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If you're looking for a peaceful 'away from it all' holiday where you can re-charge your batteries amongst beautiful countryside, County Durham is for you; providing untouched rural landscapes and a rich historical backdrop.

Any cottage holiday in County Durham would not be complete without a visit to the historic city of Durham. The city is renowned as one of the finest historical and cultural cities in the UK, with its magnificent cathedral and castle world heritage site. Enjoy its medieval architecture, cobbled winding streets, unique shops, pubs and restaurants.

The Durham Dales forms The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an area of open heather moorland, rivers and dales, wonderful wildlife and ancient stone villages; just perfect for days out walking and touring. Include a visit to High Force waterfall where you can combine a lovely woodland walk with the magnificent site of the waterfall where the River Tees falls over the falls in two stages, creating a wonderful natural, all-year round spectacle.

Head eastwards for days out at the Durham Coast, with a coastal path, quiet beaches and imposing headlands. A great way to unwind amongst nature as it was intended, with the wind in your hair and great uninterrupted view out across the North Sea.

For a the perfect family day out Beamish Museum fits the bill, where you can discover what the north east was like in times gone by. Set in 300 acres of countryside this is a working, living museum giving a real sense of what life was like all those years ago.

From riverside strolls to tackling parts of the Pennine Way and with quiet country roads to challenging off-road climbs, County Durham offers lots of opportunities to explore by foot or bike; suitable for both novices and experts alike!

Despite its rural character there's plenty to keep visitors fully occupied during their stay, with a wealth of things to do and places to see in this enchanting corner of England.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in County Durham.

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Grade 4 Star rating
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4
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Pets
2


This terraced holiday cottage, brimming with character and with an inglenook fireplace, is set in the heart of the charming village of Sedgefield, which dates back to the 13th century. Believed to exist as a Roman settlement, the 2 mile heritage trail provides a wealth of history. With some good eateries and pubs, the cottage is in an ideal location for exploring the many visitor attractions in north Yorkshire, which is just half an hour away. The open fire, beams and unusual, German-style, wood-burning hot tub are on offer to help you relax after a day exploring. An hour away are Alnwick, with its famous castle used in the Harry Potter films, the Heritage Coast, peppered with castles and golden beaches and York with its beautiful minster. Closer to home, visit Beamish Living Museum, Durham 16 miles or Newcastle 28 miles. Nearby is Hardwick Hall and Park and Sedgefield racecourse. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/small step to kitchen with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet (steps up to bath). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Freezer. Hotel car park 15 yards (foc). Cycle store (on request). Hot tub. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
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£285-£901
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
North View Ref: 27289

With views across picturesque Durham Dales, this end terraced holiday cottage provides a cosy base for touring this little known area, noted for its natural beauty. A well-placed location for reaching the whole of the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland and the Lake District, Ireshopeburn sits between St John’s Chapel and Wearhead. This is an excellent location for cycling, walking and fishing. You are within reach of High Force, one of England’s most spectacular waterfalls, Barnard Castle, Kilhope Mine and Stanhope. For a family day out, the Beamish Open Air Museum is nearby with its trams and old-fashioned sweet shop. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with slate floor and French doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Hillside Cottage Ref: 29193


Set in a sleepy village location in the Northern Pennine Hills, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this 18th-century, terraced former miner’s cottage offers a comfortable holiday base from which to explore this unspoilt area. It is a haven for walkers, cyclists, bird watchers, anglers and artists. Built into the fellside, the stairs take you to a rear sitting-out area. This historic region has a range of interesting places to visit, including the Killhope Lead Mining Centre, High Force Waterfall and Bowes Museum. Alternatively, the cobbled market town of Alston, 10 miles, has individual shops, art gallery, tea rooms and character pubs. With easy access to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, The Lake District, the Durham Dales, Northumbrian Coast and the Scottish Borders all within easy driving distance. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 8 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional single, 1 single.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Small courtyard with patio and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: Access to patio from first floor.

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£160-£465
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Breathtaking views

With views from the garden over thel Wear Valley, this compact single storey detached holiday cottage has been carefully converted by the owner from a former byre. Furnished to a good standard, it provides a cosy retreat for holidays any time of year with a fully insulated summerhouse with verandah. There is walking and cycling straight from the door, or simply relax in the large garden. A short drive leads to Stanhope, with its Durham Dales Centre, shops and restaurants. Barnard Castle is well worth a visit, taking time to enjoy a day at the Bowes Museum. The owner offers a Christmas meal for two including a bottle of wine for £35. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

First £3 electric central heating and electricity included, remainder by £1 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine by arrangement. Dishwasher. Enclosed private lawned garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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£213-£465
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Fawn Lea Apartment Ref: 29138

Situated a short stroll from the village, this holiday apartment, adjoining the owner’s home, provides an ideal base and is close to a lovely, tree-lined walk which runs along the river. The Northern Dales holds a wealth of historical interest; visit the gardens of Egglestone Hall, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum or Baldersdale Reservoirs. Staindrop has a shop, 2 pubs, a cafe and bistro both serving food, and a P.O. The historical market town of Barnard Castle is famous for ’The Banks’, antique shops, tea rooms and boutique shops. Fishing is available by permit on the River Tees. Hamsterley Forest has nature trails, pony trekking and mountain bike routes. High Force waterfall (the highest in England) and Beamish Museum are worth a visit. North Yorkshire is a few minutes’ drive and Durham is half an hour away. Shop and pub 500 yards.

