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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
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.

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£305-£638
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

WAS
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£389-£1025
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Bankside Cottage Ref: 29171


Nestled in the tranquil country lanes of the village of Mickleton, this warm, stone, terraced holiday cottage dates back over 150 years, with a cottage garden. It has traditional charm, including beams, open stonework, a multi-fuel burner and is well-furnished. The cottage is situated in the unspoilt and beautiful Northern Dales, designated an ’Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. This location is ideal for touring the Northern Dales, Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Locally, the small market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale has everyday shopping, traditional inns serving food and tea rooms selling local specialities, as well as a pub serving hot food all week. The countryside offers good walking, fishing and cycling. Shop 2 miles, pubs and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. Separate toilet. Beams throughout. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with roll-top bath, toilet and sloping ceiling.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Small garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Portable barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£199-£519
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

This semi-detached holiday home, set in a tranquil village just outside St John’s Chapel, is situated down a quiet country lane, the perfect place for a quiet and relaxing holiday, with a large garden to enjoy in the summer evenings. 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, all within one hours’ drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and beams. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: 5 steps in grounds.

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£232-£741
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Fawn Lea Apartment Ref: 29138

Situated a short stroll from the village, this holiday apartment, adjoining the owner’s home, provides an ideal base and is close to a lovely, tree-lined walk which runs along the river. The Northern Dales holds a wealth of historical interest; visit the gardens of Egglestone Hall, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum or Baldersdale Reservoirs. Staindrop has a shop, 2 pubs, a cafe and bistro both serving food, and a P.O. The historical market town of Barnard Castle is famous for ’The Banks’, antique shops, tea rooms and boutique shops. Fishing is available by permit on the River Tees. Hamsterley Forest has nature trails, pony trekking and mountain bike routes. High Force waterfall (the highest in England) and Beamish Museum are worth a visit. North Yorkshire is a few minutes’ drive and Durham is half an hour away. Shop and pub 500 yards.

All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared large courtyard and natural grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
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£182-£475
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
West Tofts Ref: CC211011
In a beautiful location amongst fields and meadows this detached cottage has stunning views from each window over the Teesdale countryside towards the river. West Tofts provides a peaceful retreat, where a relaxing holiday with friends or family can be enjoyed in a superb rural setting. The property is well equipped and spacious retaining beamed ceilings and a feature log effect fire for the cooler days and evenings. There are walks to be taken from the door, quiet roads to explore by bicycle. The area is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, High Force waterfall is close by. The magnificent Bowes Museum in nearby Barnard Castle has fine art treasures and within an easy drive the world heritage site of Durham Cathedral is worthy of a visit. The pub in Mickleton has a restaurant within  walking distance and nearby the market town of Middleton in Teesdale provides local shopping, pubs and tea rooms. This is also a perfect holiday property to explore Swaledale, Wensleydale and the Lake District

Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
Hall
Sitting Room: With log effect gas fire, TV, DVD, CD player, radio
Dining Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, microwave
Utility Room: With washer/dryer, sink unit, storage for clothing, boots
Separate Cloakroom; With WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With Queen size bed ( or twin beds on request), en suite shower, WC and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and balcony
Bedroom 3: With double bed
Bathroom: With hand held shower attachment, wash basin, WC, bidet and heated towel rail

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. High chair available, Wi-fi access and telephone with honesty box.Enclosed garden and patio, picnic table. Parking for up to 6 cars

WAS
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£310-£615
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Dale View Cottage Ref: 13874

A delightful barn conversion, retaining much of its rustic charm, in an elevated position with views overlooking the Wear Valley with the Pennine Fells beyond. Adjoining the owner’s cottage and one other holiday property. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside in a haven of peace and tranquillity. Lakes, Dales, Borderland, the market towns of Barnard Castle and Hexham, Newcastle and Durham within 30 miles. Originally a bank barn, it is split level, entering on the upper ground floor. Shop and pub ½ mile. Can be booked with ref 13388 to sleep 6+2.

Lower ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Upper ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Washing machine. 24hr drying service. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There are drops in the garden off stone banked area.

