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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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  • Garth House

    Mickleton, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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.

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  • Valley View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 13388

    This delightful barn conversion retains its rustic charm standing in an elevated position with wonderful panoramic views overlooking the Wear Valley and the Pennine Fells beyond. Adjoining the owner’s cottage and another holiday property, in unspoilt countryside of the Durham Dales. A good central base, the Lakes, Dales, Borderland, Barnard Castle, Hexham, Newcastle and Durham, within 30 miles. Shop and pub ½ mile. Can be booked with ref 13874 to sleep 6+2.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

    Solid fuel central heating (coal at cost). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. 24hr drying service. Freezer space available. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: There is a stone banked area and drop in the garden.

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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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  • 10 Newgate - Raby

    Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 31097


    Situated in the popular market town of Barnard Castle, the properties at 10 Newgate are the ideal base from which to explore the local and surrounding areas. Perfect for business guests, families, friends, couples and single guests, there is an ample choice of accommodation to suit each guest and fulfil their requirements. Each property at 10 Newgate offers good quality, comfortable and practical accommodation. There is a choice of property depending on the guest’s requirements. All named after local attractions and historic buildings, there are many personal touches throughout, making Newgate a real home from home. Raby (ref 31097) and High Force (ref 31098) are both 2-bedroomed apartments that sleep 4 people. Each have 2 double bedrooms, as well as a comfortable living room and well-equipped kitchen with good quality appliances. Hamsterley (ref 31101) is a 1-bedroomed property with a double bedroom. Fully self contained, there is a small kitchen, living room and family bathroom with ample space for 2 guests. The Market Cross (ref 31099) is a quirky property which is an ’upside down’ building with the 2 double bedrooms on the ground floor and a large living room and kitchen on the first floor. Once again there are good quality bathroom facilities and many personal touches. Both The Museum (ref 31096) and The Castle (ref 31100) are perfect for guests who want to enjoy comfortable, practical accommodation. The space has been well used to provide a comfortable sleeping area that has been cleverly screened off from the living room and kitchen area by the careful placement of the furniture and wardrobe. These two studio apartments are perfect for guests who would like a little more space and facilities than a standard hotel room in the area.
    10 Newgate is located behind a local pub at the heart of Barnard Castle, and guests will be able to leave their car behind to take a leisurely stroll into the town centre, with many top class pubs, restaurants, inns and cafés that line the old fashioned high street. There is also a weekly farmers market that provides local produce, arts, crafts, food and drink, and several boutique and gift shops that are scattered throughout the town. At the end of Galgate is Scar Top and the ruins of the stone castle date back to 1125 and gives the town its name. The castle also overlooks the River Tees and offers magnificent views over the surrounding areas. A little further afield but still within only a few miles distance, guests will find the pretty picture-postcard village of Staindrop, which is set in a dedicated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is definitely worth the short trip out to visit. Perfect for walkers, cyclists and nature enthusiasts, Barnard Castle is set amongst some of the most magnificent countryside that the county has to offer. There are many public footpaths, established walks and cycle paths that lead through the town, alongside the River Tees and out into rolling countryside and beyond, towards places and attractions including Binchester Roman Fort and Raby Castle, as well as many National Trust houses and sites. The cathedral city of Durham is only a 30-minute drive away and is perfect for guests wanting to include a theatre break into their stay, a romantic boat ride along the River Wear, a meal out in one of the bistros and restaurants, boutique shopping or the opportunity to visit the famous cathedral and Durham Castle, which is steeped in history and tradition. Durham is a city that is thriving all year round and offers free on street entertainment on a regular basis including the annual book week, Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, art festival, miners gala and many more. For those wanting to travel a little further afield, guests will find all the majesty and beauty of both High Force and Low Force waterfalls or be able to explore the ...

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Fridge/freezer.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 42" Freeview TV. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Public car park (permit provided for weekly bookings, short breaks £1.50 per day).

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  • Beckleshele

    Cowshill, nr. 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.

