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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
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
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

These delightful semi-detached cottages are holiday homes situated in the heart of beautiful 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 is 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 amazing countryside that County Durham has to offer, or are looking for a quiet retreat, this is the perfect holiday base. Just minutes away are Tunstall Reservoir and Hamsterley Forest, which has 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 approximately half an hour 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. Ideas for a day trip are Hadrian’s Wall, Lake District National Park and the beautiful north east coastline. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.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. Bathroom with shower over bath. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite toilet, 1 twin with additional single, 1 single.

Travel cot. High chair. Courtyard, garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from spring.

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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£366-£1113
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1

Overlooking the River Wear, these superb conversions of the barn, old byre and stables provide a wonderful holiday retreat. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside and is set in a haven of peace and tranquillity. Adjoining one another, they lie within an attractive courtyard setting, complemented by a fountain and shrubberies. All the properties have been tastefully refurbished and are full of character and charm, with shared use of lovely grounds, children’s play area, summer house and games room. The pretty village of Frosterley has shops and pubs, with walks in every direction along Weardale. Described as England’s ’last wilderness’, and possibly one of the best kept secrets, the Durham Dales are situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, made up of a wonderful blend of rugged upland, impressive waterfalls, fertile river valleys and wild flower meadows. Pleasant towns and pretty villages dot the area – the historic market town of Barnard Castle lies within easy reach, and boasts castle remains overlooking the town, as well as the Bowes Museum. Built as an impressive French-style chateau, the museum houses a magnificent collection of fine and decorative art. Other places of interest are Raby Castle, the ruins of Egglestone Abbey and Rokeby Hall. Hexham (with stately abbey) is a good day trip out, as well as the splendid cathedral city of Durham, 15 miles. NB: Refs 24969, 24970, 24971 and 23712 (also on the same site) can be booked together to accommodate up to 27 guests.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with walk-in shower cubicle and toilet (adapted for less mobile guests). Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas woodburner in living room included. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Ample parking.

All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair by arrangement with owner. DVD. CD. Microwave. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared use of owner’s landscaped gardens with lawned terraces, children’s swings and summer house. Shared patio and furniture. Shared barbecue. Shared games room with pool table. Shared 1/2-acre courtyard. No smoking. NB: Pond 2 metres, pond 30 metres and 6 steps in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£632-£1503
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.

WAS
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£160-£465
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.

WAS
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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Fawn Lea Cottage Ref: 29137

Set in a quiet courtyard, close to the village amenities of Staindrop and the village greens, this cosy, comfortably furnished and well-equipped holiday cottage is adjacent to the owner’s property. Raby Castle is within walking distance and Bowes Museum is a short drive. Visit Barnard Castle, Hadrian’s Wall or enjoy walks on the beautiful Teesdale fells and meadows or in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Visit High Force Waterfall, Beamish Open Air Museum or Eggleston Hall with its beautiful gardens. Many footpaths lead from the door, as well as a bus service from the village. Staindrop has a shop, post office, pubs serving meals, bistro and tea room. A lovely, tree-lined walk lies across the road from the cottage, with a river running alongside. North Yorkshire is a few minutes’ drive and Durham is half an hour away. Shop and pub 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Utility room with toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms, both with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£175-£508
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Grade II listed Victorian house
Original features
Woodland walks from the door

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.

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

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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£200-£612
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 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Hill Top Ref: W43058


Situated at the very head of Weardale in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The awesome beauty of this area truly lies at your feet at the aptly named Hill Top. The ascent to this stunning location is well worth the climb and a sense of ‘getting away from it all’ prevails. If the outdoors is your playground by car, on foot or pedal power, you will find yourself at the very centre of so many opportunities here. Set on the southern flank of Killhope Law, this holiday cottage (adjoining the owner’s home) is accessed by a rough track and is about 1800ft (550m) above sea level. This makes it one of the highest altitude accommodation properties in the country with views to match, and features a Juliet balcony accessed from the first floor living/dining room. 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, as well as Penrith and the Yorkshire Dales all within one hours’ drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link, can be double). Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Partial central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Juliet balcony. Shared natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from stream. Welcome pack. 2 pets welcome (to be kept on a lead, working farm). Horse stable and paddock available. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£207-£546
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Bramble Cottage Ref: 23244

Set in a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 30 minutes from Durham and easy driving to the coast, York and the Lake District. Stanhope is on the national C2C cycle route, boasts an open-air pool and nestles in superb walking countryside, with access to fishing, riding and golf. The compact, restored ground floor stone built cottage, dates from 1866 and is 2 minutes walk from the village centre. Close to local heritage railway and museums, including the Weardale Museum, Killhope Lead Mining, Bowes and Beamish, as well as medieval Raby Castle. The village is on the edge of open rugged countryside. Shops and pubs within 300 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

WAS
NOW
£404-£404
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Garth House Ref: CC211179
Quietly nestling in the heart of the village of Mickleton, this delightful cottage offers real home from home holiday accommodation spanning two floors, complete with wood burning stove and baby grand piano in the lounge. Lawned gardens extend to front and rear, offering garden furniture, barbecue and chiminee, perfect for eating alfresco!

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Well behaved pets welcome provided they are not left alone in the cottage.

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£0-£0
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