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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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  • Fawn Lea Cottage

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29137

    Set in a quiet courtyard, close to the village amenities of Staindrop and the village greens, this cosy, comfortably furnished and well-equipped holiday cottage is adjacent to the owner’s property. Raby Castle is within walking distance and Bowes Museum is a short drive. Visit Barnard Castle, Hadrian’s Wall or enjoy walks on the beautiful Teesdale fells and meadows or in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Visit High Force Waterfall, Beamish Open Air Museum or Eggleston Hall with its beautiful gardens. Many footpaths lead from the door, as well as a bus service from the village. Staindrop has a shop, post office, a pub serving meals, bistro and tea room. A lovely, tree-lined walk lies across the road from the cottage, with a river running alongside. North Yorkshire is a few minutes’ drive and Durham is half an hour away. Shop and pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Utility room with toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms, both with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Beckleshele

    Cowshill, near Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 30861


    Escape to Beckleshele, a unique semi-detached holiday cottage, set off the beaten track in the wild unspoilt moorlands of Weardale. Adjacent to the owners’ home, it is situated in the Durham Dales and surrounded by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Geo Park. Guests can relax and enjoy the tranquillity and magnificent views after their day’s exertions. Beckleshele is perfect for guests looking for somewhere wild, remote and peaceful, where you can rediscover the simple pleasures of the great outdoors. Experience a different world at the converted lead miner’s cottage, which is reported to be the site of the highest (1400 feet) of all the Weardale Norman summer hill farms introduced in the mid 1200s. It is surrounded by high moorland, is close to the Weardale Way and Killhope Lead Mining museum and is accessed via a private farm track. Although located high up in the North Pennines, Beckleshele is easily accessible and is the perfect base from which to explore the City of Durham, The Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, Auckland Castle and Beamish. It is perfect for guests who enjoy walking, from riverside strolls to tough demanding hill walking, cycling, with quiet roads and byways with challenging hills and birdwatching. Explore the geological site at the Burtreeford Disturbance and watch out for the fluorospar mineral. Visit Killhope where the award-winning Killhope Lead Mining Museum shop and café can be found. Take a guided tour deep underground and learn how the lead was mined, processed and transported. Ireshopeburn is easily accessible and guests can visit the Weardale Museum and High House Chapel, the world’s oldest Methodist chapel still in continuous weekly use. Stanhope, ’the gateway to Weardale’ is worth a visit, home to the Durham Dales Centre for information on local events, craft shopping and a coffee break. Visit Auckland Castle and Park - the historic residence of the Prince Bishops of Durham and home to the world-famous Zurbaran paintings. Hamsterley Forest has 200 hectares of forest ideal for walks and adventure. The university city of Durham has a castle, shops and a famous cathedral. The market town of Hexham has an abbey dating from 674AD. Alston is also nearby, the highest market town in England and the start of the South Tyne Railway. Another attraction is Bowlees Visitor Centre and High Force waterfall, with café, information centre and varied walks. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and beams.

    Open fire in kitchen included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer (in external building). Wi-fi. Patio with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • 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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  • Mill Stone Cottage

