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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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  • Roslyn Cottage

    Hamsterley, nr. Wolsingham

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    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 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/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. Wi-Fi. 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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  • 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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  • Colepitt Cottage

    Tudhoe, nr. Durham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43147

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Appleby Cottage

    Bishop Auckland, nr. Durham

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44275


    Nestled in the small village of South Church and backing on to the River Gaunless in Bishop Auckland, guests will find Appleby Cottage the perfect base for exploring the local area. It is situated alongside the River Gaunless and the garden has a lovely terrace overlooking the river. This terraced property is only a short walk away from the bustling market town of Bishop Auckland, and there are plenty of places to visit and explore. The local corner shop, bistro pub and historic St Andrews church is a short stroll away. Often referred to as the gateway to Weardale, Bishop Auckland is a historic market town in the Vale of Durham, standing high above the River Wear with commanding views of the surrounding countryside. Perfect for walkers, you can make the short 2½ mile walk from Appleby Cottage to the centre of the town and then just a few hundred yards further straight in to the grounds of the magnificent Auckland Castle, the country residence of the Prince Bishops for more than 900 years.
    This is also a great opportunity to enjoy exploring the 800 acres of the Bishop’s Deer Park which surrounds the castle and makes a great destination at any time of year. Bishop Auckland offers a thriving arts and cultural scene with a cinema, theatre and arts complex making this the perfect opportunity to enjoy a theatre break. There are plenty of places to eat and drink in the town as well as a selection of boutiques and high street shops. Only a mile from the town and just over 3½ miles from Appleby Cottage is Binchester Roman Fort, which is home to the best preserved Roman military baths in Britain. For those who enjoy visiting historical monuments and churches there is also Escomb Saxon Church. Ideal for cyclists as well as walkers, there are various established walks and cycle routes in the local area including the Auckland Way Railway Path and routes along the river.
    Only 10 miles away from the historic city of Durham, Appleby Cottage is in the perfect location for those wanting to visit friends and family at Durham University or an ideal base for prospective students wanting to explore the campuses and facilities or attend graduation ceremonies. The city of Durham offers many attractions and places to explore including Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral which are World Heritage Sites. Perfect for a trip at any time of year Durham is a thriving city with plenty of entertainment and sporting occasions. Durham County Cricket Club and Durham Golf Club are easily accessible. A little further afield but still within easy driving distance you will be able to enjoy a day trip to the magnificent North Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, or visit one of the many smaller villages in County Durham.
    There is also the opportunity to visit the Angel of the North statue which is only a 20-minute drive away; Beamish Museum is 30 minutes, Newcastle 40 minutes and the Metrocentre is 45 minutes by car. Warm and welcoming, Appleby Cottage offers super accommodation for families, couples and friends wanting to enjoy a holiday together. Shop and restaurant 1 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!

    Ground floor: Living room with wood effect floor. Kitchen with slate effect floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Microwave. Dishwasher. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Steps in 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
    0
    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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  • The Cottage at Wilson House

