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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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  • Witton Hall - Suite Three

    Witton-le-Wear, nr. Crook

    Grade
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    Ref: MWD


    Perfectly situated in the pretty Anglo-Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear, and commanding fabulous views across County Durham, the Dales and beyond, Witton Hall really is the perfect location for guests wishing to treat themselves to a holiday in magnificent surroundings. Witton Hall is one of the finest country houses to have ever been built in the north of England during the 20th century, and was once listed in The Times as one of the top 100 houses in the country. Detached South Lodge (ref MWC), located at the gates of Witton Hall, once served as the gate house and has its own hot tub and garden area. Suite Two (ref MWE), Suite Three (ref MWD) and Suite Four (ref MWF) are all apartments which are situated directly behind Witton Hall and surrounded by the grounds, gardens and a shared hot tub. Suite Four (ref MWF) is the largest of the properties and occupies a prime position within the grounds, with fabulous views over the garden, grounds and faraway hills and dales.
    Constructed from the finest sandstone, Witton Hall itself features classic Georgian elements including stone pillars, pediments, architraves, friezes and cornices. There are plenty of leisure facilities within the Hall, available from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 9am to 5pm, which can be booked for use via the owner (only available by prior agreement), including a gymnasium with weights and cardio vascular equipment and a sauna. The gymnasium looks out on to a dance floor with a sparkling ceiling consisting of hundreds of multi-coloured lights that sparkle and dazzle like the night sky. Guests can also find a heated swimming pool with wave system and wet bar. On a mezzanine level above the gymnasium, and overlooking the pool and dance floor, there is a games room with large screen TV, pool table, sound system and a refreshments area, which once again can be privately booked via the owner and are available between the hours of 9am to 5pm. Surrounding the Hall and leisure complex, there are 2½ acres of landscaped grounds which are home to a croquet lawn, tennis courts with outdoor barbecue and seating area, shared hot tub and also beauty parlour facilities where guests can book ahead and make an appointment for a professional sports or Thai massage. Guests may book and make use of a private chef, concierge service, airport pick up and beauty treatments by arrangement.
    For guests wanting to relax, unwind and really treat themselves, then there is no reason at all to even leave the grounds during their stay, but for those who wish to explore the local area and really get to know County Durham, the Durham Dales and Weardale Valley, then this is the perfect location from which to do so. Witton-le-Wear is an attractive, predominantly Victorian village and is situated on the northern banks of the River Wear. There are two pubs within walking distance of Witton Hall and also two churches, one of which dates back to Norman times. Perfect for walkers, cyclists and people who like to explore, there are numerous walks and public footpaths that cross directly through the village and through some of the most picturesque countryside that the county has to offer. There is also the opportunity to enjoy salmon and trout fishing at the nearby Witton Castle Lakes.
    Only a three mile walk away, visit the popular Hamsterley Forest which is a 2000-hectare site of walking trails, cycle trails and orienteering. The thriving market town of Barnard Castle is a 15-mile drive away and is often popular with visitors wanting to explore the weekly farmer’s market or enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants, pubs and local inns. Visit the historic city of Durham, 15 miles, a glorious city with fantastic heritage. Durham has many popular tourist attractions that include the Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, book festival, arts week, theatre, castle and c...

    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!

    Ten steps to entrance. All on first floor: Spacious living room with bespoke kitchen area and tiled floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and TV. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Two Freeview TVs (one 40")
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Shared use of freezer
    • Shared hot tub

    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • DVD
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Fridge
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared, 2½-acre, landscaped grounds with patio, terrace, summerhouse and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Shared, indoor, heated swimming pool (19ft x 11ft) with wave machine, wet bar and changing and shower facilities (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared sauna (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared games room with pool table (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared tennis courts (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared gym (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared croquet lawn (by prior arrangement)
    • Beauty treatments, concierge service, chef and airport pickup by arrangement
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond in grounds

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  • Cromer House Barn

    Frosterley

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: E5396

    Converted from an 18th-century detached barn, this romantic studio style accommodation is a perfect getaway for couples wanting to explore the spectacular North Pennine countryside. Set in a traditional Weardale village and beside the owner’s home, Cromer House Barn has its own private patio for enjoying the tranquillity of this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The property is in an ideal location for walking, cycling and sightseeing, while Kilhope Lead Mining Museum, Bowes Museum and Hamsterley Forest are all nearby. The historic city of Durham, Beamish Museum, Hadrian’s Wall and the Eden Valley are all under an hour’s drive. Shop and pub serving food within 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Dining area/kitchen. Wet room with toilet. Mezzanine: Living room/bedroom area with double bed.

