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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
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.

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£0-£0
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Woodland View Ref: 29808


This elegantly furnished and spacious detached bungalow is only a ten minute walk from the Beamish Living Museum. Set at the head of a small quiet cul-de-sac, it is ideally located to discover the delights of Durham, the Dales, and Northumberland’s sweeping sandy beaches and famous castles, offering a combination of tranquil countryside, vibrant city life and historical sites. The open air living museum of Beamish is a short walk away. Woodland View looks over to the woods from the rear and sitting in the peaceful conservatory is perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the idyllic Beamish Valley, beautiful woodlands and cycle paths. Sustrans coast to coast cycle track runs right by the woods to the rear and there are delightful walks from the door. The surrounding villages are full of friendly country pubs. Only a 10 minute drive takes you to The Riverside International Cricket Ground; home of Durham Cricket team, and with the Metro Centre only 20 minutes and the coast around 30 minutes, this is an ideal holiday location for exploring the whole of this unspoilt area. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

1 step to entrance: All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Conservatory. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with clawfoot bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating included (£30per week, £25 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned rear garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Front garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£406-£870
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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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£246-£587
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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. 

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£245-£385
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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.

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£182-£475
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
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.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with stone floor. 1 bunk bedroom with additional single. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double. 1 twin. 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room on request (fuel at cost). Travel cot. High chair. Wheelchair access.

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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£438-£1238
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Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Garden Cottage Ref: E5243

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/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Elec woodburner in living room inc. NSH inc. Cot. Video. DVD. Large 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.

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£245-£523
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.

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£305-£638
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Bluebell Barn Ref: MUP

Natural stone walls, beams and lovely views epitomise the charm of this delightful detached barn conversion in an AONB close to the Pennine Way. Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum (two complimentary tickets provided), 6 miles. An excellent holiday base for walking and cycling, or to explore the Yorkshire Dales, sandy Northumbrian beaches or Lake District. Shop and pub 2 miles.

Large dining room with TV, oak floor/well-equipped kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom, 5ft bed, en-suite bathroom with shower over ¾-size corner bath and toilet. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Living room. Double bedroom, 5ft bed, en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle, toilet. Beams, exposed stone walls throughout.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two TVs
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine (in cloakroom)
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American style fridge/freezer
  • Large, enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Natural water supply from spring
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 2 steps and sloping banks in the garden

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£494-£935
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
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.

Two steps to entrance. Spacious living room with open fire. Garden room with French doors to garden. Large, well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with TV. Wooden floors and countryside views throughout. Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Spiral staircase to first floor: Twin bedroom (for +2) with low headroom, TV and DVD.

  • Three TVs
  • Two DVDs (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Enclosed lawned garden with terrace
  • Patio with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No children under 5 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

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£417-£1193
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Sheep Pen Cottage Ref: E5263

This 5 star, single-storey cottage is surrounded by peaceful countryside, yet is only 10 minutes from Durham city. Converted from a former barn, it is finished to a very good standard with spacious interiors, two en-suite bathrooms and a well-equipped kitchen. Set on a 450-acre working family farm with footpaths and cycle ways, the cottage has its own private enclosed garden and patio and boasts wonderful countryside views. The village of Brancepeth is only 0.5 miles away with a championship golf course and medieval castle. Durham city has a timeless quality with the Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral, its castle and university, as well as rowing on the River Wear and riverside walks, boutiques and cafés. Within half an hour’s drive you can explore the city of Newcastle, Beamish Open Air Museum or enjoy exploring the Durham Dales. Shop and pub serving food within 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Elec woodburner in living room inc. Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. No smoking.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Pig Run Barn Ref: E5343

Set amidst rolling countryside and enjoying peace and tranquillity on the owners’ 200 acre farm, where you can enjoy its many footpaths and cycleways, these renovated cottages provide excellent accommodation. Lying down a sleepy country lane, these stone-built cottages were converted from farm barns and have been tastefully and thoughtfully furnished giving the perfect base that’s both relaxing and ideal for exploring the diverse attractions this region has to offer. Only 20 minutes from the many attractions of Newcastle and Gateshead - home to the Sage music venue, Baltic contemporary art gallery and excellent shopping. The renowned Beamish Open Air Museum that vividly recreates life in the North of England in the late 1800s and early 1900s is just 3 miles away and is an essential day out. The historic city of Durham, with its magnificent cathedral, which is regarded as the finest Norman building in Europe, is a mere 10 miles away. Durham is one the most beautiful cities in England, with spectacular architecture, tree-lined river bank walks and winding streets. Durham Cricket ground, which hosts many international matches is just 10 minutes away. The Durham Dales with wonderful scenery, great hill walking and cycling is only a 20 minute drive, while further afield you can discover Hadrian’s Wall, Alnwick Gardens and the castles and gloriously unspoilt coastline of Northumberland – all under an hours’ drive. Lapwing Cottage and Beamish Cottage (refs E5028 and E5029) can be interlinked to sleep 4 guests. Shop and pub serving food 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Freezer. Patio and furniture.

Lapwing Cottage and Beamish Cottage (refs E5028 and E5029) can be interlinked to sleep 4 guests. Pig Run Barn and Millers Barn (refs E5343 and E5344) can be interlinked to sleep 9 guests.

All properties: Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD/iPod dock. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Wi-fi available at £10 per stay. No smoking.

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£273-£638
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