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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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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Syke Cottage Ref: W8609

Panoramic views of the Northern Dales

This is a truly delightful semi-detached cottage boasting a wealth of exposed beams and Yorkshire flagstone floors, with views over the Northern Dales. Nestling in this Upper Teeside village, the holiday cottage promises a warm and cosy welcome from the woodburning stoves. Explore the surrounding area with Barnard Castle 8 miles and Bowes Museum 6 miles. Walking in the immediate area includes the Tees Railway Walk, whilst the Pennine Way is close by at Middleton-In-Teesdale. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and stone floor. Kitchen. Conservatory with French doors. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk, all with wooden floors. Bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburners in living/dining room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. NB: There is a covered pond in the garden.

WAS
NOW
£199-£600
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This former stable, presented with a Bronze award for access for all from Tourism North East England, is set in the grounds of Hedley Hall, now a bed and breakfast and once part of the Queen Mother’s Estate. Horse riding, fishing at Beamish lakes and the Angel of the North fishing lakes close by. An ideal location to explore the counties of Durham and Northumberland. Metro centre
15 minutes. Visit the steam railway, Beamish Victorian open air museum, Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Forest, Teesdale and Weardale all within easy reach. Shops and pub 2 miles.

Open-plan living/dining room with French doors to patio area, wooden floor and compact well-equipped farmhouse style kitchen area. Double bedroom with 6ft (zip & link) bed and en-suite wet room with toilet. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Full electricity rads included (October-March £25 per week, £13 per short break)
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Wheelchair access (ramp to entrance)
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£321-£651
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
North View Ref: 27289

With views across picturesque Durham Dales, this end terraced holiday cottage provides a cosy base for touring this little known area, noted for its natural beauty. A well-placed location for reaching the whole of the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland and the Lake District, Ireshopeburn sits between St John’s Chapel and Wearhead. This is an excellent location for cycling, walking and fishing. You are within reach of High Force, one of England’s most spectacular waterfalls, Barnard Castle, Kilhope Mine and Stanhope. For a family day out, the Beamish Open Air Museum is nearby with its trams and old-fashioned sweet shop. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with slate floor and French doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£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. 

WAS
NOW
£255-£385
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
3
Pets
1
Brookfield House Ref: 27813

This peaceful holiday home lies on the edge of the village of St John’s Chapel, in an AONB, with shops, post office and pubs. There are beautiful views of the village and fells and several scenic walks from the doorstep. Delightful waterfalls, woodland walks and meadows are nearby with stepping stones and footbridges crossing the river. This part of the Wear Valley is located between Durham City and the Lake District, an ideal base for touring High Force, Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Hadrian’s Wall, Hamsterley Forest and Beamish. It is part of the Weardale Way and only a few miles from the Coast to Coast cycle route. Shop 250 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, (one 4ft), 1 with double sofa bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floor.

Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot on request. High chair. Freesat TV. Video. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£249-£605
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
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
19
Bedrooms
8
Pets
0