    Woodburner in living room included. Solid fuel central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine in outbuilding. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Old Granary

    Stainton, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 29175


    Set in the quiet village of Stainton and dating from 1870, this former granary enjoys beautiful views across the dales and open countryside. The Old Granary has retained much of its original charm including exposed beams and it has been furnished to a good standard with the bathroom having the benefit of a power shower, the property is well-presented to offer a relaxing and comfortable accommodation for two people from which to explore the delights of this fascinating area. In a tranquil setting with walks from the doorstep, it is a haven for bird watching and nature lovers with an abundance of wildlife in the area. Outside is a sheltered patio and visitors can enjoy use of a large garden, ideal for unwinding after a day walking or touring, or for dining al fresco on warmer days. For lovers of the outdoors a leisurely stroll can be enjoyed across the meadows from the property into the historic market town of Barnard Castle, 5 miles, which has fishing on the RIver Tees (permit required), a golf course, swimming pool, good choice of shops, tea rooms and restaurants, with several good country inns in the surrounding villages. The area is steeped in history and rich in culture with a range of attractions, including the famous Bowes Museum, Raby Castle, High Force waterfall and the beautiful gardens at Eggleston Hall, with woodland walks, cycle routes (hire available) and picnic areas at nearby Hamsterley Forest. The Yorkshire Dales National Park is just 5 miles away whilst the city of Durham, Beamish and the Lakes are all within an hour’s drive. Golf nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    12 stone steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with beams/ dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared garden. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Dovecote

    Romaldkirk, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 30765


    Situated in the peaceful and quaint village of Romaldkirk, which is nestled within the Dales, this detached barn conversion, adjacent to the owner’s home, really is the perfect location for guests wishing to enjoy a quiet romantic break, a walking or cycling holiday, or just to really explore the beauty of the surrounding areas. Nestled between Swaledale and Weardale, Romaldkirk lies in Teesdale, which is a peaceful haven of tranquillity, nature and ever changing landscapes. Perfect for walkers, The Dovecote is right at the heart of many established public footpaths and walkways. Ideal for walkers of all abilities, there is some stunning scenery and leisurely strolls along the side of the river to more taxing trails along the rugged fells. The Teesway footpath is easily accessible and takes guests through to the village of Cotherstone and beyond, or maybe head towards Mickleton and then even further afield towards Middleton-in-Teesdale. Other walks lead towards the reservoirs of Grassholme or across towards Hury. In the heart of Romaldkirk is an award-winning pub and restaurant, so why not enjoy a lovely meal on the walk back towards the property. A little further afield, guests will be able to leave their car behind at the Bowlees Visitor Centre and then walk along to two of the most incredible waterfalls in the area, Low Force and High Force. This is also an ideal spot for guests who are wanting a more peaceful holiday with the chance to visit and explore some of the local historic attractions and National Trust properties, there are many to visit in the area. Egglestone Hall and Gardens is just 2 miles away, Bowes Museum is 6 miles, and definitely an attraction worth a visit, Raby Castle with it’s famous deer that graze in the grounds, is 12 miles. Barnard Castle, 6 miles, is a historic market town that offers a quaint high street that is bustling with antiques shops, restaurants, bistros and cafes. 30 miles away, guests will be able to take a day trip to the city of Durham, where there are boutiques, shops, restaurants, bistros and also a theatre and leisure centre. Take a day trip to the beautiful scenery of the Lake District which is a mere 45-mile drive away. Shop 4½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with stone floor. Kitchen with stone floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom with beams.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Winter Cottage

    Sunniside, nr. Durham

    Grade
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    Ref: W44245


    Situated in the quiet village of Sunniside, just 10 miles from the city of Durham, Winter Cottage is the ideal base for couples wanting to really explore the local area. Perfect for walkers, cyclists, romantic breaks and guests wanting to visit family and friends at Durham University, this terraced cottage is in the perfect location. The popular market town of Wolsingham, 4 miles, boasts some excellent quality restaurants, pubs, cafes and bistros, where local produce is served daily. Today, Wolsingham is still a small market town looking much as it did hundreds of years ago with many stone built buildings, period features and links to its long history. It is now a thriving town which is very popular as a stopping off point for guests visiting the Weardale Valley.
    The cottage is a great gateway to the nearby Durham Dales where the scenery and surroundings can only be described as breathtaking. With many established footpaths leading directly from the village, guests will be able to explore some of the most magnificent countryside, landscapes and views that the county has to offer. For couples who enjoy a theatre break, Durham offers the Gala Theatre which is open all year round.
    Local historic attractions include Durham’s castle, cathedral and the city walls. The River Wear runs through the city and guests can enjoy a romantic boat trip or a glass of champagne by the riverside. Filled with quality restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars, the city is thriving at night and there is often street entertainment to enjoy including the Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, book week, arts week and many more. Durham University can be easily reached from Winter Cottage making this the perfect location to stay for graduation and student visits. For those who love shopping, there are many designer boutiques in the city, as well as the famous Metrocentre, which is situated in Gateshead near Newcastle upon Tyne, approximately an hour away. Many National Trust and heritage sites are within easy reach including Barnard Castle, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum, Beamish and High Force Waterfall.
    Winter Cottage is a large terraced house, on the ground floor there is a living room with many original features and also a large dining room/kitchen. There is a ground floor bathroom and on the first floor, there is a double bedroom and a shower room. Outside, relax in the garden area on a summers evening with a glass of wine. Shop 3 miles, pub and 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. Dining room/kitchen with breakfast area and wooden floor. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in kitchen included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Slow cooker. Sandwich maker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On street parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Forge Cottage

