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Cottage Holidays and Self Catering in Durham

Durham, in the North-East of England, is a county rich in history and architecture. From its infamous cathedral to its castles and dedicated museums, Durham gives us the opportunity to turn back time and witness the Durham of old. As well as the great structures and buildings in the county, Durham is also home to amazing countryside landscapes, rivers and coastline. Read more

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54.629943, -2.082209

A cosy period cottage in the beautiful Durham Dales, Owl Cottage has been beautifully restored and refurbished to provide a very comfortable holiday home for couples and individual travellers. It is in the historic market town of Middleton-on-Tees, within walking distance of pubs, tea rooms and shops, and within excellent access to fantastic footpaths and cycling routes. Though well-known as a walker's paradise, Middleton-on-Tees is also close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park, putting you within easy reach of some of the best views in the north of England. Bookings, including short breaks of at least three nights, are possible all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£371 to £529
Short breaks from £53 per night

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Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

The Hayloft

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 25th May 2024 for 7 nights, £520"Stay for seven nights and only pay for five! Includes welcome hamper, wine and flowers."
54.540981, -1.711753

The Hayloft is Grade II listed and has been beautifully restored to provide a very relaxing 'home away from home'. The Hayloft has lots of character and natural charm and offers all the right ingredients for a romantic retreat for couples. Located at East Greystone Farm in the idyllic Teesdale Countryside. We are situated between the beautiful villages of Piercebridge and Gainford and are an ideal base for walking. With the Yorkshire Dales, Lakes, East Coast and the cities of York, Durham and Newcastle within easy reach by car, this is a great base for exploring the many sights of North East England.

Weekly guide price:
£480 to £580
Short breaks from £95 per night

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Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.545577, -1.927192

Barnard Castle is the perfect destination for a relaxed walking holiday. This Grade-II listed holiday cottage is in a quiet location close to the River Tees, the Castle and Bowes Museum. Great for cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants and shops, Barnard Castle is renowned for its diverse range of independent shops and the Town's Antiques Quarter. Riverdale Cottage sleeps two people in one bedroom (plus one child under 12) and is dog-friendly with accommodation entirely on ground floor level. Barnard Castle is in Teesdale, close to High Force and within easy reach of Durham, York, the Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines, and Lake District. Guests love the quiet location that is convenient for amenities, sights and attractions.  Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£495 to £655
Short breaks from £70 per night

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Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

54.541782, -1.928028

1 Teesdale Road is a riverfront holiday cottage a short walk over the River Tees from Barnard Castle, shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, and traditional markets. We have been awarded 4 star Visit England Gold awards in 2022, 2023 and 2024 !  The accommodation is suitable for six people in three bedrooms - two on the ground floor - with an open-plan living area and a patio with lovely views. The location is perfect for a walking or cycling holiday, and the self-catering property has a lockable garage so you can store bikes, SUPs, kayaks and other equipment. Bookings are available all year round for families and friends.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £785
Short breaks from £150 per night

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Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.652449, -1.921867

Mayland Farm Cottage enjoys an enviably peaceful location on a family-run farm close to the North Pennines and the North York Moors National Park. The self-catering cottage is a mile from Woodland village just outside of Bishop Auckland. The owners have created a space where many of their guests choose to visit year after year, making the most of the beautiful walks, exciting mountain bike trails, and charming market towns that are all within easy reach. With three bedrooms that sleep up to five guests and accommodation all on one level, the cottage is ideal for couples, families and friends. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £600

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Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

54.570682, -1.928418

Relax in the beautiful Teesdale countryside in this comfortable holiday home which has panoramic views and a dressing room with an infrared sauna. Avelin Cottage is 1.5 miles from Barnard Castle. It's superbly finished and furnished, offering couples and solo travellers a peaceful place to relax while staying close to shops, restaurants, and favourite walks and attractions. Guests rave about how comfortable and welcoming it is, loving everything from the well-equipped kitchen for self-catering to the bathrobes that add to the atmosphere of staying at a private spa retreat.

Weekly price:
£630 all year
Short breaks from £90 per night

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Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.727926, -1.959349

Sitting in the very heart of the Dales, this cosy quaint holiday cottage is a superb self-catering base for visiting many popular areas including the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland, Cumbria and the coast. Alternatively, enjoy the unspoilt beauty of County Durham or simply relax when you stay at Innkeepers Cottage.

Weekly guide price:
£275 to £375
Short breaks from £60 per night

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Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.746440, -2.003955

"Bracken Cottage" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 3 guests in Durham. Stanhope is an ancient market town resting in the Wear Valley, County Durham and within striking distance of the North Pennines. The town is often referred to as the "Capital of Weardale" and sits at the confluence of the river and the Stanhope...

