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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 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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£377-£870
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Dairy Cottage Ref: E5244

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 area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Gas CH inc. Cot. DVD. 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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Roslyn Cottage Ref: W42487

Stunning countryside views

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

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

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

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£265-£605
Shortlist
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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Colepitt Cottage Ref: W43147

This stone-built, terraced cottage, formerly a colliery worker’s home, is a good holiday base for touring this area of natural beauty. Tudhoe sits between Spennymoor and Durham, an excellent location for cycling, walking and fishing. Durham city is 4.5 miles, with its Norman cathedral and castle, cobbled medieval streets, and shopping centre, and Durham University is only 3.5 miles away. Visit Beamish Open Air Museum and Barnard Castle (½ hour’s drive). Bishop Auckland Castle is close by, Shildon National Railway Museum is 8.5 miles. The Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District are easily accessible. Bus stop to local attractions across the road. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

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

Gas central heating and electricity £20per week, £10 per short break. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Rear courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£196-£556
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Granary Ref: 26502

This converted detached granary is set on a farm breeding pure bred Aberdeen Angus cattle and is situated very close to Hamsterley Forest. It uses a low carbon air source heat pump for both hot water and underfloor heating throughout and electricity is supplied by the farm’s own wind turbine. Shop 1 mile, pub 3/4 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom, shower over bath, toilet, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite wet room, toilet. Beams throughout first floor.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas range cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Stabling horses and secure bicycle lock up available. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Visit Britain 4 Star Gold Award.

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£376-£858
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
19
Bedrooms
8
Pets
0

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

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

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

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£1722-£3156
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Leny’s Cottage Ref: 29249

Lovely views surround this detached, stone-built holiday home, set in pretty gardens of half an acre, opposite a wood with footpaths and abundant wildlife. It lies on a hillside above the village of Middleton-in-Teesdale, 1 mile, which has a good variety of shops, pubs and tearooms. This beautiful area has many superb walks to offer and is designated an AONB, ideally placed in the Durham Dales with easy access to the Yorkshire Dales, Northumbria with its sandy coastlines and the Lake District is just an hour’s drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Conservatory. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single, 1 bunk. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room and woodburner in kitchen (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£236-£752
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Millers Barn Ref: E5344

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 boasting a great selection of cafés, restaurants and shops. 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. Pig Run Barn and Millers Barn (refs E5343 and E5344) can be interlinked to sleep 9 guests. Shop and pub serving food 2 miles. 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. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet

F/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. 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. 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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£0-£0
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Garth House Ref: 29168

Approached by a short grassy pathway and set back from the village road, this charming and tastefully decorated, semi-detached holiday cottage has lovely views from the front and rear, and an enclosed rear gravelled sitting-out area. It offers a cosy base to return to after exploring this little-known, unspoilt region. Mickleton has two pubs and there is a selection of other inns and restaurants in the surrounding villages. The market town of Barnard Castle is 8 miles away which has a variety of shops as well as Bowes Museum, whilst the countryside offers very good walking and cycling for all abilities. Shop 2 miles, pub serving food 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Step down to kitchen with beams and tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 2 steps to 1 twin and bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Small enclosed, gravelled sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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£298-£587
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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