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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.

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£820-£1940
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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
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.

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£200-£612
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Bungalow Ref: W43137

This cosy and welcoming semi-detached holiday bungalow is located in a small cul-de-sac, within walking distance of the local nature reserve. Less than 2 miles from the historic city of Durham, a World Heritage site, with its iconic cathedral, castle, cobbled streets, shops, galleries and eateries. Visit Beamish Open Air Museum or head north to beautiful Northumberland’s Heritage Coast, which are both within easy driving distance, for a magnificent day out in this picturesque part of England. Shop 500 yards, pub 0.5 miles, restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. Step to utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas living flame fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Playstation 2. DAB radio. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. Easy walking access.

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£0-£0
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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.

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£200-£612
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.

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£249-£605
Shortlist
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
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
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.

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£343-£704
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
3

The Old Chapel Retreat, a charming, detached, 19th-century chapel has been skilfully restored to retain much character and charm throughout. It provides quirky, clever holiday accommodation whilst retaining some original stone floors and walls. Perfectly located in the heart of this pretty picture postcard village with quaint inns and tearooms, and family butcher. Within walking distance is the medieval grand fortress of Raby Castle with its 200-acre deer park surrounding the castle. Barnard Castle, a thriving market town, is only 5 miles with exciting shops and pubs. Auckland Castle, home of the Bishop of Durham and the wonderful nature reserve at Low Barns, is also close by. Beamish Museum lies only 20 miles away where life in the 18/1900s can be relived in this working museum. Motor enthusiasts may like to visit Croft Circuit only 12 miles. Durham city, only 17 miles, has a magnificent castle dating back to 1072, a beautiful cathedral, fine shops, galleries and eateries. Try a day exploring the magnificent Roman Wall country in Hexham and Corbridge, easily reached in under an hour and close to the Pennines. A little further venture to Northumberland taking in the magnificent heritage coastal route, stopping off to see Alnwick and explore the castle used to film Robin Hood, Harry Potter and Elizabeth. Meander through the cobbled streets, or visit the enchanting Alnwick Gardens with one of the largest Treehouse restaurants and water fountains. Relax with a drink and barbecue in the enclosed courtyard area after a day out exploring this exciting area or head up to the top floor for a relaxing game of pool in the games room. Shop and pub 25 yards.

Large living room with electric woodburner and wooden floor. Dining room. Large well-equipped kitchen with TV, Rangemaster (for cooking), breakfast area, granite worktops, original stone floor and patio doors. Study/snug. Utility. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed and wooden floor, one with 5ft bed, each with en-suite shower room and toilet. Double bedroom with wooden floor. Twin bedroom with wooden floor. Single bedroom with additional pull-out bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Bathroom with free standing bath, shower cubicle, toilet and wooden floor. Second floor: Games room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), TV, high ceiling and beams.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Five TVs (three Freeview)
  • TV/radio/DVD/CD
  • Video
  • Two DVDs
  • Cassette/CD
  • Rangemaster with double oven included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Small enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking
  • Pool table, football table, children’s games
  • Secure cycle store
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

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£705-£2342
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

1 Old Hall Cottage (ref 30417) and 2 Old Hall Cottage (ref 30418) are delightful semi-detached stone holiday cottages converted from Grade II listed buildings. Hall Farm Cottage (ref 30419) is a detached 500-year-old barn conversion near The Old Hall, originally Byers Hall, home of Robert Trotter in 1400s, but a predated inhabited site. The Old Hall stands above the River Wear, with uninterrupted views towards Durham and Weardale from the three acre shared wooded walled garden. The site is free from traffic on an ancient track, less than 100 yards from one of the best fishing rivers (permits available). The surroundings are a rich haven for birds and wildlife, with ‘hidden seats’ in fields and by the River Wear for you to enjoy. The owner has three friendly and inquisitive cats, which you are likely to encounter while you are here. Both the historic City of Durham (UK mainline station) and Bishop Auckland (home of the Prince Bishops at Auckland Castle) and Binchester Roman Fort are a 15-minute drive. The location is on the edge of the beautiful Durham Dales - Weardale and Teesdale - with footpaths, cycle tracks, and winter skiing; splendour at Raby Castle and Bowes Museum; industrial heritage at Killhope, Beamish and Shildon. Keilder Water, Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumberland coast and Lake District to be explored on longer days out. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. Utility room. 1 single bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, both with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Two patios and furniture. Pet free of charge.

All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot & high chair on request. 32" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Fishing onsite. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Small pond in The Old Hall garden.

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£232-£680
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