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC345

    Mill Stone Cottage is well presented and furnished to a good standard throughout and is ideal for families, couples and friends who enjoy holidaying together. Full of character, charm and original features, guests will find a cosy living room with a multi-fuel burner, beams and comfortable sofas. On the first floor guests will find a comfortable en-suite, double bedroom that is very well presented and with super views extending out towards the dales. There is also a twin bedroom and a super family bathroom with a feature bath, heated towel rail and plenty of original features that fit well alongside the practical touches. Outside, guests will have use of a patio area with an outdoor table and chairs to relax on those sunny days.
    Perfectly situated in the village of Wolsingham, Mill Stone Cottage is the ideal place for guests who want to really explore this beautiful part of the country. Often referred to as the ’Gateway to the Dales’, the conservation village of Wolsingham is situated in picturesque Weardale, in the North Pennines, and is part of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Offering three welcoming, local pubs serving food, as well as a good choice of cafés and local shops selling a range of goods, Wolsingham is a popular destination for guests of all ages. The cottage is situated right at the heart of the village where all the amenities are within easy walking distance of the front door. Perfect for walkers, cyclists and ramblers wanting to explore the Durham Dales and North Pennines, guests will find plenty of established local footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways which lead directly from Wolsingham and into some of the most spectacular countryside that the area has to offer.
    The popular town of Stanhope is only 6 miles away, and guests really must take a visit to the Durham Dales Centre where there is plenty of specialist information regarding walks, cycle routes and local area history. As a great base for guests wanting to really explore the local area, Mill Stone Cottage really is the ideal spot. Wolsingham lies only 16 miles away from the cathedral city of Durham, where guests will find plenty of historic attractions including the cathedral and castle, as well as a variety of boutique shops, cafés, bistros and tea shops. Ideal for those wanting to enjoy a romantic break as there are plenty of riverside walks, street festivals and artists, theatre, cinema and leisure centre in the heart of the city. Great too for visiting friends and family at any of Durham University campuses. The lead mining museum in Killhope, 20 miles away, is another popular attraction and shows the history of how lead was mined by generations of miners who lived in the Weardale area. Bishop Auckland is just 12 miles away and will be hosting the spectacular, ‘Kynren – an epic tale of England’ during the summer of 2016. Newcastle upon Tyne, the Metrocentre, Barnard Castle, Derwent Reservoir and Alston, which is the highest market town in England, can all be reached within an hour’s drive. A little further afield but still within an hour and a half driving distance, guests will be able to take a day trip to the Lake District, Northumbria, Hadrian’s Wall, Middleton-in-Teesdale and the spectacular, High Force Waterfall, which is the highest in England. Shop 250 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With multi-fuel burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, beams and wooden floor.
    Kitchen/dining area: With gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, beams and tiled floor.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included, remainder available locally. Welcome pack. Patio with garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Freville Cottage

    Shildon, near Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC60


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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • Cranford

    Frosterley, near Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC148

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Ken’s Cottage

    Frosterley, near 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. 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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  • Durham Dales Cottage

    Woodland, near Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC752

    Durham Dales Cottage is set surrounded by pretty countryside in the small rural village of Woodland. Set high on the banks of the Lower Teesdale Valley on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 1100 feet above sea level. This cosy traditional Victorian cottage offers spacious and homely accommodation for couples or a family. The village with a pub (limited opening) is ideally located only 8 miles from the historic market town of Barnard Castle with all local amenities, and a good choice of shops, pubs and cafes. Durham Dales Cottage is an ideal base from which to explore all of County Durham and Northumberland with plenty of walking, cycling and outdoor activities. Woodland is on the doorstep for exploring Hamsterley Forest, a popular tourist attraction, as well as High Force Waterfall, Killhope Lead Mining Centre, Bowes Museum, Stanhope Steam Railway, Raby Castle and the excellent outdoor experience of Beamish Living Museum. The small rear seating area is ideal to relax in on a sunny evening, or cosy up in front of the log burning stove on cooler evenings. Durham city with its fine cathedral makes a lovely day out. Shop 500 yards, pub 100 yards and restaurant 4¼ miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room:
    With wood burner, 36" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and wooden floor.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Logs for wood burner available locally. Travel cot. Small sitting-out area and garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking. Please note: This property has a security deposit of £100.

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  • The Briar Rose

    Shiney Row, near Houghton-le-Spring

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC589


    Perfectly positioned on a quiet residential estate in the peaceful town of Houghton–le–Spring, guests will find The Briar Rose on the cusp of County Durham and Tyne and Wear. Almost equidistant between the cathedral city of Durham, 7 miles, and the city of Sunderland, 6 miles, there really is plenty of opportunity to explore and enjoy the attractions of the north east.

    Perfect for small families, the popular Beamish Living Museum is only a 10-minute drive away and is open all year. Ideal for walkers and cyclists, there are many paths and walks that cross through the area. Sunderland is nearby and offers beautiful beaches, a harbour, shopping centre and the National Glass Centre, as well as a cinema complex and bowling alley.

