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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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  • East Bridge End Farm

    Frosterley, near Stanhope

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W8306

    Rural setting

    Situated in a rural and secluded position, this delightful holiday home complete with open fire offers cosy and welcoming accommodation with excellent views over open countryside. Some 3 miles from Stanhope, which offers a good selection of shops and pubs and in the heart of Weardale providing footpath walking direct from the door. This farmhouse is centrally placed for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland and the Lake District, offering attractions to suit all age groups. Climbing, fishing and swimming are all available in the local area. Shop 0.75 miles, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with beams. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional folding single. 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Croft

    Durham

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W43487


    Situated only a short walk from the centre of Durham, this Edwardian end-terrace holiday property retains some period features, and is the perfect location for guests wishing to explore this beautiful city which has been awarded the status of being a World Heritage Site. 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 castle are an easy 15-minute walk away and definitely worth a visit. There is also the Gala Theatre located in the centre of the city which is only a 20-minute walk away too, making this the perfect spot 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 for guests 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. Should guests wish to enjoy a little retail therapy, they will find some beautiful boutiques along with many high street names and designers, as well as gift shops, book shops and antiques shops. Many of the university colleges can be found within a 3-mile radius and this is the perfect base from which to really get to know the university and visit friends and family who might be studying here or due to graduate at any given time.

    A little further afield but still within easy driving distance, guests will be able to enjoy a day trip to the magnificent Durham Dales, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, where there are a vast number of public footpaths that will take guests on a journey through some of the most magnificent countryside that the area has to offer. Barnard Castle can be reached within a 30-minute drive and offers plenty of attractions for guests of all ages, including the Bowes Museum and the castle itself. Hamsterley Forest is only a 45-minute drive and makes the perfect day trip for families of all ages and really must be explored and enjoyed. High Force and Low Force waterfalls are within an hour’s drive too and offer some spectacular scenery and landscapes. There is also the opportunity to visit the Angel of the North statue which is only a 25-minute drive away. Beamish Museum is 20 minutes, Newcastle 30 minutes and the Metrocentre 25 minutes by car. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with laminate floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with freestanding bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas range. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed garden with patio, terrace and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Old Hall Cottages - 2 Old Hall Cottages

    Byers Green, near 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 301419).

    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 link can be twin beds on request, 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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  • 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 - please call when you book the property. 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. Fishing nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    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 available at £5 for 2GB. Garden with patio and furniture. Shared natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m; depth 2m x 0.9m), please book private sessions directly with the owner at the time of booking. Shared hot tub and sauna. Shared games room with snooker table and games. Welcome pack. No smoking. Please note: There are steps and a lake within the grounds.

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  • Pockerley Cottage

    Beamish, near Durham

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43891


    Attached to the owners home yet still retaining an element of privacy, Pockerley Cottage is the perfect location for guests wanting peace and quiet, yet still within easy access into the heart of Durham city. Perfect for walkers, cyclists, families, friends or a romantic break, this semi-detached holiday cottage has been renovated to a fantastic standard and offers spacious rooms which are full of character and original features, as well as modern appliances and up to date touches. There is a riding school situated next door should you have an interest in horses. The heart of Durham is just a 20-minute drive away, where guests are offered a plethora of attractions to visit, including the famous cathedral, Tanfield Railway, castle and Gala Theatre. Packed with top quality restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars, Durham is a thriving city with plenty of entertainment for all year round; visit the bi-annual Lumiere Festival, annual book week, jazz festival, arts festival, miners gala and many more free attractions, as well as the weekly farmers market. Enjoy a little retail therapy with some beautiful boutiques along with many high street names and designers.
    Beamish Museum is just 1 mile away and offers a brilliant day out for all ages. A little further afield but still within an easy 20-minute drive is the thriving city of Newcastle upon Tyne, with its historic bridges and architecture as well as many attractions. The Metrocentre is nearby and guests will find themselves spoilt for choice with designer brands, high street stores, cinema, bowling alley and restaurants. Within a one hour drive there is the opportunity to visit the magnificent Northumbrian coastline, Northumberland National park, Holy Island, Alnwick, Hadrian’s Wall, the Scottish Borders, Durham Dales and Cumbria.
    Pockerley Cottage is comfortable and welcoming with a well-equipped kitchen and spacious living room, complete with a multi-fuel burner. The family bathroom has been finished to an excellent standard and offers a heated towel rail, bath and overbath rainfall shower fitting. There is a small enclosed garden to the rear and also a separate, private garden to the front of the property offering a seating area and patio. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 6ft, one 5ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Z-bed available.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs (one 40"). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed lawned rear garden. Front garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Mews Cottage

