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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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  • Blackthorn Cottage

    Mickleton, nr. Middleton-in-Teesdale

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29201

    This cosy stone cottage is located in one of the quiet lanes in the delightful rural village of Mickleton, midway between the historic market town of Barnard Castle and Middleton-in-Teesdale. With beamed ceilings and an open fire this is a lovely holiday base from which to explore the whole of the Northern Dales and the Yorkshire Dales. Mickleton has 2 pubs and there are shops in Middleton. There are countless footpaths and country lanes full of wild flowers waiting to be discovered. Selset and Grassholme reservoirs with fly fishing, sailing and a nature reserve are only 2-3 miles away with Eggleston Abbey within easy reach. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor/3 steps down to dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and 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. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Fridge/freezer. Small paved area. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 3 steps on front path.

  • Oxen Law Cottage

    Waskerley nr. 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.

    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 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.

  • East Bridge End Farm

    Frosterley, nr. 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.

    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 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.

  • Ervine Cottage

    Bolam, nr. Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 30493

    Nestled behind the owners’ home, yet surrounded by acres of open countryside and farmland, this spacious holiday cottage enjoys fabulous views from every angle - as far as Middleton, Richmond and the Pennines on a sunny day. Perfect for walkers, Bolam is a small village in County Durham that is home to a well established, local pub which serves top quality food and drink. There are many public footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths which criss cross through the area and will take guests through natural woodland, open fields and across to many of the small, surrounding local villages and towards the Durham Dales. Explore Durham with its castle, cathedral, theatre, leisure centre and eateries. It also hosts many festivals during the year. A little further afield are Binchester Roman Fort, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum, Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle and Darlington. Other places of interest are Beamish Museum, Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumberland coast, Kielder National Park, York, Newcastle, the Angel of the North and the Metrocentre. Shop 5 miles, 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 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!

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Conservatory. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 40" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • 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.

  • 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, 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!

    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. 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.

  • Old Hall Cottages - 2 Old Hall Cottages

    Byers Green, nr. Durham

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    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.

    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: 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, 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 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.

  • 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 have been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features. The tranquil location makes this the perfect place to relax and unwind while the many foot paths and cycle routes are an excellent way to enjoy the surrounding countryside and views. Situated on the Durham/ Northumberland border, Derwent Grange is ideally located for exploring the many attractions both counties have to offer. The historic city of Durham, with its magnificent cathedral and river boat trips and the market town of Barnard Castle with its 12th century castle; and Medieval Raby Castle are all just a short drive away. The award winning Beamish Open Air Museum, is just 13 miles away and is well worth a visit. Newcastle and Gateshead offer an array of museums and art galleries along with excellent shopping and are only 18 miles away. The breathtaking scenery of the Northumberland National Park is within an half an hours’ drive as is Hadrians Wall. A little further afield are Alnwick Castle and Gardens while the castles and gloriously unspoilt coastline of Northumberland are around an hours’ drive. Shop and pub serving food 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 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 water supply.

  • Cranford

    Frosterley, nr. Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC148

    Right at the heart of the village of Frosterley in County Durham, Cranford is the ideal location for guests wanting to escape from hustle and bustle of towns and cities. Situated in Weardale, Frosterley is located in the North Pennines and is part of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Beautifully furnished throughout, Cranford has a warm and comfy feel that makes it a great holiday home for couples, families and groups of friends. There are friendly local pubs in the village, along with a local shop and a family-run fish and chip shop just a hop, skip and a jump from your front door.

    Perfect for walkers, cyclists and ramblers looking to explore the Durham Dales and the North Pennines, guests will find plenty of established local footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways that lead directly from Frosterley, out into some of the most spectacular countryside County Durham has to offer.