This beautiful, traditional stone-built farmhouse, dating back to the 18th century, stands in its own grounds boasting mature gardens and a stone-walled summer house. The buildings spread over 5000 sq feet with a unique layout built in stages over the 300 years. The combination of oak floors, wooden beams, panelled walls and a particularly beautiful dining room with a French marble fireplace and log fire gives the building an abundance of character and charm. It makes the perfect location for weekend celebrations or getaways for the whole family revelling in its size and warmth and activities including local river walks and cycle tracks surrounding the farm, golf, fishing, horse riding or simply exploring. Furthermore, after converting one of the stables into a small but well-stocked gym, the property offers the services of a resident personal trainer. From specialist advice for the keen amateur to a fun-filled, light-hearted introduction to wellbeing for the whole family, the trainer will also deliver a complimentary personal fitness profile. For the more serious, the trainer can be booked for the whole weekend, and the group will be treated to a fully personalised fitness and nutrition programme. Etherley Dene Farm is located in Bishop Auckland, the official residence of the bishops of Durham since the 12th century. The town provides many interesting attractions, including Auckland Castle with its splendid marble and limestone chapel and stained-glass windows that relate to stories of early Christian saints. Durham with its cathedral is just 12 miles and there is seasonal access to the steam railway and the glorious Durham Dales from the local station; rail enthusiasts can also visit Shildon ‘The cradle of the railways’ and its railway museum, 2 miles. The Dales and Hamsterley Forest are a short drive with cycling and walking routes (cycle hire by arrangement). In winter there may even be the chance to ski or board on fresh snow in Weardale only 25 minutes away. Quaint Barnard Castle with its impressive French-style chateau housing the Bowes Musuem is 12 miles and Beamish open-air Victorian museum is 30 minutes’ drive. Newcastle, with St. James’ Park, The Metro Arena, The Playhouse and The Sage, is within easy reach and Gateshead’s Metrocentre is less than 3 miles. Visit the spectacular World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall, the majestic Northumbrian coast which stretches for miles passing Alnwick Castle, Craster, Alnmouth, Seahouses’ Bamburgh Castle and on to Holy Island (Lindisfarne). Supermarket home deliveries can be arranged but most supermarkets are within 1 mile. A garage shop is within ¼ mile. A family orientated pub serving meals is within ½ mile and a more traditional ‘drinking’ pub with TV sport is less than 100 yards.

Two steps to rear entrance. Spacious living room with gas coal-effect cast iron stove, oak floor, sandstone walls. Dining room with panelled walls, oak floors, open log fire in French marble fireplace, patio doors to garden. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area, Aga hob and oven, electric induction hob, electric oven, slate floor, French doors to garden. Snug/reading room with oak panelled walls and electric woodburner. Utility with Belfast sink. Shower room with toilet off ground floor. First floor: Four double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed, one with additional single bed (for +1), one with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Large bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional double bed (for +2), one with additional single bed (for +1). Small single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, changing area and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electric woodburner included
  • Gas coal-effect stove included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • 50in HD plasma TV (sports package)
  • 42in HD Smart TV/DVD (small library)
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Gas Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Additional fridge
  • Two fridge/freezers
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture, summer house and a further field
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Hot tub by arrangement at cost
  • Complimentary personal fitness profile and use of gym with treadmill, multigym, rowing machine, elliptical trainer on request
  • Personal trainer by arrangement at cost
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Brook in garden (guarded by wall)

WAS
NOW
£1722-£3156
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Roslyn Cottage Ref: W42487

Stunning countryside views

The pretty village of Hamsterley, between Teesdale and Weardale, is the setting for this charming detached holiday cottage. Converted from former farm buildings the cottage offers contemporary living areas with granite work surfaces in the kitchen, private patio and parking, and shared use of the owner’s 17-acre grounds. The forest has way-marked walks, cycle ways and visitor centre, whilst the Durham Dales has a plethora of beautiful scenery, including High Force in Upper Teesdale with its 70ft waterfall. Durham City is 14 miles away and within an hour’s drive are the Northumberland beaches and castles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 17-acre paddock and woodlands. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Water fountain in garden (15 yards).

WAS
NOW
£265-£605
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Breathtaking views

With views from the garden over thel Wear Valley, this compact single storey detached holiday cottage has been carefully converted by the owner from a former byre. Furnished to a good standard, it provides a cosy retreat for holidays any time of year with a fully insulated summerhouse with verandah. There is walking and cycling straight from the door, or simply relax in the large garden. A short drive leads to Stanhope, with its Durham Dales Centre, shops and restaurants. Barnard Castle is well worth a visit, taking time to enjoy a day at the Bowes Museum. The owner offers a Christmas meal for two including a bottle of wine for £35. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

First £3 electric central heating and electricity included, remainder by £1 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine by arrangement. Dishwasher. Enclosed private lawned garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£213-£465
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