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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

In a rural location approximately 1 mile out of the historic market town of Barnard Castle, Town Pasture Cottage provides a warm and very comfortable base from which to explore the historic and cultural attractions of Teesdale. The living room is situated on the first floor to take advantage of the views of the surrounding fields and countryside. Set on the owners’ working farm, this detached holiday cottage is completely self-contained and visitors enjoy use of a large garden, ideal for unwinding after a day walking or touring. There is also a decked patio with table and chairs for relaxing or dining al fresco. The full, oil-fired central heating makes it an ideal location throughout the year. A local hotel with eatery is just a few minutes’ walk away and the market town of Barnard Castle caters for your everyday shopping requirements as well as being home to interesting antique shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries. Raby Castle, Egglestone Hall Gardens and the mangificent Bowes Musuem are a short drive away. Nearby bridleways, footpaths and riverside walks provide ample oportunity to explore the countryside including the spectacular waterfalls of Low and High Force. The central location also makes the cottage an ideal base from whcih to visit the North Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond, Durham Cathedral, the Beamish Museum and Cumbria. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Large enclosed garden with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store (in utility room). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£178-£484
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Cashmir Cottage Ref: 30491


Situated in the heart of the small market town of Wolsingham, Cashmir Cottage is the perfect destination for guests wishing to really spoil themselves in a delightfully renovated holiday cottage. Traditional and unassuming from the A road on which it is located, Cashmir Cottage has been lovingly restored and decorated. Filled with plenty of personal touches and beautiful furnishings throughout, the comfort of the guest is a priority here, with added extras such as the quaint and quirky summerhouse in the garden, making it the perfect secret escape. This characterful cottage has it all, with wooden floors and beams throughout, a cosy multi-fuel burner, a bespoke wrought iron staircase leading up to the first floor, and it also boasts a well-equipped kitchen including a traditional Belfast sink. Guests can also relax in the bathroom’s feature roll top slipper bath where they can happily unwind. Perfect for couples wishing to enjoy a quiet romantic break, the town of Wolsingham boasts some excellent eateries and pubs where local produce is served daily. There are many opportunities to enjoy a walk, with the River Wear within walking distance from the doorstep offering beautiful scenery, or ramble into the nearby Durham Dales and Weardale Valley where the surroundings are breathtaking. The historical city of Durham is just a short drive away with its castle, cathedral and city walls. Or guests can experience the city’s other bustling attractions including the Gala Theatre, boat trips on the River Wear with a glass of champagne, jazz festival, book week and arts week. For shopping outlets there are many designer boutiques in the city as well as the famous Metrocentre which is situated in Gateshead near Newcastle-upon-Tyne and still only an hour’s drive away. Visit NT and heritage sites including Barnard Castle, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum, Beamish Museum and High Force waterfall. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams and wooden floors throughout.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 40" Freeview TV. DVD. Xbox 360. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: No children under 7 years except babes in arms.

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£319-£718
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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
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Honeypot Cottage Ref: 29140

On the edge of the historical village of Bowes, and arranged all on the ground floor, Honeypot Cottage provides an ideal retreat to relax after exploring this rural setting, situated near the boundary of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A spur on the Pennine Way passes close by, bird watchers and lovers of the countryside will also delight in this location. Across the field beside the cottage is a large old stone house, formerly a school, where Charles Dickens visited in February 1838 to do research, resulting in the publication of ‘Nicholas Nickleby’. Raby Castle, Bowes Museum and the ancient market town of Barnard Castle are all within a short drive. Visit Richmond, High Force waterfall and beautiful gardens at Egglestone Hall. The Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District are also within driving distance. Fishing is available on the River Tees. This cottage is located opposite the owners’ farmhouse in open countryside. Shop and restaurant 4 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Small, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£156-£447
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Blackthorn Cottage Ref: 29201

This cosy stone cottage is located in one of the quiet lanes in the delightful rural village of Mickleton, midway between the historic market town of Barnard Castle and Middleton-in-Teesdale. With beamed ceilings and an open fire this is a lovely holiday base from which to explore the whole of the Northern Dales and the Yorkshire Dales. Mickleton has 2 pubs and there are shops in Middleton. There are countless footpaths and country lanes full of wild flowers waiting to be discovered. Selset and Grassholme reservoirs with fly fishing, sailing and a nature reserve are only 2-3 miles away with Eggleston Abbey within easy reach. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor/3 steps down to dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Fridge/freezer. Small paved area. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 3 steps on front path.