    Culture enthusiasts are sure to get a kick out of the lead mining museum in Killhope, which explores Weardale’s rich mining history. Then there’s the county town of Durham. The ancient city boasts a magnificent castle and a world-class cathedral. Thanks to its enchanting gothic architecture, the cathedral was used as the setting of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Other points of interest in the vicinity include the Beamish Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, the Metrocentre, Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Derwent Reservoir, and Alston which is the highest market town in England. The villages of Wolsingham and Stanhope are nearby, at 3 miles away. If you’re willing to go further afield, take a day trip to the Lake District, Northumbria and Hadrian’s Wall. Shop 20 yards, pub and pub/restaurant within 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor and double sofa bed. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 40" Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD and small library. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • The Cottage

    Whorlton, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 25237

    Looking out over the large green in the village of Whorlton, this detached holiday cottage is full of character and charm. The glorious River Tees is 300 yards; Barnard Castle with the Bowes Museum, 3 miles. Raby Castle, Egglestone Abbey, Richmond and the Yorkshire Dales are nearby. The cottage is on the National Cycle Network (cycle store avail) and close to the delightful Teesdale Way. Visit Durham, Northumberland’s spectacular castles and sandy beaches or bustling Newcastle. Shops 3 miles, pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with slate floors. Conservatory. Single bedroom. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with beams, wooden floor and Velux, 1 twin with beams and wooden floor, both with sloping ceilings. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video/DVD/CD and small library. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden. Enclosed courtyard, patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Garth House

    Near Barnard Castle

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC211179
    Quietly nestling in the heart of the village of Mickleton, this delightful cottage offers real home from home holiday accommodation spanning two floors, complete with wood burning stove and baby grand piano in the lounge. Lawned gardens extend to front and rear, offering garden furniture, barbecue and chiminee, perfect for eating alfresco!

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance Porch: With hanging and storage space
    Lounge: With  flag stone floor, multi fuel stove, "Challen" baby grand piano, TV, DVD, radio/CD, record player with LP’s (mainly classical).
    Kitchen: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and dishwasher.
    Dining Room: With open fire
    Garden Room: With conservatory furniture.
    Utility/Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC, wash basin, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    First Floor: Master Bedroom: With king size brass and cast bed with vanity basin.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and vanity basin.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Well behaved pets welcome provided they are not left alone in the cottage.Outside: Enclosed lawned garden and patio with garden furniture, barbecue and chiminee. Off road parking spaces for 3 cars.

  • Low Cornriggs Farm - Alice’s Cottage

    Cowshill, nr. Alston

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 31148

    Situated in the beautiful and picturesque Weardale Valley, Nelly’s Cottage (ref 31147) and Alice’s Cottage (ref 31148) offer outstanding views across some of the most scenic countryside that the county has to offer. Located high up on the hillside and surrounded by working farmland, these detached holiday properties, adjacent to the owner’s home, really are the perfect location for guests wanting to really explore the local area and beyond. Perfect for guests of all ages and abilities, both cottages have been sympathetically designed to accommodate wheelchair users and guests with limited walking ability, and they hold a Visit England Level 3 Disabled Property accreditation. Beautifully renovated and furnished to a very good standard, both cottages offer exceptional comfort and facilities. All on one level, guests will find a spacious and well-presented living room, with views across the surrounding hills and countryside. Each has a large, well-equipped kitchen, perfect for enjoying a well-cooked evening meal. Alice’s Cottage has three bedrooms, which include one single room, one twin room and one double room with an en-suite shower room, as well as a large family bathroom with a shower for the disabled. Nelly’s Cottage also has three bedrooms, one of the twin bedrooms has an en-suite shower room with facilities for wheelchair users. Low Cornriggs Farm has won two Green Tourism Awards from the North Pennines Tourism Partnership, which are awarded to an enterprise which makes a ’positive contribution to tourism and the environment in the North Pennines’. Perfect for guests who enjoy a walking or cycling holiday, there are plenty of public footpaths and cycle paths that lead directly from the cottages and through some of the most magnificent countryside and beyond, offering visitors views of hills, dales, waterfalls and much more. There are also plenty of attractions within a close radius, which include Killhope Wheel, the lead mining museum which is a a favourite of families of all ages, Weardale Museum and High House Chapel, Weardale Steam Railway and Locomotion, and the National Railway Museum at Shildon. For guests wanting to travel a little further afield but still remain within an easy hour’s drive, the opportunities are vast. The cathedral city of Durham, with its castle and university, is only 27 miles away, Cumbria and the Lake District can be visited within an hour’s drive, as can Northumberland, Hadrian’s Wall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Alnwick. For romantic breaks, walkers, cyclists, families, couples or groups, Low Cornriggs Farm really is perfect for everyone. Shop 11/2 miles, pub 1 mile, restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Both properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 32" freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (for 2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Wheelchair access. No smoking.

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