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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.

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£213-£671
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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 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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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.

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£272-£671
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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
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.

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£195-£430
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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.

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£181-£494
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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Top Byre Ref: 28347

Overlooking the fells and beyond this isolated holiday cottage offers a peaceful and restful retreat. Lovingly furnished it offers a restful experience for those wishing to relax and unwind, yet close to a variety of tourist attractions in the area, you have the best of both worlds. Beautifully refurbished throughout the cottage provides cosy and compact accommodation. Stunning walks and cycle routes right on your doorstep. Visit the Dales borders, Lakes or Hexham, Durham and Newcastle within 35 miles. An idyllic location for exploring the delightful counties of North England. Shop 1½ miles, pub 1 mile, restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. 3 steps to kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£162-£463
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.

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NOW
£207-£546
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Hillside Cottage Ref: 29193


Set in a sleepy village location in the Northern Pennine Hills, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this 18th-century, terraced former miner’s cottage offers a comfortable holiday base from which to explore this unspoilt area. It is a haven for walkers, cyclists, bird watchers, anglers and artists. Built into the fellside, the stairs take you to a rear sitting-out area. This historic region has a range of interesting places to visit, including the Killhope Lead Mining Centre, High Force Waterfall and Bowes Museum. Alternatively, the cobbled market town of Alston, 10 miles, has individual shops, art gallery, tea rooms and character pubs. With easy access to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, The Lake District, the Durham Dales, Northumbrian Coast and the Scottish Borders all within easy driving distance. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 8 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional single, 1 single.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Small courtyard with patio and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: Access to patio from first floor.

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£160-£465
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Bramble Cottage Ref: 23244

Set in a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 30 minutes from Durham and easy driving to the coast, York and the Lake District. Stanhope is on the national C2C cycle route, boasts an open-air pool and nestles in superb walking countryside, with access to fishing, riding and golf. The compact, restored ground floor stone built cottage, dates from 1866 and is 2 minutes walk from the village centre. Close to local heritage railway and museums, including the Weardale Museum, Killhope Lead Mining, Bowes and Beamish, as well as medieval Raby Castle. The village is on the edge of open rugged countryside. Shops and pubs within 300 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

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£404-£404
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