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Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Enjoying a village location in lovely Weardale, yet only 9 miles from historic Durham, Hawthorn Cottage (right in photograph) makes an ideal base for exploring the area’s varied attractions. Durham boasts good shops, an imposing cathedral and seasonal river boat trips. Quad biking at Hardwick Hall 12 miles. Diggerland 16 miles. The Bowes Museum and Killhope Mining Centre offer great days out. Fell walking in stunning scenery, golf and riding are available nearby, whilst Hamsterley Forest walks and mountain bike trails are 8 miles, and the Low Barns Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, bird watching and wildflower meadows are 3 miles. Shop 1 mile. The village pub with popular restaurant is yards away.Enjoying a village location in lovely Weardale, yet only 9 miles from historic Durham, Old Chapel Cottages make an ideal base for exploring the area’s varied attractions. Durham boasts good shops, an imposing cathedral and seasonal river boat trips; and quad biking at Hardwick Hall (12 miles), Diggerworld (16 miles), the Bowes Museum and Killhope Mining Centre offer great days out. Fell walking in stunning scenery, golf and riding are available nearby, whilst Hamsterley Forest’s walking and mountain bike trails are 8 miles, and the Lowbarns Nature Reserve’s visitor centre, bird watching and wildflower meadows are 3 miles. Shop 1 mile. The village pub’s popular restaurant is yards away.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Study with double sofa bed. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Elec living flame fire in living room. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Decked area with steps down to patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. NB: Steps from decked area down to patio.

Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Elec living flame fire in living room. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Decked area with steps down to patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. NB: Steps from decked area down to patio.

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£343-£704
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Ervine Cottage 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.

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. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£421-£1142
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3
The Ashes Ref: W42308

Set in beautiful, tranquil grounds

Set in beautiful, tranquil grounds of 130 acres, including a section of the River Tees with fishing rights and an arboretum with over 240 species of trees, this superb detached former granary situated on a working farm, has been creatively converted to provide a spacious holiday home brimming with character. Near the North Pennines, an AONB, this charming house is perfectly located to tour the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland with its majestic castles and magnificent beaches, and the Lake District is an hour’s drive away. Close by is the picturesque village of Neasham with a friendly pub and riverside walks, whilst Durham Tees Valley airport is only 4 miles. The owner, who lives on the estate, can organise many activities for visitors by arrangement including rough shooting, canoeing (canoes not provided), deer stalking (at cost), fishing (foc), cycles for guests use, horse riding and badger and bird watching (70 species seen). The appealing market towns of Richmond, Yarm and North Allerton make an interesting day out. Stabling and paddock available (for 3 horses, at cost). Shops, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with slate floor. Beams throughout. Sun room with flagstone floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 4 double bedrooms (one 5ft), two with additional single, one with en-suite wet room with toilet, each with beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room and kitchen included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large, private courtyard and furniture. Shared use of 130-acre grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond and fountain in the courtyard.

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£573-£1717
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

1 Old Hall Cottage (ref 30417) and 2 Old Hall Cottage (ref 30418) are delightful semi-detached stone holiday cottages converted from Grade II listed buildings. Hall Farm Cottage (ref 30419) is a detached 500-year-old barn conversion near The Old Hall, originally Byers Hall, home of Robert Trotter in 1400s, but a predated inhabited site. The Old Hall stands above the River Wear, with uninterrupted views towards Durham and Weardale from the three acre shared wooded walled garden. The site is free from traffic on an ancient track, less than 100 yards from one of the best fishing rivers (permits available). The surroundings are a rich haven for birds and wildlife, with ‘hidden seats’ in fields and by the River Wear for you to enjoy. The owner has three friendly and inquisitive cats, which you are likely to encounter while you are here. Both the historic City of Durham (UK mainline station) and Bishop Auckland (home of the Prince Bishops at Auckland Castle) and Binchester Roman Fort are a 15-minute drive. The location is on the edge of the beautiful Durham Dales - Weardale and Teesdale - with footpaths, cycle tracks, and winter skiing; splendour at Raby Castle and Bowes Museum; industrial heritage at Killhope, Beamish and Shildon. Keilder Water, Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumberland coast and Lake District to be explored on longer days out. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. Utility room. 1 single bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, both with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Two patios and furniture. Pet free of charge.

