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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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  • 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 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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  • Granary Cottage

    Stanhope

    Grade
    5
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E4350

    In the heart of Weardale, an area of outstanding natural beauty these two delightful byre conversions sit just a 5-minute stroll from Stanhope’s village pubs and shops. Set adjoining the owners’ farmhouse home, the cottages offer wonderful fell walking from the doorstep and an ideal base from which to explore the area’s attractions. The Dales Centre is found in Stanhope itself, which also boasts a popular open air swimming pool, and cycling, golf and riding can all be enjoyed nearby. The fascinating Killhope lead mining centre is close by and the Lake District, historic city of Durham, Beamish Museum and Newcastle are all under an hour’s drive.

    Shared entrance conservatory with living area. All on ground floor: Two steps to living room with double sofa bed/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Z bed available.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in shared utility room. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Betsdale

    Frosterley

    Grade
    5
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: 7723

    Between Wolsingham and Stanhope on the A689 in Upper Weardale, this detached 18th-century holiday cottage stands just off the main street of this attractive village on the same site as property ref. 12772. Surrounded by the eastern flanks of the Pennines. Centrally placed for Teesdale and the Yorkshire Dales, there are many places of interest, Hamsterley Forest, Beamish Open Air Museum, Kilhope Wheel once the centre of the lead mining industry besides fishing on the local reservoirs, riding within 3 miles, and glorious walking on the moors. Shop and pub 70 yards.

    The property is situated only a short drive from Bishop Auckland which plays host to the magical Kynren Eleven Arches spectacular from July-September 2016. Kynren - an epic tale of England - promises to be a historical extravaganza with a case of over 1,000 people set over 7.5 acres of County Durham. There’ll be 14 action packed and movie-like performances of colossal and dazzling proportions. The shows will incorporate a full size lake with pyrotechnics, stunning lighting and water effects making it a true spectacle in every sense of the word!

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden and chairs. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Stable Cottage

    Castleside

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E5246

    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.

    Living/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 2 steps to 1 double, 1 twin with additional single. Shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included. Cot. DVD. Shared 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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  • Bramble Cottage

    West Rainton, nr. Durham

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W43954

    Bramble Cottage is an attractive, end terraced, period property situated in the pleasant village of West Rainton, overlooking the village green. It offers views across open countryside towards Penshaw Monument and the Angel of the North, and is ideally located for exploring the north east counties of Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. Deceptive from the outside, Bramble Cottage has been thoughtfully restored and decorated to a good standard. The accommodation is light, spacious and airy throughout, yet maintains that cosy cottage appeal.
    West Rainton village has a wide range of amenities, including a convenience store, post office, chemist, hairdresser, beauty centre and a sandwich shop. Within walking distance from the cottage there is an Italian restaurant/pub, (2-minute walk), and a gastropub/microbrewery, (15-minute walk), both serving good quality meals. The cities of Durham, Newcastle/Gateshead and Sunderland are easily accessible with excellent road links to all areas, including the magnificent north east coastline and its quaint coastal villages. Perfect for guests who enjoy walking, there are numerous footpaths leading out of the village to the nearby Rainton Meadows Conservation Area, Finchale Abbey, Chester-le-Street and Durham city itself. Listed as a World Heritage Site, Durham’s cathedral, castle and cobbled streets are a ‘must’ to visit with medieval architecture, the Oriental and DLI Museums (displaying artefacts from wars dating back 200 years), Botanic Gardens, Gala Theatre and indoor market, there is something for everyone! The very popular Living Museum of Beamish is only a 15-minute drive away, and an excellent day out for all the family.
    The Riverside, a top class county cricket ground hosting international test matches, and home of Durham County Cricket Club, is only a 10-minute drive away, and a local hotel and golf club boasting two 18-hole championship golf courses, is only a 3-minute drive away. Venturing further afield, guests can enjoy day trips to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales and Scottish Borders. Shop and pub 1/2 mile, restaurant 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!

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining/sun room with French doors and tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single with additional day bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 double bedroom with Velux, sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 40" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas range. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Raby Cottage

    Wolsingham

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 27764

    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!

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with stone floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 bunk (one can be twin on request). 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Leighton Cottage

    Bowes nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    6
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: 28871

    This beautiful Grade II listed property makes the perfect family holiday home, which has been tastefully renovated to a good standard whilst retaining its traditional character including beamed ceilings. Located in a quiet, rural village just off the Pennine Way, Leighton Cottage is adjacent to the owners’ home, 4 miles from the market town of Barnard Castle and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bowes is situated in Teesdale, which lies in the south west corner of County Durham - sandwiched between Northumberland and North Yorkshire. Ideal location for walking, bird watching, fishing, cycling or simply for relaxing. It is an excellent base for visiting many local attractions such as Raby Castle, Egglestone Abbey and The Bowes Museum just a short drive away. Shop and restaurant 4 miles, pubs 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with beams. Kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional single (2ft 6in for child). Landing area with double sofa bed. Bathroom and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Thorpe Hall - Corner Cottage

    Barnard Castle

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: MPR

    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.

    Two steps to entrance. Spacious living room with open fire. Garden room with French doors to garden. Large, well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with TV. Wooden floors and countryside views throughout. Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Spiral staircase to first floor: Twin bedroom (for +2) with low headroom, TV and DVD.

    • Three TVs
    • Two DVDs (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Enclosed lawned garden with terrace
    • Patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • 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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  • West Tofts

    Mickleton near Barnard Castle

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC211011
    In a beautiful location amongst fields and meadows this detached cottage has stunning views from each window over the Teesdale countryside towards the river. West Tofts provides a peaceful retreat, where a relaxing holiday with friends or family can be enjoyed in a superb rural setting. The property is well equipped and spacious retaining beamed ceilings and a feature log effect fire for the cooler days and evenings. There are walks to be taken from the door, quiet roads to explore by bicycle. The area is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, High Force waterfall is close by. The magnificent Bowes Museum in nearby Barnard Castle has fine art treasures and within an easy drive the world heritage site of Durham Cathedral is worthy of a visit. The pub in Mickleton has a restaurant within  walking distance and nearby the market town of Middleton in Teesdale provides local shopping, pubs and tea rooms. This is also a perfect holiday property to explore Swaledale, Wensleydale and the Lake District

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Hall
    Sitting Room: With log effect gas fire, TV, DVD, CD player, radio
    Dining Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, microwave
    Utility Room: With washer/dryer, sink unit, storage for clothing, boots
    Separate Cloakroom; With WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With Queen size bed ( or twin beds on request), en suite shower, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and balcony
    Bedroom 3: With double bed
    Bathroom: With hand held shower attachment, wash basin, WC, bidet and heated towel rail

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. High chair available, Wi-fi access and telephone with honesty box.Enclosed garden and patio, picnic table. Parking for up to 6 cars

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  • Syke Cottage

    Mickleton, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W8609

    Panoramic views of the Northern Dales

    This is a truly delightful semi-detached cottage boasting a wealth of exposed beams and Yorkshire flagstone floors, with views over the Northern Dales. Nestling in this Upper Teeside village, the holiday cottage promises a warm and cosy welcome from the woodburning stoves. Explore the surrounding area with Barnard Castle 8 miles and Bowes Museum 6 miles. Walking in the immediate area includes the Tees Railway Walk, whilst the Pennine Way is close by at Middleton-In-Teesdale. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and stone floor. Kitchen. Conservatory with French doors. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk, all with wooden floors. Bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburners in living/dining room, oil central heating and electricity included (£25per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. NB: There is a covered pond in the garden.

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