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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
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.

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£233-£666
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Hope Cottage Ref: 28136

This semi-detached holiday home, accessed by an unmade road, is situated in Evenwood, a former coal mining village, and makes a good base for walkers and cyclists. Take a trip to Raby Castle, with its panoramic views and herds of deer, or visit Durham Cathedral, a short drive away. Bishop Auckland has a splendid marble and limestone chapel and stained-glass windows that relate to stories of early Christian saints. Barnard Castle, 15 miles, has shops, pubs and restaurants to enjoy. Shop and pub 200 yards, restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small, enclosed, lawned courtyard garden with patio and furniture. Garage (1 car). Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pet free of charge. Friday to Friday. NB: Step in garden.

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£188-£564
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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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£219-£741
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3
Betsdale Ref: 7723

Between Wolsingham and Stanhope on the A689 in Upper Weardale, this detached 18th-century holiday cottage stands just off the main street of this attractive village on the same site as property ref. 12772. Surrounded by the eastern flanks of the Pennines. Centrally placed for Teesdale and the Yorkshire Dales, there are many places of interest, Hamsterley Forest, Beamish Open Air Museum, Kilhope Wheel once the centre of the lead mining industry besides fishing on the local reservoirs, riding within 3 miles, and glorious walking on the moors. Shop and pub 70 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden and chairs. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£216-£587
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Granary Ref: MJP

In the heart of Teesdale, on the edge of the North Pennines in an AONB, this detached character cottage stands within the grounds of Eggleston Hall, famed for its nursery garden and association with the TV series Ladette to Lady. There is a gift shop and café/bistro in its grounds. Many original features add to the character of this holiday cottage. A haven for nature lovers, walkers and fishermen, with High Force waterfall, Bowes museum, Raby Castle, Barnard Castle and town of Richmond nearby. Shop 6 miles, two pubs, one 200 yards.

Spacious beamed living room, wood-burning stove, French doors. Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen, Aga, electric cooker, dining area. Utility/storage room. Separate toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Second staircase from living room to first floor: Galleried twin bedroom (for +2) leading to further twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and separate toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity fire included
  • Electricity, fan heater, oil Aga, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone - incoming calls only
  • Small enclosed south-facing garden with patio, terrace, and furniture
  • 2 acres of natural grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Board games
  • Tennis court available on request
  • Fishing by arrangement with owner
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced pond in grounds

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£353-£903
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Castle Garden Ref: E5468

A comfortable mid-terraced holiday home, situated in the oldest part of the ancient Teesdale market town of Barnard Castle, home to the Bowes Museum and its acclaimed national art collection. Its true asset is the conservatory looking out onto the secluded garden with garden furniture and raised decking area, offering castle-wall views, great for al fresco dining. Barnard Castle has a wonderful selection of specialist retailers, cafes, restaurants and antique centres, all within walking distance, and an 18-hole golf course, leisure centre with pool and horse riding nearby. It is ideally placed for varied walks and exploring outstanding areas including the Yorkshire Dales (8 miles), Teesdale, the North Lakes (50 mins) and Raby Castle (7 miles). Shops and pub serving food 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Conservatory. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Garden with decked area and furniture. BBQ. On road parking. No smoking.

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£278-£585
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Dales Chapel Ref: MVR

Dales Chapel, formerly a Methodist chapel which dates back to the late 1800s, provides a spacious and characterful holiday home. The Grade ll listed chapel conversion combines original character with contemporary living to great effect and is situated in the market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and historically the most northern of the Yorkshire Dales. The property retains many original features including stained glass windows and an ornate ceiling to the striking second floor open-plan entertainment area with snooker table, home cinema area, two seating areas with multi-fuel stoves set in limestone fire surrounds and bar area with built-in dishwasher and fridge and granite work surfaces. Middleton-in-Teesdale has pubs serving food, shops and tea rooms and there is plenty to keep you occupied. The Pennine Way passes through the village and half an hour’s brisk walk brings you to Low Force, the first of a series of spectacular waterfalls in the area. One of Middleton’s attractions is High Force Waterfall - England’s largest single-drop waterfall - and there’s a lovely walk popular with families. Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum are easily reached and the area offers walking and cycling for all abilities. Selset or Grassholm reservoirs are nearby for fishing and sailing. The splendid scenery encourages all kinds of outdoor pursuits, from cycling along the C2C route and cross-country hacks, to watersports and wonderful walks. This charming market town is more like a big village, framed by the Pennine Fells and nestling beside the River Tees. Enjoy its delightfully old-fashioned and relaxing atmosphere. The Lake District is a 45-minute drive away and well worth a visit. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

