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County Durham

If you’re looking for a peaceful ‘away from it all’ holiday where you can re-charge your batteries amongst beautiful countryside, County Durham is for you; providing untouched rural landscapes and a rich historical backdrop.

Any cottage holiday in County Durham would not be complete without a visit to the historic city of Durham. The city is renowned as one of the finest historical and cultural cities in the UK, with its magnificent cathedral and castle world heritage site. Enjoy its medieval architecture, cobbled winding streets, unique shops, pubs and restaurants.

The Durham Dales forms The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an area of open heather moorland, rivers and dales, wonderful wildlife and ancient stone villages; just perfect for days out walking and touring. Include a visit to High Force waterfall where you can combine a lovely woodland walk with the magnificent site of the waterfall where the River Tees falls over the falls in two stages, creating a wonderful natural, all-year round spectacle.

Head eastwards for days out at the Durham Coast, with a coastal path, quiet beaches and imposing headlands. A great way to unwind amongst nature as it was intended, with the wind in your hair and great uninterrupted view out across the North Sea.

For a the perfect family day out Beamish Museum fits the bill, where you can discover what the north east was like in times gone by. Set in 300 acres of countryside this is a working, living museum giving a real sense of what life was like all those years ago.

From riverside strolls to tackling parts of the Pennine Way and with quiet country roads to challenging off-road climbs, County Durham offers lots of opportunities to explore by foot or bike; suitable for both novices and experts alike!

Despite its rural character there’s plenty to keep visitors fully occupied during their stay, with a wealth of things to do and places to see in this enchanting corner of England.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in County Durham.
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  • Top Byre

    St John’s Chapel, near Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 28347

    Overlooking the fells and beyond, this isolated holiday cottage offers a peaceful and restful retreat. Lovingly furnished, it offers a relaxing experience for those wishing to unwind, yet close to a variety of tourist attractions in the area, you have the best of both worlds. Beautifully refurbished throughout, the cottage provides cosy and compact accommodation. Stunning walks and cycle routes right on your doorstep. Visit the Dales borders, Lakes or Hexham, Durham and Newcastle within 35 miles. An idyllic location for exploring the delightful counties of North England. Shop 1½ miles, pub 1 mile, restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. 3 steps to kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Chestnut Cottage

    Iveston, near Lanchester

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30035


    This charming, detached former Hemel, close to the owners’ home, lies just 1½ miles from the historic village of Lanchester and only 10 miles from Durham. Lanchester is steeped in history dating back to the 12th century and it has a large village green which sits in the middle of some charming properties, with 3 village inns and eateries to hand. Cyclists will be eager to explore the quiet country roads or take the Derwent Valley Railway Path east to the outskirts of Durham, or west to join the Waskerly Way and on to Weardale. A walk can be taken along these footpaths, the section just south of Lancaster skirting the river Browney being a particular highlight. Corbridge is a mere 15 miles away with super pubs, tea rooms and shops, then carry on to Hadrian’s Wall to visit the Roman forts or a little further to Hexham, with its beautiful abbey. Enjoy Durham with its river walks, fine cathedral, bijou wine bars, traditional pubs and plenty of retail therapy. Alnwick Castle where part of the Harry Potter films were made takes approximately 1 hour, where you can visit the enchanting water gardens and treehouse, and stroll along the cobbled streets. Drive a little further north and follow the Heritage Coastal Route to come across Seahouses and Bamburgh, and the enchanting Holy Island or Lindasfarne, making a great day trip. Come back and relax at this holiday cottage, admiring the views outside after a day’s exploring. Consett 3 miles. Children’s play area 1½ miles. Shop and pub 1½ miles, restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: Galleried area with double bed and Velux. Shower room with toilet.

    Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large decked area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Laburnum Cottage

    Middlestone, near Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: MWO


    Nestled away in the quiet and peaceful village of Middlestone, one of a pair and adjacent to the owner’s home, Laburnum Cottage really is a hidden gem. The absolute perfect location for guests wanting to enjoy a luxurious romantic break, the cottage has been renovated to the highest of standards. With far-reaching views across open countryside and right out towards the North York Moors in the distance, guests will find themselves mesmerised by the splendour of the local scenery. Perfect for walkers, ramblers and cyclists, as well as those just wanting to enjoy a well-earned rest, Laburnum Cottage is perfectly placed for exploring and getting to know the area. Middlestone village is a sought after spot with a great local pub that serves excellent food and drink, so for those guests who want to really treat themselves then they can just walk directly across the road to the Inn, which was listed as a ‘Durham CAMRA Rural Pub of the year’ in 2014. For those guests who enjoy travelling a little further afield, there are many established walks, public footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways that travel through the area and beyond, through nearby villages and towns such as Coundon, Spennymoor and Kirk Merrington. The popular cathedral city of Durham is only an 8½-mile drive away and offers guests year-round attractions. Durham is one of the most historic cities in England and offers guests a plethora of attractions to visit and explore. The famous Durham Cathedral and Castle are historic buildings and definitely worth a visit. There is also the Gala Theatre located in the centre of the city, making this the perfect spot for guests wanting to enjoy a theatre trip as part of their break. Packed with top-quality restaurants, bistros, cafés and bars, Durham is a thriving city. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy the annual Lumiere Festival, annual book week, jazz festival, arts festival, miners gala and many more free attractions, as well as the weekly farmer’s market and pavement artists that line the streets and market place. Should guests wish to enjoy a little retail therapy, then they will find some beautiful boutiques along with many high street names and designers. Barnard Castle is another popular town that lies only 17 miles away and offers guests quaint tea shops to visit, as well as many small cafés and restaurants for those couples who enjoy eating out. A little further afield, but still within easy driving distance, guests will be able to enjoy a day trip to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, the Northumberland Dales and Hadrian’s Wall, or visit one of the many smaller villages in County Durham and the Durham Dales. There is also the opportunity to visit the Angel of the North statue or shop till you drop at the Metrocentre, both only a 35-minute drive away. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Large living room with wood-burning stove, stable door to decking area and wooden floor. Small kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Lower ground floor: Sitting room. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft four poster bed and wood-burning stove.

    • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, air source central heating, bed linen, towels included
    • 28’’ Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, enclosed, tiered garden with decked patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steps in garden

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  • The Stables

    Bolam, near Darlington

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: MWB


    Perfectly located in the small, unspoilt village of Bolam, this beautiful single-storey holiday property, attached to the owner’s home, is in the ideal location for guests wishing to really explore the local area and surrounding counties. This quaint village is small and welcoming, and occupies a crest of high ground on the edge of the Tees basin with panoramic views into the Tees Vale. Guests will often see horses being ridden through the main street at any time of day and will be far away from any of the hustle and bustle of daily life. Ideal for guests wanting to enjoy a quiet romantic break, Bolam is peaceful and pretty, and is home to a village pub that serves food and drink, situated just a few hundred yards away from the cottage. There is also a Michelin starred restaurant that is located just 3 miles away too, making this the perfect excuse to enjoy a fabulous three course meal in top quality surroundings.
    Perfect for walkers, cyclists and ramblers, with plenty of walks, cycle paths, bridleways and established footpaths that pass through the village and beyond into some of the most picturesque countryside that County Durham has to offer. Taking guests through unspoilt woodland, open fields and fabulous countryside, guests will be able to wander far and wide through some of the many small villages and towns that lie in the surrounding areas including Staindrop, Heighington, Cockfield, Evenwood, Little Newsham and Ingleton.
    For guests who enjoy a round of golf on their holiday, there is the perfect opportunity to visit one of the many surrounding golf courses, including Headlam Hall Country Hotel and Spa, and Bishop Auckland Golf Club. The pretty village of Staindrop is only a little over 8 miles away and is an ideal destination for a day trip. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and peppered with cafés, tea shops, pubs and a butchers, this is a great spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch and then a wander around Raby Castle, where visitors will have the pleasure of being able to catch a glimpse of over two hundred deers, comfortable in their natural habitat within the grounds of the estate and castle. Only 14 miles away, the thriving and historic town of Barnard Castle is also a must see. There is a popular weekly farmers market offering local produce, as well as many various pubs, restaurants, shops and places of interest, including the ruins of the castle itself, along with a visit to the world famous Bowes Museum.
    Visit the cathedral city of Durham, which is only a 35-minute drive away, with an abundance of historic and popular attractions, including Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral and the River Wear. Durham is a city that is thriving all year round and is an ideal location for all ages, with many popular activities and shows to see and enjoy including the Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, book week, arts week and the theatre, as well as many designer boutiques and shops.

