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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
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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Leighton Cottage Ref: 28871

This beautiful Grade II listed property makes the perfect family holiday home, which has been tastefully renovated to a good standard whilst retaining its traditional character including beamed ceilings. Located in a quiet, rural village just off the Pennine Way, Leighton Cottage is adjacent to the owners’ home, 4 miles from the market town of Barnard Castle and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bowes is situated in Teesdale, which lies in the south west corner of County Durham - sandwiched between Northumberland and North Yorkshire. Ideal location for walking, bird watching, fishing, cycling or simply for relaxing. It is an excellent base for visiting many local attractions such as Raby Castle, Egglestone Abbey and The Bowes Museum just a short drive away. Shop and restaurant 4 miles, pubs 200 yards.

This property is close to the 2014 Tour de France route, come and experience the spectacular scenery for yourself and follow in the trail of some true cycling legends.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with beams. Kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional single (2ft 6in for child). Landing area with double sofa bed. Bathroom and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£200-£587
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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
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 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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£169-£475
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Stanhope Cottage Ref: W41325

Grade II listed cottage

This Grade II listed terraced holiday cottage is set off the market place in a quiet crescent in the village of Stanhope in Weardale, just 100 yards from the beautiful River Wear with tranquil riverside walks and picnic areas. The village is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a wide variety of footpaths and cycleways direct from the door. There is a good choice of shops and pubs in the village, as well as the Durham Dales Visitor Centre, and the property is centrally placed for exploring Weardale and Co. Durham, with the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District easily accessible. Shop and pub 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared courtyard to rear of property. On road parking. No smoking.

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£181-£494
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. 

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£255-£385
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1


Situated right on the banks of the River Wear, in the heart of the city of Durham, Elvet Bridge View Apartment (ref 30471) and Kingsgate Bridge View Apartment (ref 30470) boast a riverside location and views toward the famous cathedral, Elvet Bridge View Apartment and Kingsgate Bridge View Apartment are not only in a great location, but also offers good quality accommodation throughout. Each apartment benefits from a large living room and open-plan kitchen area with appliances that include a capsuled coffee machine with unlimited free use, induction hob, electric oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. There is a large flat screen TV and DVD player in each apartment as well as unlimited free wi-fi and a sound dock to fit an mp3 player. The master bedroom offers a king size bed and has an ensuite shower room too. There is also a very well furnished twin bedroom and an additional fold away bed for guests under the age of 14. Both apartments benefit from French doors that lead from the living room onto their own private balcony area that overlook the fabulous scenery of the River Wear, and also across to the two famous bridges that sit either side. Perfect for watching the rowers row by, or just observing the wildlife, there is private garden furniture for the guest’s sole use. Perfect for enjoying a quiet afternoon sitting on the deck or ideal for guests wanting to explore this magnificent city. These apartments are ideal for guests wishing to enjoy a romantic break, couples wanting to share a break or for parents wanting to visit students at Durham University. Durham is one of the most historic cities in England and offers guests a plethora of attractions to visit and explore. The famous Durham Cathedral and castle are an easy 5-minute walk away and definitely worth a visit. There is also the Gala Theatre located in the centre of the city and only a 5-minute walk away too, making this the perfect spot for guests wanting to enjoy a theatre trip as part of their break. Packed with top quality restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars, Durham is a thriving city with plenty of entertainment for guests at all times of the year. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy the bi-annual Lumiere Festival, annual book week, jazz festival, arts festival, miners gala and many more free attractions, as well as the weekly farmer’s market and pavement artists that line the streets and market place. Should guests wish to enjoy a little retail therapy, then they will find some beautiful boutiques along with many high street names and designers, which are all within a 5-minute walk from these beautiful apartments. Many of the university colleges can be found within a mile radius, and this is the perfect base from which to really get to know the university and visit friends and family who might be studying here or due to graduate at any given time. A little further afield, but still within easy driving distance, guests will be able to enjoy a day trip to the magnificent North Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors, or visit one of the many smaller villages in County Durham. There is also the opportunity to visit the Angel of the North statue which is only a 20-minute drive away, Beamish Museum, 15 minutes, Newcastle, 30 minutes and the Metrocentre, 25 minutes by car. Shop 110 yards, pub and restaurant 220 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Additional pull-out single available (for child under 14).

Both properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Balcony with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£980-£1260
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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 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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Ervine Cottage Ref: 30493

Nestled behind the owners’ home, yet surrounded by acres of open countryside and farmland, this spacious holiday cottage enjoys fabulous views from every angle - as far as Middleton, Richmond and the Pennines on a sunny day. Perfect for walkers, Bolam is a small village in County Durham that is home to a well established, local pub which serves top quality food and drink. There are many public footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths which criss cross through the area and will take guests through natural woodland, open fields and across to many of the small, surrounding local villages and towards the Durham Dales. Explore Durham with its castle, cathedral, theatre, leisure centre and eateries. It also hosts many festivals during the year. A little further afield are Binchester Roman Fort, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum, Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle and Darlington. Other places of interest are Beamish Museum, Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumberland coast, Kielder National Park, York, Newcastle, the Angel of the North and the Metrocentre. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Conservatory. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 40" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£421-£1142
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
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.

Living room with open fire. Kitchen with dining area and TV. Conservatory. Utility with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds. Shower room with toilet.

  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • 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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£389-£1025
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