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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Iris Cottage Ref: 29203

With far reaching views to Mickleton Fell and the Lake District beyond, this traditional holiday cottage dating back to the 1800s provides a comfortable base with original beams, an open fire and exposed stone work. Enjoy a day out on the fells in this unspoilt area of Teesdale or visiting historical attractions such as Bowes Museum, Raby Castle and the delightful villages of the Northern Dales. Excellent walking can be enjoyed from the cottage and cycling is also popular in the area. Everyday shopping can be done in Barnard Castle, or Middleton-in-Teesdale. Shop 2 miles, pub serving food 50 yards.

Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV/DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared courtyard. On road parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£156-£447
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
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.

WAS
NOW
£233-£666
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Lapwing Cottage Ref: E5028

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.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

F/freezer. Shared garden and furniture. Friday to Friday.

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
£232-£523
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Woodland View Ref: 29808


This elegantly furnished and spacious detached bungalow is only a ten minute walk from the Beamish Living Museum. Set at the head of a small quiet cul-de-sac, it is ideally located to discover the delights of Durham, the Dales, and Northumberland’s sweeping sandy beaches and famous castles, offering a combination of tranquil countryside, vibrant city life and historical sites. The open air living museum of Beamish is a short walk away. Woodland View looks over to the woods from the rear and sitting in the peaceful conservatory is perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the idyllic Beamish Valley, beautiful woodlands and cycle paths. Sustrans coast to coast cycle track runs right by the woods to the rear and there are delightful walks from the door. The surrounding villages are full of friendly country pubs. Only a 10 minute drive takes you to The Riverside International Cricket Ground; home of Durham Cricket team, and with the Metro Centre only 20 minutes and the coast around 30 minutes, this is an ideal holiday location for exploring the whole of this unspoilt area. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

1 step to entrance: All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Conservatory. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with clawfoot bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating included (£30per week, £25 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned rear garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Front garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£377-£870
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Dairy Cottage Ref: E5244

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/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Gas CH inc. Cot. DVD. 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.

WAS
NOW
£245-£523
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

This charming, 18th-century holiday cottage, the middle of three, is set in a peaceful hamlet within an AONB and has a pretty, small, forecourt garden and a larger lawned garden. There are lovely views surrounding the cottage and superb walks from the doorstep, with easy access to stunning landscapes of scars, moors, the Pennine Way and Cow Green Reservoir. The Teesdale poet once lived next door. Nearby are the picturesque Low Force (canoeing by permit), Bowlees Visitor Centre and the dramatic High Force (England’s highest waterfall). Within easy reach are Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum and Raby Castle. Beamish Open Air Museum, Durham, York and the Lakes provide excellent days out. Upper Teesdale is beautifully wild and noted for its flora (gentians, hay meadows) and its breeding birds. Middleton-in-Teesdale, 3 miles with tea rooms, inns and small shops. Pub ¼mile.

Entrance porch. Beamed sitting/dining room with open Georgian hob fireplace. Galley-style kitchen with dining area. First floor: Double bedroom with brass/iron bedstead, rosewood suite, period fireplace. Twin bedroom with pine furniture. Fully tiled bathroom with shower attachment, heated towel rail and toilet.

  • Open fire – coal at cost
  • Electricity and electric rads by meter reading
  • Bed linen, towels and tea towels included
  • Cot (bumper included)
  • High chair
  • Digital TV
  • DVD/CD
  • Microwave
  • Double oven
  • Washer/dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Picnic bench and chairs
  • Garage

WAS
NOW
£204-£560
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Grange Cottage Ref: E5248

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.

The Stable Cottage (ref E5246) and The Byre (ref E5247) can be interconnected to sleep 6 +3.

Two cots.

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
£408-£861
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
17
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Arrow Cottage Ref: MQG

Set in the heart of the ‘picture-postcard’ Anglo Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear - steeped in history with its 12th-century tower, Norman church and views of the 15th-century Witton Castle - this attractive large house (built circa 1780) provides spacious living accommodation for families and/or friends to get together or to celebrate a special occasion. Adjoining another property, Arrow Cottage has lovely gardens together with river walks and the renowned Low barns Nature reserve nearby where visitors can relax and unwind, making this a tranquil and peaceful holiday retreat. Perfectly located to explore this magnificent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - starting in the quiet picturesque village, which has two good real ale pubs on hand. The Wear Valley Area is noted for its outstanding natural beauty and diversity of wildlife together with beautiful breathtaking scenery, peppered with small villages bustling with hospitality for locals and visitors alike. Hamsterley Forest, with its pathways, cycleways, bridleways and numerous sporting and leisure activities, lies 4 miles to the west. Durham city is 15 miles away with its majestic cathedral, cobbled streets, eateries and galleries. Raby Castle with its 200-acre deer park and fine medieval interior is a short drive, while Beamish Museum, one of the largest and most interesting working museums of its kind, can be enjoyed by the whole family, and is ony a 30-minute drive. Newcastle (55 minutes), and York (90 minutes), both have fine museums, shops and galleries. Crook 5 miles. Bishop Auckland 4 miles. Shops 1 mile, pub 50 yards.

Beamed living room with decorative cast-iron fireplace, wooden floor. Beamed dining room with decorative cast-iron range, wooden floor. Step down to large well-equipped kitchen with Rangemaster cooker, slate floor, and door to patio. Sitting room with open fire, wooden floor, door to patio. Steps down to beamed games room with TV, slate floor and access to garden. Stairs to double bedroom with additional single bed (for +1 child) with en-suite bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with decorative fireplace; one with high beamed ceiling, 5ft bed and additional single bed (for +1), one with four-poster bed, additional single bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Two twin bedrooms; one with decorative fireplace, one with additional single bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Bathroom with cast-iron claw-foot bath, bidet and toilet. Walk-in tiled shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. Three additional child beds available (for +3 children).

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity & full central heating included (October-March £50per week, £25 per short break)
  • Bed linen & towels included
  • Three travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Two TVs
  • Two DVDs (large library)
  • Electric Rangemaster (with double oven)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed south-facing garden with patio terrace & furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Garage (for 1 car); parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle storage
  • Games room
  • Toys and games
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£669-£1959
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Bluebell Barn Ref: MUP

Natural stone walls, beams and lovely views epitomise the charm of this delightful detached barn conversion in an AONB close to the Pennine Way. Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum (two complimentary tickets provided), 6 miles. An excellent holiday base for walking and cycling, or to explore the Yorkshire Dales, sandy Northumbrian beaches or Lake District. Shop and pub 2 miles.

Large dining room with TV, oak floor/well-equipped kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom, 5ft bed, en-suite bathroom with shower over ¾-size corner bath and toilet. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Living room. Double bedroom, 5ft bed, en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle, toilet. Beams, exposed stone walls throughout.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two TVs
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine (in cloakroom)
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American style fridge/freezer
  • Large, enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Natural water supply from spring
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 2 steps and sloping banks in the garden

WAS
NOW
£494-£935
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Dale View Cottage Ref: 13874

A delightful barn conversion, retaining much of its rustic charm, in an elevated position with views overlooking the Wear Valley with the Pennine Fells beyond. Adjoining the owner’s cottage and one other holiday property. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside in a haven of peace and tranquillity. Lakes, Dales, Borderland, the market towns of Barnard Castle and Hexham, Newcastle and Durham within 30 miles. Originally a bank barn, it is split level, entering on the upper ground floor. Shop and pub ½ mile. Can be booked with ref 13388 to sleep 6+2.

Lower ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Upper ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Washing machine. 24hr drying service. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There are drops in the garden off stone banked area.

WAS
NOW
£195-£430
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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