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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
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

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£204-£560
Shortlist
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

This semi-detached holiday home, set in a tranquil village just outside St John’s Chapel, is situated down a quiet country lane, the perfect place for a quiet and relaxing holiday, with a large garden to enjoy in the summer evenings. The house has wonderful views across the Durham Dales and beyond, with many wonderful walks and attractions right on your doorstep. Popular attractions include Kilhope Mine, the Force Waterfall, the historic market town of Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum and Durham Cathedral, all within one hours’ drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and beams. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: 5 steps in grounds.

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£219-£741
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).

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£218-£607
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
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.

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£156-£447
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Morley Green Ref: MVY


This lovely restored holiday bungalow, dating from 1677, stands detached, and is situated in the rural hamlet of Morley, just 2 miles from Hamsterley Forest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an abundance of wildlife. The Forest Visitor Centre, complete with tea rooms, provides visitors with a wealth of information on the many activities available in the forest, including splendid walking, cycling and horse riding trails to suit all levels of expertise. Cycling enthusiasts will be well catered for with the Hamsterley Forest mountain bike downhill trail which has some of the steepest slopes in the UK, together with miles of cross country routes. Visit one of the many local attractions, including Barnard Castle, Raby Castle, High Force and Durham cathedral. Surrounded by rolling countryside and with rural views, this lovely holiday home provides a wonderful setting for a quiet, relaxing getaway. It has been thoughtfully decorated to offer spacious accommodation, with two bedrooms and a delightful sitting area with countryside views. It sits in a lovely quiet location, just a 6-minute drive from the village of Hamsterley, which sits on the brow of a hill between Teesdale and Weardale, on the edge of the North Pennines. With a beautiful well-kept garden, as well as the added addition of a large conservatory, ideal for an evening drink after a busy day exploring County Durham. A little further afield are the delights of the Lake District or the Northumberland Heritage Coastline, or you can simply enjoy countryside walks from the doorstep. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Large, beamed living room with wood-burning stove, leading to a dining room/conservatory with high vaulted glass roof and French doors to garden. Spacious kitchen with breakfast area and oak floor. Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed, one with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower (no toilet). Separate toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, electric rads, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Wii
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed garden with terrace and furniture
  • Large grounds with fenced paddock
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • NB: Pond in gently sloping grounds

WAS
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£351-£834
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
7
Pets
2
The Old School Ref: 12772

This large detached house was originally the village school and was totally renovated to provide good quality, well appointed and well equipped holiday accommodation. Situated just off the front street of Frosterley, on the same site as 7723. The property stands in a lovely garden with south facing patio and has fine views from the south living room and master bedroom. Superb walking and cycling country, it is well placed for touring Teesdale and the Yorkshire Dales. Barnard Castle 13 miles, Durham City 18 miles and Newcastle 32 miles. The Lake District 1 hour away. The property is adjacent to the owners well-landscaped caravan park which has privately owned caravans only and therefore is very quiet. Shop 165 yards, pub 550 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room/games room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room with adjoining shower room and toilet. First floor: 7 bedrooms: 4 double, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 3 twin, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone. Enclosed garden with patio area and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (5 cars). Ample parking. Games room with pool table. No smoking.

This property can be booked for short breaks outside normal peak restrictions, please phone for details.

WAS
NOW
£820-£1940
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.

WAS
NOW
£232-£680
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Stable Cottage Ref: E5246

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.

Living/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 2 steps to 1 double, 1 twin with additional single. Shower room and toilet.

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

WAS
NOW
£278-£585
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

These two delightful holiday cottages (Refs MRA and MRB), each with its own history, are tastefully converted from former barns dating back to the 1600s. Retaining character and charm, they lie in a peaceful setting overlooking countryside with many cycle tracks nearby. Ideal walking and fishing country, yet close to famous attractions - visitors can step back in time at the Beamish Open Air Museum or visit the Metro Centre (a shopper’s paradise), Hexham (with its glorious abbey), Durham City (a city of contrasts, with its fine cathedral and designer shops), or the Northumberland coast, which are all within an hour’s drive. The medieval castle of Raby has a 200-acre deer park and is a firm favourite with visitors. An ideal location to explore all the surrounding AONB. Shop 500 yards.

Detached property. Large living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire in brick fireplace. Kitchen with breakfast area. Limestone floor throughout ground floor. First floor: Double bedroom with TV. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and tiled floor.

  • Two Freeview TVs
  • Small DVD library

  • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared freezer in outbuilding
  • Shared courtyard with own patio, terrace and furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£220-£669
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This delightful barn conversion retains its rustic charm standing in an elevated position with wonderful panoramic views overlooking the Wear Valley and the Pennine Fells beyond. Adjoining the owner’s cottage and another holiday property, in unspoilt countryside of the Durham Dales. A good central base, the Lakes, Dales, Borderland, Barnard Castle, Hexham, Newcastle and Durham, within 30 miles. Shop and pub ½ mile. Can be booked with ref 13874 to sleep 6+2.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

Solid fuel central heating (coal at cost). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. 24hr drying service. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There is a stone banked area and drop in the garden.

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£195-£430
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