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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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  • East Bridge End Farm

    Frosterley, nr. Stanhope

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W8306

    Rural setting

    Situated in a rural and secluded position, this delightful holiday home complete with open fire offers cosy and welcoming accommodation with excellent views over open countryside. Some 3 miles from Stanhope, which offers a good selection of shops and pubs and in the heart of Weardale providing footpath walking direct from the door. This farmhouse is centrally placed for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland and the Lake District, offering attractions to suit all age groups. Climbing, fishing and swimming are all available in the local area. Shop 0.75 miles, 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 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 room. Dining room/kitchen with beams. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional folding single. 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Cranford

    Frosterley, nr. Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    5
    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 double 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.

  • Betsdale

    Frosterley

    Grade
    5
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: 7723

    Between Wolsingham and Stanhope on the A689 in Upper Weardale, this detached 18th-century holiday cottage stands just off the main street of this attractive village on the same site as property ref. 12772. Surrounded by the eastern flanks of the Pennines. Centrally placed for Teesdale and the Yorkshire Dales, there are many places of interest, Hamsterley Forest, Beamish Open Air Museum, Kilhope Wheel once the centre of the lead mining industry besides fishing on the local reservoirs, riding within 3 miles, and glorious walking on the moors. Shop and pub 70 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 room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden and chairs. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Oxen Law Cottage

    Waskerley nr. Rowley

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 26748

    This elegant holiday cottage overlooking countryside is within an AONB. Corbridge and Hadrian’s Wall, 17 miles. Beamish with its open air living museum, 15 miles. Set on the Waskerley Way: perfect for cyclists and walkers and Derwent Reservoir ideal for fishing and sailing. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 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 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 room with beams and wooden floor/dining room /kitchen with tiled floor. Two steps down to twin bedroom with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Nintendo Wii. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer (in external utility room). Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. Dogs must be kept on a lead, sheep country. No smoking.

  • Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Brancepeth Cottage

    Wolsingham

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 27766

    These delightful semi-detached cottages are holiday homes situated in the heart of County Durham, located near the idyllic countryside village of Wolsingham, in the Durham Dales. Each cottage offers you the remoteness of a country retreat with shared indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, there is also a games room with full size snooker table. There are limited private pool sessions available which can be booked directly with the owner, and these must be booked 7 days in advance. Whether you choose to take in the scenic countryside that County Durham has to offer, or are looking for a quiet retreat, this is an ideal holiday base. Just minutes away are Tunstall Reservoir and Hamsterley Forest, with bike riding, horse riding and many other activities. Kilhope Lead Mining Centre and Beamish Museum are close by, as is a real snow ski lift. Located around 30-minutes from the historic city of Durham with its World Heritage site status, cathedral and castle. The National Railway Museum at Shildon, High Force Waterfall, the Metro Centre, Newcastle Airport, Durham Tees Valley Airport, Diggerland and Newcastle town centre with its cultural attractions are all within easy reach. Visit Hadrian’s Wall, Lake District National Park and the beautiful north east coastline. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 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 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!

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with stone floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room on request (fuel at cost). Travel cot and high chair on request.

    All properties: Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Shared natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m; depth 2m x 0.9m), limited private sessions are available to book 7 days in advance. Shared hot tub and sauna. Shared games room with snooker table and games. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Steps within the grounds. Lake in grounds.

  • Garth House

    Near Barnard Castle

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC211179
    Quietly nestling in the heart of the village of Mickleton, this delightful cottage offers real home from home holiday accommodation spanning two floors, complete with wood burning stove and baby grand piano in the lounge. Lawned gardens extend to front and rear, offering garden furniture, barbecue and chiminee, perfect for eating alfresco!

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance Porch: With hanging and storage space
    Lounge: With  flag stone floor, multi fuel stove, "Challen" baby grand piano, TV, DVD, radio/CD, record player with LP’s (mainly classical).
    Kitchen: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and dishwasher.
    Dining Room: With open fire
    Garden Room: With conservatory furniture.
    Utility/Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC, wash basin, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    First Floor: Master Bedroom: With king size brass and cast bed with vanity basin.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and vanity basin.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Well behaved pets welcome provided they are not left alone in the cottage.Outside: Enclosed lawned garden and patio with garden furniture, barbecue and chiminee. Off road parking spaces for 3 cars.

  • The Stable Cottage

    Castleside

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E5246

    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.

    Living/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 2 steps to 1 double, 1 twin with additional single. Shower room and toilet.

