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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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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Dales Chapel Ref: MVR

Dales Chapel, formerly a Methodist chapel which dates back to the late 1800s, provides a spacious and characterful holiday home. The Grade ll listed chapel conversion combines original character with contemporary living to great effect and is situated in the market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and historically the most northern of the Yorkshire Dales. The property retains many original features including stained glass windows and an ornate ceiling to the striking second floor open-plan entertainment area with snooker table, home cinema area, two seating areas with multi-fuel stoves set in limestone fire surrounds and bar area with built-in dishwasher and fridge and granite work surfaces. Middleton-in-Teesdale has pubs serving food, shops and tea rooms and there is plenty to keep you occupied. The Pennine Way passes through the village and half an hour’s brisk walk brings you to Low Force, the first of a series of spectacular waterfalls in the area. One of Middleton’s attractions is High Force Waterfall - England’s largest single-drop waterfall - and there’s a lovely walk popular with families. Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum are easily reached and the area offers walking and cycling for all abilities. Selset or Grassholm reservoirs are nearby for fishing and sailing. The splendid scenery encourages all kinds of outdoor pursuits, from cycling along the C2C route and cross-country hacks, to watersports and wonderful walks. This charming market town is more like a big village, framed by the Pennine Fells and nestling beside the River Tees. Enjoy its delightfully old-fashioned and relaxing atmosphere. The Lake District is a 45-minute drive away and well worth a visit. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

4 steps to entrance. Spacious living/dining room with six chapel windows, solid oak dining table for 14 and well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops, all with wooden floor. Utility. Study/playroom. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower cubicle and sauna. Separate toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, Juliet balcony and wooden floor, one with en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two staircases to second floor: Sitting/games room with multi-fuel burner, bar, cinema, snooker table, poker table and Wii. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, two additional single beds (for +2), and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Multi-fuel burner - fuel included
  • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two satellite TVs
  • DVD
  • Blu-ray
  • Two iPod docks
  • Wii
  • Home cinema system
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Small enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • On road parking
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 1 step in garden

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£971-£2730
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
7
Pets
2
The Old School Ref: 12772

This large detached house was originally the village school and was totally renovated to provide good quality, well appointed and well equipped holiday accommodation. Situated just off the front street of Frosterley, on the same site as 7723. The property stands in a lovely garden with south facing patio and has fine views from the south living room and master bedroom. Superb walking and cycling country, it is well placed for touring Teesdale and the Yorkshire Dales. Barnard Castle 13 miles, Durham City 18 miles and Newcastle 32 miles. The Lake District 1 hour away. The property is adjacent to the owners well-landscaped caravan park which has privately owned caravans only and therefore is very quiet. Shop 165 yards, pub 550 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room/games room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room with adjoining shower room and toilet. First floor: 7 bedrooms: 4 double, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 3 twin, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone. Enclosed garden with patio area and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (5 cars). Ample parking. Games room with pool table. No smoking.

This property can be booked for short breaks outside normal peak restrictions, please phone for details.

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£820-£1940
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1

Overlooking the River Wear, these superb conversions of the barn, old byre and stables provide a wonderful holiday retreat. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside and is set in a haven of peace and tranquillity. Adjoining one another, they lie within an attractive courtyard setting, complemented by a fountain and shrubberies. All the properties have been tastefully refurbished and are full of character and charm, with shared use of lovely grounds, children’s play area, summer house and games room. The pretty village of Frosterley has shops and pubs, with walks in every direction along Weardale. Described as England’s ’last wilderness’, and possibly one of the best kept secrets, the Durham Dales are situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, made up of a wonderful blend of rugged upland, impressive waterfalls, fertile river valleys and wild flower meadows. Pleasant towns and pretty villages dot the area – the historic market town of Barnard Castle lies within easy reach, and boasts castle remains overlooking the town, as well as the Bowes Museum. Built as an impressive French-style chateau, the museum houses a magnificent collection of fine and decorative art. Other places of interest are Raby Castle, the ruins of Egglestone Abbey and Rokeby Hall. Hexham (with stately abbey) is a good day trip out, as well as the splendid cathedral city of Durham, 15 miles. NB: Refs 24969, 24970, 24971 and 23712 (also on the same site) can be booked together to accommodate up to 27 guests.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with walk-in shower cubicle and toilet (adapted for less mobile guests). Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas woodburner in living room included. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Ample parking.

