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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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  • The Old Chapel

    Baldersdale, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
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    Ref: KYM

    Peacefully set in picturesque Baldersdale, this detached, former chapel retains arched windows and exudes charm and character. With stunning views over open moorland, it has its own furnished patio and makes a cosy holiday retreat year round; the widened gateway enables cars to access the grounds more easily. Excellent walking within this AONB, with the Yorkshire Dales and Pennine Way close by. Hannah Hauxwell’s isolated farmhouse (featured on TV’s Season of My Life) lies nearby. Historic Barnard Castle (6 miles) boasts an array of shops, inns, restaurants, a splendid Norman castle, antique shops (owned by David Harper of TV’s Bargain Hunt fame, who frequents the town) and the famous Bowes Museum, with changing exhibitions, for all bookings. The Metro Centre, Beamish and Lake District are an hour away. Visit interesting Leyburn village and The Forbidden Corner near Middleham. Fishing and riding locally. Includes 2 tickets to the internationally famous Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle. Shop 2 miles.

    Entrance hall. Large sitting/dining room with electric ‘pebble-effect’ fire in modern arch-shaped fireplace. Oak fitted kitchen. Small double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric ‘pebble-effect’ fire included
    • Electricity, full Calor gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Enclosed patio with furniture
    • Parking
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack (for weekly bookings only)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Witton Hall - South Lodge

    Witton-le-Wear, nr. Crook

    Grade
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    Ref: MWC


    Perfectly situated in the pretty Anglo-Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear, and commanding fabulous views across County Durham, the Dales and beyond, Witton Hall really is the perfect location for guests wishing to treat themselves to a holiday in magnificent surroundings. Witton Hall is one of the finest country houses to have ever been built in the north of England during the 20th century, and was once listed in The Times as one of the top 100 houses in the country. Detached South Lodge (ref MWC), located at the gates of Witton Hall, once served as the gate house and has its own hot tub and garden area. Suite Two (ref MWE), Suite Three (ref MWD) and Suite Four (ref MWF) are all apartments which are situated directly behind Witton Hall and surrounded by the grounds, gardens and a shared hot tub. Suite Four (ref MWF) is the largest of the properties and occupies a prime position within the grounds, with fabulous views over the garden, grounds and faraway hills and dales.
    Constructed from the finest sandstone, Witton Hall itself features classic Georgian elements including stone pillars, pediments, architraves, friezes and cornices. There are plenty of leisure facilities within the Hall, available from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 9am to 5pm, which can be booked for use via the owner (only available by prior agreement), including a gymnasium with weights and cardio vascular equipment and a sauna. The gymnasium looks out on to a dance floor with a sparkling ceiling consisting of hundreds of multi-coloured lights that sparkle and dazzle like the night sky. Guests can also find a heated swimming pool with wave system and wet bar. On a mezzanine level above the gymnasium, and overlooking the pool and dance floor, there is a games room with large screen TV, pool table, sound system and a refreshments area, which once again can be privately booked via the owner and are available between the hours of 9am to 5pm. Surrounding the Hall and leisure complex, there are 2½ acres of landscaped grounds which are home to a croquet lawn, tennis courts with outdoor barbecue and seating area, shared hot tub and also beauty parlour facilities where guests can book ahead and make an appointment for a professional sports or Thai massage. Guests may book and make use of a private chef, concierge service, airport pick up and beauty treatments by arrangement.
    For guests wanting to relax, unwind and really treat themselves, then there is no reason at all to even leave the grounds during their stay, but for those who wish to explore the local area and really get to know County Durham, the Durham Dales and Weardale Valley, then this is the perfect location from which to do so. Witton-le-Wear is an attractive, predominantly Victorian village and is situated on the northern banks of the River Wear. There are two pubs within walking distance of Witton Hall and also two churches, one of which dates back to Norman times. Perfect for walkers, cyclists and people who like to explore, there are numerous walks and public footpaths that cross directly through the village and through some of the most picturesque countryside that the county has to offer. There is also the opportunity to enjoy salmon and trout fishing at the nearby Witton Castle Lakes.
    Only a three mile walk away, visit the popular Hamsterley Forest which is a 2000-hectare site of walking trails, cycle trails and orienteering. The thriving market town of Barnard Castle is a 15-mile drive away and is often popular with visitors wanting to explore the weekly farmer’s market or enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants, pubs and local inns. Visit the historic city of Durham, 15 miles, a glorious city with fantastic heritage. Durham has many popular tourist attractions that include the Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, book festival, arts week, theatre, castle and c...

    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!

