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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
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
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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 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
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Chestnut Cottage Ref: 30035


This charming, detached former Hemel, close to the owners’ home, lies just 1½ miles from the historic village of Lanchester and only 10 miles from Durham. Lanchester is steeped in history dating back to the 12th century and it has a large village green which sits in the middle of some charming properties, with 3 village inns and eateries to hand. Cyclists will be eager to explore the quiet country roads or take the Derwent Valley Railway Path east to the outskirts of Durham, or west to join the Waskerly Way and on to Weardale. A walk can be taken along these footpaths, the section just south of Lancaster skirting the river Browney being a particular highlight. Corbridge is a mere 15 miles away with super pubs, tea rooms and shops, then carry on to Hadrian’s Wall to visit the Roman forts or a little further to Hexham, with its beautiful abbey. Enjoy Durham with its river walks, fine cathedral, bijou wine bars, traditional pubs and plenty of retail therapy. Alnwick Castle where part of the Harry Potter films were made takes approximately 1 hour, where you can visit the enchanting water gardens and treehouse, and stroll along the cobbled streets. Drive a little further north and follow the Heritage Coastal Route to come across Seahouses and Bamburgh, and the enchanting Holy Island or Lindasfarne, making a great day trip. Come back and relax at this holiday cottage, admiring the views outside after a day’s exploring. Consett 3 miles. Children’s play area 1½ miles. Shop and pub 1½ miles, restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: Galleried area with double bed and Velux. Shower room with toilet.

Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large decked area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£235-£487
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Byre Ref: E5247

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 room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with additional bunk. Shower room and toilet.

Gas CH inc. Cot. Table-top oven with two ring hob. Shared 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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£198-£431
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

WAS
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£303-£553
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

1 Old Hall Cottage (ref 30417) and 2 Old Hall Cottage (ref 30418) are delightful semi-detached stone holiday cottages converted from Grade II listed buildings. Hall Farm Cottage (ref 30419) is a detached 500-year-old barn conversion near The Old Hall, originally Byers Hall, home of Robert Trotter in 1400s, but a predated inhabited site. The Old Hall stands above the River Wear, with uninterrupted views towards Durham and Weardale from the three acre shared wooded walled garden. The site is free from traffic on an ancient track, less than 100 yards from one of the best fishing rivers (permits available). The surroundings are a rich haven for birds and wildlife, with ‘hidden seats’ in fields and by the River Wear for you to enjoy. The owner has three friendly and inquisitive cats, which you are likely to encounter while you are here. Both the historic City of Durham (UK mainline station) and Bishop Auckland (home of the Prince Bishops at Auckland Castle) and Binchester Roman Fort are a 15-minute drive. The location is on the edge of the beautiful Durham Dales - Weardale and Teesdale - with footpaths, cycle tracks, and winter skiing; splendour at Raby Castle and Bowes Museum; industrial heritage at Killhope, Beamish and Shildon. Keilder Water, Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumberland coast and Lake District to be explored on longer days out. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (fuel included). Enclosed garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Cycle store.

All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot & high chair on request. 32" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Fishing onsite. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Small pond in The Old Hall garden.

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£186-£516
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

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£320-£615
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