    Castleside

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: E5245

    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 room/dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included. Cot. DVD. Table-top oven with two ring hob. Small patio area.

    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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  • Lapwing Cottage

    Nr. Beamish

    Grade
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    Ref: E5028

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Use of shared freezer. Shared garden 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. No smoking.

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  • Town Pasture Cottage

    Barnard Castle

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 29136

    In a rural location approximately 1 mile out of the historic market town of Barnard Castle, Town Pasture Cottage provides a warm and very comfortable base from which to explore the historic and cultural attractions of Teesdale. The living room is situated on the first floor to take advantage of the views of the surrounding fields and countryside. Set on the owners’ working farm, this detached holiday cottage is completely self-contained and visitors enjoy use of a large garden, ideal for unwinding after a day walking or touring. There is also a decked patio with table and chairs for relaxing or dining al fresco. The full, oil-fired central heating makes it an ideal location throughout the year. A local hotel with eatery is just a few minutes’ walk away and the market town of Barnard Castle caters for your everyday shopping requirements as well as being home to interesting antique shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries. Raby Castle, Egglestone Hall Gardens and the mangificent Bowes Musuem are a short drive away. Nearby bridleways, footpaths and riverside walks provide ample oportunity to explore the countryside including the spectacular waterfalls of Low and High Force. The central location also makes the cottage an ideal base from whcih to visit the North Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond, Durham Cathedral, the Beamish Museum and Cumbria. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Living room/dining area/ kitchen.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Large enclosed garden with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store (in utility room). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • 10 Newgate - Hamsterley

    Barnard Castle

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 31101


    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 ...

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with 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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  • The Snuggery

    Staindrop, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 30559


    Nestled away behind the quaint village green of Staindrop and facing Langley Beck, this semi-detached, single-storey holiday cottage is ideal for couples wanting to get away from it all, relax and spoil themselves in a well-furnished cottage that is packed with charm, character and original features. The comfortable living room boasts an original stone floor and a gas woodburner-style fire that heats up quickly and gives character and warmth to the room. There is also a small courtyard to the rear of the property which looks out on to the beck and borders the Raby Castle estate. Famous for its history, architecture and fabulous garden and grounds, Raby Castle is only a short walk away from The Snuggery and really is worth a visit for guests of all ages, if only to catch a glimpse of over 200 deer which wander the grounds. Staindrop is set in a dedicated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is home to a wonderful mix of glorious countryside, stunning views, historic towns and villages, as well as High Force, England’s highest waterfall. Perfect for walkers, Staindrop is the ideal base from which to explore the many and varied faces of the county, starting with the network of public footpaths that run in and around the village. A coffee shop/bistro, tea room, shop, local family butcher, pub and post office serve the everyday needs of residents and visitors alike. Only five miles away is the thriving market town of Barnard Castle which offers a weekly market and more local pubs, shops and restaurants to enjoy. The cathedral city of Durham is a mere 30-minute drive away and is perfect for a romantic boat ride along the River Wear, a meal out in one of the many bistros and restaurants, some boutique shopping or the opportunity to visit the famous cathedral and Durham Castle, both of which are steeped in history and tradition. Beamish, the living museum of the north, is a must-see attraction for all visitors to the area while the Metrocentre and Newcastle upon Tyne can be reached in just over an hour’s drive. For guests wanting to explore even more of what the northern counties have to offer, Cumbria (and the Lake District), the Yorkshire Dales, the North Pennines and Northumberland are all within a 2-hour drive away. Shop 120 yards, pub 430 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams and stone floor. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 40" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed patio and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store (in nearby garage). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Witton Hall - South Lodge

