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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
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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Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Mole Hill Cottage Ref: 25775

Ideal touring base

This lovely detached holiday home is ideally located to discover Durham, Northumberland and the Dales, offering tranquil countryside and city life, with an abundance of wildlife and rare birds such as a pair of red kites. Offering tasteful, contemporary living accommodation, just 2 minutes by car from Beamish Museum and Tanfield Steam Engine Railway. Beamish Museum, the open-air ’Living Museum of the North’ which recreates life in the North East over various points in history, including a working coal mine, village, farm and tram system, makes a great day out. The Beamish Valley is one of the most important archaeological landscapes in England. A picturesque river setting, it boasts country inns and gastro pubs serving home cooked food. Beamish has easy access to the A1, which will take you further north to Alnwick and the Heritage Coast, where a day can be spent exploring the many historic castles and friendly villages set amongst unspoilt golden sandy beaches. Not too far away is the Metro Centre - one of the largest shopping centres in Europe with an abundance of shops and eateries. For cricket fans, Durham County Cricket Club’s ground, ’The Riverside’, is a short drive away at Chester-le-Street. The cottage is in an ideal location for exploring all the north eastern counties, while the city of Durham with its lovely cathedral and river walks should not be missed. Shops ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with additional double sofa bed, French door and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Wooden floors throughout. First floor: Living room. 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Multi-fuel burner in kitchen (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Two sitting-out areas with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£283-£859
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3
The Ashes Ref: W42308

Set in beautiful, tranquil grounds

Set in beautiful, tranquil grounds of 130 acres, including a section of the River Tees with fishing rights and an arboretum with over 240 species of trees, this superb detached former granary situated on a working farm, has been creatively converted to provide a spacious holiday home brimming with character. Near the North Pennines, an AONB, this charming house is perfectly located to tour the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland with its majestic castles and magnificent beaches, and the Lake District is an hour’s drive away. Close by is the picturesque village of Neasham with a friendly pub and riverside walks, whilst Durham Tees Valley airport is only 4 miles. The owner, who lives on the estate, can organise many activities for visitors by arrangement including rough shooting, canoeing (canoes not provided), deer stalking (at cost), fishing (foc), cycles for guests use, horse riding and badger and bird watching (70 species seen). The appealing market towns of Richmond, Yarm and North Allerton make an interesting day out. Stabling and paddock available (for 3 horses, at cost). Shops, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with slate floor. Beams throughout. Sun room with flagstone floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 4 double bedrooms (one 5ft), two with additional single, one with en-suite wet room with toilet, each with beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room and kitchen included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large, private courtyard and furniture. Shared use of 130-acre grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond and fountain in the courtyard.

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£573-£1717
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

This charming, 18th-century holiday cottage, the middle of three, is set in a peaceful hamlet within an AONB and has a pretty, small, forecourt garden and a larger lawned garden. There are lovely views surrounding the cottage and superb walks from the doorstep, with easy access to stunning landscapes of scars, moors, the Pennine Way and Cow Green Reservoir. The Teesdale poet once lived next door. Nearby are the picturesque Low Force (canoeing by permit), Bowlees Visitor Centre and the dramatic High Force (England’s highest waterfall). Within easy reach are Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum and Raby Castle. Beamish Open Air Museum, Durham, York and the Lakes provide excellent days out. Upper Teesdale is beautifully wild and noted for its flora (gentians, hay meadows) and its breeding birds. Middleton-in-Teesdale, 3 miles with tea rooms, inns and small shops. Pub ¼mile.

Entrance porch. Beamed sitting/dining room with open Georgian hob fireplace. Galley-style kitchen with dining area. First floor: Double bedroom with brass/iron bedstead, rosewood suite, period fireplace. Twin bedroom with pine furniture. Fully tiled bathroom with shower attachment, heated towel rail and toilet.