    Middleton-in-Teesdale

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC502

    Mews Cottage is set away from the main street down a quiet cul-de-sac, through a narrow archway in the market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and historically the most northern of the Yorkshire Dales.
    Middleton-in-Teesdale has pubs that serve food, shops and tea rooms, giving you plenty to keep you occupied. The Pennine Way passes through the village and half an hour’s brisk walk brings you to Low Force, the first of a series of spectacular waterfalls in the area. One of Middleton’s attractions is High Force Waterfall - England’s largest single-drop waterfall and there’s a lovely walk popular with families. Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum are easily reached and the area offers walking and cycling for all abilities. Selset or Grassholm reservoirs are nearby for fishing and sailing. The splendid scenery encourages all kinds of outdoor pursuits, from cycling along the Coast to Coast route and cross-country hacks, to water sports and wonderful walks. This charming market town is more like a big village, framed by the Pennine fells and nestling beside the River Tees. Enjoy its delightfully old-fashioned and relaxing atmosphere. The Lake District is only a 45-minute drive away and well worth a visit. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With gas flame-effect fire, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.

    Electric radiators, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot. Sitting-out area with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. This property has a security deposit of £25 for those who bring pets.

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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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  • Harthopeburn Cottage

    St John’s Chapel

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC317


    Ideally located in the Wear Valley, this well-presented, semi-detached holiday property lies within easy reach of both the Lake District National Park and County Durham. It is situated on the edge of the village of St John’s Chapel, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with shops, pubs and a post office. Enjoy beautiful views of the village and fells, and several scenic walks are available from the doorstep. Benefiting from an enclosed courtyard, dogs can be let out without them being able to access the road. Delightful waterfalls, woodland walks and meadows are nearby, with stepping stones and footbridges crossing the river. The area is perfect for exploring the High Force Waterfall, Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Hadrian’s Wall, Hamsterley Forest and Beamish Museum. The village is part of the Weardale Way, and only a few miles from the Coast to Coast cycle route. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With open fire, Freeview TV with BT on-demand and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Utility room: With tumble dryer.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With 3 single beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and fuel for open fire included. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars adjacent to cottage. No smoking.

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  • Oxen Law Cottage

    Waskerley, near Rowley

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 26748

    This elegant holiday cottage overlooking countryside is within an AONB. Corbridge and Hadrian’s Wall, 17 miles. Beamish with its open air living museum, 15 miles. Set on the Waskerley Way: perfect for cyclists and walkers and Derwent Reservoir ideal for fishing and sailing. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor/dining room /kitchen with tiled floor. Two steps down to twin bedroom with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Nintendo Wii. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer (in external utility room). Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. Dogs must be kept on a lead, sheep country. 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 has 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 footpaths 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, 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 half an hour’s drive as is Hadrian’s Wall. A little further afield are Alnwick Castle and Gardens while the castles and gloriously unspoilt coastline of Northumberland are around an hour’s 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 parking for 2 cars. Private water supply.

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  • Mole Hill Cottage

    Beamish

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 25775

    Ideal touring base

    This lovely detached holiday home is ideally located to discover Durham, Northumberland and the Dales, offering tranquil countryside and city life, with an abundance of wildlife and rare birds such as a pair of red kites. Offering tasteful, contemporary living accommodation, just 2 minutes by car from Beamish Museum and Tanfield Steam Engine Railway. Beamish Museum, the open-air ’Living Museum of the North’ which recreates life in the North East over various points in history, including a working coal mine, village, farm and tram system, makes a great day out. The Beamish Valley is one of the most important archaeological landscapes in England. A picturesque river setting, it boasts country inns and gastro pubs serving home cooked food. Beamish has easy access to the A1, which will take you further north to Alnwick and the Heritage Coast, where a day can be spent exploring the many historic castles and friendly villages set amongst unspoilt golden sandy beaches. Not too far away is the Metro Centre - one of the largest shopping centres in Europe with an abundance of shops and eateries. For cricket fans, Durham County Cricket Club’s ground, ’The Riverside’, is a short drive away at Chester-le-Street. The cottage is in an ideal location for exploring all the north eastern counties, while the city of Durham with its lovely cathedral and river walks should not be missed. Shops ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with additional double sofa bed, French door and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Wooden floors throughout. First floor: Living room. 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in kitchen (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Two sitting-out areas with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Cherry Tree Cottage

    St John’s Chapel, near 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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