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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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54.541782, -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

54.545577, -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

54.629943, -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

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

The Hayloft

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 6th Apr 2024 for 7 nights, £500"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

54.652449, -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

54.727926, -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

54.861700, -1.868300

"Cottage in Northumberland" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. The historic town of Shotley Bridge is located on the border of Northumberland separated by the River Derwent. With plenty of river walks to choose from, it s also a great place for wildlife spotting. Explore the Northern Pennines, waterfalls...

Prices from £176 per night

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54.696300, -1.651800

"Barn in County Durham" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. This beautifully refurbished property for two with plenty of luxurious touches for a romantic getaway is the perfect place to celebrate special occasions, relaxing holidays and walking adventures. Located in a quiet country hamlet with a pub...

Prices from £129 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 £96 per night

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54.543070, -1.922543

"The Print Shop" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. Barnard Castle is a market town in County Durham, set amid the unspoiled scenery of Teesdale. It is built on the site of an ancient Roman fort that had stood on the other side of the river. The castle's ancient remnants still rise over the...

Prices from £91 per night

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54.747706, -2.007555

"Cosy Cave Stanhope Castle" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. Stanhope is a small market town in Country Durham, England, situated on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town has a number of historic castles, the most notable being Stanhope Castle, built in 1798,...

Prices from £170 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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54.507260, -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 £110 per night

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54.674400, -1.815000

"Cottage in County Durham" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. A charming, 200 year old converted barn nestled in the picturesque village of Hamsterley in the Durham Dales. The village hosts an old traditional pub serving tasty delights. Hamsterley lies between Teesdale and Weardale, on the edge of the...

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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54.737565, -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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54.636120, -2.145646

"Meadows Edge" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. Situated at the end of a no-through-road in the heart of beautiful, unspoiled Teesdale, the village of Holwick is a lovely, peaceful place ideal for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The village is well served...

Prices from £130 per night

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54.616028, -2.072111

"The Stables" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Durham. The village of Middleton-In-Teesdale lies in the heart of Teesdale, perched on the riverbank in the beautiful Tees Valley. Situated in an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', this is a well-served little settlement and offers a good range of...

Prices from £141 per night

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54.635231, -2.137896

"Shepherd's Cottage" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 5 guests in Durham. Situated at the end of a no-through-road in the heart of beautiful unspoilt Teesdale is the peaceful, charming hamlet of Holwick. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this lovely region is an excellent spot for walkers or bird...

Prices from £130 per night

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54.624109, -2.082502

"October Cottage" is a 3 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 5 guests in Durham. Middleton-in-Teesdale is a lively town lying just on the edge of the North Pennines aonb, home to an abundance of shops, pubs, restaurants, and walking trails along moorlands and valleys of the Pennines. Nearby attractions include the stunning...

Prices from £131 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 £143 per night

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54.761097, -2.226433

"1 Braeside" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Durham. Wearhead is a village in County Durham at the top of Weardale. Named after the source of the River Wear, the village boasts some of the highest peaks in County Durham. Wearhead is set in rural countryside with the nearest shop being 3 miles...

Prices from £122 per night

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54.593474, -2.007798

"2 The Coach House" is a 3 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 6 guests in Durham. Romaldkirk has pretty greens, old stone cottages, an old church and two pubs. The village itself is surrounded by Dales countryside and makes an ideal base for walking and touring throughout the Northern and Yorkshire Dales areas, boasting...

Prices from £296 per night

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54.562308, -1.780760

"Alwent Mill" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Durham. The pretty Teesdale village of Staindrop is situated only a few minutes' drive from Raby Castle, with the village itself offering many interesting shops, pubs and cafes set round its long village green. The popular market town of Barnard Castle...

Prices from £146 per night

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54.738907, -2.145918

"Middlehope Cottage" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. This charming County Durham community is located in Weardale, the centre of the North Pennines aonb, which is well-known for its superb cycling and walking trails. St. John's Chapel has two welcoming village pubs, one of which serves food, as...

Prices from £106 per night

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54.730016, -1.883475

"Old Queen's Head" is a 1 bed holiday Apartment sleeping up to 2 guests in Durham. The picturesque market town of Wolsingham sits at the entrance to Weardale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty nestled within the North Pennines. Boasting many period features and stone-built listed buildings, the town is a popular stop-off...

Prices from £66 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 £92 per night

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54.729818, -1.881412

"Elm Cottage" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Durham. Wolsingham is a traditional British market town situated within the North Pennines aonb. The village is a popular stop for travellers to the lovely Weardale valley, with many pubs, cafes, restaurants, convenience stores, and takeaways to choose...

Prices from £124 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 £167 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 £121 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.