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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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  • 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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  • Winter Cottage

    Sunniside, nr. Durham

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    2
    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 cast of over 1,000 people set over 7.5 acres of County Durham. There’ll be 14 action packed and movie-like performances of colossal and dazzling proportions. The shows will incorporate a full size lake with pyrotechnics, stunning lighting and water effects making it a true spectacle in every sense of the word!

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with 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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  • 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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  • The Stables

    Bolam, nr. 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.

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

    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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  • Woodland View

    Beamish

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29808


    This elegantly furnished and spacious detached bungalow is only a ten minute walk from the Beamish Living Museum. Set at the head of a small quiet cul-de-sac, it is ideally located to discover the delights of Durham, the Dales, and Northumberland’s sweeping sandy beaches and famous castles, offering a combination of tranquil countryside, vibrant city life and historical sites. The open air living museum of Beamish is a short walk away. Woodland View looks over to the woods from the rear and sitting in the peaceful conservatory is perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the idyllic Beamish Valley, beautiful woodlands and cycle paths. Sustrans coast to coast cycle track runs right by the woods to the rear and there are delightful walks from the door. The surrounding villages are full of friendly country pubs. Only a 10 minute drive takes you to The Riverside International Cricket Ground; home of Durham Cricket team, and with the Metro Centre only 20 minutes and the coast around 30 minutes. The property is within a mile of Beamish golf course and under 2 miles to a municipal golf course. This is an ideal holiday location for exploring the whole of this unspoilt area. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

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

    1 step to entrance: All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Conservatory. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with clawfoot bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating included (£30per week, £25 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned rear garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Front garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Ken’s Cottage

    Frosterley, nr. Stanhope

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W44021

    Ken’s Cottage, located in Frosterley, is just off the village green away from the main road and commands beautiful views across the valley to the fells and the local landmark, the Elephant Trees. Frosterley is located on the River Wear in Weardale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering stunning scenery in the North Pennines in beautiful County Durham.
    Warm, comfortable and charming, this traditional cottage offers a comfortable retreat in a beautiful area. Relax with a book in front of an open fire, dine al fresco or enjoy time in the solar dome in the garden in this welcoming home from home.
    The property provides the perfect accommodation for active families or for couples looking for a romantic break. Families and couples are both well-catered for.
    The area offers well-established walking and cycling routes, and Stanhope open air heated swimming pool is open May to September. Hamsterley Forest is a short drive away. Fishing may also be available locally. The village itself offers two good pubs, one of which has an excellent restaurant. There is also a shop, post office and fish and chip shop. The popular tourist destination of Stanhope is only 3 miles west and Wolsingham, 3 miles east, both offering a good variety of shops, cafés and pubs. The Polar Express runs between Wolsingham and Stanhope in November and December, a must if you have young children. The cottage is an ideal base for travelling around the area with Northumberland, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District making excellent day trips. The magnificent cathedral and castle at Durham, Bowes Museum, Raby Castle and High Force Waterfall are all within an hour’s drive, as are the historic market towns of Hexham, Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle. Bishop Auckland is also the setting for Kynren, the UK’s biggest night show (which takes part in July-Sept) and will be an unmissable experience for guests staying at Ken’s Cottage. Shop 1/4 mile, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Open fire in dining room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 40" Freesat TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • 10 Newgate - The Market Cross

    Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 31099


    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: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room. Kitchen.

    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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  • Dale View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 13874

    A delightful barn conversion, retaining much of its rustic charm, in an elevated position with views overlooking the Wear Valley with the Pennine Fells beyond. Adjoining the owner’s cottage and one other holiday property. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside in a haven of peace and tranquillity. Lakes, Dales, Borderland, the market towns of Barnard Castle and Hexham, Newcastle and Durham within 30 miles. Originally a bank barn, it is split level, entering on the upper ground floor. Shop and pub ½ mile. Can be booked with ref 13388 to sleep 6+2.

    Lower ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Upper ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Washing machine. 24hr drying service. Freezer space available. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: There are drops in the garden off stone banked area.

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  • Brewery House Cottage

    Bishop Middleham, near Durham

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC618


    Situated in the peaceful village of Bishop Middleham, which is just a short drive away from the city of Durham, semi-detached Brewery House Cottage is the perfect destination for guests wanting to explore the surrounding areas. Right in the heart of Bishop Middleham and only a minute’s walk away from two pubs and a small village shop, Brewery House Cottage has amenities right on the doorstep and is a great place to stay. Perfect for romantic breaks, guests will be able to make full use of the many places to eat, which are within a 10-minute drive. Enjoy the peace and quiet and romantic setting of the cottage itself, beautifully finished to very good standards, it offers guests a high level of comfort with extra touches, including fluffy dressing gowns complimentary toiletries and a welcome tray.
    Great for walkers and cyclists, there are many established public footpaths and cycle paths that lead directly through the village and out into the heart of County Durham. Perfect for families of all ages and with excellent transport links there are plenty of amenities and attractions all within just a short 30 minute drive. The cathedral city of Durham is only 8 miles away and is one of the most historic cities in England offering guests an abundance of attractions to visit and enjoy including Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral. There is also the Gala Theatre and Millennium Square 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 restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars, Durham is a thriving city with plenty of entertainment for guests at all time of the year. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy the bi-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. Nearby s the historic Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland.
    Should guests wish to enjoy a little retail therapy then they will find some beautiful boutiques along with many high street names and designer shops too. Durham County Cricket Club and Durham Golf Club are also only a short drive away as well as the pool and leisure centre at Freeman’s Quay. Full of personal touches, chic and romantic, Brewery House Cottage really is the perfect destination at any time of year. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With range, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, beams and wooden floor.
    Kitchen:
    With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, beams and tiled floor.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rails.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for range included. Travel cot and stairgate. Welcome pack. Courtyard with garden furniture and barbecue. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Oscar’s Barn