4 steps to entrance. Spacious living/dining room with six chapel windows, solid oak dining table for 14 and well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops, all with wooden floor. Utility. Study/playroom. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower cubicle and sauna. Separate toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, Juliet balcony and wooden floor, one with en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two staircases to second floor: Sitting/games room with multi-fuel burner, bar, cinema, snooker table, poker table and Wii. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, two additional single beds (for +2), and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Multi-fuel burner - fuel included
  • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two satellite TVs
  • DVD
  • Blu-ray
  • Two iPod docks
  • Wii
  • Home cinema system
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Small enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • On road parking
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 1 step in garden

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£971-£2730
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3

Wonderful views

This converted barn has produced a larger than average cottage which can accommodate up to six people. Situated in the Upper Teesdale Valley, the holiday cottage provides a wonderful base for touring this area of the Northern Dales, with wonderful views - ideal for walkers. Enjoy the local pub, just 600 yards, renowned for its food. The cottage has many attractive features, including exposed stone walls, Velux roof windows in bedrooms, and is fitted with all modern conveniences. Shop 2 miles, pub 600 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Study with double bed. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with Velux. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Attractive garden with paved patio and chairs. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

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£218-£607
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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Grange Cottage Ref: E5248

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.

The Stable Cottage (ref E5246) and The Byre (ref E5247) can be interconnected to sleep 6 +3.

Two cots.

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.

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£408-£861
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Garth House Ref: CC211179
Quietly nestling in the heart of the village of Mickleton, this delightful cottage offers real home from home holiday accommodation spanning two floors, complete with wood burning stove and baby grand piano in the lounge. Lawned gardens extend to front and rear, offering garden furniture, barbecue and chiminee, perfect for eating alfresco!

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Well behaved pets welcome provided they are not left alone in the cottage.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1

Overlooking the River Wear, these superb conversions of the barn, old byre and stables provide a wonderful holiday retreat. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside and is set in a haven of peace and tranquillity. Adjoining one another, they lie within an attractive courtyard setting, complemented by a fountain and shrubberies. All the properties have been tastefully refurbished and are full of character and charm, with shared use of lovely grounds, children’s play area, summer house and games room. The pretty village of Frosterley has shops and pubs, with walks in every direction along Weardale. Described as England’s ’last wilderness’, and possibly one of the best kept secrets, the Durham Dales are situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, made up of a wonderful blend of rugged upland, impressive waterfalls, fertile river valleys and wild flower meadows. Pleasant towns and pretty villages dot the area – the historic market town of Barnard Castle lies within easy reach, and boasts castle remains overlooking the town, as well as the Bowes Museum. Built as an impressive French-style chateau, the museum houses a magnificent collection of fine and decorative art. Other places of interest are Raby Castle, the ruins of Egglestone Abbey and Rokeby Hall. Hexham (with stately abbey) is a good day trip out, as well as the splendid cathedral city of Durham, 15 miles. NB: Refs 24969, 24970, 24971 and 23712 (also on the same site) can be booked together to accommodate up to 27 guests.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with walk-in shower cubicle and toilet (adapted for less mobile guests). Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas woodburner in living room included. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Ample parking.

All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair by arrangement with owner. DVD. CD. Microwave. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared use of owner’s landscaped gardens with lawned terraces, children’s swings and summer house. Shared patio and furniture. Shared barbecue. Shared games room with pool table. Shared 1/2-acre courtyard. No smoking. NB: Pond 2 metres, pond 30 metres and 6 steps in grounds.

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£632-£1503
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