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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Granary Ref: 26502

This converted detached granary is set on a farm breeding pure bred Aberdeen Angus cattle and is situated very close to Hamsterley Forest. It uses a low carbon air source heat pump for both hot water and underfloor heating throughout and electricity is supplied by the farm’s own wind turbine. Shop 1 mile, pub 3/4 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom, shower over bath, toilet, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite wet room, toilet. Beams throughout first floor.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas range cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Stabling horses and secure bicycle lock up available. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Visit Britain 4 Star Gold Award.

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£376-£858
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Colepitt Cottage Ref: W43147

This stone-built, terraced cottage, formerly a colliery worker’s home, is a good holiday base for touring this area of natural beauty. Tudhoe sits between Spennymoor and Durham, an excellent location for cycling, walking and fishing. Durham city is 4.5 miles, with its Norman cathedral and castle, cobbled medieval streets, and shopping centre, and Durham University is only 3.5 miles away. Visit Beamish Open Air Museum and Barnard Castle (½ hour’s drive). Bishop Auckland Castle is close by, Shildon National Railway Museum is 8.5 miles. The Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District are easily accessible. Bus stop to local attractions across the road. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Gas central heating and electricity £20per week, £10 per short break. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Rear courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£196-£556
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
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Dairy Cottage Ref: E5244

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/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Gas CH inc. Cot. DVD. Garden.

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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£245-£523
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1


Situated right on the banks of the River Wear, in the heart of the city of Durham, Elvet Bridge View Apartment (ref 30471) and Kingsgate Bridge View Apartment (ref 30470) boast a riverside location and views toward the famous cathedral, Elvet Bridge View Apartment and Kingsgate Bridge View Apartment are not only in a great location, but also offers good quality accommodation throughout. Each apartment benefits from a large living room and open-plan kitchen area with appliances that include a capsuled coffee machine with unlimited free use, induction hob, electric oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. There is a large flat screen TV and DVD player in each apartment as well as unlimited free wi-fi and a sound dock to fit an mp3 player. The master bedroom offers a king size bed and has an ensuite shower room too. There is also a very well furnished twin bedroom and an additional fold away bed for guests under the age of 14. Both apartments benefit from French doors that lead from the living room onto their own private balcony area that overlook the fabulous scenery of the River Wear, and also across to the two famous bridges that sit either side. Perfect for watching the rowers row by, or just observing the wildlife, there is private garden furniture for the guest’s sole use. Perfect for enjoying a quiet afternoon sitting on the deck or ideal for guests wanting to explore this magnificent city. These apartments are ideal for guests wishing to enjoy a romantic break, couples wanting to share a break or for parents wanting to visit students at Durham University. Durham is one of the most historic cities in England and offers guests a plethora of attractions to visit and explore. The famous Durham Cathedral and castle are an easy 5-minute walk away and definitely worth a visit. There is also the Gala Theatre located in the centre of the city and only a 5-minute walk away too, making this the perfect spot for guests wanting to enjoy a theatre trip as part of their break. Packed with top quality restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars, Durham is a thriving city with plenty of entertainment for guests at all times of the year. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy the bi-annual Lumiere Festival, annual book week, jazz festival, arts festival, miners gala and many more free attractions, as well as the weekly farmer’s market and pavement artists that line the streets and market place. Should guests wish to enjoy a little retail therapy, then they will find some beautiful boutiques along with many high street names and designers, which are all within a 5-minute walk from these beautiful apartments. Many of the university colleges can be found within a mile radius, and this is the perfect base from which to really get to know the university and visit friends and family who might be studying here or due to graduate at any given time. A little further afield, but still within easy driving distance, guests will be able to enjoy a day trip to the magnificent North Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors, or visit one of the many smaller villages in County Durham. There is also the opportunity to visit the Angel of the North statue which is only a 20-minute drive away, Beamish Museum, 15 minutes, Newcastle, 30 minutes and the Metrocentre, 25 minutes by car. Shop 110 yards, pub and restaurant 220 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Additional pull-out single available (for child under 14).

Both properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Balcony with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£980-£1260
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

This charming, 18th-century holiday cottage, the middle of three, is set in a peaceful hamlet within an AONB and has a pretty, small, forecourt garden and a larger lawned garden. There are lovely views surrounding the cottage and superb walks from the doorstep, with easy access to stunning landscapes of scars, moors, the Pennine Way and Cow Green Reservoir. The Teesdale poet once lived next door. Nearby are the picturesque Low Force (canoeing by permit), Bowlees Visitor Centre and the dramatic High Force (England’s highest waterfall). Within easy reach are Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum and Raby Castle. Beamish Open Air Museum, Durham, York and the Lakes provide excellent days out. Upper Teesdale is beautifully wild and noted for its flora (gentians, hay meadows) and its breeding birds. Middleton-in-Teesdale, 3 miles with tea rooms, inns and small shops. Pub ¼mile.

Entrance porch. Beamed sitting/dining room with open Georgian hob fireplace. Galley-style kitchen with dining area. First floor: Double bedroom with brass/iron bedstead, rosewood suite, period fireplace. Twin bedroom with pine furniture. Fully tiled bathroom with shower attachment, heated towel rail and toilet.

