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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
5
Bedrooms
3
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.

Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with stone floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room on request (fuel at cost). Travel cot and high chair on request.

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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£405-£1113
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Vindamora Ref: W43172

Decorated throughout in a vintage chic style, this welcoming terraced cottage will delight all ages. Set on Roman remains on a historic road running through the centre of Ebchester, an ideal location for touring the surrounding attractions. Beamish Living Museum is 7 miles and the cathedral city of Durham 14 miles. There is easy access to the Northumberland Heritage Coast and the Northumberland Borders. Excellent shopping at the Metro Centre, 10 miles. Shop 250 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/breakfast area with wooden floor/dining area with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with wooden floors. Bathroom, roll-top bath, shower cubicle, toilet.

Electric log-effect fire in living room included. Electric pebble-effect fire in double bedroom included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Satellite TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine in external utility. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden to front. Enclosed sitting-out area with furniture to rear. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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£847-£960
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Snuggery Ref: 30559


Nestled away behind the quaint village green of Staindrop and facing Langley Beck, this semi-detached, single-storey holiday cottage is ideal for couples wanting to get away from it all, relax and spoil themselves in a well-furnished cottage that is packed with charm, character and original features. The comfortable living room boasts an original stone floor and a gas woodburner-style fire that heats up quickly and gives character and warmth to the room. There is also a small courtyard to the rear of the property which looks out on to the beck and borders the Raby Castle estate. Famous for its history, architecture and fabulous garden and grounds, Raby Castle is only a short walk away from The Snuggery and really is worth a visit for guests of all ages, if only to catch a glimpse of over 200 deer which wander the grounds. Staindrop is set in a dedicated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is home to a wonderful mix of glorious countryside, stunning views, historic towns and villages, as well as High Force, England’s highest waterfall. Perfect for walkers, Staindrop is the ideal base from which to explore the many and varied faces of the county, starting with the network of public footpaths that run in and around the village. A coffee shop/bistro, tea room, shop, local family butcher, pub and post office serve the everyday needs of residents and visitors alike. Only five miles away is the thriving market town of Barnard Castle which offers a weekly market and more local pubs, shops and restaurants to enjoy. The cathedral city of Durham is a mere 30-minute drive away and is perfect for a romantic boat ride along the River Wear, a meal out in one of the many bistros and restaurants, some boutique shopping or the opportunity to visit the famous cathedral and Durham Castle, both of which are steeped in history and tradition. Beamish, the living museum of the north, is a must-see attraction for all visitors to the area while the Metrocentre and Newcastle upon Tyne can be reached in just over an hour’s drive. For guests wanting to explore even more of what the northern counties have to offer, Cumbria (and the Lake District), the Yorkshire Dales, the North Pennines and Northumberland are all within a 2-hour drive away. Shop 120 yards, pub 430 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with beams and stone floor. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with beams. Wet room with toilet.

Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 40" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed patio and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£249-£605
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Holly Cottage Ref: W42717

In a quiet lane leading to the beautiful River Wear and riverside walks, this delightful little ground floor holiday cottage makes a superb base in the heart of Weardale, surrounded by stunning countryside. Within walking distance of an range of pubs and restaurants, with typical village shops, Stanhope also offers an outdoor swimming pool and the Dales Visitor Centre offering a tea room, craft shops and activities in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Nearby is the Killhope Lead Mining Museum. The Durham Dales area is a walkers paradise, with High Force Waterfall, one of the most spectacular in England, and large sections of the Pennine Way just a short drive away. Visit Raby Castle, Barnard Castle and the Bowes Museum. Shops, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

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

Electric heaters and electricity by £1 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. On road parking. No smoking.

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£172-£429
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

These two delightful holiday cottages (Refs MRA and MRB), each with its own history, are tastefully converted from former barns dating back to the 1600s. Retaining character and charm, they lie in a peaceful setting overlooking countryside with many cycle tracks nearby. Ideal walking and fishing country, yet close to famous attractions - visitors can step back in time at the Beamish Open Air Museum or visit the Metro Centre (a shopper’s paradise), Hexham (with its glorious abbey), Durham City (a city of contrasts, with its fine cathedral and designer shops), or the Northumberland coast, which are all within an hour’s drive. The medieval castle of Raby has a 200-acre deer park and is a firm favourite with visitors. An ideal location to explore all the surrounding AONB. Shop 500 yards.

Detached property. Large living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire in brick fireplace. Kitchen with breakfast area. Limestone floor throughout ground floor. First floor: Double bedroom with TV. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and tiled floor.

  • Two Freeview TVs
  • Small DVD library

  • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared freezer in outbuilding
  • Shared courtyard with own patio, terrace and furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking

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£220-£669
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This delightful detached single-storey barn conversion, set in a leafy glade in an idyllic peaceful setting by the river (permits available), enjoys its own attractive garden in the owner’s grounds. Totally refurbished and equipped to the E.T.C. ‘4 Star’ standard, it retains much character, beamed ceilings and unique features including a circular bathroom. Beautiful countryside (with many cycle tracks nearby) surround this is the ideal holiday location. Beamish Museum, Metro Centre, Newcastle city centre, Hexham, Durham close by. Northumberland coast within a 1-hour drive. Shops 1 mile.

One step to entrance. Spacious beamed living room with sofa-bed (for +2) and electric fire in feature fireplace. Farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Combi microwave oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Garden with terrace and sitting-out area
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB Sitting-out area overlooks the river

WAS
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£275-£681
Shortlist
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
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
NOW
£1332-£3152
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Bell Cottage Ref: 7097

In a tranquil setting in Upper Teesdale, close to the Pennine Way, this character stone holiday cottage (the middle of three) has excellent high and low level walking from the doorstep. Surrounded by farmland next to a working farm, with stunning views over open countryside it stands just off a country lane which leads to the moors and High Force and Low Force Waterfalls are within walking distance. The area is well known for its rare plants, beautiful waterfalls and many scenic lakes. Raby Castle and Barnard Castle are within half an hour, and the cathedral city of Durham within 1 hour, with the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District easily accessible for days out. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional bunk.

Open fire in living room included. Convector heaters, central heating from open fire, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi.

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NOW
£175-£458
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

This superb, romantic, 17th-century holiday cottage, perfect for couples, is nestled in a select site on a small, tranquil, leafy lane just off the heart of the very historical conservation village of Ebchester. Adjoining another property, it boasts expansive countryside views to the rear which houses horses, wildlife and sometimes red kites. A Roman fort lies beneath the fields and the area is peppered with Roman ruins and artefacts. Try the Derwent Walk, or visit the Pennines for more walks, cycling and breathtaking scenery in an AONB. The delights of Durham city with its cathedral, castle, fine shops and galleries are close by. There are several beaches, shops, nightlife, rowing, hot air ballooning and paintballing available locally. Only 40 minutes from the Heritage Northumbrian coastline. Attention to detail throughout the cottage is superb from these very caring owners. The friendly local pub and an award-winning restaurant are close by. Shop/P.O. 200 yards.

Spacious living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire in feature inglenook and rugs on oak floor. Open-plan kitchen/dining room. First floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom with Victorian claw bath, shower attachment and toilet.

  • Gas coal-effect fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Pretty cottage garden
  • Parking (1 car)
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£227-£610
Shortlist
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).

WAS
NOW
£265-£605
Shortlist
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
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£249-£605
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