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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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  • The Byre

    Castleside

    Grade
    4
    1
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    1
    Ref: E5247

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

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining 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 water supply.

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  • Roslyn Cottage

    Hamsterley, nr. Wolsingham

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: W42487

    Stunning countryside views

    The pretty village of Hamsterley, between Teesdale and Weardale, is the setting for this charming detached holiday cottage. Converted from former farm buildings the cottage offers contemporary living areas with granite work surfaces in the kitchen, private patio and parking, and shared use of the owner’s 17-acre grounds. The forest has way-marked walks, cycle ways and visitor centre, whilst the Durham Dales has a plethora of beautiful scenery, including High Force in Upper Teesdale with its 70ft waterfall. Durham City is 14 miles away and within an hour’s drive are the Northumberland beaches and castles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 17-acre paddock and woodlands. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Water fountain in garden (15 yards).

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  • Beckleshele

    Cowshill, nr. 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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  • Scarcroft Cottage

    Holwick, Upper Teesdale

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: MBB

    This charming, 18th-century holiday cottage, the middle of three, is set in a peaceful hamlet within an AONB and has a pretty, small, forecourt garden and a larger lawned garden. There are lovely views surrounding the cottage and superb walks from the doorstep, with easy access to stunning landscapes of scars, moors, the Pennine Way and Cow Green Reservoir. The Teesdale poet once lived next door. Nearby are the picturesque Low Force (canoeing by permit), Bowlees Visitor Centre and the dramatic High Force (England’s highest waterfall). Within easy reach are Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum and Raby Castle. Beamish Open Air Museum, Durham, York and the Lakes provide excellent days out. Upper Teesdale is beautifully wild and noted for its flora (gentians, hay meadows) and its breeding birds. Middleton-in-Teesdale, 3 miles with tea rooms, inns and small shops. Pub ¼ mile.

    Entrance porch. Beamed sitting/dining room with open Georgian hob fireplace. Galley-style kitchen with dining area. First floor: Double bedroom with brass/iron bedstead, rosewood suite, period fireplace. Twin bedroom with pine furniture. Fully tiled bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Open fire – coal at cost
    • Electricity and NSH by meter reading
    • Bed linen, towels and tea towels included
    • Cot (bumper included)
    • High chair
    • Digital TV
    • DVD/CD
    • Microwave
    • Double oven
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Picnic bench and chairs
    • Garage

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  • Old Hall Cottages - 1 Old Hall Cottage

    Byers Green, nr. Durham

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 30417


    No.1 Old Hall Cottage is accessed from the lane adjacent to The Old Hall. It is a stone built conversion situated within 15 minutes’ drive of both the historic city of Durham with its mainline rail link, and Bishop Auckland, home of the Prince Bishops at Auckland Castle. This holiday property has a private outdoor seating area which is on two levels with garden views and benefits from its own hot tub set on the upper patio, suitable for 4 adults, it is for exclusive use of guests staing at this cottage. The site has no through traffic and is a rich haven for birds and wildlife, with country walks from the door, fishing on the River Wear (permits available) and cycle tracks. This is the gateway to the Durham Dales, Weardale and Teesdale, with splendour at Raby Castle and Bowes Museum, industrial heritage at Killhope, Beamish and Shildon. Visit Keilder Water, Hadrians Wall, the Northumberland Coast and the Lake District. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub ¼mile.

    There are two other properties on this site (refs 30418 and 30419).

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

    5 steps down to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with beams.

    Woodburner in living room (fuel included). Enclosed split-level patio and furniture. Barbecue. Hot tub.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot, high chair and stairgate on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in The Old Hall garden.

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  • The School House

    Middleton-in-Teesdale

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 28445

    A detached holiday cottage, formerly The School House, adjacent to a church in Middleton-in-Teesdale, a village with pubs, shops and plenty to do. The Pennine Way passes through and a brisk walk brings you to Low Force, the first of a series of waterfalls. Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum and Eggleston Hall Gardens are worth a look - 4½ acres of paths, views of the fells, stream and gardens. There are cycle routes and fishing is available on the River Tees with a permit, as well as on Grassholme and Selset reservoirs where there is also sailing. The Lake District is a 45 minutes’ drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor and double sofa bed. 2 steps to kitchen with breakfast area, wooden floor and beams. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. 2 steps to shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area, terrace and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Byre

    Eggleston, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    1
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    1
    Ref: 25362

    This eco-friendly, cosy holiday cottage creates its own electricity by photo-voltaic roof tiles, and is adjacent to a cattle and sheep farm, a mile from Eggleston. The converted cattle byre with level access and wide doorways, provides a picturesque countryside retreat. Durham city, 25 miles, has a 12th century cathedral, boutiques in cobbled streets, the Victorian market, restaurants and galleries. Visit the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland. Historic Barnard Castle on the River Tees is 6 miles. Shops 5 miles, pubs 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD and small library. CD. Induction hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture. Shared access to 9-acre meadowland. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Blackthorn Cottage

    Mickleton, nr. Middleton-in-Teesdale

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29201

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

    Ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor/3 steps down to dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Fridge/freezer. Small paved area. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 3 steps on front path.

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  • Fawn Lea Cottage

    Staindrop, nr. 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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  • Cranford

    Frosterley, nr. 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. 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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  • Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage

    Wycliffe, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: MVP

    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 room with open fire. Kitchen with dining area and TV. Conservatory. Utility with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds. Shower room with toilet.

    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Enclosed garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No children under 5 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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  • Bankside Cottage

    Mickleton, nr. Middleton-in-Teesdale

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29171


    Nestled in the tranquil country lanes of the village of Mickleton, this warm, stone, terraced holiday cottage dates back over 150 years, with a cottage garden. It has traditional charm, including beams, open stonework, a multi-fuel burner and is well-furnished. The cottage is situated in the unspoilt and beautiful Northern Dales, designated an ’Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. This location is ideal for touring the Northern Dales, Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Locally, the small market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale has everyday shopping, traditional inns serving food and tea rooms selling local specialities, as well as a pub serving hot food all week. The countryside offers good walking, fishing and cycling. Shop 2 miles, pubs and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. Separate toilet. Beams throughout. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with roll-top bath, toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Small garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Portable barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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