  • Open fire – coal at cost
  • Electricity and electric rads by meter reading
  • Bed linen, towels and tea towels included
  • Cot (bumper included)
  • High chair
  • Digital TV
  • DVD/CD
  • Microwave
  • Double oven
  • Washer/dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Picnic bench and chairs
  • Garage

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£204-£560
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Garth House Ref: CC211179
Quietly nestling in the heart of the village of Mickleton, this delightful cottage offers real home from home holiday accommodation spanning two floors, complete with wood burning stove and baby grand piano in the lounge. Lawned gardens extend to front and rear, offering garden furniture, barbecue and chiminee, perfect for eating alfresco!

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Well behaved pets welcome provided they are not left alone in the cottage.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Dove Cottage Ref: CC211120
Dove Cottage is a delightful character cottage nestling in a peaceful location in the historical market town of Barnard Castle.  The cottage is only a short stroll from the town centre which has numerous bars and restaurants.  Great care has been taken in the refurbishment of this compact cottage to ensure a cosy and welcoming holiday.

Ground Floor: Heated by slim line wall mounted electric heaters, Dove Cottage comprises:
Lounge/dining/kitchen: With gas stove, colour TV with freeview, DVD and radio/CD. Kitchen with electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with icebox.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: Master double bedroom with colour TV.
Bedroom 2: Small twin bedroom with 2’6" beds, particularly suitable for children.
Shower room: With shower and hand basin.
Separate WC.

All fuel, power, bed linen for all beds and towels included. Sorry no cot available.Pebbled patio with garden furniture to the front of the house. On street parking. Two well behaved pets welcome but they must be restricted to the ground floor rooms. 

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£255-£385
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

1 Old Hall Cottage (ref 30417) and 2 Old Hall Cottage (ref 30418) are delightful semi-detached stone holiday cottages converted from Grade II listed buildings. Hall Farm Cottage (ref 30419) is a detached 500-year-old barn conversion near The Old Hall, originally Byers Hall, home of Robert Trotter in 1400s, but a predated inhabited site. The Old Hall stands above the River Wear, with uninterrupted views towards Durham and Weardale from the three acre shared wooded walled garden. The site is free from traffic on an ancient track, less than 100 yards from one of the best fishing rivers (permits available). The surroundings are a rich haven for birds and wildlife, with ‘hidden seats’ in fields and by the River Wear for you to enjoy. The owner has three friendly and inquisitive cats, which you are likely to encounter while you are here. Both the historic City of Durham (UK mainline station) and Bishop Auckland (home of the Prince Bishops at Auckland Castle) and Binchester Roman Fort are a 15-minute drive. The location is on the edge of the beautiful Durham Dales - Weardale and Teesdale - with footpaths, cycle tracks, and winter skiing; splendour at Raby Castle and Bowes Museum; industrial heritage at Killhope, Beamish and Shildon. Keilder Water, Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumberland coast and Lake District to be explored on longer days out. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

5 steps down to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Most rooms with beams.

Woodburner in living room (fuel included). Barbecue. Enclosed split-level patio and furniture. Pet free of charge.

All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot & high chair on request. 32" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Fishing onsite. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Small pond in The Old Hall garden.

WAS
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£225-£643
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Situated on the outskirts of Bowes village, Lilac Cottage has been lovingly converted from a former stables into an attractive holiday home for two.  For those who enjoy walking, the cottage nestles beside the Pennine Way leading to Tan Hill Inn on the Borders of North Yorkshire and Durham, noted for the highest pub at 1732 feet above sea level. 

Ground Floor: Heated by oil fired central heating, the accommodation comprises:
Lounge/dining area:  With colour TV, DVD.
Kitchen:  With electric oven and hob, microwave and larder fridge.
Bedroom:  With double bed,radio/CD and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, W.C and basin.
 

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Outside:  Enclosed garden to the rear and seating area with garden furniture.
Off road parking on site. 

WAS
NOW
£255-£385
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Set amidst the grounds of Thorpe Hall Estate, this is one of three charming properties (Refs IWF, MPR and MVP) that offer the perfect holiday retreat. Chapel Cottage, which adjoins the main hall, enjoys wonderful views of the gardens and parkland, whilst Corner Cottage and Greystones sit close by as a pair. With beautiful sunsets, the River Tees flowing close by and the Teesdale Way, this is a truly magical setting. Guests are welcome to view the lovely gardens designed by Chelsea gold medallist 2012, Arne Maynard, at the award-winning Thorpe Hall by arrangement with the owner. A local pub and farm shop providing good home-made food is ½ mile. Just 10 minutes by car, the market town of Barnard Castle offers tea rooms, shops, galleries, markets and the Bowes Museum. Raby Castle and High Force Waterfall are some of the many local attractions. Durham, York, Harrogate and the Gateshead Metro Centre are approximately one hour’s drive. Shop 1/4 mile.

Living/dining room with open fire. Galley-style kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • DVD (small library)
  • Patio with furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • No children under 10 yrs

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter £2 per basket
  • Electricity and full oil central heating included (October-March £40per week, £30 per 4 night short break, £20 per 3 night short break)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • No smoking

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£389-£1025
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