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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
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Enjoying a village location in lovely Weardale, yet only 9 miles from historic Durham, Hawthorn Cottage (right in photograph) makes an ideal base for exploring the area’s varied attractions. Durham boasts good shops, an imposing cathedral and seasonal river boat trips. Quad biking at Hardwick Hall 12 miles. Diggerland 16 miles. The Bowes Museum and Killhope Mining Centre offer great days out. Fell walking in stunning scenery, golf and riding are available nearby, whilst Hamsterley Forest walks and mountain bike trails are 8 miles, and the Low Barns Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, bird watching and wildflower meadows are 3 miles. Shop 1 mile. The village pub with popular restaurant is yards away.Enjoying a village location in lovely Weardale, yet only 9 miles from historic Durham, Old Chapel Cottages make an ideal base for exploring the area’s varied attractions. Durham boasts good shops, an imposing cathedral and seasonal river boat trips; and quad biking at Hardwick Hall (12 miles), Diggerworld (16 miles), the Bowes Museum and Killhope Mining Centre offer great days out. Fell walking in stunning scenery, golf and riding are available nearby, whilst Hamsterley Forest’s walking and mountain bike trails are 8 miles, and the Lowbarns Nature Reserve’s visitor centre, bird watching and wildflower meadows are 3 miles. Shop 1 mile. The village pub’s popular restaurant is yards away.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Study with double sofa bed. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Elec living flame fire in living room. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Decked area with steps down to patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. NB: Steps from decked area down to patio.

Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Elec living flame fire in living room. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Decked area with steps down to patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. NB: Steps from decked area down to patio.

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£343-£704
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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
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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.

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£274-£728
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Vale Cottage Ref: E5615

With wonderful views over the county’s rolling hills, this detached barn conversion is located within the owner’s equestrian centre (livery available on request). Inside, the spacious, open-plan living area incorporates a dining area and kitchen, ideal for family get-togethers. The holiday cottage is perfectly located for walking the fells and Durham Dales with footpaths direct from the cottage and for cycling and horse riding along the disused railway tracks and nearby Hamsterley Forest. The historic city of Durham with its cathedral, castle and lovely riverside walks is only 10 miles away, while Barnard Castle (20 miles) is home to a 12th-century castle and Bowes Museum. Beamish Open Air Museum is an interesting day trip (14 miles). Shop 1.5 miles, pub serving food 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 3 bedrooms with wooden floor: 2 double, one with ensuite wet room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas CH (underfloor), elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Elec cooker. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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£270-£704
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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/dining room with open fire. Galley-style kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • DVD (small library)
  • Patio with furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • No children under 10 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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This former stable, presented with a Bronze award for access for all from Tourism North East England, is set in the grounds of Hedley Hall, now a bed and breakfast and once part of the Queen Mother’s Estate. Horse riding, fishing at Beamish lakes and the Angel of the North fishing lakes close by. An ideal location to explore the counties of Durham and Northumberland. Metro centre
15 minutes. Visit the steam railway, Beamish Victorian open air museum, Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Forest, Teesdale and Weardale all within easy reach. Shops and pub 2 miles.

Open-plan living/dining room with French doors to patio area, wooden floor and compact well-equipped farmhouse style kitchen area. Double bedroom with 6ft (zip & link) bed and en-suite wet room with toilet. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Full electricity rads included (October-March £25 per week, £13 per short break)
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Wheelchair access (ramp to entrance)
  • Friday to Friday

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£321-£651
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Sheep Pen Cottage Ref: E5263

This 5 star, single-storey cottage is surrounded by peaceful countryside, yet is only 10 minutes from Durham city. Converted from a former barn, it is finished to a very good standard with spacious interiors, two en-suite bathrooms and a well-equipped kitchen. Set on a 450-acre working family farm with footpaths and cycle ways, the cottage has its own private enclosed garden and patio and boasts wonderful countryside views. The village of Brancepeth is only 0.5 miles away with a championship golf course and medieval castle. Durham city has a timeless quality with the Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral, its castle and university, as well as rowing on the River Wear and riverside walks, boutiques and cafés. Within half an hour’s drive you can explore the city of Newcastle, Beamish Open Air Museum or enjoy exploring the Durham Dales. Shop and pub serving food within 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Elec woodburner in living room inc. Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. No smoking.

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£0-£0
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Bankside Cottage Ref: 29171


Nestled in the tranquil country lanes of the village of Mickleton, this warm, stone, terraced holiday cottage dates back over 150 years, with a cottage garden. It has traditional charm, including beams, open stonework, a multi-fuel burner and is well-furnished. The cottage is situated in the unspoilt and beautiful Northern Dales, designated an ’Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. This location is ideal for touring the Northern Dales, Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Locally, the small market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale has everyday shopping, traditional inns serving food and tea rooms selling local specialities, as well as a pub serving hot food all week. The countryside offers good walking, fishing and cycling. Shop 2 miles, pubs and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. Separate toilet. Beams throughout. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with roll-top bath, toilet and sloping ceiling.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Small garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Portable barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£199-£519
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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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£295-£859
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Swallow Cottage Ref: E4076

Enjoying a peaceful working farm setting, and views from its secure garden, this converted single, storey stable block is of an excellent standard. Visitors are welcome to roam across 120 acres of open farmland, with an abundance of wild birds, an amazing 64 species, making it a twitcher’s paradise. Young children will delight in the play area and outside toys, as well as a visit to see the resident goats. Mainsforth is a small, picturesque village just 7 miles from Durham and its magnificent cathedral, fine amenities and riverside walks. Beamish Open Air Museum, the Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland’s sandy beaches are all easily accessible.

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

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine and t/dryer in shared laundry room. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. Children’s play area. No smoking.

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£260-£585
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Bell Cottage Ref: 7097

In a tranquil setting in Upper Teesdale, close to the Pennine Way, this character stone holiday cottage (the middle of three) has excellent high and low level walking from the doorstep. Surrounded by farmland next to a working farm, with stunning views over open countryside it stands just off a country lane which leads to the moors and High Force and Low Force Waterfalls are within walking distance. The area is well known for its rare plants, beautiful waterfalls and many scenic lakes. Raby Castle and Barnard Castle are within half an hour, and the cathedral city of Durham within 1 hour, with the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District easily accessible for days out. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional bunk.

Open fire in living room included. Convector heaters, central heating from open fire, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi.

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£175-£458
Shortlist
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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