All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair by arrangement with owner. DVD. CD. Microwave. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared use of owner’s landscaped gardens with lawned terraces, children’s swings and summer house. Shared patio and furniture. Shared barbecue. Shared games room with pool table. Shared 1/2-acre courtyard. No smoking. NB: Pond 2 metres, pond 30 metres and 6 steps in grounds.

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£632-£1503
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Rockwell House Ref: W42698

This spacious holiday property opposite the River Wear in the small village of Wearhead offers superb holiday accommodation. Spectacular walks lead from the door in every direction in Weardale – ’the ‘last wilderness’. High Force, England’s highest waterfall with a 21m drop, is well worth a visit, as well as visitor centres and nature reserves in the local area. Weardale Ski Club is nearby and offers weather alerts when snow is due. The Durham Dales are England’s best kept secret, with a multitude of historic sites, Barnard Castle, Raby Castle, Killhope Lead Mining Museum (small visitor attraction of the year 2008) only 2 miles away. Close to the C2C cycle route, and great mountain biking down hill courses through Hamsterly Forest with bike hire for all ages less than half an hour away. A great area for shooting grouse and pheasant, with fishing on the Wear for salmon and sea trout on the doorstep. Hadrian’s Wall running from Newcastle to Hexham is within ½ hour’s drive. Beamish Open Air Museum, the O2 arena and the annual Great North Run at Newcastle are within 0.75 hour’s drive. During the festive period, visit the Polar Express at Stanhope, just a 15-minute drive away. Ideal base for both Newcastle and Sunderland arenas. Shop 10 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional folding bed (for child), two twin, one bunk. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Digital TVs. DVDs. CD. Electric Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£424-£1282
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Burns Cottage Ref: MPB

In a beautiful setting with uninterrupted views over open countryside, Burns Cottage has been created from traditional farm buildings and offers well appointed, versatile accommodation. Primarily on a single level (but with some split-level galleried bedrooms), it has been traditionally furnished and decorated throughout to a high standard. Special features of the property include a swimming pool, sauna, and games room. There is also a full catering service available for special occasions.
Greta Bridge is a landmark hamlet, south of the A66 trans-Peninne road and only 4 miles south-east of the market town of Barnard Castle. Built on the site of a Roman settlement, and beside the pretty River Greta, is the neighbouring Morritt Arms Hotel (a 17th-century coaching inn, where Charles Dickens stayed whilst researching for his novel Nicholas Nickleby), which serves delicious food.
There is much to do and see in the surrounding area with Darlington a mere 18 miles distant. Within an hour’s drive there are many racecourses including Sedgefield, Catterick, Wetherby, York and Newcastle to name but a few. Scotch Corner is 9 miles, and Teeside 30 miles. Wonderful walks from the cottage. Shop 3½ miles, pub/restaurant 50 yards.

This property is close to the 2014 Tour de France route, come and experience the spectacular scenery for yourself and follow in the trail of some true cycling legends.

Large beamed living/dining room with open fire and French doors to breakfast area. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen/breakfast room. Sitting room with TV and seating for 14 people. Games room with pool table, dart board, board games. TV room with DVD, CD and seating for 6 people, and French doors to garden. Utility. Sauna room with shower cubicle. Three double bedrooms (one with 5ft bed), two with en-suite bathroom and toilet (one with over-bath shower), and two with dressing room. Further double bedroom with steep spiral staircase to galleried upper level with two additional single beds (for +2). Twin bedroom with steep spiral staircase to galleried upper level with two additional single beds (for +2). Shower room with double wash basin and toilet. Two separate toilets. First floor: Twin bedroom with two additional single beds (for +2).

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and high chair (on request)
  • Six TVs
  • Video (small library)
  • Two DVDs (small library)
  • Two microwaves
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Additional fridge/freezer
  • Large lawned garden with patio, terrace, tree house and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Outdoor private swimming pool (18ft x 18ft, min depth 3ft, open May to September)
  • Sauna
  • Games room with pool table, darts board, TV
  • Exercise bike
  • Full catering service for special occasions by arrangement
  • Unsuitable for the infirm
  • No smoking

WAS
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£1332-£3152
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1

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.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with stone floor. 1 bunk bedroom with additional single. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double. 1 twin. 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room on request (fuel at cost). Travel cot. High chair. Wheelchair access.

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. Friday to Friday. NB: Steps within the grounds. Lake in grounds.

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£438-£1238
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