

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  • Dairy Cottage

    Durham

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: E5279

    Tucked away down a country lane and surrounded by rolling countryside, this converted dairy has been renovated to a good standard with a well-equipped kitchen, beautiful bathrooms, spacious living room with double height beamed ceiling and minstrel balcony. Set by the owners’ home and sharing their 4-acre grounds, a 20-minute walk along the riverside takes you directly into Durham city where you can enjoy excellent cafés, restaurants and shopping. Steeped in history, Durham is renowned for its spectacular architecture and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Durham Cathedral and Castle along with its famous university which dates back to the 13th century. Enjoy a 10-minute train journey into the vibrant city of Newcastle and only 45 minutes to historical York. Shop and pub serving food 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: 3 steps up to living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and wooden floor. 2 steps to kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband. Shared 4-acre garden and furniture. Parking. Fishing on River Wear foc. No smoking. NB: Beck in garden.

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  • Brookfield House

    St John’s Chapel

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 27813

    This upside down property is ideally located in the Wear Valley, and lies on the edge of the village of St John’s Chapel, in an AONB, with shops, post office and pubs. There are beautiful views of the village and fells and several scenic walks from the doorstep. Delightful waterfalls, woodland walks and meadows are nearby with stepping stones and footbridges crossing the river. This part of the Wear Valley is located between Durham City and the Lake District, an ideal base for touring High Force, Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Hadrian’s Wall, Hamsterley Forest and Beamish. It is part of the Weardale Way and only a few miles from the Coast to Coast cycle route. Shop 250 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, (one 4ft), 1 with double sofa bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floor.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Gas central heating (£30per week November-March), electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot on request. High chair. Freesat TV. Video. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Rivers Edge Cottage

    Shotley Bridge

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: MLW

    This delightful detached single-storey barn conversion, set in a leafy glade in an idyllic peaceful setting by the river (permits available), enjoys its own attractive garden in the owner’s grounds. Totally refurbished and equipped to the E.T.C. ‘4 Star’ standard, it retains much character, beamed ceilings and unique features including a circular bathroom. Beautiful countryside (with many cycle tracks nearby) surround this is the ideal holiday location. Beamish Museum, Metro Centre, Newcastle city centre, Hexham, Durham close by. Northumberland coast within a 1-hour drive. Shops 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!

    One step to entrance. Spacious beamed living room with sofa-bed (for +2) and electric fire in feature fireplace. Farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Combi microwave oven/grill
    • Washing machine
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with terrace and sitting-out area
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB Sitting-out area overlooks the river

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  • Yarker Lane Cottage

    Mickleton, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: 7193

    Wonderful views

    This converted barn has produced a larger than average cottage which can accommodate up to six people. Situated in the Upper Teesdale Valley, the holiday cottage provides a wonderful base for touring this area of the Northern Dales, with wonderful views - ideal for walkers. Enjoy the local pub, just 600 yards, renowned for its food. The cottage has many attractive features, including exposed stone walls, Velux roof windows in bedrooms, and is fitted with all modern conveniences. Shop 2 miles, pub 600 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Study with double bed. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with Velux. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Attractive garden with paved patio and chairs. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

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  • West Bridge End - The Old Byre

    Frosterley, nr. Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 24970

    Overlooking the River Wear, these superb conversions of the barn, old byre and stables provide a wonderful holiday retreat. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside and is set in a haven of peace and tranquillity. Adjoining one another, they lie within an attractive courtyard setting, complemented by a fountain and shrubberies. All the properties have been tastefully refurbished and are full of character and charm, with shared use of lovely grounds, children’s play area, summer house and games room. The pretty village of Frosterley has shops and pubs, with walks in every direction along Weardale. Described as England’s ’last wilderness’, and possibly one of the best kept secrets, the Durham Dales are situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, made up of a wonderful blend of rugged upland, impressive waterfalls, fertile river valleys and wild flower meadows. Pleasant towns and pretty villages dot the area – the historic market town of Barnard Castle lies within easy reach, and boasts castle remains overlooking the town, as well as the Bowes Museum. Built as an impressive French-style chateau, the museum houses a magnificent collection of fine and decorative art. Other places of interest are Raby Castle, the ruins of Egglestone Abbey and Rokeby Hall. Hexham (with stately abbey) is a good day trip out, as well as the splendid cathedral city of Durham, 15 miles. NB: Refs 24969, 24970, 24971 and 23712 (also on the same site) can be booked together to accommodate up to 27 guests.