    Only a 20-minute drive away is the historic city of Durham with the magnificent cathedral and castle, definitely worth a visit, as is the Gala Theatre. Packed with restaurants, bistros, cafés and bars, Durham is a thriving city with plenty of entertainment all year. Enjoy the bi-annual Lumiere Festival, Annual Book Week, jazz festival, arts festival, miners’ gala, as well as the weekly farmers’ market and pavement artists that line the streets and market place. For retail therapy, visitors will find some beautiful boutiques, along with many high street names and designers.

    Located just over 13 miles away is the thriving city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with its historic bridges and architecture, as well as attractions including The Sage (a venue for live music), Newcastle Metro Arena and The Centre For Life, an interactive science museum. The Metrocentre in Gateshead is only 12 miles away, and guests will find themselves spoilt for choice with designer brands, high street stores, cinema, bowling alley and restaurants.

    Within a one-hour drive there is the opportunity for guests to visit the magnificent Northumbrian coastline, Northumberland National Park, Holy Island, Alnwick, Hadrian’s Wall, the Scottish Borders, Durham Dales and Cumbria.

    For sporting enthusiasts, there are several golf courses nearby, horse riding and major sporting events ranging from football and cricket clubs to athletics and rugby, with dog and horse racing, and speedway venues in the area. The annual Sunderland Air Show is a big event, along with a display by the Red Arrows.

    For alternative entertainment, Lumley Castle nearby hosts medieval banquets and a-la-carte dining in the vaults.

    All on one level, The Briar Rose is cosy, warm and welcoming, and is the ideal destination for guests of all ages at any time of year. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor.
    Living room: With electric coal-effect fire, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, 32" Smart TV and tiled floor.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed and pull-out single bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car or 2 small cars; additional on road parking available. Please note: This property has a security deposit of £100.

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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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  • The Old Stables - Number 2

    Knitsley, near Lanchester

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: 30711


    Nestled away in the tiny hamlet of Knitsley, just south of Consett and in the heart of County Durham, The Old Stables, adjacent to the owner’s home, are tucked away in the most beautiful of locations. Private, peaceful and semi rural yet still easily accessible to major road networks, these terraced holiday properties (refs 30710, 30711 and 30712) offer guests quality finishes yet still remain cosy, comfortable and welcoming. Each property is unique and desirable has views across some of the most beautiful countryside that County Durham has to offer. Situated in the owner’s grounds, guests will find the properties private and extremely well-maintained and presented. On arrival, guests will find a welcome pack consisting of local produce from the nearby farm shop. All on one level and perfect for guests of all ages, friends, families and couples will be able to book one property that sleeps four or all three properties can be booked together for larger groups and extended families. With so many attractions and plenty to explore, see and do in the area, The Old Stables can cater for every need. There is even the opportunity for guests to bring their horse along too with prior arrangement with the owner, as there is a paddock and stables on site. Perfect for walkers, ramblers and cyclists of all levels, guests will find that there are many established public footpaths, cycle paths and bridle ways that lead from Knitsley and in to the heart of County Durham and through the Durham Dales, where the scenery can only be described as breathtaking. The Old Stables are also perfect for guests wanting to visit the cathedral city of Durham, which is only 10 miles away. Durham offers plenty to see and do including a theatre, leisure centre, garden centre with coffee shop and children’s entertainment, and many historic attractions, including Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral and the city walls. The River Wear runs through the city and guests can enjoy a romantic boat trip or relax by the riverside. Filled with top quality restaurants, bistros, cafés and bars, the city is thriving at night and is there is often street entertainment to enjoy, including the Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, book week, arts week and many more. The thriving city of Newcastle is less then 20 miles away and perfect for a great night out. The banks of the River Tyne are bustling with bars, restaurants and bistros, and there is definitely something for all tastes. A little further afield, but still within an easy drive from The Old Stables, guests will be able to visit and enjoy Barnard Castle, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum, High Force and Low Force waterfalls. The excellent visitor attraction of Beamish is another must see and once again, is only 10 miles away. 13 miles away, is the Metro Centre, a great shopping complex. Each property offers a well-furnished living room with great views across the surrounding grounds, a well-equipped kitchen, two double bedrooms with Egyptian cotton bed linen. Shop and pub serving food ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, and toilet.

    Small, enclosed patio with sitting-out area, garden furniture and 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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