    Spacious living room. Spacious dining room. Large bespoke kitchen with travertine marble floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and TV. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Two Freeview TVs (one 40")
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture
    • Hot tub
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • DVD
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Fridge
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared, 2½-acre, landscaped grounds with patio, terrace, summerhouse and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Shared, indoor, heated swimming pool (19ft x 11ft) with wave machine, wet bar and changing and shower facilities (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared sauna (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared games room with pool table (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared tennis courts (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared gym (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared croquet lawn (by prior arrangement)
    • Beauty treatments, concierge service, chef and airport pickup by arrangement direct with owner
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond in grounds

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  • Pembroke Cottage

    Ebchester

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: MNQ

    This superb, romantic, 17th-century holiday cottage, perfect for couples, is nestled in a select site on a small, tranquil, leafy lane just off the heart of the very historical conservation village of Ebchester. Adjoining another property, it boasts expansive countryside views to the rear which houses horses, wildlife and sometimes red kites. A Roman fort lies beneath the fields and the area is peppered with Roman ruins and artefacts. Try the Derwent Walk, or visit the Pennines for more walks, cycling and breathtaking scenery in an AONB. The delights of Durham city with its cathedral, castle, fine shops and galleries are close by. There are several beaches, shops, nightlife, rowing, hot air ballooning and paintballing available locally. Only 40 minutes from the Heritage Northumbrian coastline. Attention to detail throughout the cottage is superb from these very caring owners. The friendly local pub and an award-winning restaurant are close by. Shop/P.O. 200 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 living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire in feature inglenook and rugs on oak floor. Open-plan kitchen/dining room. First floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom with Victorian claw bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    • Gas coal-effect fire included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Freezer
    • Pretty cottage garden
    • Parking (1 car)
    • No smoking

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  • Sycamore Cottage

    Consett

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC639

    Quietly nestled away just 1½ miles away from the popular village of Lanchester and just 10 miles from the city of Durham, Sycamore Cottage is the perfect destination for guests wanting to relax and unwind, or to explore the North East. The owners live nearby, so help is always at hand. This detached property lends itself to couples who’re looking for a romantic break – Lanchester features a superb selection of places to eat including three local pubs, an Italian restaurant and a traditional fish and chip shop. It is also ideal for guests who enjoy walking and cycling, as there are numerous established public footpaths, walks and cycle paths that lead from the cottage and out into the beautiful countryside of County Durham. One of these walks takes you alongside the River Browney and down towards the village, a most scenic walk that’s not to be missed! Keen long-distance runners will likely be interested in the Great North Run half marathon, and there’s also the Durham County Cricket Club just 11 miles away. The beautiful hills and valleys of Teesdale and Weardale are both under a 30-minute drive, and walkers will find themselves surrounded by some of the most evocative landscapes the UK has to offer. Hadrian’s Wall can be reached within an hour’s drive, and the Derwent Valley Railway Path leads east towards the outskirts of Durham, a very popular trail with cyclists, whilst the Waskerley Way leads westward into the vast open spaces of Weardale.

    Sycamore Cottage caters for all manner of holidaymakers. Just 10 miles away, guests can explore the heritage of the cathedral city of Durham, which offers a broad range of attractions throughout the year. The bi-annual Lumiere festival is a must-see, as well as the yearly miners’ gala, jazz festival, poetry festival and book week. Also ideal for parents wanting to visit children, family members or friends who are studying at Durham University or celebrating graduation, Sycamore Cottage is a convenient base for exploring the historic hub. Also of interest nearby is Hexham’s abbey, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead and the Metrocentre and the open-air Beamish Museum, to name a few. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and double sofa bed.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom: With single bed.

    Calor gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Enclosed small garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Stables

    Bolam, nr. Darlington

    Grade
    3
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    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 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!

    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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  • Dale View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale

    Grade
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    Ref: 13874

    A delightful barn conversion, retaining much of its rustic charm, in an elevated position with views overlooking the Wear Valley with the Pennine Fells beyond. Adjoining the owner’s cottage and one other holiday property. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside in a haven of peace and tranquillity. Lakes, Dales, Borderland, the market towns of Barnard Castle and Hexham, Newcastle and Durham within 30 miles. Originally a bank barn, it is split level, entering on the upper ground floor. Shop and pub ½ mile. Can be booked with ref 13388 to sleep 6+2.

    Lower ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Upper ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Washing machine. 24hr drying service. Freezer space available. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: There are drops in the garden off stone banked area.