Prices from £100 per night

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54.700800, -1.671800

"Barn in County Durham" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Durham. Enjoy walking, running and cycling from the doorstep, and playing golf just a short drive away. For the local pub and takeaway food try nearby Willington village (2 miles) and for shopping, pubs and restaurants, head to the market town of...

Prices from £168 per night

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54.507260, -1.805180

"Cottage in North Yorkshire" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Durham. Discover this delightful two bedroom stone cottage located in the tranquil village of Hutton Magna surrounded by open countryside offering a haven for guests looking to uncover the beauty of North Yorkshire and Teesdale. Hutton Magna is located...

Prices from £126 per night

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54.737565, -2.183277

"Grace Cottage" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Durham. This quaint County Durham village sits in Weardale in the heart of the North Pennines aonb, an area known for its excellent bird watching, cycling and walking. As well as two friendly village pubs, one serving food, St John's Chapel offers a...

Prices from £97 per night

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54.727661, -1.958144

"The Coach House" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. Settled within touring distance of the bustling cities of Durham and Newcastle in the countryside of County Durham rests the pretty village of Frosterley. Home to two traditional country pubs as well as a well-stocked convenience store,...

Prices from £126 per night

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54.738994, -2.170109

"2 Holme Pool" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Durham. St John's Chapel is a small village resting at the heart of the North Pennines aonb, which houses excellent bird watching, cycling and walking. Within the County Durham village you will find two pubs, a Post Office, a shop and a café. Within...

Prices from £153 per night

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54.730336, -1.889494

"Lavender Cottage" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 3 guests in Durham. In the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the charming village of Wolsingham is a very British market town. The village is a popular stop-off site for travellers, nestled in the lovely valley of Weardale. There are several...

Prices from £105 per night

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54.894831, -1.628773

"Granary Barn" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Durham. The village of Kibblesworth is placed in the North East of England, 2 miles west of Birtley, Tyne and Wear. Mainly a rural community until the development of the pit and brickworks, the village offers some basic amenities including a park and a...

Prices from £162 per night

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54.542440, -1.923588

"The Little Flat" is a 1 bed holiday Apartment sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. Barnard Castle is a market town in Teesdale, situated within countryside surroundings. The town is on the site of a Roman ford, which crosses the river, plus the medieval ruins of the castle and the cobble streets, yards, and back lanes are...

Prices from £87 per night

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54.530330, -1.838090

"Cottage in County Durham" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. This gorgeous cottage is set on the borders of North Yorkshire and County Durham so you are well placed to explore the delights of both counties. The pretty village of Whorlton makes a perfect base for exploring the North Pennines (10 miles)...

Prices from £154 per night

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54.799000, -1.889500

"Cottage in County Durham" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. Nestled in an idyllic rural position on a working beef and sheep grassland farm. The farm is perfectly positioned in the North Pennines, idea for all outdoor pursuits and is located directly on the coast to coast famous Waskerley Way. Golfers...

Prices from £115 per night

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54.623474, -2.078226

"Larl Cottage" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. Nestling by the banks of the River Tees is the pretty town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, which lies in the heart of Teesdale, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This bustling town offers a good range of shops, pubs and places to eat and is...

Prices from £91 per night

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54.813090, -1.819255

"House in County Durham" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. Nestling in the charming hamlet of Knitsley, this delightful cottage is ideal for walkers and cyclists keen to explore the footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways running through the heart of County Durham and into the breathtaking Durham Dales....

Prices from £164 per night

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54.686325, -1.730277

"Barn in County Durham" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. This beautiful romantic retreat set on a former working farm and is perfect for a couple looking for somewhere different to spend time together. There are wonderful views across open countryside towards Witton castle and the cottage is situated...

Prices from £128 per night

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54.622625, -1.835927

"Ferngrove Cottage" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. Butterknowle is a village in the Teesdale district of County Durham, England, resting a few miles from the thriving market town of Bishop Auckland. Discover a local pub and post office for your amenities, with a shop situated just under two...

Prices from £110 per night

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54.620104, -1.869728

"Woodland View" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. The largest parish in England with evidence of life in the area as early as 3000BC, Corfe Mullen sits in South East Dorset. A delightful and busy village that is surrounded by Green Belt land with the River Stour running through it. It is a...

