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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 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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Housekeepers Ref: 29244

Housekeepers is situated within its own private, formal grounds and is a wing of the owners’ house, which stands in an elevated position enjoying delightful views over the gardens to the spectacular Dales countryside. An imposing, rural family residence which occupies a stunning and tranquil location within the heart of Teesdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Beautifully appointed rooms create this wonderful property as well as providing a unique atmosphere to relax in comfort and elegance. The property benefits from extensive and well proportioned living space complemented by many period features, bespoke hardwood carpentry, plasterwork, fireplaces and fittings. Most rooms enjoy pleasant views over landscaped gardens and grounds and beyond. This holiday property is situated close to Middleton-in-Teesdale, which provides a full range of local amenities. Barnard Castle offers a much wider range of boutique shops and restaurants, and Bowes Museum is within easy travelling distance. With many public footpaths and bridle paths right on your doorstep, this property provides the setting for a full range of outdoor leisure and country pursuits. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Utility room. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 and oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Five satellite TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. Xbox. Wii. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Large, shared, lawned garden. Shared grounds. Shared tennis court. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 7 steps in garden.

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£233-£666
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Byre Ref: 25362

This eco-friendly, cosy holiday cottage creates its own electricity by photo-voltaic roof tiles, and is adjacent to a cattle and sheep farm, a mile from Eggleston. The converted cattle byre with level access and wide doorways, provides a picturesque countryside retreat. Durham city, 25 miles, has a 12th century cathedral, boutiques in cobbled streets, the Victorian market, restaurants and galleries. Visit the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland. Historic Barnard Castle on the River Tees is 6 miles. Shops 5 miles, pubs 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD and small library. CD. Induction hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture. Shared access to 9-acre meadowland. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£156-£448
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
19
Bedrooms
8
Pets
0

This beautiful, traditional stone-built farmhouse, dating back to the 18th century, stands in its own grounds boasting mature gardens and a stone-walled summer house. The buildings spread over 5000 sq feet with a unique layout built in stages over the 300 years. The combination of oak floors, wooden beams, panelled walls and a particularly beautiful dining room with a French marble fireplace and log fire gives the building an abundance of character and charm. It makes the perfect location for weekend celebrations or getaways for the whole family revelling in its size and warmth and activities including local river walks and cycle tracks surrounding the farm, golf, fishing, horse riding or simply exploring. Furthermore, after converting one of the stables into a small but well-stocked gym, the property offers the services of a resident personal trainer. From specialist advice for the keen amateur to a fun-filled, light-hearted introduction to wellbeing for the whole family, the trainer will also deliver a complimentary personal fitness profile. For the more serious, the trainer can be booked for the whole weekend, and the group will be treated to a fully personalised fitness and nutrition programme. Etherley Dene Farm is located in Bishop Auckland, the official residence of the bishops of Durham since the 12th century. The town provides many interesting attractions, including Auckland Castle with its splendid marble and limestone chapel and stained-glass windows that relate to stories of early Christian saints. Durham with its cathedral is just 12 miles and there is seasonal access to the steam railway and the glorious Durham Dales from the local station; rail enthusiasts can also visit Shildon ‘The cradle of the railways’ and its railway museum, 2 miles. The Dales and Hamsterley Forest are a short drive with cycling and walking routes (cycle hire by arrangement). In winter there may even be the chance to ski or board on fresh snow in Weardale only 25 minutes away. Quaint Barnard Castle with its impressive French-style chateau housing the Bowes Musuem is 12 miles and Beamish open-air Victorian museum is 30 minutes’ drive. Newcastle, with St. James’ Park, The Metro Arena, The Playhouse and The Sage, is within easy reach and Gateshead’s Metrocentre is less than 3 miles. Visit the spectacular World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall, the majestic Northumbrian coast which stretches for miles passing Alnwick Castle, Craster, Alnmouth, Seahouses’ Bamburgh Castle and on to Holy Island (Lindisfarne). Supermarket home deliveries can be arranged but most supermarkets are within 1 mile. A garage shop is within ¼ mile. A family orientated pub serving meals is within ½ mile and a more traditional ‘drinking’ pub with TV sport is less than 100 yards.