    Barningham, near Richmond

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC575

    Perfectly nestled in the rolling countryside, on a working farm, bordering North Yorkshire and County Durham, The Cottage at Wilson House offers guests peace, tranquillity and the surrounding stunning views. Adjacent to the owner’s home, yet retaining a level of privacy, guests will find the cottage welcoming, cosy and full of character. Perfect for walkers and cyclists, there are numerous established public footpaths and cycle paths within the surrounding local area which will lead guests through beautiful countryside, open fields and unspoilt woodland. Perfect for an afternoon stroll, guests will find a CAMRA approved local pub only a mile away, as well as numerous others within an easy 15-minute radius.
    Ideally situated for exploring the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, The Cottage at Wilson House is close to Teesdale, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, which are becoming increasingly popular places for cyclists and walkers to explore and enjoy. Only 5 miles away from the historic market town of Barnard Castle, guests really must take a trip to the famous Bowes Museum as well as the old castle ruins. For guests wishing to travel a little further afield, there are excellent transport links along the A66 and the A1M. The cathedral city of Durham can be reached within an hour’s drive north, as well as the historic city of York in the opposite direction. The beautiful hills and fells of the Lake District are also only just over an hour’s drive west and to the east guests will find the fabulous beaches and coastline of Whitby and Saltburn by the Sea.
    Perfect for couples wanting to enjoy a romantic break or friends wanting to share their holiday accommodation, there is a private courtyard and hot tub for guest’s use from which views of the surrounding countryside can be admired and enjoyed, as well as an outdoor seating area and BBQ. The Cottage at Wilson House has two double bedrooms on the ground floor, each with an en-suite shower room. On the first floor, is an open plan kitchen/dining room and living area that really takes advantage of the surrounding views.
    Well equipped, welcoming and full of character, The Cottage at Wilson House really is the ideal destination at any time of year. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Open plan living space: With beams and wooden floor.
    Living area:
    With 28" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With Rayburn, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Hot tub. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: No children under 12 years old.

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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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  • Stanhope Cottage

    Stanhope

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W41325

    Grade II listed cottage

    This Grade II listed terraced holiday cottage is set off the market place in a quiet crescent in the village of Stanhope in Weardale, just 100 yards from the beautiful River Wear with tranquil riverside walks and picnic areas. The village is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a wide variety of footpaths and cycleways direct from the door. There is a good choice of shops and pubs in the village, as well as the Durham Dales Visitor Centre, and the property is centrally placed for exploring Weardale and Co. Durham, with the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District easily accessible. Shop and pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared courtyard to rear of property. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Daykin Cottage

    Low Etherley, nr. Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC147

    Situated in the quiet village of Low Etherley directly opposite the village cricket club, Daykin Cottage is the ideal location for guests wanting to relax, unwind and really explore this beautiful part of County Durham. Perfect for walkers, guests will find many established public footpaths that wind their way through County Durham and the Weardale Valley. This semi-detached cottage is full of character and charm. On the ground floor, the property boasts up-to-date appliances whilst still retaining much of its original beauty – the kitchen is well-equipped with all necessary amenities, and there’s a homely, traditional ambience emanating from the living and dining rooms, owing to their exposed beams and electric coal-effect fires.

    Perfect for guests wanting to leave the car behind, the closest pub is within easy walking distance and there is a variety of supermarkets, shops and restaurants all just 3 miles away in Bishop Auckland. Cyclists, ramblers and leisurely walkers won’t be disappointed with the area’s network of walks and cycle paths for all ability levels. Hamsterley Forest is only 3 miles and is a delightful 2000-hectare site for walking, the Gruffalo Trail in particular is not to be missed, and there are plenty of perfect picnic spots along the way. It’s not just walkers who are catered for in the region, history buffs are often drawn to Escomb, home to the earliest Saxon Church in Britain. In Witton-le-Wear, Witton Castle offers fly fishing, a bird sanctuary, beautiful grounds and an historic castle. Soon to appear in Bishop Auckland is the Kynren Eleven Arches, a colossal open-air spectacle regarding 2000 years of English history, all rolled in to one action-packed night that’s certainly not to be missed! The thriving market town of Barnard Castle, 12 miles, is a most popular destination with holiday goers, due to its weekly farmers’ market, some super local pubs, restaurants and shops. For nature lovers, Raby Castle can also be reached within a short drive. Its deer herd numbers over 200, which wanders freely around the grounds in their natural habitat. The village of Staindrop is only 7 miles away and lies just next to Raby Castle. Featuring tea shops, cafés and a local family butcher, Staindrop is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and lies near to the nature reserve of Low Barns and Auckland Castle.
    Head to the cathedral city of Durham for a day. This ancient city continues to thrive, thanks to its teeming student population. From the cottage it’s just a 20-minute drive, and popular attractions include the Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, book week, arts week, the theatre, many designer boutiques and shops, not to mention its world-renowned castle and cathedral. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 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!

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Beams throughout. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with bath and shower cubicle (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living and dining room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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