    Piercebridge, nr. Darlington

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    2
    Ref: W44108


    Nestled on a hillside, surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Raby Estate’s land, guests will find that Oscar’s Barn offers far reaching views of the North York Moors to the east and the Pennines to the west. Perfect for walkers, cyclists and guests wanting to really explore the local area there are numerous established public footpaths through the surrounding woodland and countryside. Ideal for guests wanting to enjoy a quiet romantic break or for guests wanting to travel with friends or family, Oscar’s Barn can be booked as a separate property to sleep two people or along with a separate annex to sleep a total of four guests. Part of a larger property, which dates back to 1750, the accommodation has been furnished to a very good standard. Worthy of the VisitEngland 4* Gold Award, the property is well-presented throughout with excellent quality furnishings, contemporary features and appliances, as well as a travertine tiled floor in the kitchen - yet also manages to retain all of the original character and charm with exposed original beams and features. The separate annex can be accessed by crossing the small courtyard area and is also exceptionally well-furnished and offers guests a private bedroom and living area, its own fridge with freezer compartment, along with a superb bathroom. The sought after location offers guests peace and tranquillity and makes an ideal touring base with nearby mainline railway station and easy access to main roads. Oscar’s Barn is situated on the border between County Durham and Teesdale which grants any visitor easy access to a broad range of sights, attractions and activities. For that perfect romantic break with guests wanting to treat themselves, there is a Michelin starred restaurant just over a mile away in the small village of Summerhouse. Just 2½ miles away from the historic Roman village of Piercebridge, guests will be able to enjoy a visit to the ancient Roman fort, as well as stopping off at one of the local pubs and restaurants. The contemporary market town of Darlington is only 6½ miles away and offers plenty of shops and eateries. Raby Castle and Deer Park are 7 miles away and are not to be missed. Set in the heart of the Durham Dales, guests will be able to explore the castle and its beautiful 200 acre deer park. Barnard Castle and Richmond are both easily reached and lie 14 miles away, offering historic attractions including Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle and Richmond Castle, as well as local farmer’s markets, tea rooms, shops and boutiques. The historic cathedral city of Durham is only 16 miles away making Oscar’s Barn the perfect location for guests wanting to visit friends and family who are studying at the university or to book ahead for graduation ceremonies. A little further afield but still within an easy 1½-hour drive, guests will be able to visit the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, Durham Dales and Yorkshire Coast. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

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

    12 open-tread steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with double bed (6ft zip and link, can be twin) and beams. Kitchen with breakfast area and travertine floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Annex: Ground floor: Living room. 1 double bedroom (5ft zip and link, can be twin). First floor: Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, (NSH in annex), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32’’ Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Summerhouse. Gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years. NB: Deep pond in grounds 100 yards.

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  • River View

    Frosterley

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 23712

    Overlooking the River Wear, this conversion of farm buildings is peacefully situated in an AONB. Adjoining another cottage, it makes a comfortable holiday base to explore the area. The Northern Dales is made up of waterfalls, rugged upland, fertile valleys and meadows. Market towns dot the area, the historic town of Barnard Castle with the Bowes Museum and Durham, with its cathedral and cobbled streets easily accessible. Shop 400 yards, pub 300 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 cast of over 1,000 people set over 7.5 acres of County Durham. There’ll be 14 action packed and movie-like performances of colossal and dazzling proportions. The shows will incorporate a full size lake with pyrotechnics, stunning lighting and water effects making it a true spectacle in every sense of the word!

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

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared garden. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared games room with pool table. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond, 100 yards.

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  • Thorpe Hall - Chapel Cottage

    Wycliffe, nr. Barnard Castle

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    Ref: IWF

    Set amidst the grounds of Thorpe Hall Estate, this is one of three charming properties (Refs IWF, MPR and MVP) that offer the perfect holiday retreat. Chapel Cottage, which adjoins the main hall, enjoys wonderful views of the gardens and parkland, whilst Corner Cottage and Greystones sit close by as a pair. With beautiful sunsets, the River Tees flowing close by and the Teesdale Way, this is a truly magical setting. Guests are welcome to view the lovely gardens designed by Chelsea gold medallist 2012, Arne Maynard, at the award-winning Thorpe Hall by arrangement with the owner. A local pub and farm shop providing good home-made food is ½ mile. Just 10 minutes by car, the market town of Barnard Castle offers tea rooms, shops, galleries, markets and the Bowes Museum. Raby Castle and High Force Waterfall are some of the many local attractions. Durham, York, Harrogate and the Gateshead Metro Centre are approximately one hour’s drive. Shop 1/4 mile.

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

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

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter £2 per basket
    • Electricity and full oil central heating included (October-March £40per week, £30 per 4 night short break, £20 per 3 night short break)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • No smoking

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