Two steps to rear entrance. Spacious living room with gas coal-effect cast iron stove, oak floor, sandstone walls. Dining room with panelled walls, oak floors, open log fire in French marble fireplace, patio doors to garden. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area, Aga hob and oven, electric induction hob, electric oven, slate floor, French doors to garden. Snug/reading room with oak panelled walls and electric woodburner. Utility with Belfast sink. Shower room with toilet off ground floor. First floor: Four double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed, one with additional single bed (for +1), one with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Large bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional double bed (for +2), one with additional single bed (for +1). Small single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, changing area and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electric woodburner included
  • Gas coal-effect stove included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • 50in HD plasma TV (sports package)
  • 42in HD Smart TV/DVD (small library)
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Gas Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Additional fridge
  • Two fridge/freezers
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture, summer house and a further field
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Hot tub by arrangement at cost
  • Complimentary personal fitness profile and use of gym with treadmill, multigym, rowing machine, elliptical trainer on request
  • Personal trainer by arrangement at cost
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Brook in garden (guarded by wall)

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£1722-£3156
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Rural setting

Situated in a rural and secluded position, this delightful holiday home complete with open fire offers cosy and welcoming accommodation with excellent views over open countryside. Some 3 miles from Stanhope, which offers a good selection of shops and pubs and in the heart of Weardale providing footpath walking direct from the door. This farmhouse is centrally placed for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland and the Lake District, offering attractions to suit all age groups. Climbing, fishing and swimming are all available in the local area. Shop 0.75 miles, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with beams. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional folding single. 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

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£261-£581
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

This superb, romantic, 17th-century holiday cottage, perfect for couples, is nestled in a select site on a small, tranquil, leafy lane just off the heart of the very historical conservation village of Ebchester. Adjoining another property, it boasts expansive countryside views to the rear which houses horses, wildlife and sometimes red kites. A Roman fort lies beneath the fields and the area is peppered with Roman ruins and artefacts. Try the Derwent Walk, or visit the Pennines for more walks, cycling and breathtaking scenery in an AONB. The delights of Durham city with its cathedral, castle, fine shops and galleries are close by. There are several beaches, shops, nightlife, rowing, hot air ballooning and paintballing available locally. Only 40 minutes from the Heritage Northumbrian coastline. Attention to detail throughout the cottage is superb from these very caring owners. The friendly local pub and an award-winning restaurant are close by. Shop/P.O. 200 yards.

Spacious living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire in feature inglenook and rugs on oak floor. Open-plan kitchen/dining room. First floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom with Victorian claw bath, shower attachment and toilet.

  • Gas coal-effect fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Pretty cottage garden
  • Parking (1 car)
  • No smoking

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£227-£610
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Church View Ref: 25165

Set on the village green of Old Cornforth, within a conservation area, this attractive Edwardian style detached holiday home provides stylish and spacious accommodation for families and couples. Ideally located in the Wear Valley, an AONB, with Hamsterley Forest, 4 miles, having lovely walks, cycle trails, sporting and leisure activities. Durham City, 6 miles, has a historic cathedral and many boutiques and restaurants. The beautiful Durham Dales of Weardale and Teesdale with High Force, England’s highest waterfall are half an hour’s drive away. The magnificent Northumberland beaches and ancient Castles, the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales are easily reached for superb days out. The Metro Centre and Newcastle are an hour’s drive, and there are many bars, restaurants, art galleries and museums to while away the time. Centrally placed for touring, this delightful house with enclosed garden makes an excellent holiday base, looking out over the tranquil village green. Golf and horse riding nearby. Shops and restaurants 1 mile, pub 10 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Electricity car charger. Cycle store. Games room. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£552-£1367
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3