    Beach 25 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Spacious, beamed living room with multi-fuel burner and wooden floor. Beamed kitchen with wooden floor. Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, leading to single bedroom.

    • Multi-fuel burner - initial fuel included, therafter available locally
    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • 32’’ Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Internet connection
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Sycamore Cottage

    Consett

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC639

    Quietly nestled away just 1½ miles away from the popular village of Lanchester and just 10 miles from the city of Durham, Sycamore Cottage is the perfect destination for guests wanting to relax and unwind, or to explore the North East. The owners live nearby, so help is always at hand. This detached property lends itself to couples who’re looking for a romantic break – Lanchester features a superb selection of places to eat including three local pubs, an Italian restaurant and a traditional fish and chip shop. It is also ideal for guests who enjoy walking and cycling, as there are numerous established public footpaths, walks and cycle paths that lead from the cottage and out into the beautiful countryside of County Durham. One of these walks takes you alongside the River Browney and down towards the village, a most scenic walk that’s not to be missed! Keen long-distance runners will likely be interested in the Great North Run half marathon, and there’s also the Durham County Cricket Club just 11 miles away. The beautiful hills and valleys of Teesdale and Weardale are both under a 30-minute drive, and walkers will find themselves surrounded by some of the most evocative landscapes the UK has to offer. Hadrian’s Wall can be reached within an hour’s drive, and the Derwent Valley Railway Path leads east towards the outskirts of Durham, a very popular trail with cyclists, whilst the Waskerley Way leads westward into the vast open spaces of Weardale.

    Sycamore Cottage caters for all manner of holidaymakers. Just 10 miles away, guests can explore the heritage of the cathedral city of Durham, which offers a broad range of attractions throughout the year. The bi-annual Lumiere festival is a must-see, as well as the yearly miners’ gala, jazz festival, poetry festival and book week. Also ideal for parents wanting to visit children, family members or friends who are studying at Durham University or celebrating graduation, Sycamore Cottage is a convenient base for exploring the historic hub. Also of interest nearby is Hexham’s abbey, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead and the Metrocentre and the open-air Beamish Museum, to name a few. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and double sofa bed.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom: With single bed.

    Calor gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Enclosed small garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. 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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  • The Dairy Cottage

    Castleside

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E5244

    Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages has been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features. The tranquil location makes this the perfect place to relax and unwind while the many footpaths and cycle routes are an excellent way to enjoy the surrounding countryside and views. Situated on the Durham/Northumberland border, Derwent Grange is ideally located for exploring the many attractions both counties have to offer. The historic city of Durham, with its magnificent cathedral and river boat trips, the market town of Barnard Castle with its 12th-century castle, and medieval Raby Castle are all just a short drive away. The award-winning Beamish Open Air Museum is just 13 miles away, and is well worth a visit. Newcastle and Gateshead offer an array of museums and art galleries along with excellent shopping and are only 18 miles away. The breathtaking scenery of the Northumberland National Park is within half an hour’s drive as is Hadrian’s Wall. A little further afield are Alnwick Castle and Gardens while the castles and gloriously unspoilt coastline of Northumberland are around an hour’s drive. Shop and pub serving food 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Shower room with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included. Cot. DVD. Garden.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. CD. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room (at cost). Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. Private water supply.

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  • The Old Stables - Number 3

    Knitsley, near Lanchester

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30712


    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.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and French doors. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Two small, enclosed patios with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue.