Prices from £68 per night

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54.620113, -1.869737

"The Barn" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. This pretty village can be found resting on the edge of Teesdale, in County Durham. Within the small village you will be delighted to find a couple of shops, a pub and a selection of takeaways. Within close reach to the village is the...

Prices from £75 per night

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54.527651, -1.799688

"The Conifers" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. The hamlet of Ovington is situated on the south bank of the River Tees and has a village green and a traditional pub that serves excellent food and real ales. Eight miles away is the charming market town of Barnard Castle, which has the...

Prices from £115 per night

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54.803600, -1.901300

"Cottage in County Durham" is a 3 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 7 guests in Durham. Enjoying a delightful setting on the owners working farm this property is great for a getaway. Kick back and relax, while away the hours in this beautiful barn, taking advantage of the hot tub and taking short trips out to sample local produce...

Prices from £199 per night

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54.727661, -1.958144

"The Barn" is a 3 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 6 guests in Durham. Frosterley is a quaint village in an area described as England's last wilderness, whilst also within reach of Durham and Newcastle, offering the best of both rural and city escapes. Guests can enjoy two traditional pubs, a convenience store and...

Prices from £231 per night

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54.700800, -1.671800

"Barn in County Durham" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Durham. Located in a quiet hamlet with walking, cycling and running routes on the doorstep. You are within easy driving reach of the popular market town of Bishop Auckland (4 miles) with its wide range of shops, galleries, a theatre, friendly pubs and...

Prices from £164 per night

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54.815010, -1.429214

"The Hay Barn" is a 3 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 6 guests in Durham. Hetton-le-Hole is a lovely town resting in the county of Tyne and Wear, surrounded by countryside and just under five miles from the coast. The town is home to pubs, several local shops and a few cafés, making it a great base for a country...

Prices from £242 per night

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54.746113, -2.003401

"Queen Elizabeth Suite" is a 4 bed holiday Apartment sleeping up to 8 guests in Durham. Stanhope is an ancient market town in the beautiful Wear Valley. The town is home to the Durham Dales Centre, offering tourist information, a coffee shop, local arts and crafts. In addition to this there is a selection of pubs, specialist food...

Prices from £163 per night

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54.622625, -1.835927

"Grove Cottage" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Durham. Set between the pretty market towns of Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle, is the sleepy little village of Butterknowle. Beautiful walking country is right on the doorstep, with the North Pennines easily discovered just a few miles away, whilst...

Prices from £122 per night

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Discover the many attractions of Durham

In terms of culture, Durham has it all. As a recognised World Heritage Site, its architecture is the first point of call for visitors to the county. The Romanesque Cathedral, built as a shrine of worship to St Cuthbert, has an awe-inspiring structure that rests on land in the heart of the River Wear. Surrounded by deep woodlands and charming riverbanks, the Cathedral sits beautifully within the county. Durham Castle, and other monumental buildings used by the University, are close by and are also worth visiting if your interests lie in architecture. Dotted along the River Wear, through Durham city, are three main bridges (Framwellgate, Elvet and Prebends) which all offer beautiful views for visitors to see.

The countryside of County Durham is home to many surprises. The High Force waterfall, plunging 70 feet into the water, is the highest waterfall in England. A walk through the alluring woodlands surrounding the waterfall leads to this captivating sight, where visitors can experience a breathtaking view. The Durham Dales, which partly sit in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, encompasses Teesdale and Weardale, a truly tranquil part of the English countryside. With valleys, moors and hills laced through the Dales, they are a great option for walkers and ramblers alike. Hamsterley Forest offers woodland walks as well as cycling and horse riding routes for those wanting to travel a little differently.

County Durham is also home to many museums. The mining history of Durham is kept alive in Killhope, which offers a snapshot of what life was like for lead mining families in the past. There is also a huge, working water-wheel on site. Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, is a great option for old and young. The outdoor museum depicts everyday life in the North East of England, at the time of the Industrial Revolution. Focusing mostly on Victorian and Edwardian culture, it uses replica buildings, working vehicles and actors in costumes to relive the era. Beamish is renowned in the North-East of England as a great family day out; an unmissable trip for tourists.

Architecture, history and local culture are all great reasons to visit County Durham. Experience beautiful buildings and bridges or take a trip to a unique outdoor museum. Wander down the cobbled streets of the city of Durham into a local pub and you will witness the renowned, friendly nature of the people. Durham is a place where you will never be short of good company! Alternatively, for something more relaxing, visit the moors of the Durham Dales and catch a glimpse of the infamous waterfall. Whatever you decide, Durham is an interesting and fantastic county to fulfil anyone's holiday needs.