By Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Shortlist

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.
134 cottages are available
Book 2017 now for only £25 Low Deposit* £50 low deposit on 2016 festive breaks – nothing more to pay until 3rd October 2016* Christmas sale now on - Save £100 on 100's of breaks, book now for only £50 low deposit* Christmas sale now on - Save £100 on 100's of breaks - hurry, offer ends 10pm tonight!* New Year sale now on - Save £100 on 100's of breaks, book now for only £50 low deposit* New Year sale now on - Save £100 on 100's of breaks - hurry, offer ends 10pm tonight!* Save 10% on 1000s of French holiday cottages – Book now for only £25 low deposit* Save over £100 on selected luxury cottages this winter - Book soon, they're going fast!* SALE EXTENDED: £50 off 2017 holidays - Book yours for just £25 low deposit. * WEEKEND SALE: Huge savings available - Hurry, book before Monday 14th November at 10pm* Book now to be automatically entered into today's £500 prize draw.* FLASH SALE: £50 off selected Easter breaks. Offer ends in: * Last chance to book 2017 for just £25 initial deposit* - Offer ends in: Save 10% on your 2017 French break. Offer ends in: - Book for just £35 initial deposit*
default
  • Ken’s Cottage

    Frosterley, near Stanhope

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W44021

    Ken’s Cottage, located in Frosterley, is just off the village green away from the main road and commands beautiful views across the valley to the fells and the local landmark, the Elephant Trees. Frosterley is located on the River Wear in Weardale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering stunning scenery in the North Pennines in beautiful County Durham.
    Warm, comfortable and charming, this traditional cottage offers a comfortable retreat in a beautiful area. Relax with a book in front of an open fire, dine al fresco or enjoy time in the solar dome in the garden in this welcoming home from home.
    The property provides the perfect accommodation for active families or for couples looking for a romantic break. Families and couples are both well-catered for.
    The area offers well-established walking and cycling routes, and Stanhope open air heated swimming pool is open May to September. Hamsterley Forest is a short drive away. Fishing may also be available locally. The village itself offers two good pubs, one of which has an excellent restaurant. There is also a shop, post office and fish and chip shop. The popular tourist destination of Stanhope is only 3 miles west and Wolsingham, 3 miles east, both offering a good variety of shops, cafés and pubs. The Polar Express runs between Wolsingham and Stanhope in November and December, a must if you have young children. The cottage is an ideal base for travelling around the area with Northumberland, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District making excellent day trips. The magnificent cathedral and castle at Durham, Bowes Museum, Raby Castle and High Force Waterfall are all within an hour’s drive, as are the historic market towns of Hexham, Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle. Shop 1/4 mile, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Open fire in dining room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 40" Freesat TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

    Discounted Price Today's Price
    Prices From
  • 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.

    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 and toilet. Beams throughout first floor.

    Woodburner in living room included. Underfloor heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (full sky package, including movies and sports). 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 bicycle lock up available. Welcome pack. No smoking.

    Discounted Price Today's Price
    Prices From
  • Colepitt Cottage

    Tudhoe, near Durham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43147

    This stone-built, terraced cottage, formerly a colliery worker’s home, is a good holiday base for touring this area of natural beauty. Tudhoe sits between Spennymoor and Durham, an excellent location for cycling, walking and fishing. Durham city is 4.5 miles, with its Norman cathedral and castle, cobbled medieval streets, and shopping centre, and Durham University is only 3.5 miles away. Visit Beamish Open Air Museum and Barnard Castle (½ hour’s drive). Bishop Auckland Castle is close by, Shildon National Railway Museum is 8.5 miles. The Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District are easily accessible. This property is also ideal for the Durham Lumiere, a light festival extravaganza held every two years. Bus stop to local attractions across the road. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

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

    Gas central heating and electricity £20per week, £15 per short break. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Rear courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

    Discounted Price Today's Price
    Prices From
  • Scarcroft Cottage

    Holwick, Upper Teesdale

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: MBB


    This charming, 18th-century holiday cottage, the middle of three, is set in a peaceful hamlet within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a pretty, small, forecourt garden and a larger lawned garden. There are lovely views surrounding the cottage and superb walks from the doorstep, with easy access to stunning landscapes of scars, moors, the Pennine Way and Cow Green Reservoir. The Teesdale poet once lived next door. Nearby are the picturesque Low Force (canoeing by permit), Bowlees Visitor Centre and the dramatic High Force (England’s highest waterfall). Within easy reach are Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum and Raby Castle. Beamish Open Air Museum, Durham, York and the Lakes provide excellent days out. Upper Teesdale is beautifully wild and noted for its flora (gentians, hay meadows) and its breeding birds. Middleton-in-Teesdale, 3 miles with tea rooms, inns and small shops. Pub ¼mile.

    Entrance porch. Beamed sitting/dining room with open Georgian hob fireplace. Galley-style kitchen with dining area. First floor: Double bedroom with brass/iron bedstead, rosewood suite, period fireplace. Twin bedroom with pine furniture. Fully tiled bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Open fire – coal at cost. Electricity and NSH by meter reading. Bed linen, towels and tea towels included. Cot (bumper included). High chair. Digital TV. DVD/CD. Microwave. Double oven. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Picnic bench and chairs. Garage.