    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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  • Colepitt Cottage

    Tudhoe, near Durham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43147

    This stone-built, terraced cottage, formerly a colliery worker’s home, is a good holiday base for touring this area of natural beauty. Tudhoe sits between Spennymoor and Durham, an excellent location for cycling, walking and fishing. Durham city is 4.5 miles, with its Norman cathedral and castle, cobbled medieval streets, and shopping centre, and Durham University is only 3.5 miles away. Visit Beamish Open Air Museum and Barnard Castle (½ hour’s drive). Bishop Auckland Castle is close by, Shildon National Railway Museum is 8.5 miles. The Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District are easily accessible. This property is also ideal for the Durham Lumiere, a light festival extravaganza held every two years. Bus stop to local attractions across the road. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Gas central heating and electricity £20per week, £15 per short break. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Rear courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • 10 Newgate - High Force

    Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 31098


    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 ...

    Stairs to entrance. All on first 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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  • The Byre

    Castleside

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E5247

    Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages has been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features. The tranquil location makes this the perfect place to relax and unwind while the many footpaths and cycle routes are an excellent way to enjoy the surrounding countryside and views. Situated on the Durham/Northumberland border, Derwent Grange is ideally located for exploring the many attractions both counties have to offer. The historic city of Durham, with its magnificent cathedral and river boat trips, the market town of Barnard Castle with its 12th-century castle, and medieval Raby Castle are all just a short drive away. The award-winning Beamish Open Air Museum is just 13 miles away, and is well worth a visit. Newcastle and Gateshead offer an array of museums and art galleries along with excellent shopping and are only 18 miles away. The breathtaking scenery of the Northumberland National Park is within half an hour’s drive as is Hadrian’s Wall. A little further afield are Alnwick Castle and Gardens while the castles and gloriously unspoilt coastline of Northumberland are around an hour’s drive. Shop and pub serving food 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with additional bunk. Shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating included. Cot. Table-top oven with two ring hob. Shared garden.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. CD. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room (at cost). Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. Private water supply.

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  • Cherry Blossom Cottage

    Sedgefield, near Durham

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
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    Ref: 29475


    Situated in a superb location, just a short walk from the centre of the charming village of Sedgefield, Cherry Blossom Cottage and Durham House brim with character. Ideal for larger parties, Durham House is a spacious, comfortable former village inn, which has been restored to provide excellent accommodation for groups and families to enjoy. Located just a short walk up the road from Cherry Blossom Cottage, this beautiful 8 bedroom holiday property benefits from a large outdoor recreational area, a games room and even has its own bar with a pool table, perfect for reunions, celebrations and family gatherings.

    Cherry Blossom Cottage is a terraced holiday cottage with an inglenook fireplace, and provides ideal accommodation for a small family. The open fire and beams featuring inside the property help you relax after a day’s exploring, not to mention the wood-burning hot tub. German-style and completely chemical free, it offers a natural bathing experience to revitalise yourself body and mind.

    Sedgefield dates back to the 13th century and is believed to exist as a Roman settlement. The 2-mile heritage trail provides a wealth of history. With some good eateries and pubs, the properties are in an ideal location for exploring the many visitor attractions in north Yorkshire, which is just half an hour away. Alnwick, with its famous castle used in the Harry Potter films, the Heritage Coast, peppered with castles and golden beaches, and York with its beautiful minster, can all be reached within an hour. Closer to home, visit Beamish Living Museum, Durham, 16 miles, or Newcastle, 28 miles. Renowned as one of the finest historical and cultural cities in the UK, the city of Durham has a magnificent cathedral and castle, a World Heritage Site. Enjoy its medieval architecture, winding cobbled streets, unique shops, pubs and restaurants.

    If it’s fresh country air and wonderful walks you’re looking for, then Sedgefield nestles between the Yorkshire Dales, County Durham and the North York Moors, where you will find some of the most dramatic countryside, including High Force waterfalls, stunning coastal walks and the Castle Eden Walkway. Sedgefield races are a regular feature on the local calendar, which take place all year round. For golfers, visit the Knotty Hill Golf Centre, which is just one of many golf courses in the area. Beach 12 miles. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Cherry Blossom Cottage (29475) can be booked together with Durham House (UKC911) to accommodate up to 26 guests...

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With beams.
    Living area: With open fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
    Dining area.
    Step to...
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bathroom: With steps up to shower over bath, and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and Freeview TV.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

    Initial fuel for open fire included. Bike store on request. Hot tub. Car park, 15 yards free of charge.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. No smoking.

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