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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Honeypot Cottage Ref: 29140

On the edge of the historical village of Bowes, and arranged all on the ground floor, Honeypot Cottage provides an ideal retreat to relax after exploring this rural setting, situated near the boundary of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A spur on the Pennine Way passes close by, bird watchers and lovers of the countryside will also delight in this location. Across the field beside the cottage is a large old stone house, formerly a school, where Charles Dickens visited in February 1838 to do research, resulting in the publication of ‘Nicholas Nickleby’. Raby Castle, Bowes Museum and the ancient market town of Barnard Castle are all within a short drive. Visit Richmond, High Force waterfall and beautiful gardens at Egglestone Hall. The Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District are also within driving distance. Fishing is available on the River Tees. This cottage is located opposite the owners’ farmhouse in open countryside. Shop and restaurant 4 miles.

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

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Small, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£156-£447
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£376-£858
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Iris Cottage Ref: 29203

With far reaching views to Mickleton Fell and the Lake District beyond, this traditional holiday cottage dating back to the 1800s provides a comfortable base with original beams, an open fire and exposed stone work. Enjoy a day out on the fells in this unspoilt area of Teesdale or visiting historical attractions such as Bowes Museum, Raby Castle and the delightful villages of the Northern Dales. Excellent walking can be enjoyed from the cottage and cycling is also popular in the area. Everyday shopping can be done in Barnard Castle, or Middleton-in-Teesdale. Shop 2 miles, pub serving food 50 yards.

Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV/DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared courtyard. On road parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£156-£447
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Forge Cottage Ref: E5245

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 room/dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Gas CH inc. Cot. DVD. Table-top oven with two ring hob. Small patio area.

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.

WAS
NOW
£198-£431
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Bungalow Ref: W43137

This cosy and welcoming semi-detached holiday bungalow is located in a small cul-de-sac, within walking distance of the local nature reserve. Less than 2 miles from the historic city of Durham, a World Heritage site, with its iconic cathedral, castle, cobbled streets, shops, galleries and eateries. Visit Beamish Open Air Museum or head north to beautiful Northumberland’s Heritage Coast, which are both within easy driving distance, for a magnificent day out in this picturesque part of England. Shop 500 yards, pub 0.5 miles, restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. Step to utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas living flame fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Playstation 2. DAB radio. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. Easy walking access.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Housekeepers Ref: 29244

Housekeepers is situated within its own private, formal grounds and is a wing of the owners’ house, which stands in an elevated position enjoying delightful views over the gardens to the spectacular Dales countryside. An imposing, rural family residence which occupies a stunning and tranquil location within the heart of Teesdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Beautifully appointed rooms create this wonderful property as well as providing a unique atmosphere to relax in comfort and elegance. The property benefits from extensive and well proportioned living space complemented by many period features, bespoke hardwood carpentry, plasterwork, fireplaces and fittings. Most rooms enjoy pleasant views over landscaped gardens and grounds and beyond. This holiday property is situated close to Middleton-in-Teesdale, which provides a full range of local amenities. Barnard Castle offers a much wider range of boutique shops and restaurants, and Bowes Museum is within easy travelling distance. With many public footpaths and bridle paths right on your doorstep, this property provides the setting for a full range of outdoor leisure and country pursuits. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Utility room. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 and oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Five satellite TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. Xbox. Wii. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Large, shared, lawned garden. Shared grounds. Shared tennis court. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 7 steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£233-£666
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