WAS
NOW
£195-£430
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
17
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Arrow Cottage Ref: MQG

Set in the heart of the ‘picture-postcard’ Anglo Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear - steeped in history with its 12th-century tower, Norman church and views of the 15th-century Witton Castle - this attractive large house (built circa 1780) provides spacious living accommodation for families and/or friends to get together or to celebrate a special occasion. Adjoining another property, Arrow Cottage has lovely gardens together with river walks and the renowned Low barns Nature reserve nearby where visitors can relax and unwind, making this a tranquil and peaceful holiday retreat. Perfectly located to explore this magnificent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - starting in the quiet picturesque village, which has two good real ale pubs on hand. The Wear Valley Area is noted for its outstanding natural beauty and diversity of wildlife together with beautiful breathtaking scenery, peppered with small villages bustling with hospitality for locals and visitors alike. Hamsterley Forest, with its pathways, cycleways, bridleways and numerous sporting and leisure activities, lies 4 miles to the west. Durham city is 15 miles away with its majestic cathedral, cobbled streets, eateries and galleries. Raby Castle with its 200-acre deer park and fine medieval interior is a short drive, while Beamish Museum, one of the largest and most interesting working museums of its kind, can be enjoyed by the whole family, and is ony a 30-minute drive. Newcastle (55 minutes), and York (90 minutes), both have fine museums, shops and galleries. Crook 5 miles. Bishop Auckland 4 miles. Shops 1 mile, pub 50 yards.

Beamed living room with decorative cast-iron fireplace, wooden floor. Beamed dining room with decorative cast-iron range, wooden floor. Step down to large well-equipped kitchen with Rangemaster cooker, slate floor, and door to patio. Sitting room with open fire, wooden floor, door to patio. Steps down to beamed games room with TV, slate floor and access to garden. Stairs to double bedroom with additional single bed (for +1 child) with en-suite bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with decorative fireplace; one with high beamed ceiling, 5ft bed and additional single bed (for +1), one with four-poster bed, additional single bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Two twin bedrooms; one with decorative fireplace, one with additional single bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Bathroom with cast-iron claw-foot bath, bidet and toilet. Walk-in tiled shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. Three additional child beds available (for +3 children).

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity & full central heating included (October-March £50per week, £25 per short break)
  • Bed linen & towels included
  • Three travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Two TVs
  • Two DVDs (large library)
  • Electric Rangemaster (with double oven)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed south-facing garden with patio terrace & furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Garage (for 1 car); parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle storage
  • Games room
  • Toys and games
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£669-£1959
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 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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Chestnut Cottage Ref: 30035


This charming, detached former Hemel, close to the owners’ home, lies just 1½ miles from the historic village of Lanchester and only 10 miles from Durham. Lanchester is steeped in history dating back to the 12th century and it has a large village green which sits in the middle of some charming properties, with 3 village inns and eateries to hand. Cyclists will be eager to explore the quiet country roads or take the Derwent Valley Railway Path east to the outskirts of Durham, or west to join the Waskerly Way and on to Weardale. A walk can be taken along these footpaths, the section just south of Lancaster skirting the river Browney being a particular highlight. Corbridge is a mere 15 miles away with super pubs, tea rooms and shops, then carry on to Hadrian’s Wall to visit the Roman forts or a little further to Hexham, with its beautiful abbey. Enjoy Durham with its river walks, fine cathedral, bijou wine bars, traditional pubs and plenty of retail therapy. Alnwick Castle where part of the Harry Potter films were made takes approximately 1 hour, where you can visit the enchanting water gardens and treehouse, and stroll along the cobbled streets. Drive a little further north and follow the Heritage Coastal Route to come across Seahouses and Bamburgh, and the enchanting Holy Island or Lindasfarne, making a great day trip. Come back and relax at this holiday cottage, admiring the views outside after a day’s exploring. Consett 3 miles. Children’s play area 1½ miles. Shop and pub 1½ miles, restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: Galleried area with double bed and Velux. Shower room with toilet.

Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large decked area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£241-£487
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3
The Ashes Ref: W42308

Set in beautiful, tranquil grounds

Set in beautiful, tranquil grounds of 130 acres, including a section of the River Tees with fishing rights and an arboretum with over 240 species of trees, this superb detached former granary situated on a working farm, has been creatively converted to provide a spacious holiday home brimming with character. Near the North Pennines, an AONB, this charming house is perfectly located to tour the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland with its majestic castles and magnificent beaches, and the Lake District is an hour’s drive away. Close by is the picturesque village of Neasham with a friendly pub and riverside walks, whilst Durham Tees Valley airport is only 4 miles. The owner, who lives on the estate, can organise many activities for visitors by arrangement including rough shooting, canoeing (canoes not provided), deer stalking (at cost), fishing (foc), cycles for guests use, horse riding and badger and bird watching (70 species seen). The appealing market towns of Richmond, Yarm and North Allerton make an interesting day out. Stabling and paddock available (for 3 horses, at cost). Shops, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with slate floor. Beams throughout. Sun room with flagstone floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 4 double bedrooms (one 5ft), two with additional single, one with en-suite wet room with toilet, each with beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room and kitchen included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large, private courtyard and furniture. Shared use of 130-acre grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond and fountain in the courtyard.

WAS
NOW
£609-£1717
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