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£169-£478
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Leighton Cottage Ref: 28871

This beautiful Grade II listed property makes the perfect family holiday home, which has been tastefully renovated to a good standard whilst retaining its traditional character including beamed ceilings. Located in a quiet, rural village just off the Pennine Way, Leighton Cottage is adjacent to the owners’ home, 4 miles from the market town of Barnard Castle and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bowes is situated in Teesdale, which lies in the south west corner of County Durham - sandwiched between Northumberland and North Yorkshire. Ideal location for walking, bird watching, fishing, cycling or simply for relaxing. It is an excellent base for visiting many local attractions such as Raby Castle, Egglestone Abbey and The Bowes Museum just a short drive away. Shop and restaurant 4 miles, pubs 200 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.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with beams. Kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional single (2ft 6in for child). Landing area with double sofa bed. Bathroom and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£200-£587
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Bridge End Farm Ref: 19692

This spacious fully modernised bungalow is situated on the outskirts of Frosterley in Upper Weardale in an AONB, in an elevated position with lovely views of the village and river. An ideal holiday base for superb walks in the beautiful countryside. Fishing, riding and cycling routes nearby. The historic cathedral city of Durham is 18 miles away. The market town of Hexham, High Force Waterfall and the Lake District are within easy reach. A popular country pub is within walking distance. Shop 1/4 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating and gas included (£25per week, £20 per short break October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Sloping banks and 3 steps in garden.

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£249-£605
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Old Chapel Ref: KYM

Peacefully set in picturesque Baldersdale, this former chapel retains arched windows and exudes charm and character. With stunning views over open moorland, it has its own furnished patio and makes a cosy holiday retreat year round; the widened gateway enables cars to access the grounds more easily. Excellent walking within this AONB, with the Yorkshire Dales and Pennine Way close by. Hannah Hauxwell’s isolated farmhouse (featured on TV’s Season of My Life) lies nearby. Historic Barnard Castle (6 miles) boasts an array of shops, inns, restaurants, a splendid Norman castle, antique shops (owned by David Harper of TV’s Bargain Hunt fame, who frequents the town) and the famous Bowes Museum, with changing exhibitions. The Metro Centre, Beamish and Lake District are an hour away. Visit interesting Leyburn village and The Forbidden Corner near Middleham. Fishing and riding locally. Includes 2 tickets to the internationally famous Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle. Shop 2 miles.

Entrance hall. Large sitting/dining room with electric ‘pebble-effect’ fire in modern arch-shaped fireplace. Oak fitted kitchen. Small double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electric ‘pebble-effect’ fire included
  • Electricity, full Calor gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Patio with furniture
  • Parking
  • Natural water supply from spring
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities

WAS
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£303-£553
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Grange Cottage Ref: E5248

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 a field 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.

The Stable Cottage (ref E5246) and The Byre (ref E5247) can be interconnected to sleep 6 +3.

Two cots.

All properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. H/chair. Freeview TV. CD. M/wave. W/machine and t/dryer in shared laundry room (at cost). Garden and furniture. BBQ. Private water supply.

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£408-£861
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Breathtaking views

With views from the garden over thel Wear Valley, this compact single storey detached holiday cottage has been carefully converted by the owner from a former byre. Furnished to a good standard, it provides a cosy retreat for holidays any time of year with a fully insulated summerhouse with verandah. There is walking and cycling straight from the door, or simply relax in the large garden. A short drive leads to Stanhope, with its Durham Dales Centre, shops and restaurants. Barnard Castle is well worth a visit, taking time to enjoy a day at the Bowes Museum. The owner offers a Christmas meal for two including a bottle of wine for £35. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

First £3 electric central heating and electricity included, remainder by £1 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine by arrangement. Dishwasher. Enclosed private lawned garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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£213-£465
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Forge Cottage Ref: E5245

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 a field 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.

All on ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Gas CH inc. Cot. DVD. Table-top oven with two ring hob. Small patio area.

All properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. H/chair. Freeview TV. CD. M/wave. W/machine and t/dryer in shared laundry room (at cost). Garden and furniture. BBQ. Private water supply.

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£198-£431
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
2
Cromer House Barn Ref: E5396

Converted from an 18th-century detached barn, this romantic studio style accommodation is a perfect getaway for couples wanting to explore the spectacular North Pennine countryside. Set in a traditional Weardale village and beside the owner’s home, Cromer House Barn has its own private patio for enjoying the tranquillity of this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The property is in an ideal location for walking, cycling and sightseeing, while Kilhope Lead Mining Museum, Bowes Museum and Hamsterley Forest are all nearby. The historic city of Durham, Beamish Museum, Hadrian’s Wall and the Eden Valley are all under an hour’s drive. Shop and pub serving food within 300 yards.

Ground floor: Dining area/kitchen. Wet room with toilet. Mezzanine: Living room/bedroom area with double bed.

Woodburner in living room inc. Solid fuel CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine in outbuilding. F/freezer. Patio and furniture. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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£227-£477
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