    Witton-le-Wear, nr. Crook

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: MWC


    Perfectly situated in the pretty Anglo-Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear, and commanding fabulous views across County Durham, the Dales and beyond, Witton Hall really is the perfect location for guests wishing to treat themselves to a holiday in magnificent surroundings. Witton Hall is one of the finest country houses to have ever been built in the north of England during the 20th century, and was once listed in The Times as one of the top 100 houses in the country. Detached South Lodge (ref MWC), located at the gates of Witton Hall, once served as the gate house and has its own hot tub and garden area. Suite Two (ref MWE), Suite Three (ref MWD) and Suite Four (ref MWF) are all apartments which are situated directly behind Witton Hall and surrounded by the grounds, gardens and a shared hot tub. Suite Four (ref MWF) is the largest of the properties and occupies a prime position within the grounds, with fabulous views over the garden, grounds and faraway hills and dales.
    Constructed from the finest sandstone, Witton Hall itself features classic Georgian elements including stone pillars, pediments, architraves, friezes and cornices. There are plenty of leisure facilities within the Hall, available from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 9am to 5pm, which can be booked for use via the owner (only available by prior agreement), including a gymnasium with weights and cardio vascular equipment and a sauna. The gymnasium looks out on to a dance floor with a sparkling ceiling consisting of hundreds of multi-coloured lights that sparkle and dazzle like the night sky. Guests can also find a heated swimming pool with wave system and wet bar. On a mezzanine level above the gymnasium, and overlooking the pool and dance floor, there is a games room with large screen TV, pool table, sound system and a refreshments area, which once again can be privately booked via the owner and are available between the hours of 9am to 5pm. Surrounding the Hall and leisure complex, there are 2½ acres of landscaped grounds which are home to a croquet lawn, tennis courts with outdoor barbecue and seating area, shared hot tub and also beauty parlour facilities where guests can book ahead and make an appointment for a professional sports or Thai massage. Guests may book and make use of a private chef, concierge service, airport pick up and beauty treatments by arrangement.
    For guests wanting to relax, unwind and really treat themselves, then there is no reason at all to even leave the grounds during their stay, but for those who wish to explore the local area and really get to know County Durham, the Durham Dales and Weardale Valley, then this is the perfect location from which to do so. Witton-le-Wear is an attractive, predominantly Victorian village and is situated on the northern banks of the River Wear. There are two pubs within walking distance of Witton Hall and also two churches, one of which dates back to Norman times. Perfect for walkers, cyclists and people who like to explore, there are numerous walks and public footpaths that cross directly through the village and through some of the most picturesque countryside that the county has to offer. There is also the opportunity to enjoy salmon and trout fishing at the nearby Witton Castle Lakes.
    Only a three mile walk away, visit the popular Hamsterley Forest which is a 2000-hectare site of walking trails, cycle trails and orienteering. The thriving market town of Barnard Castle is a 15-mile drive away and is often popular with visitors wanting to explore the weekly farmer’s market or enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants, pubs and local inns. Visit the historic city of Durham, 15 miles, a glorious city with fantastic heritage. Durham has many popular tourist attractions that include the Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, book festival, arts week, theatre, castle and c...

    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!

    Spacious living room. Spacious dining room. Large bespoke kitchen with travertine marble floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and TV. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Two Freeview TVs (one 40")
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture
    • Hot tub
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • DVD
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Fridge
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared, 2½-acre, landscaped grounds with patio, terrace, summerhouse and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Shared, indoor, heated swimming pool (19ft x 11ft) with wave machine, wet bar and changing and shower facilities (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared sauna (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared games room with pool table (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared tennis courts (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared gym (by prior arrangement)
    • Shared croquet lawn (by prior arrangement)
    • Beauty treatments, concierge service, chef and airport pickup by arrangement
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond in grounds

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  • Pembroke Cottage

    Ebchester

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    This superb, romantic, 17th-century holiday cottage, perfect for couples, is nestled in a select site on a small, tranquil, leafy lane just off the heart of the very historical conservation village of Ebchester. Adjoining another property, it boasts expansive countryside views to the rear which houses horses, wildlife and sometimes red kites. A Roman fort lies beneath the fields and the area is peppered with Roman ruins and artefacts. Try the Derwent Walk, or visit the Pennines for more walks, cycling and breathtaking scenery in an AONB. The delights of Durham city with its cathedral, castle, fine shops and galleries are close by. There are several beaches, shops, nightlife, rowing, hot air ballooning and paintballing available locally. Only 40 minutes from the Heritage Northumbrian coastline. Attention to detail throughout the cottage is superb from these very caring owners. The friendly local pub and an award-winning restaurant are close by. Shop/P.O. 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!

    Spacious living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire in feature inglenook and rugs on oak floor. Open-plan kitchen/dining room. First floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom with Victorian claw bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    • Gas coal-effect fire included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Freezer
    • Pretty cottage garden
    • Parking (1 car)
    • No smoking

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