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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2


This terraced holiday cottage, brimming with character and with an inglenook fireplace, is set in the heart of the charming village of Sedgefield, which dates back to the 13th century. Believed to exist as a Roman settlement, the 2 mile heritage trail provides a wealth of history. With some good eateries and pubs, the cottage is in an ideal location for exploring the many visitor attractions in north Yorkshire, which is just half an hour away. The open fire, beams and unusual, German-style, wood-burning hot tub are on offer to help you relax after a day exploring. An hour away are Alnwick, with its famous castle used in the Harry Potter films, the Heritage Coast, peppered with castles and golden beaches and York with its beautiful minster. Closer to home, visit Beamish Living Museum, Durham 16 miles or Newcastle 28 miles. Nearby is Hardwick Hall and Park and Sedgefield racecourse. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/small step to kitchen with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet (steps up to bath). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Freezer. Hotel car park 15 yards (foc). Cycle store (on request). Hot tub. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£285-£901
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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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

In a pleasant rural location, this detached, brick-built former barn is an ideal, detached holiday home. Next to the owner’s home, it has a large, shared garden to the rear with swings, slide, climbing net, climbing wall, sand pit and fortress. Explore Durham, Barnard Castle, Hamsterley Forest and Beamish Open Air Museum. An abundance of footpaths and cycle routes lead from the door; the North Pennines, an AONB, are close by. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floors. Kitchen with wooden floor. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft zip and link) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod docks. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed front garden. Use of owner’s large, enclosed, shared rear garden with private sitting-out area, patio, furniture and play area. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Roslyn Cottage 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.

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. Friday to Friday. NB: Water fountain in garden (15 yards).

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£265-£605
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Morley Green Ref: MVY


This lovely restored holiday bungalow, dating from 1677, stands detached, and is situated in the rural hamlet of Morley, just 2 miles from Hamsterley Forest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an abundance of wildlife. The Forest Visitor Centre, complete with tea rooms, provides visitors with a wealth of information on the many activities available in the forest, including splendid walking, cycling and horse riding trails to suit all levels of expertise. Cycling enthusiasts will be well catered for with the Hamsterley Forest mountain bike downhill trail which has some of the steepest slopes in the UK, together with miles of cross country routes. Visit one of the many local attractions, including Barnard Castle, Raby Castle, High Force and Durham cathedral. Surrounded by rolling countryside and with rural views, this lovely holiday home provides a wonderful setting for a quiet, relaxing getaway. It has been thoughtfully decorated to offer spacious accommodation, with two bedrooms and a delightful sitting area with countryside views. It sits in a lovely quiet location, just a 6-minute drive from the village of Hamsterley, which sits on the brow of a hill between Teesdale and Weardale, on the edge of the North Pennines. With a beautiful well-kept garden, as well as the added addition of a large conservatory, ideal for an evening drink after a busy day exploring County Durham. A little further afield are the delights of the Lake District or the Northumberland Heritage Coastline, or you can simply enjoy countryside walks from the doorstep. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Large, beamed living room with wood-burning stove, leading to a dining room/conservatory with high vaulted glass roof and French doors to garden. Spacious kitchen with breakfast area and oak floor. Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed, one with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower (no toilet). Separate toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, electric rads, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Wii
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed garden with terrace and furniture
  • Large grounds with fenced paddock
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • NB: Pond in gently sloping grounds

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£351-£834
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Granary Ref: 26502

This converted detached granary is set on a farm breeding pure bred Aberdeen Angus cattle and is situated very close to Hamsterley Forest. It uses a low carbon air source heat pump for both hot water and underfloor heating throughout and electricity is supplied by the farm’s own wind turbine. Shop 1 mile, pub 3/4 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom, shower over bath, toilet, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite wet room, toilet. Beams throughout first floor.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas range cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Stabling horses and secure bicycle lock up available. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Visit Britain 4 Star Gold Award.

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£376-£858
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Swallow Cottage Ref: E4076

Enjoying a peaceful working farm setting, and views from its secure garden, this converted single, storey stable block is of an excellent standard. Visitors are welcome to roam across 120 acres of open farmland, with an abundance of wild birds, an amazing 64 species, making it a twitcher’s paradise. Young children will delight in the play area and outside toys, as well as a visit to see the resident goats. Mainsforth is a small, picturesque village just 7 miles from Durham and its magnificent cathedral, fine amenities and riverside walks. Beamish Open Air Museum, the Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland’s sandy beaches are all easily accessible.

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

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine and t/dryer in shared laundry room. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. Children’s play area. No smoking.

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£260-£585
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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
4
Bedrooms
2
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.

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. Most rooms with beams.

Woodburner in living room (fuel included). Barbecue. Enclosed split-level patio 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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£225-£643
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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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