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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
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4
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2

These 4 outstanding holiday homes (refs 28634, 28635, 28636, 28637) are situated on the Teesdale Way in a Grade II listed, detached, Victorian house which was formerly a mill owner’s house. Set amidst open countryside overlooking the River Tees, these beautifully furnished properties boast many wonderful features, including original fireplaces and flooring. This is a perfect location for a family or small group of friends to enjoy a memorable holiday or get together. The properties have an added advantage of being in a quiet location but just a short walk to Barnard Castle, 500 yards, a picturesque market town on the River Tees. The town offers a good choice of tea rooms, shops and restaurants, and in the neighbouring villages there are several good country inns. Enjoy woodland walks, cycling and picnics from the moment you step outside the front door. Nearby Hamsterley Forest is a beautiful oasis of woodland, with coffee shops and trails, suitable for walking and cycling. Visit the beautiful gardens at Eggleston Hall. Other attractions in the area include the Bowes Museum, Raby Castle and High Force Waterfall, whilst within an hour’s drive there are the Lakes, Beamish and the city of Durham. Barnard Castle also boasts a beautiful 18-hole golf course. The neighbouring villages of Boldron, Romaldkirk and Cotherstone are but a few offering excellent eating places. Property references 28637, 28634 and 28636 can be accessed as one property and can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests. Shops, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Pets free of charge.

All properties: Oil central heating included (£30per week, £15 per short break September-February). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: River 8 yards and drops in grounds.

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£209-£612
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
2


This terraced holiday cottage, brimming with character and with an inglenook fireplace, is set in the heart of the charming village of Sedgefield, which dates back to the 13th century. Believed to exist as a Roman settlement, the 2 mile heritage trail provides a wealth of history. With some good eateries and pubs, the cottage is in an ideal location for exploring the many visitor attractions in north Yorkshire, which is just half an hour away. The open fire, beams and unusual, German-style, wood-burning hot tub are on offer to help you relax after a day exploring. An hour away are Alnwick, with its famous castle used in the Harry Potter films, the Heritage Coast, peppered with castles and golden beaches and York with its beautiful minster. Closer to home, visit Beamish Living Museum, Durham 16 miles or Newcastle 28 miles. Nearby is Hardwick Hall and Park and Sedgefield racecourse. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/small step to kitchen with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet (steps up to bath). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Freezer. Hotel car park 15 yards (foc). Cycle store (on request). Hot tub. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£285-£901
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.

WAS
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£404-£404
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Old Granary Ref: 29175


Set in the quiet village of Stainton and dating from 1870, this former granary enjoys beautiful views across the dales and open countryside. The Old Granary has retained much of its original charm including exposed beams and it has been furnished to a good standard with the bathroom having the benefit of a power shower, the property is well-presented to offer a relaxing and comfortable accommodation for two people from which to explore the delights of this fascinating area. In a tranquil setting with walks from the doorstep, it is a haven for bird watching and nature lovers with an abundance of wildlife in the area. Outside is a sheltered patio and visitors can enjoy use of a large garden, ideal for unwinding after a day walking or touring, or for dining al fresco on warmer days. For lovers of the outdoors a leisurely stroll can be enjoyed across the meadows from the property into the historic market town of Barnard Castle which has a swimming pool, good choice of shops, tea rooms and restaurants, with several good country inns in the surrounding villages. The area is steeped in history and rich in culture with a range of attractions, including the famous Bowes Museum, Raby Castle, High Force waterfall and the beautiful gardens at Eggleston Hall, with woodland walks, cycle routes (hire available) and picnic areas at nearby Hamsterley Forest. The Yorkshire Dales National Park is just 5 miles away whilst the city of Durham, Beamish and the Lakes are all within an hour’s drive. Golf nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

12 stone steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared garden. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£204-£444
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

In a pleasant rural location, this detached, brick-built former barn is an ideal, detached holiday home. Next to the owner’s home, it has a large, shared garden to the rear with swings, slide, climbing net, climbing wall, sand pit and fortress. Explore Durham, Barnard Castle, Hamsterley Forest and Beamish Open Air Museum. An abundance of footpaths and cycle routes lead from the door; the North Pennines, an AONB, are close by. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floors. Kitchen with wooden floor. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft zip and link) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod docks. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed front garden. Use of owner’s large, enclosed, shared rear garden with private sitting-out area, patio, furniture and play area. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
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
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.

WAS
NOW
£227-£477
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Broadoaks View Ref: 29346

This charming, former miner’s cottage, in a small row, has lovely views over the valleys and is situated in a tranquil setting, yet ideally located for visiting the many nearby attractions – only ¾ mile from the historical conservation village of Ebchester, which is peppered with Roman ruins and artefacts. From the doorstep, take the Derwent Walk, a coast-to-coast cycle route, or cycle the pathways where red kites may be spotted along this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Discover the delights of Durham city, with its cathedral and castle, or Newcastle with its bustling quayside and fine shops. The property is also within 10 miles of the Metro Centre. The Northumbrian Heritage Coastline is scattered with castles and golden beaches, and is only 40 minutes away. This charming holiday cottage is centrally located to explore the whole of Northumberland and Durham and beyond. Shop and pub ¾ mile, restaurant 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area. 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Dressing room.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/
dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden. Enclosed, lawned rear garden (5 yards). Sitting-out areas and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Easy walking access. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
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
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£195-£430
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Garth House Ref: 29168

Approached by a short grassy pathway and set back from the village road, this charming and tastefully decorated, semi-detached holiday cottage has lovely views from the front and rear, and an enclosed rear gravelled sitting-out area. It offers a cosy base to return to after exploring this little-known, unspoilt region. Mickleton has two pubs and there is a selection of other inns and restaurants in the surrounding villages. The market town of Barnard Castle is 8 miles away which has a variety of shops as well as Bowes Museum, whilst the countryside offers very good walking and cycling for all abilities. Shop 2 miles, pub serving food 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Step down to kitchen with beams and tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 2 steps to 1 twin and bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Small enclosed, gravelled sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£298-£587
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
River View Ref: 23712

Overlooking the River Wear, this conversion of farm buildings is peacefully situated in an AONB. Adjoining another cottage, it makes a comfortable holiday base to explore the area.The Northern Dales is made up of waterfalls, rugged upland, fertile valleys and meadows. Market towns dot the area, the historic town of Barnard Castle with the Bowes Museum and Durham, with its cathedral and cobbled streets easily accessible. Shop 400 yards, pub 300 yards.

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

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared garden. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Games room with pool table. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond, 100 yards.

WAS
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£214-£565
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