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  • Dale View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    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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  • Thorpe Hall - Chapel Cottage

    Wycliffe, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: IWF

    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/dining room with open fire. Galley-style kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • DVD (small library)
    • Patio with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • No children under 10 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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  • Daykin Cottage

    Low Etherley, nr. Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC147

    Situated in the quiet village of Low Etherley directly opposite the village cricket club, Daykin Cottage is the ideal location for guests wanting to relax, unwind and really explore this beautiful part of County Durham. Perfect for walkers, guests will find many established public footpaths that wind their way through County Durham and the Weardale Valley. This semi-detached cottage is full of character and charm. On the ground floor, the property boasts up-to-date appliances whilst still retaining much of its original beauty – the kitchen is well-equipped with all necessary amenities, and there’s a homely, traditional ambience emanating from the living and dining rooms, owing to their exposed beams and electric coal-effect fires.

    Perfect for guests wanting to leave the car behind, the closest pub is within easy walking distance and there is a variety of supermarkets, shops and restaurants all just 3 miles away in Bishop Auckland. Cyclists, ramblers and leisurely walkers won’t be disappointed with the area’s network of walks and cycle paths for all ability levels. Hamsterley Forest is only 3 miles and is a delightful 2000-hectare site for walking, the Gruffalo Trail in particular is not to be missed, and there are plenty of perfect picnic spots along the way. It’s not just walkers who are catered for in the region, history buffs are often drawn to Escomb, home to the earliest Saxon Church in Britain. In Witton-le-Wear, Witton Castle offers fly fishing, a bird sanctuary, beautiful grounds and an historic castle. Soon to appear in Bishop Auckland is the Kynren Eleven Arches, a colossal open-air spectacle regarding 2000 years of English history, all rolled in to one action-packed night that’s certainly not to be missed! The thriving market town of Barnard Castle, 12 miles, is a most popular destination with holiday goers, due to its weekly farmers’ market, some super local pubs, restaurants and shops. For nature lovers, Raby Castle can also be reached within a short drive. Its deer herd numbers over 200, which wanders freely around the grounds in their natural habitat. The village of Staindrop is only 7 miles away and lies just next to Raby Castle. Featuring tea shops, cafés and a local family butcher, Staindrop is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and lies near to the nature reserve of Low Barns and Auckland Castle.
    Head to the cathedral city of Durham for a day. This ancient city continues to thrive, thanks to its teeming student population. From the cottage it’s just a 20-minute drive, and popular attractions include the Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, book week, arts week, the theatre, many designer boutiques and shops, not to mention its world-renowned castle and cathedral. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    The property is situated only a short drive from Bishop Auckland which plays host to the magical Kynren Eleven Arches spectacular from July-September 2016. Kynren - an epic tale of England - promises to be a historical extravaganza with a 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 room. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Beams throughout. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with bath and shower cubicle (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living and dining room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • 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.

    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 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, 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 secure bicycle lock up available. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Cottage at Wilson House

    Barningham, near Richmond

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC575

    Perfectly nestled in the rolling countryside, on a working farm, bordering North Yorkshire and County Durham, The Cottage at Wilson House offers guests peace, tranquillity and the surrounding stunning views. Adjacent to the owner’s home, yet retaining a level of privacy, guests will find the cottage welcoming, cosy and full of character. Perfect for walkers and cyclists, there are numerous established public footpaths and cycle paths within the surrounding local area which will lead guests through beautiful countryside, open fields and unspoilt woodland. Perfect for an afternoon stroll, guests will find a CAMRA approved local pub only a mile away, as well as numerous others within an easy 15-minute radius.
    Ideally situated for exploring the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, The Cottage at Wilson House is close to Teesdale, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, which are becoming increasingly popular places for cyclists and walkers to explore and enjoy. Only 5 miles away from the historic market town of Barnard Castle, guests really must take a trip to the famous Bowes Museum as well as the old castle ruins. For guests wishing to travel a little further afield, there are excellent transport links along the A66 and the A1M. The cathedral city of Durham can be reached within an hour’s drive north, as well as the historic city of York in the opposite direction. The beautiful hills and fells of the Lake District are also only just over an hour’s drive west and to the east guests will find the fabulous beaches and coastline of Whitby and Saltburn by the Sea.
    Perfect for couples wanting to enjoy a romantic break or friends wanting to share their holiday accommodation, there is a private courtyard and hot tub for guest’s use from which views of the surrounding countryside can be admired and enjoyed, as well as an outdoor seating area and BBQ. The Cottage at Wilson House has two double bedrooms on the ground floor, each with an en-suite shower room. On the first floor, is an open plan kitchen/dining room and living area that really takes advantage of the surrounding views.
    Well equipped, welcoming and full of character, The Cottage at Wilson House really is the ideal destination at any time of year. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Open plan living space: With beams and wooden floor.
    Living area:
    With 28" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With Rayburn, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Hot tub. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: No children under 12 years old.