All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot & high chair on request. 32" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Fishing onsite. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Small pond in The Old Hall garden.

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£232-£680
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
17
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Arrow Cottage Ref: MQG

Set in the heart of the ‘picture-postcard’ Anglo Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear - steeped in history with its 12th-century tower, Norman church and views of the 15th-century Witton Castle - this attractive large house (built circa 1780) provides spacious living accommodation for families and/or friends to get together or to celebrate a special occasion. Adjoining another property, Arrow Cottage has lovely gardens together with river walks and the renowned Low barns Nature reserve nearby where visitors can relax and unwind, making this a tranquil and peaceful holiday retreat. Perfectly located to explore this magnificent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - starting in the quiet picturesque village, which has two good real ale pubs on hand. The Wear Valley Area is noted for its outstanding natural beauty and diversity of wildlife together with beautiful breathtaking scenery, peppered with small villages bustling with hospitality for locals and visitors alike. Hamsterley Forest, with its pathways, cycleways, bridleways and numerous sporting and leisure activities, lies 4 miles to the west. Durham city is 15 miles away with its majestic cathedral, cobbled streets, eateries and galleries. Raby Castle with its 200-acre deer park and fine medieval interior is a short drive, while Beamish Museum, one of the largest and most interesting working museums of its kind, can be enjoyed by the whole family, and is ony a 30-minute drive. Newcastle (55 minutes), and York (90 minutes), both have fine museums, shops and galleries. Crook 5 miles. Bishop Auckland 4 miles. Shops 1 mile, pub 50 yards.

Beamed living room with decorative cast-iron fireplace, wooden floor. Beamed dining room with decorative cast-iron range, wooden floor. Step down to large well-equipped kitchen with Rangemaster cooker, slate floor, and door to patio. Sitting room with open fire, wooden floor, door to patio. Steps down to beamed games room with TV, slate floor and access to garden. Stairs to double bedroom with additional single bed (for +1 child) with en-suite bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with decorative fireplace; one with high beamed ceiling, 5ft bed and additional single bed (for +1), one with four-poster bed, additional single bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Two twin bedrooms; one with decorative fireplace, one with additional single bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Bathroom with cast-iron claw-foot bath, bidet and toilet. Walk-in tiled shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. Three additional child beds available (for +3 children).

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity & full central heating included (October-March £50per week, £25 per short break)
  • Bed linen & towels included
  • Three travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Two TVs
  • Two DVDs (large library)
  • Electric Rangemaster (with double oven)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed south-facing garden with patio terrace & furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Garage (for 1 car); parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle storage
  • Games room
  • Toys and games
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£669-£1959
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Vale Cottage Ref: E5615

With wonderful views over the county’s rolling hills, this detached barn conversion is located within the owner’s equestrian centre (livery available on request). Inside, the spacious, open-plan living area incorporates a dining area and kitchen, ideal for family get-togethers. The holiday cottage is perfectly located for walking the fells and Durham Dales with footpaths direct from the cottage and for cycling and horse riding along the disused railway tracks and nearby Hamsterley Forest. The historic city of Durham with its cathedral, castle and lovely riverside walks is only 10 miles away, while Barnard Castle (20 miles) is home to a 12th-century castle and Bowes Museum. Beamish Open Air Museum is an interesting day trip (14 miles). Shop 1.5 miles, pub serving food 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 3 bedrooms with wooden floor: 2 double, one with ensuite wet room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas CH (underfloor), elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Elec cooker. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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£270-£704
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
19
Bedrooms
8
Pets
0