    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. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair by arrangement with owner. DVD. CD. Microwave. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared use of owner’s landscaped gardens with lawned terraces, children’s swings and summer house. Shared patio and furniture. Shared barbecue. Shared games room with pool table. Shared 1/2-acre courtyard. No smoking. NB: Pond 2 metres, pond 30 metres and 6 steps in grounds.

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  • The Granary

    Eggleston, Barnard Castle

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: MJP

    In the heart of Teesdale, on the edge of the North Pennines in an AONB, this detached character cottage stands within the grounds of Eggleston Hall, famed for its nursery garden and association with the TV series Ladette to Lady. There is a gift shop and café/bistro in its grounds. Many original features add to the character of this holiday cottage. A haven for nature lovers, walkers and fishermen, with High Force waterfall, Bowes museum, Raby Castle, Barnard Castle and town of Richmond nearby. Shop 6 miles, two pubs, one 200 yards.

    Spacious beamed living room, wood-burning stove, French doors. Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen, Aga, electric cooker, dining area. Utility/storage room. Separate toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Second staircase from living room to first floor: Galleried twin bedroom (for +2) leading to further twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and separate toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity fire included
    • Electricity, fan heater, oil Aga, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Video (small library)
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi available at £15per week
    • Small enclosed south-facing garden with patio, terrace, and furniture
    • 2 acres of natural grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Board games
    • Tennis court available on request
    • Fishing by arrangement with owner
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in grounds

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  • Kingfisher Cottage

    Butterknowle, nr. Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: MWA


    Situated in the picturesque Durham Dales, on the cusp of the Weardale Valley and with the river running right at the back of the glorious garden, Kingfisher Cottage is the most idyllic location for guests wishing to explore the area. Nestled in a row of cottages with rear views across the river, open countryside and fields, there is no better place from which to enjoy all of the magnificent scenery that this area has to offer. The property has a rear garden, which is a great space in which to sit and watch the local kingfisher fly by, and also to enjoy the peaceful sounds of the birds and river running by. Perfect for walkers, guests will find many established public footpaths that lead directly along the river and through hills and dales of County Durham and Weardale Valley and pass through nearby villages and beyond. Cyclists, ramblers and leisurely walkers will find many walks and cycle paths for guests of all abilities and all ages that will take guests on towards the nearby villages and towns, including Wackerfield, 4 miles, Barnard Castle, 10 miles, and Piercebridge, 11 miles. The closest pub is a mere 10-minute walk away, and there is also a fish and chip shop in the nearby village of Cockfield, which lies just 2 miles away.
    Ideal for families, couples or groups of friends, Kingfisher Cottage really does boast the perfect location for exploring the local area. With many attractions, there is an abundance of opportunities for a day out. Hamsterley Forest is only 5 miles away and is a delightful 2000-hectare site of popular walking trails, including the Gruffalo Trail, cycle trails and orienteering, as well as plenty of spots for the perfect picnic. The thriving market town of Barnard Castle is often popular with visitors and hosts a weekly farmers market, local pubs, restaurants and shops. Raby Castle can also be reached within a short drive and is a must see for visitors who wish to catch a glimpse of over 200 deer which wander the grounds and are so comfortable in their natural habitat. The village of Staindrop is only 4 miles away and lies just next to Raby Castle. Staindrop is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers tea shops, cafés and a local family butcher, and lies close to the nature reserve of Low Barns and Auckland Castle. Also perfect for guests wanting to visit the cathedral city of Durham, as Kingfisher Cottage is only a 30-minute drive away. Popular tourist attractions in Durham include the Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, book week, arts week, the theatre, castle and cathedral, as well as many designer boutiques and shops. Shop 1/2 mile, pub 250 yards, restaurant 3 miles.

    Kingfisher Cottage is situated only a short drive away from Bishop Auckland which will play host to the magical Kynren Eleven Arches Spectacular from July to September 2016.

    Kynren - an epic tale of England, is set to be a historical extravaganza with a cast of over 1000 people and set over 7.5 acres of County Durham. It promises 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 a true spectacle in every sense of the word!

    Cosy, beamed living room with wood-burning stove, original stone walls and wooden floor. Beamed kitchen with original bread oven. First floor: Double bedroom with TV. Twin bedroom with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Second floor: Beamed twin bedroom with TV, Velux window, garden and river views, and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Four freesat TVs (one 32")
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Enclosed garden with patio, terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Roadside parking
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: 3 steps in garden. Riverside location

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