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  • Freville Cottage

    Shildon, nr. Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC60


    Situated in the small town of Shildon, Freville Cottage is a traditional terraced house that has been decorated and renovated throughout, transforming it into an ideal holiday home. Its great location lends the property to guests wanting to really get to know County Durham and the North East. Perhaps the most popular attraction in Shildon is the National Railway Museum. When coupled with its counterpart in York, these museums make up the biggest railway museum in the world, providing a complete picture of the 300-year history of the railway.

    Just 2.5 miles away from the thriving market town of Bishop Aukland, guests will find many enjoyable attractions nearby. Well-known as the ‘Gateway to Weardale’, Bishop Auckland stands high above the meandering River Wear, commanding impressive views over the surrounding countryside and beyond. There are a number of great places to eat and drink in the town, as well as a selection of boutiques and high street shops. Perfect for walkers, cyclists and ramblers, the tracks and trails leading directly from Bishop Aukland take in such sites as Auckland Castle, the country residence for over 900 years of the historic Prince Bishops and their deer park. The Auckland Way Railway Path is an equally popular route.

    Head to the market town of Barnard Castle for some of the arts in action. There’s a restored theatre/events hall called the Witham, and the French chateau-like Bowes Museum is home to an impressive collection of European curio. For guests who enjoy visiting historical monuments and churches, there is Escomb Saxon Church, and if that isn’t enough, then Durham’s World Heritage sites surely will be. Durham is an ancient city with a vibrant atmosphere, thanks to its teeming student population. There’s a wealth of attractions and places to explore in and around the city, regardless of its striking cathedral and castle.

    For more sporty holiday goers, the nearby county cricket club and Durham’s golf club won’t disappoint. A little further afield but still easily accessible are the magnificent North Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors National Parks. Other attractions in the area include the Angel of the North statue, the Beamish Museum, Newcastle and the Metrocentre. A little closer to home is Raby castle, a fine example of medieval architecture that has a 200-acre deer park that’s ideal for picnicking and taking a stroll. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ 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!

    Ground Floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Wooden floor throughout. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-Fi. Enclosed yard. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Pig Run Barn

    Nr. Beamish

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: E5343

    Set amidst rolling countryside and enjoying peace and tranquillity on the owners’ 200 acre farm, where you can enjoy its many footpaths and cycleways, these renovated cottages provide excellent accommodation. Lying down a sleepy country lane, these stone-built cottages were converted from farm barns and have been tastefully and thoughtfully furnished giving the perfect base that’s both relaxing and ideal for exploring the diverse attractions this region has to offer. Only 20 minutes from the many attractions of Newcastle and Gateshead - home to the Sage music venue, Baltic contemporary art gallery and excellent shopping. The renowned Beamish Open Air Museum that vividly recreates life in the North of England in the late 1800s and early 1900s is just 3 miles away and is an essential day out. The historic city of Durham, with its magnificent cathedral, which is regarded as the finest Norman building in Europe, is a mere 10 miles away. Durham is one the most beautiful cities in England, with spectacular architecture, tree-lined river bank walks and winding streets. Durham Cricket ground, which hosts many international matches is just 10 minutes away. The Durham Dales with wonderful scenery, great hill walking and cycling is only a 20 minute drive, while further afield you can discover Hadrian’s Wall, Alnwick Gardens and the castles and gloriously unspoilt coastline of Northumberland – all under an hours’ drive. Lapwing Cottage and Beamish Cottage (refs E5028 and E5029) can be interlinked to sleep 4 guests. Shop and pub serving food 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Freezer. Patio and furniture.

    Lapwing Cottage and Beamish Cottage (refs E5028 and E5029) can be interlinked to sleep 4 guests. Pig Run Barn and Millers Barn (refs E5343 and E5344) can be interlinked to sleep 9 guests.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD/iPod dock. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi available at £10 per stay. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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