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

  • Pockerley Cottage

    Beamish, nr. Durham

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43891


    Attached to the owners home yet still retaining an element of privacy, Pockerley Cottage is the perfect location for guests wanting peace and quiet, yet still within easy access into the heart of Durham city. Perfect for walkers, cyclists, families, friends or a romantic break, this semi-detached holiday cottage has been renovated to a fantastic standard and offers spacious rooms which are full of character and original features, as well as modern appliances and up to date touches. There is a riding school situated next door should you have an interest in horses. The heart of Durham is just a 20-minute drive away, where guests are offered a plethora of attractions to visit, including the famous cathedral, Tanfield Railway, castle and Gala Theatre. Packed with top quality restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars, Durham is a thriving city with plenty of entertainment for all year round; visit the bi-annual Lumiere Festival, annual book week, jazz festival, arts festival, miners gala and many more free attractions, as well as the weekly farmers market. Enjoy a little retail therapy with some beautiful boutiques along with many high street names and designers.
    Beamish Museum is just 1 mile away and offers a brilliant day out for all ages. A little further afield but still within an easy 20-minute drive is the thriving city of Newcastle upon Tyne, with its historic bridges and architecture as well as many attractions. The Metrocentre is nearby 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 to visit the magnificent Northumbrian coastline, Northumberland National park, Holy Island, Alnwick, Hadrian’s Wall, the Scottish Borders, Durham Dales and Cumbria.
    Pockerley Cottage is comfortable and welcoming with a well-equipped kitchen and spacious living room, complete with a multi-fuel burner. The family bathroom has been finished to an excellent standard and offers a heated towel rail, bath and overbath rainfall shower fitting. There is a small enclosed garden to the rear and also a separate, private garden to the front of the property offering a seating area and patio. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ 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 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 room with patio doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 6ft, one 5ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Z-bed available.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs (one 40"). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed lawned rear garden. Front garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Castle Garden

    Barnard Castle

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: E5468

    A comfortable mid-terraced holiday home, situated in the oldest part of the ancient Teesdale market town of Barnard Castle, home to the Bowes Museum and its acclaimed national art collection. Its true asset is the conservatory looking out onto the secluded garden with seating area and garden furniture, offering castle wall views, great for al fresco dining. Barnard Castle has a wonderful selection of specialist retailers, cafes, restaurants and antique centres, all within walking distance, and an 18-hole golf course, leisure centre with pool and horse riding nearby. It is ideally placed for varied walks and exploring outstanding areas including the Yorkshire Dales (8 miles), Teesdale, the North Lakes (50 mins) and Raby Castle (7 miles). Shops and pub serving food 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Conservatory. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. No smoking.

  • Granary Cottage

    Stanhope

    Grade
    5
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E4350

    In the heart of Weardale, an area of outstanding natural beauty these two delightful byre conversions sit just a 5-minute stroll from Stanhope’s village pubs and shops. Set adjoining the owners’ farmhouse home, the cottages offer wonderful fell walking from the doorstep and an ideal base from which to explore the area’s attractions. The Dales Centre is found in Stanhope itself, which also boasts a popular open air swimming pool, and cycling, golf and riding can all be enjoyed nearby. The fascinating Killhope lead mining centre is close by and the Lake District, historic city of Durham, Beamish Museum and Newcastle are all under an hour’s drive.

    Shared entrance conservatory with living area. All on ground floor: Two steps to living room with double sofa bed/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Z bed available.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in shared utility room. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

  • Ervine Cottage

    Bolam, nr. Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 30493

    Nestled behind the owners’ home, yet surrounded by acres of open countryside and farmland, this spacious holiday cottage enjoys fabulous views from every angle - as far as Middleton, Richmond and the Pennines on a sunny day. Perfect for walkers, Bolam is a small village in County Durham that is home to a well established, local pub which serves top quality food and drink. There are many public footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths which criss cross through the area and will take guests through natural woodland, open fields and across to many of the small, surrounding local villages and towards the Durham Dales. Explore Durham with its castle, cathedral, theatre, leisure centre and eateries. It also hosts many festivals during the year. A little further afield are Binchester Roman Fort, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum, Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle and Darlington. Other places of interest are Beamish Museum, Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumberland coast, Kielder National Park, York, Newcastle, the Angel of the North and the Metrocentre. Shop 5 miles, 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 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!

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Conservatory. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 40" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Mole Hill Cottage

    Beamish

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 25775

    Ideal touring base

    This lovely detached holiday home is ideally located to discover Durham, Northumberland and the Dales, offering tranquil countryside and city life, with an abundance of wildlife and rare birds such as a pair of red kites. Offering tasteful, contemporary living accommodation, just 2 minutes by car from Beamish Museum and Tanfield Steam Engine Railway. Beamish Museum, the open-air ’Living Museum of the North’ which recreates life in the North East over various points in history, including a working coal mine, village, farm and tram system, makes a great day out. The Beamish Valley is one of the most important archaeological landscapes in England. A picturesque river setting, it boasts country inns and gastro pubs serving home cooked food. Beamish has easy access to the A1, which will take you further north to Alnwick and the Heritage Coast, where a day can be spent exploring the many historic castles and friendly villages set amongst unspoilt golden sandy beaches. Not too far away is the Metro Centre - one of the largest shopping centres in Europe with an abundance of shops and eateries. For cricket fans, Durham County Cricket Club’s ground, ’The Riverside’, is a short drive away at Chester-le-Street. The cottage is in an ideal location for exploring all the north eastern counties, while the city of Durham with its lovely cathedral and river walks should not be missed. Shops ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    The property is situated only a short drive from Bishop Auckland which plays host to the magical Kynren Eleven Arches spectacular from July-September 2016. Kynren - an epic tale of England - promises to be a historical extravaganza with a 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: Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with additional double sofa bed, French door and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Wooden floors throughout. First floor: Living room. 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in kitchen (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Two sitting-out areas with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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