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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
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
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
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
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Grade II listed Victorian house
Original features
Woodland walks from the door

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.

WAS
NOW
£200-£612
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Fawn Lea Cottage Ref: 29137

Set in a quiet courtyard, close to the village amenities of Staindrop and the village greens, this cosy, comfortably furnished and well-equipped holiday cottage is adjacent to the owner’s property. Raby Castle is within walking distance and Bowes Museum is a short drive. Visit Barnard Castle, Hadrian’s Wall or enjoy walks on the beautiful Teesdale fells and meadows or in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Visit High Force Waterfall, Beamish Open Air Museum or Eggleston Hall with its beautiful gardens. Many footpaths lead from the door, as well as a bus service from the village. Staindrop has a shop, post office, pubs serving meals, bistro and tea room. A lovely, tree-lined walk lies across the road from the cottage, with a river running alongside. North Yorkshire is a few minutes’ drive and Durham is half an hour away. Shop and pub 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Utility room with toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms, both with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£175-£508
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Bridge End Farm Ref: 19692

This spacious fully modernised bungalow is situated on the outskirts of Frosterley in Upper Weardale in an AONB, in an elevated position with lovely views of the village and river. An ideal holiday base for superb walks in the beautiful countryside. Fishing, riding and cycling routes nearby. The historic cathedral city of Durham is 18 miles away. The market town of Hexham, High Force Waterfall and the Lake District are within easy reach. A popular country pub is within walking distance. Shop 1/4 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating and gas included (£25per week, £20 per short break October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Sloping banks and 3 steps in garden.

WAS
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£249-£605
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
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.

Adjoins owner’s home. Open-plan living/dining room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire in feature black fireplace, limestone slate floor and large modern kitchen area. Open stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, each with TV. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and tiled floor.

  • High chair
  • Three Freeview TVs
  • Stereo/CD

  • 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

WAS
NOW
£259-£836
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Grade II listed Victorian house
Original features
Woodland walks from the door

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. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

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.

WAS
NOW
£200-£612
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 0 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Enjoying a village location in lovely Weardale, yet only 9 miles from historic Durham, Hawthorn Cottage (right in photograph) makes an ideal base for exploring the area’s varied attractions. Durham boasts good shops, an imposing cathedral and seasonal river boat trips. Quad biking at Hardwick Hall 12 miles. Diggerland 16 miles. The Bowes Museum and Killhope Mining Centre offer great days out. Fell walking in stunning scenery, golf and riding are available nearby, whilst Hamsterley Forest walks and mountain bike trails are 8 miles, and the Low Barns Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, bird watching and wildflower meadows are 3 miles. Shop 1 mile. The village pub with popular restaurant is yards away.Enjoying a village location in lovely Weardale, yet only 9 miles from historic Durham, Old Chapel Cottages make an ideal base for exploring the area’s varied attractions. Durham boasts good shops, an imposing cathedral and seasonal river boat trips; and quad biking at Hardwick Hall (12 miles), Diggerworld (16 miles), the Bowes Museum and Killhope Mining Centre offer great days out. Fell walking in stunning scenery, golf and riding are available nearby, whilst Hamsterley Forest’s walking and mountain bike trails are 8 miles, and the Lowbarns Nature Reserve’s visitor centre, bird watching and wildflower meadows are 3 miles. Shop 1 mile. The village pub’s popular restaurant is yards away.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Study with double sofa bed. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Elec living flame fire in living room. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Decked area with steps down to patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. NB: Steps from decked area down to patio.

Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Elec living flame fire in living room. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Decked area with steps down to patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. NB: Steps from decked area down to patio.

WAS
NOW
£343-£704
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