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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 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Castle Garden Ref: E5468

A comfortable mid-terraced holiday home, situated in the oldest part of the ancient Teesdale market town of Barnard Castle, home to the Bowes Museum and its acclaimed national art collection. Its true asset is the conservatory looking out onto the secluded garden with garden furniture and raised decking area, offering castle-wall views, great for al fresco dining. Barnard Castle has a wonderful selection of specialist retailers, cafes, restaurants and antique centres, all within walking distance, and an 18-hole golf course, leisure centre with pool and horse riding nearby. It is ideally placed for varied walks and exploring outstanding areas including the Yorkshire Dales (8 miles), Teesdale, the North Lakes (50 mins) and Raby Castle (7 miles). Shops and pub serving food 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Conservatory. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Garden with decked area and furniture. BBQ. On road parking. No smoking.

WAS
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£278-£585
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Rockwell House Ref: W42698

This spacious holiday property opposite the River Wear in the small village of Wearhead offers superb holiday accommodation. Spectacular walks lead from the door in every direction in Weardale – ’the ‘last wilderness’. High Force, England’s highest waterfall with a 21m drop, is well worth a visit, as well as visitor centres and nature reserves in the local area. Weardale Ski Club is nearby and offers weather alerts when snow is due. The Durham Dales are England’s best kept secret, with a multitude of historic sites, Barnard Castle, Raby Castle, Killhope Lead Mining Museum (small visitor attraction of the year 2008) only 2 miles away. Close to the C2C cycle route, and great mountain biking down hill courses through Hamsterly Forest with bike hire for all ages less than half an hour away. A great area for shooting grouse and pheasant, with fishing on the Wear for salmon and sea trout on the doorstep. Hadrian’s Wall running from Newcastle to Hexham is within ½ hour’s drive. Beamish Open Air Museum, the O2 arena and the annual Great North Run at Newcastle are within 0.75 hour’s drive. During the festive period, visit the Polar Express at Stanhope, just a 15-minute drive away. Ideal base for both Newcastle and Sunderland arenas. Shop 10 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional folding bed (for child), two twin, one bunk. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Digital TVs. DVDs. CD. Electric Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£450-£1282
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
17
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Arrow Cottage Ref: MQG

Set in the heart of the ‘picture-postcard’ Anglo Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear - steeped in history with its 12th-century tower, Norman church and views of the 15th-century Witton Castle - this attractive large house (built circa 1780) provides spacious living accommodation for families and/or friends to get together or to celebrate a special occasion. Adjoining another property, Arrow Cottage has lovely gardens together with river walks and the renowned Low barns Nature reserve nearby where visitors can relax and unwind, making this a tranquil and peaceful holiday retreat. Perfectly located to explore this magnificent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - starting in the quiet picturesque village, which has two good real ale pubs on hand. The Wear Valley Area is noted for its outstanding natural beauty and diversity of wildlife together with beautiful breathtaking scenery, peppered with small villages bustling with hospitality for locals and visitors alike. Hamsterley Forest, with its pathways, cycleways, bridleways and numerous sporting and leisure activities, lies 4 miles to the west. Durham city is 15 miles away with its majestic cathedral, cobbled streets, eateries and galleries. Raby Castle with its 200-acre deer park and fine medieval interior is a short drive, while Beamish Museum, one of the largest and most interesting working museums of its kind, can be enjoyed by the whole family, and is ony a 30-minute drive. Newcastle (55 minutes), and York (90 minutes), both have fine museums, shops and galleries. Crook 5 miles. Bishop Auckland 4 miles. Shops 1 mile, pub 50 yards.

Beamed living room with decorative cast-iron fireplace, wooden floor. Beamed dining room with decorative cast-iron range, wooden floor. Step down to large well-equipped kitchen with Rangemaster cooker, slate floor, and door to patio. Sitting room with open fire, wooden floor, door to patio. Steps down to beamed games room with TV, slate floor and access to garden. Stairs to double bedroom with additional single bed (for +1 child) with en-suite bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with decorative fireplace; one with high beamed ceiling, 5ft bed and additional single bed (for +1), one with four-poster bed, additional single bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Two twin bedrooms; one with decorative fireplace, one with additional single bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Bathroom with cast-iron claw-foot bath, bidet and toilet. Walk-in tiled shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. Three additional child beds available (for +3 children).

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity & full central heating included (October-March £50per week, £25 per short break)
  • Bed linen & towels included
  • Three travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Two TVs
  • Two DVDs (large library)
  • Electric Rangemaster (with double oven)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed south-facing garden with patio terrace & furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Garage (for 1 car); parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle storage
  • Games room
  • Toys and games
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£669-£1959
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

This semi-detached holiday home, set in a tranquil village just outside St John’s Chapel, is situated down a quiet country lane, the perfect place for a quiet and relaxing holiday, with a large garden to enjoy in the summer evenings. The house has wonderful views across the Durham Dales and beyond, with many wonderful walks and attractions right on your doorstep. Popular attractions include Kilhope Mine, the Force Waterfall, the historic market town of Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum and Durham Cathedral, all within one hours’ drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and beams. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: 5 steps in grounds.

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£232-£741
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
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. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Washer/dryer. 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.

WAS
NOW
£272-£671
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
The Cottage Ref: 25237

Looking out over the large green in the village of Whorlton, this detached holiday cottage is full of character and charm. The glorious River Tees is 300 yards; Barnard Castle with the Bowes Museum, 3 miles. Raby Castle, Egglestone Abbey, Richmond and the Yorkshire Dales are nearby. The cottage is on the National Cycle Network (cycle store avail) and close to the delightful Teesdale Way. Visit Durham, Northumberland’s spectacular castles and sandy beaches or bustling Newcastle. Shops 3 miles, pub 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with slate floors. Conservatory. Single bedroom. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with beams, wooden floor and Velux, 1 twin with beams and wooden floor, both with sloping ceilings. Separate toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video/DVD/CD and small library. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden. Enclosed courtyard, patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£274-£728
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

WAS
NOW
£353-£903
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
NOW
£632-£1503
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
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.

Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with stone floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room on request (fuel at cost). Travel cot and high chair on request.

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
NOW
£434-£1113
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
West Tofts Ref: CC211011
In a beautiful location amongst fields and meadows this detached cottage has stunning views from each window over the Teesdale countryside towards the river. West Tofts provides a peaceful retreat, where a relaxing holiday with friends or family can be enjoyed in a superb rural setting. The property is well equipped and spacious retaining beamed ceilings and a feature log effect fire for the cooler days and evenings. There are walks to be taken from the door, quiet roads to explore by bicycle. The area is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, High Force waterfall is close by. The magnificent Bowes Museum in nearby Barnard Castle has fine art treasures and within an easy drive the world heritage site of Durham Cathedral is worthy of a visit. The pub in Mickleton has a restaurant within  walking distance and nearby the market town of Middleton in Teesdale provides local shopping, pubs and tea rooms. This is also a perfect holiday property to explore Swaledale, Wensleydale and the Lake District

Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
Hall
Sitting Room: With log effect gas fire, TV, DVD, CD player, radio
Dining Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, microwave
Utility Room: With washer/dryer, sink unit, storage for clothing, boots
Separate Cloakroom; With WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With Queen size bed ( or twin beds on request), en suite shower, WC and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and balcony
Bedroom 3: With double bed
Bathroom: With hand held shower attachment, wash basin, WC, bidet and heated towel rail

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. High chair available, Wi-fi access and telephone with honesty box.Enclosed garden and patio, picnic table. Parking for up to 6 cars

WAS
NOW
£310-£615
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
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
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