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  • The Old Stables - Number 2

    Knitsley, nr. Lanchester

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 30711


    Nestled away in the tiny hamlet of Knitsley, just south of Consett and in the heart of County Durham, The Old Stables, adjacent to the owner’s home, are tucked away in the most beautiful of locations. Private, peaceful and semi rural yet still easily accessible to major road networks, these terraced holiday properties (refs 30710, 30711 and 30712) offer guests quality finishes yet still remain cosy, comfortable and welcoming. Each property is unique and desirable has views across some of the most beautiful countryside that County Durham has to offer. Situated in the owner’s grounds, guests will find the properties private and extremely well-maintained and presented. On arrival, guests will find a welcome pack consisting of local produce from the nearby farm shop. All on one level and perfect for guests of all ages, friends, families and couples will be able to book one property that sleeps four or all three properties can be booked together for larger groups and extended families. With so many attractions and plenty to explore, see and do in the area, The Old Stables can cater for every need. There is even the opportunity for guests to bring their horse along too with prior arrangement with the owner, as there is a paddock and stables on site. Perfect for walkers, ramblers and cyclists of all levels, guests will find that there are many established public footpaths, cycle paths and bridle ways that lead from Knitsley and in to the heart of County Durham and through the Durham Dales, where the scenery can only be described as breathtaking. The Old Stables are also perfect for guests wanting to visit the cathedral city of Durham, which is only 10 miles away. Durham offers plenty to see and do including a theatre, leisure centre, garden centre with coffee shop and children’s entertainment, and many historic attractions, including Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral and the city walls. The River Wear runs through the city and guests can enjoy a romantic boat trip or relax by the riverside. Filled with top quality restaurants, bistros, cafés and bars, the city is thriving at night and is there is often street entertainment to enjoy, including the Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, book week, arts week and many more. The thriving city of Newcastle is less then 20 miles away and perfect for a great night out. The banks of the River Tyne are bustling with bars, restaurants and bistros, and there is definitely something for all tastes. A little further afield, but still within an easy drive from The Old Stables, guests will be able to visit and enjoy Barnard Castle, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum, High Force and Low Force waterfalls. The excellent visitor attraction of Beamish is another must see and once again, is only 10 miles away. 13 miles away, is the Metro Centre, a great shopping complex. Each property offers a well-furnished living room with great views across the surrounding grounds, a well-equipped kitchen, two double bedrooms with Egyptian cotton bed linen. Shop and pub serving food ½ 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!

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Wet room with toilet.

    Small, enclosed patio with sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 42" Smart TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Stabling and paddock available on request. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage

    Wycliffe, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: MVP

    Set amidst the grounds of Thorpe Hall Estate, this is one of three charming properties (Refs IWF, MPR and MVP) that offer the perfect holiday retreat. Chapel Cottage, which adjoins the main hall, enjoys wonderful views of the gardens and parkland, whilst Corner Cottage and Greystones sit close by as a pair. With beautiful sunsets, the River Tees flowing close by and the Teesdale Way, this is a truly magical setting. Guests are welcome to view the lovely gardens designed by Chelsea gold medallist 2012, Arne Maynard, at the award-winning Thorpe Hall by arrangement with the owner. A local pub and farm shop providing good home-made food is ½ mile. Just 10 minutes by car, the market town of Barnard Castle offers tea rooms, shops, galleries, markets and the Bowes Museum. Raby Castle and High Force Waterfall are some of the many local attractions. Durham, York, Harrogate and the Gateshead Metro Centre are approximately one hour’s drive. Shop 1/4 mile.

    Living room with open fire. Kitchen with dining area and TV. Conservatory. Utility with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds. Shower room with toilet.

    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Enclosed garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No children under 5 yrs

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter £2 per basket
    • Electricity and full oil central heating included (October-March £40per week, £30 per 4 night short break, £20 per 3 night short break)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • No smoking

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  • Oscar’s Barn

    Piercebridge, nr. Darlington

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    2
    Ref: W44108


    Nestled on a hillside, surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Raby Estate’s land, guests will find that Oscar’s Barn offers far reaching views of the North York Moors to the east and the Pennines to the west. Perfect for walkers, cyclists and guests wanting to really explore the local area there are numerous established public footpaths through the surrounding woodland and countryside. Ideal for guests wanting to enjoy a quiet romantic break or for guests wanting to travel with friends or family, Oscar’s Barn can be booked as a separate property to sleep two people or along with a separate annex to sleep a total of four guests. Part of a larger property, which dates back to 1750, the accommodation has been furnished to a very good standard. Worthy of the VisitEngland 4* Gold Award, the property is well-presented throughout with excellent quality furnishings, contemporary features and appliances, as well as a travertine tiled floor in the kitchen - yet also manages to retain all of the original character and charm with exposed original beams and features. The separate annex can be accessed by crossing the small courtyard area and is also exceptionally well-furnished and offers guests a private bedroom and living area, its own fridge with freezer compartment, along with a superb bathroom. The sought after location offers guests peace and tranquillity and makes an ideal touring base with nearby mainline railway station and easy access to main roads. Oscar’s Barn is situated on the border between County Durham and Teesdale which grants any visitor easy access to a broad range of sights, attractions and activities. For that perfect romantic break with guests wanting to treat themselves, there is a Michelin starred restaurant just over a mile away in the small village of Summerhouse. Just 2½ miles away from the historic Roman village of Piercebridge, guests will be able to enjoy a visit to the ancient Roman fort, as well as stopping off at one of the local pubs and restaurants. The contemporary market town of Darlington is only 6½ miles away and offers plenty of shops and eateries. Raby Castle and Deer Park are 7 miles away and are not to be missed. Set in the heart of the Durham Dales, guests will be able to explore the castle and its beautiful 200 acre deer park. Barnard Castle and Richmond are both easily reached and lie 14 miles away, offering historic attractions including Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle and Richmond Castle, as well as local farmer’s markets, tea rooms, shops and boutiques. The historic cathedral city of Durham is only 16 miles away making Oscar’s Barn the perfect location for guests wanting to visit friends and family who are studying at the university or to book ahead for graduation ceremonies. A little further afield but still within an easy 1½-hour drive, guests will be able to visit the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, Durham Dales and Yorkshire Coast. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ 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 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!