  • Open fire – coal at cost
  • Electricity and electric rads by meter reading
  • Bed linen, towels and tea towels included
  • Cot (bumper included)
  • High chair
  • Digital TV
  • DVD/CD
  • Microwave
  • Double oven
  • Washer/dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Picnic bench and chairs
  • Garage

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£204-£560
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
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. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single, 1 twin with en-suite shower room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars).

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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£213-£671
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Situated on the outskirts of Bowes village, Lilac Cottage has been lovingly converted from a former stables into an attractive holiday home for two.  For those who enjoy walking, the cottage nestles beside the Pennine Way leading to Tan Hill Inn on the Borders of North Yorkshire and Durham, noted for the highest pub at 1732 feet above sea level. 

Ground Floor: Heated by oil fired central heating, the accommodation comprises:
Lounge/dining area:  With colour TV, DVD.
Kitchen:  With electric oven and hob, microwave and larder fridge.
Bedroom:  With double bed,radio/CD and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, W.C and basin.
 

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Outside:  Enclosed garden to the rear and seating area with garden furniture.
Off road parking on site. 

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£255-£385
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Old Chapel Ref: KYM

Peacefully set in picturesque Baldersdale, this former chapel retains arched windows and exudes charm and character. With stunning views over open moorland, it has its own furnished patio and makes a cosy holiday retreat year round; the widened gateway enables cars to access the grounds more easily. Excellent walking within this AONB, with the Yorkshire Dales and Pennine Way close by. Hannah Hauxwell’s isolated farmhouse (featured on TV’s Season of My Life) lies nearby. Historic Barnard Castle (6 miles) boasts an array of shops, inns, restaurants, a splendid Norman castle, antique shops (owned by David Harper of TV’s Bargain Hunt fame, who frequents the town) and the famous Bowes Museum, with changing exhibitions. The Metro Centre, Beamish and Lake District are an hour away. Visit interesting Leyburn village and The Forbidden Corner near Middleham. Fishing and riding locally. Includes 2 tickets to the internationally famous Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle. Shop 2 miles.

Entrance hall. Large sitting/dining room with electric ‘pebble-effect’ fire in modern arch-shaped fireplace. Oak fitted kitchen. Small double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electric ‘pebble-effect’ fire included
  • Electricity, full Calor gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Patio with furniture
  • Parking
  • Natural water supply from spring
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities

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£303-£553
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.

WAS
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£632-£1503
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.

WAS
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£438-£1238
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Syke Cottage Ref: W8609

Panoramic views of the Northern Dales

This is a truly delightful semi-detached cottage boasting a wealth of exposed beams and Yorkshire flagstone floors, with views over the Northern Dales. Nestling in this Upper Teeside village, the holiday cottage promises a warm and cosy welcome from the woodburning stoves. Explore the surrounding area with Barnard Castle 8 miles and Bowes Museum 6 miles. Walking in the immediate area includes the Tees Railway Walk, whilst the Pennine Way is close by at Middleton-In-Teesdale. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and stone floor. Kitchen. Conservatory with French doors. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk, all with wooden floors. Bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburners in living/dining room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. NB: There is a covered pond in the garden.

WAS
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£199-£600
Shortlist
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.

WAS
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£188-£564
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Gatehouse Ref: W42546

Superb walking area

A sweet little detached holiday cottage with sunny courtyard, in a quiet lane near the village centre of Wolsingham, ‘The Gateway to Weardale’. Ideally situated for touring the Durham Dales, the sandy beaches of the Northumbrian coast, the lakes and mountains of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Stanhope is 5 miles; Barnard Castle, 24 miles, has a historic castle, whilst Durham city is 14 miles, offering shops, restaurants, cobbled streets, riverside walks and a 12th century cathedral. Weardale has a choice of walks for all abilities. Enjoy the wildlife and ‘High Force’, England’s highest waterfall. Beamish Museum, 15 miles, attracts many visitors to the area. Shops, pubs and restaurant 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. On road parking. Electric car charger. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£218-£236
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