In a rural location approximately 1 mile out of the historic market town of Barnard Castle, Town Pasture Cottage provides a warm and very comfortable base from which to explore the historic and cultural attractions of Teesdale. The living room is situated on the first floor to take advantage of the views of the surrounding fields and countryside. Set on the owners’ working farm, this detached holiday cottage is completely self-contained and visitors enjoy use of a large garden, ideal for unwinding after a day walking or touring. There is also a decked patio with table and chairs for relaxing or dining al fresco. The full, oil-fired central heating makes it an ideal location throughout the year. A local hotel with eatery is just a few minutes’ walk away and the market town of Barnard Castle caters for your everyday shopping requirements as well as being home to interesting antique shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries. Raby Castle, Egglestone Hall Gardens and the mangificent Bowes Musuem are a short drive away. Nearby bridleways, footpaths and riverside walks provide ample oportunity to explore the countryside including the spectacular waterfalls of Low and High Force. The central location also makes the cottage an ideal base from whcih to visit the North Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond, Durham Cathedral, the Beamish Museum and Cumbria. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Large enclosed garden with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store (in utility room). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£178-£484
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Stable Cottage Ref: E5246

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.

Living/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 2 steps to 1 double, 1 twin with additional single. Shower room and toilet.

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

WAS
NOW
£278-£585
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Dairy Cottage Ref: E5279

Tucked away down a country lane and surrounded by rolling countryside, this converted dairy has been renovated to a good standard with a well-equipped kitchen, beautiful bathrooms, spacious living room with double height beamed ceiling and minstrel balcony. Set by the owners’ home and sharing their 4-acre grounds, a 15-minute walk along the riverside takes you directly into Durham city where you can enjoy excellent cafés, restaurants and shopping. Steeped in history, Durham is renowned for its spectacular architecture and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Durham Cathedral and Castle along with its famous university which dates back to the 13th century. Enjoy a 10-minute train journey into the vibrant city of Newcastle and only 45 minutes to historical York. Shop and pub serving food 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: 3 steps up to living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and wooden floor. 2 steps to kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Freeview TV. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Broadband. Shared 4-acre garden and furniture. Parking. Fishing on River Wear foc. No smoking. NB: Beck in garden.

WAS
NOW
£305-£638
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 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

WAS
NOW
£204-£560
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
3

The Old Chapel Retreat, a charming, detached, 19th-century chapel has been skilfully restored to retain much character and charm throughout. It provides quirky, clever holiday accommodation whilst retaining some original stone floors and walls. Perfectly located in the heart of this pretty picture postcard village with quaint inns and tearooms, and family butcher. Within walking distance is the medieval grand fortress of Raby Castle with its 200-acre deer park surrounding the castle. Barnard Castle, a thriving market town, is only 5 miles with exciting shops and pubs. Auckland Castle, home of the Bishop of Durham and the wonderful nature reserve at Low Barns, is also close by. Beamish Museum lies only 20 miles away where life in the 18/1900s can be relived in this working museum. Motor enthusiasts may like to visit Croft Circuit only 12 miles. Durham city, only 17 miles, has a magnificent castle dating back to 1072, a beautiful cathedral, fine shops, galleries and eateries. Try a day exploring the magnificent Roman Wall country in Hexham and Corbridge, easily reached in under an hour and close to the Pennines. A little further venture to Northumberland taking in the magnificent heritage coastal route, stopping off to see Alnwick and explore the castle used to film Robin Hood, Harry Potter and Elizabeth. Meander through the cobbled streets, or visit the enchanting Alnwick Gardens with one of the largest Treehouse restaurants and water fountains. Relax with a drink and barbecue in the enclosed courtyard area after a day out exploring this exciting area or head up to the top floor for a relaxing game of pool in the games room. Shop and pub 25 yards.

Large living room with electric woodburner and wooden floor. Dining room. Large well-equipped kitchen with TV, Rangemaster (for cooking), breakfast area, granite worktops, original stone floor and patio doors. Study/snug. Utility. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed and wooden floor, one with 5ft bed, each with en-suite shower room and toilet. Double bedroom with wooden floor. Twin bedroom with wooden floor. Single bedroom with additional pull-out bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Bathroom with free standing bath, shower cubicle, toilet and wooden floor. Second floor: Games room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), TV, high ceiling and beams.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Five TVs (three Freeview)
  • TV/radio/DVD/CD
  • Video
  • Two DVDs
  • Cassette/CD
  • Rangemaster with double oven included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Small enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking
  • Pool table, football table, children’s games
  • Secure cycle store
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£705-£2342
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