    12 open-tread steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with double bed (6ft zip and link, can be twin) and beams. Kitchen with breakfast area and travertine floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Annex: Ground floor: Living room. 1 double bedroom (5ft zip and link, can be twin). First floor: Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, (NSH in annex), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32’’ Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Summerhouse. Gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years. NB: Deep pond in grounds 100 yards.

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  • The Dairy Cottage

    Castleside

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: E5244

    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 area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Shower room with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included. Cot. DVD. 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 parking for 2 cars. Private water supply.

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  • Cherry Blossom Cottage

    Sedgefield

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29475


    This terraced holiday cottage, brimming with character and with an inglenook fireplace, is set in the heart of the charming village of Sedgefield, which dates back to the 13th century. Believed to exist as a Roman settlement, the 2 mile heritage trail provides a wealth of history. With some good eateries and pubs, the cottage is in an ideal location for exploring the many visitor attractions in north Yorkshire, which is just half an hour away. The open fire and beams featuring inside the property help you relax after a day’s exploring, not to mention the wood-burning hot tub. German-style and completely chemical free, it offers a natural bathing experience to revitalise yourself body and mind. An hour away are Alnwick, with its famous castle used in the Harry Potter films, the Heritage Coast, peppered with castles and golden beaches and York with its beautiful minster. Closer to home, visit Beamish Living Museum, Durham 16 miles or Newcastle 28 miles. Nearby is Hardwick Hall and Park and Sedgefield racecourse. Shop 500 yards, 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 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!

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/small step to kitchen with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet (steps up to bath). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Freezer. Hotel car park 15 yards (foc). Cycle store (on request). Hot tub. No smoking.

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  • Beaumont Cottage

    Durham

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    Ref: W44248

    Situated just 2 miles away from the centre of the popular cathedral city of Durham, and only 1 mile from the main university campus, Beaumont Cottage really is in a superb location. Perfect for guests wanting to visit friends and family at Durham University or for prospective students to explore the local area. Hidden away within a row of cottages, yet within easy reach of major transport routes, Beaumont Cottage offers comfortable accommodation and an enclosed rear garden. On the ground floor, the living room has a traditional coal fire and French doors that open out on to the garden behind. Perfect for families, couples, friends and guests wanting to share a holiday, there is a double bedroom and a twin bedroom on the first floor, each with en-suite facilities.
    Durham city is one of the most historic cities in England and offers guests a plethora of attractions to visit and explore. The famous Durham cathedral and Durham castle are an easy two mile drive or twenty minute walk away, and definitely worth a visit. There is also the Gala Theatre and Millennium Square, located in the centre of the city, ideal for guests wanting to enjoy a theatre trip as part of their break. Packed with top quality restaurants, bistros, cafés and bars, Durham is a thriving city with plenty of entertainment at all time of the year. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy the bi-annual Lumiere Festival, annual book week, jazz festival, arts festival, miners gala and many more free attractions, as well as the weekly farmer’s market and pavement artists that line the streets and market place. You will find some beautiful boutiques along with many high street names and designer shops too. Many of the university colleges can be found within a mile.
    Perfect for walkers and cyclists, there are established footpaths and cycle ways which lead from the village of Shincliffe out towards the River Wear, and then beyond into open countryside and woodland. Durham County Cricket Club and Durham Golf Club are also only a short drive away, as well as the pool and leisure centre at Freeman’s Quay. A little further afield, but still within easy driving distance is the magnificent North Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors, or visit one of the many smaller villages in County Durham. The Angel of the North statue is only a twenty minute drive away, Beamish Museum 15 minutes, Newcastle 30 minutes and the Metrocentre 25 minutes by car. The beautiful coastline of the North East can be reached within 30 minutes, with the coastal town of Seaham definitely worth a visit, as well as Roker Beach towards Sunderland. Beach 12 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant ½ 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!

    3 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen with breakfast area. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 30" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome Pack. No smoking.

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