    Discounted Price Today's Price
    Prices From
  • Tanfield Leith Farm Cottages - Methodist Cottage

    Tantobie, Stanley

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: MRB

    These two delightful holiday cottages (Refs MRA and MRB), each with its own history, are tastefully converted from former barns dating back to the 1600s. Retaining character and charm, they lie in a peaceful setting overlooking countryside with many cycle tracks nearby. Ideal walking and fishing country, yet close to famous attractions - visitors can step back in time at the Beamish Open Air Museum or visit the Metro Centre (a shopper’s paradise), Hexham (with its glorious abbey), Durham City (a city of contrasts, with its fine cathedral and designer shops), or the Northumberland coast, which are all within an hour’s drive. The medieval castle of Raby has a 200-acre deer park and is a firm favourite with visitors. An ideal location to explore all the surrounding AONB. Shop 500 yards.

    Detached property. Large living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire in brick fireplace. Kitchen with breakfast area. Limestone floor throughout ground floor. First floor: Double bedroom with TV. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and tiled floor.

    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Small DVD library

    • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Shared tumble dryer
    • Shared freezer in outbuilding
    • Shared courtyard with own patio, terrace and furniture
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

    Discounted Price Today's Price
    Prices From
  • Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds (can be double bed on request). 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

    Discounted Price Today's Price
    Prices From
  • Beckleshele

    Cowshill, near Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 30861


    Escape to Beckleshele, a unique semi-detached holiday cottage, set off the beaten track in the wild unspoilt moorlands of Weardale. Adjacent to the owners’ home, it is situated in the Durham Dales and surrounded by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Geo Park. Guests can relax and enjoy the tranquillity and magnificent views after their day’s exertions. Beckleshele is perfect for guests looking for somewhere wild, remote and peaceful, where you can rediscover the simple pleasures of the great outdoors. Experience a different world at the converted lead miner’s cottage, which is reported to be the site of the highest (1400 feet) of all the Weardale Norman summer hill farms introduced in the mid 1200s. It is surrounded by high moorland, is close to the Weardale Way and Killhope Lead Mining museum and is accessed via a private farm track. Although located high up in the North Pennines, Beckleshele is easily accessible and is the perfect base from which to explore the City of Durham, The Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, Auckland Castle and Beamish. It is perfect for guests who enjoy walking, from riverside strolls to tough demanding hill walking, cycling, with quiet roads and byways with challenging hills and birdwatching. Explore the geological site at the Burtreeford Disturbance and watch out for the fluorospar mineral. Visit Killhope where the award-winning Killhope Lead Mining Museum shop and café can be found. Take a guided tour deep underground and learn how the lead was mined, processed and transported. Ireshopeburn is easily accessible and guests can visit the Weardale Museum and High House Chapel, the world’s oldest Methodist chapel still in continuous weekly use. Stanhope, ’the gateway to Weardale’ is worth a visit, home to the Durham Dales Centre for information on local events, craft shopping and a coffee break. Visit Auckland Castle and Park - the historic residence of the Prince Bishops of Durham and home to the world-famous Zurbaran paintings. Hamsterley Forest has 200 hectares of forest ideal for walks and adventure. The university city of Durham has a castle, shops and a famous cathedral. The market town of Hexham has an abbey dating from 674AD. Alston is also nearby, the highest market town in England and the start of the South Tyne Railway. Another attraction is Bowlees Visitor Centre and High Force waterfall, with café, information centre and varied walks. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and beams.

    Open fire in kitchen included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer (in external building). Wi-fi. Patio with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

    Discounted Price Today's Price
    Prices From
  • Roslyn Cottage

    Hamsterley, near Wolsingham

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42487

    Stunning countryside views

    The pretty village of Hamsterley, between Teesdale and Weardale, is the setting for this charming detached holiday cottage. Converted from former farm buildings the cottage offers contemporary living areas with granite work surfaces in the kitchen, private patio and parking, and shared use of the owner’s 17-acre grounds. The forest has way-marked walks, cycle ways and visitor centre, whilst the Durham Dales has a plethora of beautiful scenery, including High Force in Upper Teesdale with its 70ft waterfall. Durham City is 14 miles away and within an hour’s drive are the Northumberland beaches and castles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Washing machine. Wi-Fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 17-acre paddock and woodlands. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Water fountain in garden (15 yards).

    Discounted Price Today's Price
    Prices From
  • Garth House

    Mickleton, near 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.

    Discounted Price Today's Price
    Prices From
  • Iris Cottage

    Eggleston, near 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.

    Discounted Price Today's Price
    Prices From
  • Old Hall Cottages - 1 Old Hall Cottage

    Byers Green, near Durham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30417


    No.1 Old Hall Cottage is accessed from the lane adjacent to The Old Hall. It is a stone built conversion 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 holiday property has a private outdoor seating area which is on two levels with garden views and benefits from its own hot tub set on the upper patio, suitable for 4 adults, it is for exclusive use of guests staing at this cottage. 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 30419, also with hot tub, and 30418).

    5 steps down to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with beams.

    Woodburner in living room (fuel included). Enclosed split-level patio and furniture. Barbecue. Hot tub.

    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.

    Discounted Price Today's Price
    Prices From
  • Swallow Cottage

    Mainsforth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E4076

    Enjoying a peaceful working farm setting, and views from its secure garden, this converted single, storey stable block is of an excellent standard. Visitors are welcome to roam across 120 acres of open farmland, with an abundance of wild birds, an amazing 64 species, making it a twitcher’s paradise. Young children will delight in the play area and outside toys, as well as a visit to see the resident goats. Mainsforth is a small, picturesque village just 7 miles from Durham and its magnificent cathedral, fine amenities and riverside walks. Beamish Open Air Museum, the Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland’s sandy beaches are all easily accessible.

    All on ground floor. Living/dining room/kitchen. 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. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Children’s play area. No smoking.

    Discounted Price Today's Price
    Prices From

Looking for something with a little more?

Cotages with Hot tubs Cottages part of our Luxury collection Something with a swimming pool A place near the Coast
×

Today's Price £000.00
WAS