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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.

WAS
NOW
£249-£605
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
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. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Parking (2 cars).

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.

WAS
NOW
£272-£671
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Leny’s Cottage Ref: 29249

Lovely views surround this detached, stone-built holiday home, set in pretty gardens of half an acre, opposite a wood with footpaths and abundant wildlife. It lies on a hillside above the village of Middleton-in-Teesdale, 1 mile, which has a good variety of shops, pubs and tearooms. This beautiful area has many superb walks to offer and is designated an AONB, ideally placed in the Durham Dales with easy access to the Yorkshire Dales, Northumbria with its sandy coastlines and the Lake District is just an hour’s drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Conservatory. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single, 1 bunk. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room and woodburner in kitchen (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£236-£752
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Brookfield House Ref: 27813

This peaceful holiday home lies on the edge of the village of St John’s Chapel, in an AONB, with shops, post office and pubs. There are beautiful views of the village and fells and several scenic walks from the doorstep. Delightful waterfalls, woodland walks and meadows are nearby with stepping stones and footbridges crossing the river. This part of the Wear Valley is located between Durham City and the Lake District, an ideal base for touring High Force, Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Hadrian’s Wall, Hamsterley Forest and Beamish. It is part of the Weardale Way and only a few miles from the Coast to Coast cycle route. Shop 250 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, (one 4ft), 1 with double sofa bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floor.

Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot on request. High chair. Freesat TV. Video. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£249-£605
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Stanhope Cottage Ref: W41325

Grade II listed cottage

This Grade II listed terraced holiday cottage is set off the market place in a quiet crescent in the village of Stanhope in Weardale, just 100 yards from the beautiful River Wear with tranquil riverside walks and picnic areas. The village is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a wide variety of footpaths and cycleways direct from the door. There is a good choice of shops and pubs in the village, as well as the Durham Dales Visitor Centre, and the property is centrally placed for exploring Weardale and Co. Durham, with the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District easily accessible. Shop and pub 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared courtyard to rear of property. On road parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£181-£494
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£820-£1940
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Hill Top Ref: W43058


Situated at the very head of Weardale in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The awesome beauty of this area truly lies at your feet at the aptly named Hill Top. The ascent to this stunning location is well worth the climb and a sense of ‘getting away from it all’ prevails. If the outdoors is your playground by car, on foot or pedal power, you will find yourself at the very centre of so many opportunities here. Set on the southern flank of Killhope Law, this holiday cottage (adjoining the owner’s home) is accessed by a rough track and is about 1800ft (550m) above sea level. This makes it one of the highest altitude accommodation properties in the country with views to match, and features a Juliet balcony accessed from the first floor living/dining room. The house has wonderful views across the Durham Dales and beyond, with many wonderful walks and attractions right on your doorstep. Popular attractions include Kilhope Mine, the Force Waterfall, the historic market town of Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum and Durham Cathedral, as well as Penrith and the Yorkshire Dales all within one hours’ drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link, can be double). Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Partial central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Juliet balcony. Shared natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from stream. Welcome pack. 2 pets welcome (to be kept on a lead, working farm). Horse stable and paddock available. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£207-£546
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Gatehouse Ref: W42546

Superb walking area

A sweet little detached holiday cottage with sunny courtyard, in a quiet lane near the village centre of Wolsingham, ‘The Gateway to Weardale’. Ideally situated for touring the Durham Dales, the sandy beaches of the Northumbrian coast, the lakes and mountains of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Stanhope is 5 miles; Barnard Castle, 24 miles, has a historic castle, whilst Durham city is 14 miles, offering shops, restaurants, cobbled streets, riverside walks and a 12th century cathedral. Weardale has a choice of walks for all abilities. Enjoy the wildlife and ‘High Force’, England’s highest waterfall. Beamish Museum, 15 miles, attracts many visitors to the area. Shops, pubs and restaurant 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. On road parking. Electric car charger. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£218-£236
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.

WAS
NOW
£424-£1282
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This delightful barn conversion retains its rustic charm standing in an elevated position with wonderful panoramic views overlooking the Wear Valley and the Pennine Fells beyond. Adjoining the owner’s cottage and another holiday property, in unspoilt countryside of the Durham Dales. A good central base, the Lakes, Dales, Borderland, Barnard Castle, Hexham, Newcastle and Durham, within 30 miles. Shop and pub ½ mile. Can be booked with ref 13874 to sleep 6+2.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

Solid fuel central heating (coal at cost). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. 24hr drying service. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There is a stone banked area and drop in the garden.

WAS
NOW
£195-£430
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
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. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single, 1 twin with en-suite shower room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars).

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.

WAS
NOW
£213-£671
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£319-£718
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