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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
NOW
£278-£585
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Top Byre Ref: 28347

Overlooking the fells and beyond this isolated holiday cottage offers a peaceful and restful retreat. Lovingly furnished it offers a restful experience for those wishing to relax and unwind, yet close to a variety of tourist attractions in the area, you have the best of both worlds. Beautifully refurbished throughout the cottage provides cosy and compact accommodation. Stunning walks and cycle routes right on your doorstep. Visit the Dales borders, Lakes or Hexham, Durham and Newcastle within 35 miles. An idyllic location for exploring the delightful counties of North England. Shop 1½ miles, pub 1 mile, restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. 3 steps to kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£162-£463
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
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.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with stone floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 bunk (one can be twin on request). 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.

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NOW
£366-£1113
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Broadoaks View Ref: 29346

This charming, former miner’s cottage, in a small row, has lovely views over the valleys and is situated in a tranquil setting, yet ideally located for visiting the many nearby attractions – only ¾ mile from the historical conservation village of Ebchester, which is peppered with Roman ruins and artefacts. From the doorstep, take the Derwent Walk, a coast-to-coast cycle route, or cycle the pathways where red kites may be spotted along this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Discover the delights of Durham city, with its cathedral and castle, or Newcastle with its bustling quayside and fine shops. The property is also within 10 miles of the Metro Centre. The Northumbrian Heritage Coastline is scattered with castles and golden beaches, and is only 40 minutes away. This charming holiday cottage is centrally located to explore the whole of Northumberland and Durham and beyond. Shop and pub ¾ mile, restaurant 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area. 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Dressing room.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/
dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden. Enclosed, lawned rear garden (5 yards). Sitting-out areas and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Easy walking access. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
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.

WAS
NOW
£219-£741
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
NOW
£216-£587
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.

WAS
NOW
£260-£585
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
£405-£1113
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Vindamora Ref: W43172

Decorated throughout in a vintage chic style, this welcoming terraced cottage will delight all ages. Set on Roman remains on a historic road running through the centre of Ebchester, an ideal location for touring the surrounding attractions. Beamish Living Museum is 7 miles and the cathedral city of Durham 14 miles. There is easy access to the Northumberland Heritage Coast and the Northumberland Borders. Excellent shopping at the Metro Centre, 10 miles. Shop 250 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/breakfast area with wooden floor/dining area with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with wooden floors. Bathroom, roll-top bath, shower cubicle, toilet.

Electric log-effect fire in living room included. Electric pebble-effect fire in double bedroom included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Satellite TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine in external utility. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden to front. Enclosed sitting-out area with furniture to rear. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

WAS
NOW
£847-£960
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Brookfield House Ref: 27813

This peaceful holiday home lies on the edge of the village of St John’s Chapel, in an AONB, with shops, post office and pubs. There are beautiful views of the village and fells and several scenic walks from the doorstep. Delightful waterfalls, woodland walks and meadows are nearby with stepping stones and footbridges crossing the river. This part of the Wear Valley is located between Durham City and the Lake District, an ideal base for touring High Force, Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Hadrian’s Wall, Hamsterley Forest and Beamish. It is part of the Weardale Way and only a few miles from the Coast to Coast cycle route. Shop 250 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, (one 4ft), 1 with double sofa bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floor.

Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot on request. High chair. Freesat TV. Video. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£249-£605
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The School House Ref: 28445

A detached holiday cottage, formerly The School House, adjacent to a church in Middleton-in-Teesdale, a village with pubs, shops and plenty to do. The Pennine Way passes through and a brisk walk brings you to Low Force, the first of a series of waterfalls. Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum and Eggleston Hall Gardens are worth a look - 4½ acres of paths, views of the fells, stream and gardens. There are cycle routes and fishing is available on the River Tees with a permit, as well as on Grassholme and Selset reservoirs where there is also sailing. The Lake District is a 45 minutes’ drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor and double sofa bed. 2 steps to kitchen with breakfast area, wooden floor and beams. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. 2 steps to shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area, terrace and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£180-£547
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Cashmir Cottage Ref: 30491


Situated in the heart of the small market town of Wolsingham, Cashmir Cottage is the perfect destination for guests wishing to really spoil themselves in a delightfully renovated holiday cottage. Traditional and unassuming from the A road on which it is located, Cashmir Cottage has been lovingly restored and decorated. Filled with plenty of personal touches and beautiful furnishings throughout, the comfort of the guest is a priority here, with added extras such as the quaint and quirky summerhouse in the garden, making it the perfect secret escape. This characterful cottage has it all, with wooden floors and beams throughout, a cosy multi-fuel burner, a bespoke wrought iron staircase leading up to the first floor, and it also boasts a well-equipped kitchen including a traditional Belfast sink. Guests can also relax in the bathroom’s feature roll top slipper bath where they can happily unwind. Perfect for couples wishing to enjoy a quiet romantic break, the town of Wolsingham boasts some excellent eateries and pubs where local produce is served daily. There are many opportunities to enjoy a walk, with the River Wear within walking distance from the doorstep offering beautiful scenery, or ramble into the nearby Durham Dales and Weardale Valley where the surroundings are breathtaking. The historical city of Durham is just a short drive away with its castle, cathedral and city walls. Or guests can experience the city’s other bustling attractions including the Gala Theatre, boat trips on the River Wear with a glass of champagne, jazz festival, book week and arts week. For shopping outlets there are many designer boutiques in the city as well as the famous Metrocentre which is situated in Gateshead near Newcastle-upon-Tyne and still only an hour’s drive away. Visit NT and heritage sites including Barnard Castle, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum, Beamish Museum and High Force waterfall. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams and wooden floors throughout.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 40" Freeview TV. DVD. Xbox 360. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: No children under 7 years except babes in arms.

WAS
NOW
£319-£718
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