Wonderful views

This converted barn has produced a larger than average cottage which can accommodate up to six people. Situated in the Upper Teesdale Valley, the holiday cottage provides a wonderful base for touring this area of the Northern Dales, with wonderful views - ideal for walkers. Enjoy the local pub, just 600 yards, renowned for its food. The cottage has many attractive features, including exposed stone walls, Velux roof windows in bedrooms, and is fitted with all modern conveniences. Shop 2 miles, pub 600 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Study with double bed. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with Velux. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Attractive garden with paved patio and chairs. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

WAS
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£218-£607
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1


Situated right on the banks of the River Wear, in the heart of the city of Durham, Elvet Bridge View Apartment (ref 30471) and Kingsgate Bridge View Apartment (ref 30470) boast a riverside location and views toward the famous cathedral, Elvet Bridge View Apartment and Kingsgate Bridge View Apartment are not only in a great location, but also offers good quality accommodation throughout. Each apartment benefits from a large living room and open-plan kitchen area with appliances that include a capsuled coffee machine with unlimited free use, induction hob, electric oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. There is a large flat screen TV and DVD player in each apartment as well as unlimited free wi-fi and a sound dock to fit an mp3 player. The master bedroom offers a king size bed and has an ensuite shower room too. There is also a very well furnished twin bedroom and an additional fold away bed for guests under the age of 14. Both apartments benefit from French doors that lead from the living room onto their own private balcony area that overlook the fabulous scenery of the River Wear, and also across to the two famous bridges that sit either side. Perfect for watching the rowers row by, or just observing the wildlife, there is private garden furniture for the guest’s sole use. Perfect for enjoying a quiet afternoon sitting on the deck or ideal for guests wanting to explore this magnificent city. These apartments are ideal for guests wishing to enjoy a romantic break, couples wanting to share a break or for parents wanting to visit students at Durham University. Durham is one of the most historic cities in England and offers guests a plethora of attractions to visit and explore. The famous Durham Cathedral and castle are an easy 5-minute walk away and definitely worth a visit. There is also the Gala Theatre located in the centre of the city and only a 5-minute walk away too, making this the perfect spot for guests wanting to enjoy a theatre trip as part of their break. Packed with top quality restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars, Durham is a thriving city with plenty of entertainment for guests at all times of the year. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy the bi-annual Lumiere Festival, annual book week, jazz festival, arts festival, miners gala and many more free attractions, as well as the weekly farmer’s market and pavement artists that line the streets and market place. Should guests wish to enjoy a little retail therapy, then they will find some beautiful boutiques along with many high street names and designers, which are all within a 5-minute walk from these beautiful apartments. Many of the university colleges can be found within a mile radius, and this is the perfect base from which to really get to know the university and visit friends and family who might be studying here or due to graduate at any given time. A little further afield, but still within easy driving distance, guests will be able to enjoy a day trip to the magnificent North Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors, or visit one of the many smaller villages in County Durham. There is also the opportunity to visit the Angel of the North statue which is only a 20-minute drive away, Beamish Museum, 15 minutes, Newcastle, 30 minutes and the Metrocentre, 25 minutes by car. Shop 110 yards, pub and restaurant 220 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Additional pull-out single available (for child under 14).

Both properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Balcony with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£980-£1260
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

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: Dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. Utility room. 1 single bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, both with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Two patios and furniture. Pet free of charge.

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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£232-£680
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Hope Cottage Ref: 28136

This semi-detached holiday home, accessed by an unmade road, is situated in Evenwood, a former coal mining village, and makes a good base for walkers and cyclists. Take a trip to Raby Castle, with its panoramic views and herds of deer, or visit Durham Cathedral, a short drive away. Bishop Auckland has a splendid marble and limestone chapel and stained-glass windows that relate to stories of early Christian saints. Barnard Castle, 15 miles, has shops, pubs and restaurants to enjoy. Shop and pub 200 yards, restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small, enclosed, lawned courtyard garden with patio and furniture. Garage (1 car). Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pet free of charge. Friday to Friday. NB: Step in garden.

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£188-£564
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