This beautiful, traditional stone-built farmhouse, dating back to the 18th century, stands in its own grounds boasting mature gardens and a stone-walled summer house. The buildings spread over 5000 sq feet with a unique layout built in stages over the 300 years. The combination of oak floors, wooden beams, panelled walls and a particularly beautiful dining room with a French marble fireplace and log fire gives the building an abundance of character and charm. It makes the perfect location for weekend celebrations or getaways for the whole family revelling in its size and warmth and activities including local river walks and cycle tracks surrounding the farm, golf, fishing, horse riding or simply exploring. Furthermore, after converting one of the stables into a small but well-stocked gym, the property offers the services of a resident personal trainer. From specialist advice for the keen amateur to a fun-filled, light-hearted introduction to wellbeing for the whole family, the trainer will also deliver a complimentary personal fitness profile. For the more serious, the trainer can be booked for the whole weekend, and the group will be treated to a fully personalised fitness and nutrition programme. Etherley Dene Farm is located in Bishop Auckland, the official residence of the bishops of Durham since the 12th century. The town provides many interesting attractions, including Auckland Castle with its splendid marble and limestone chapel and stained-glass windows that relate to stories of early Christian saints. Durham with its cathedral is just 12 miles and there is seasonal access to the steam railway and the glorious Durham Dales from the local station; rail enthusiasts can also visit Shildon ‘The cradle of the railways’ and its railway museum, 2 miles. The Dales and Hamsterley Forest are a short drive with cycling and walking routes (cycle hire by arrangement). In winter there may even be the chance to ski or board on fresh snow in Weardale only 25 minutes away. Quaint Barnard Castle with its impressive French-style chateau housing the Bowes Musuem is 12 miles and Beamish open-air Victorian museum is 30 minutes’ drive. Newcastle, with St. James’ Park, The Metro Arena, The Playhouse and The Sage, is within easy reach and Gateshead’s Metrocentre is less than 3 miles. Visit the spectacular World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall, the majestic Northumbrian coast which stretches for miles passing Alnwick Castle, Craster, Alnmouth, Seahouses’ Bamburgh Castle and on to Holy Island (Lindisfarne). Supermarket home deliveries can be arranged but most supermarkets are within 1 mile. A garage shop is within ¼ mile. A family orientated pub serving meals is within ½ mile and a more traditional ‘drinking’ pub with TV sport is less than 100 yards.

Two steps to rear entrance. Spacious living room with gas coal-effect cast iron stove, oak floor, sandstone walls. Dining room with panelled walls, oak floors, open log fire in French marble fireplace, patio doors to garden. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area, Aga hob and oven, electric induction hob, electric oven, slate floor, French doors to garden. Snug/reading room with oak panelled walls and electric woodburner. Utility with Belfast sink. Shower room with toilet off ground floor. First floor: Four double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed, one with additional single bed (for +1), one with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Large bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional double bed (for +2), one with additional single bed (for +1). Small single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, changing area and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electric woodburner included
  • Gas coal-effect stove included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • 50in HD plasma TV (sports package)
  • 42in HD Smart TV/DVD (small library)
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Gas Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Additional fridge
  • Two fridge/freezers
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture, summer house and a further field
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Hot tub by arrangement at cost
  • Complimentary personal fitness profile and use of gym with treadmill, multigym, rowing machine, elliptical trainer on request
  • Personal trainer by arrangement at cost
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Brook in garden (guarded by wall)

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£1722-£3156
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Hope Cottage Ref: 28136

This semi-detached holiday home, accessed by an unmade road, is situated in Evenwood, a former coal mining village, and makes a good base for walkers and cyclists. Take a trip to Raby Castle, with its panoramic views and herds of deer, or visit Durham Cathedral, a short drive away. Bishop Auckland has a splendid marble and limestone chapel and stained-glass windows that relate to stories of early Christian saints. Barnard Castle, 15 miles, has shops, pubs and restaurants to enjoy. Shop and pub 200 yards, restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small, enclosed, lawned courtyard garden with patio and furniture. Garage (1 car). Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pet free of charge. Friday to Friday. NB: Step in garden.

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£188-£564
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Church View Ref: 25165

Set on the village green of Old Cornforth, within a conservation area, this attractive Edwardian style detached holiday home provides stylish and spacious accommodation for families and couples. Ideally located in the Wear Valley, an AONB, with Hamsterley Forest, 4 miles, having lovely walks, cycle trails, sporting and leisure activities. Durham City, 6 miles, has a historic cathedral and many boutiques and restaurants. The beautiful Durham Dales of Weardale and Teesdale with High Force, England’s highest waterfall are half an hour’s drive away. The magnificent Northumberland beaches and ancient Castles, the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales are easily reached for superb days out. The Metro Centre and Newcastle are an hour’s drive, and there are many bars, restaurants, art galleries and museums to while away the time. Centrally placed for touring, this delightful house with enclosed garden makes an excellent holiday base, looking out over the tranquil village green. Golf and horse riding nearby. Shops and restaurants 1 mile, pub 10 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Electricity car charger. Cycle store. Games room. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£552-£1367
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