All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared large courtyard and natural grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
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£182-£475
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

These 4 outstanding holiday homes (refs 28634, 28635, 28636, 28637) are situated on the Teesdale Way in a Grade II listed, detached, Victorian house which was formerly a mill owner’s house. Set amidst open countryside overlooking the River Tees, these beautifully furnished properties boast many wonderful features, including original fireplaces and flooring. This is a perfect location for a family or small group of friends to enjoy a memorable holiday or get together. The properties have an added advantage of being in a quiet location but just a short walk to Barnard Castle, 500 yards, a picturesque market town on the River Tees. The town offers a good choice of tea rooms, shops and restaurants, and in the neighbouring villages there are several good country inns. Enjoy woodland walks, cycling and picnics from the moment you step outside the front door. Nearby Hamsterley Forest is a beautiful oasis of woodland, with coffee shops and trails, suitable for walking and cycling. Visit the beautiful gardens at Eggleston Hall. Other attractions in the area include the Bowes Museum, Raby Castle and High Force Waterfall, whilst within an hour’s drive there are the Lakes, Beamish and the city of Durham. Barnard Castle also boasts a beautiful 18-hole golf course. The neighbouring villages of Boldron, Romaldkirk and Cotherstone are but a few offering excellent eating places. Property references 28637, 28634 and 28636 can be accessed as one property and can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests. Shops, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Pets free of charge.

All properties: Oil central heating included (£30per week, £15 per short break September-February). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: River 8 yards and drops in grounds.

WAS
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£259-£901
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Oxen Law Cottage Ref: 26748

This elegant holiday cottage overlooking countryside is within an AONB. Corbridge and Hadrian’s Wall, 17 miles. Beamish with its open air living museum, 15 miles. Set on the Waskerley Way: perfect for cyclists and walkers and Derwent Reservoir ideal for fishing and sailing. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor/dining room /kitchen with tiled floor. Two steps down to twin bedroom with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Nintendo Wii. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer (in external utility room). Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. Dogs must be kept on a lead, sheep country. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£294-£794
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Set amidst the grounds of Thorpe Hall Estate, this is one of three charming properties (Refs IWF, MPR and MVP) that offer the perfect holiday retreat. Chapel Cottage, which adjoins the main hall, enjoys wonderful views of the gardens and parkland, whilst Corner Cottage and Greystones sit close by as a pair. With beautiful sunsets, the River Tees flowing close by and the Teesdale Way, this is a truly magical setting. Guests are welcome to view the lovely gardens designed by Chelsea gold medallist 2012, Arne Maynard, at the award-winning Thorpe Hall by arrangement with the owner. A local pub and farm shop providing good home-made food is ½ mile. Just 10 minutes by car, the market town of Barnard Castle offers tea rooms, shops, galleries, markets and the Bowes Museum. Raby Castle and High Force Waterfall are some of the many local attractions. Durham, York, Harrogate and the Gateshead Metro Centre are approximately one hour’s drive. Shop 1/4 mile.

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

  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No children under 5 yrs

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter £2 per basket
  • Electricity and full oil central heating included (October-March £40per week, £30 per 4 night short break, £20 per 3 night short break)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£389-£1025
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Granary Cottage Ref: E4350

In the heart of Weardale, an area of outstanding natural beauty these two delightful byre conversions sit just a 5-minute stroll from Stanhope’s village pubs and shops. Set adjoining the owners’ farmhouse home, the cottages offer wonderful fell walking from the doorstep and an ideal base from which to explore the area’s attractions. The Dales Centre is found in Stanhope itself, which also boasts a popular open air swimming pool, and cycling, golf and riding can all be enjoyed nearby. The fascinating Killhope lead mining centre is close by and the Lake District, historic city of Durham, Beamish Museum and Newcastle are all under an hour’s drive.

Shared entrance conservatory with living area. All on ground floor: Two steps to living room with double sofa bed/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Z bed available.

Both properties: Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Cot. Video. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine, t/dryer and freezer in shared utility room. Patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. No smoking.

WAS
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£227-£477
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Pig Run Barn Ref: E5343

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. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

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.

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.

WAS
NOW
£273-£638
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Forge Cottage Ref: E5245

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 room/dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Gas CH inc. Cot. DVD. Table-top oven with two ring hob. Small patio area.

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.

WAS
NOW
£198-£431
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.

WAS
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£246-£587
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