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19 luxury cottages and self catering accommodation in County Durham, North East England. A range of superb quality cottages across County Durham.

 
 
 
 
 

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The Old Chapel Retreat in Staindrop, County Durham, North East England

The Old Chapel Retreat, Staindrop, County Durham, North East England

Sleeps 12
Weekly prices from £808 to £ 2083

Self catering accommodation in Staindrop sleeps 12.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Pub near by • Easy Walking Access • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 12

Accommodation overview: The Old Chapel Retreat, a charming, detached, 19th-century chapel has been skilfully restored to retain much character and charm throughout. It provides quirky, clever holiday accommodation whilst retaining some original stone floors and walls. Perfectly located in the heart of this pretty picture postcard village with quaint inns and tearooms, and family butcher. Within walking distance is the medieval grand fortress of Raby Castle with its 200-acre deer park surrounding the castle. Barnard Castle, a thriving market town, is only 5 miles with exciting shops and pubs. Auckland Castle, home of the Bishop of Durham and the wonderful nature reserve at Low Barns, is also close by. Beamish Museum lies only 20 miles away where life in the 18/1900s can be relived in this working museum. Motor enthusiasts may like to visit Croft Circuit only 12 miles. Durham city, only 17 miles, has a magnificent castle dating back to 1072, a beautiful cathedral, fine shops, galleries and eateries. Try a day exploring the magnificent Roman Wall country in Hexham and Corbridge, easily reached in under an hour and close to the Pennines. A little further venture to Northumberland taking in the magnificent heritage coastal route, stopping off to see Alnwick and explore the castle used to film Robin Hood, Harry Potter and Elizabeth. Meander through the cobbled streets, or visit the enchanting Alnwick Gardens with one of the largest Treehouse restaurants and water fountains. Relax with a drink and barbecue in the enclosed courtyard area after a day out exploring this exciting area or head up to the top floor for a relaxing game of pool in the games room. Shop and pub 25 yards.

Large living room with electric ‘wood burner’ and wooden floor. Dining room. Large well-equipped kitchen with TV, Rangemaster (for cooking), breakfast area, granite worktops, original stone floor and patio doors. Study/snug. Utility. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed and wooden floor, one with 5ft bed, each with en-suite shower room and toilet. Double bedroom with wooden floor. Twin bedroom with wooden floor. Single bedroom with additional pull-out bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Bathroom with free standing bath, shower cubicle, toilet and wooden floor. Second floor: Games room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), TV, high ceiling and beams.




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Pig Run Barn in Beamish, County Durham, North East England

Pig Run Barn, Beamish, County Durham, North East England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £303 to £ 674

Self catering accommodation in Beamish sleeps 4.

Features include: Non Smoking • Short Break • Ultimate

Accommodation overview: 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 boasting a great selection of cafés restaurants and shops. 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. Shop and pub serving food 2 miles.

Accommodation Detail

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage in Wycliffe, County Durham, North East England

Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage, Wycliffe, County Durham, North East England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £475 to £ 981

Self catering accommodation in Wycliffe sleeps 4.

Features include: • Garden • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Pub near by • Cottage Sleeps 4

Accommodation overview:

Set amidst the grounds of Thorpe Hall Estate, this is one of three charming properties (Refs IWF, MPR and MVP) that offer the perfect holiday retreat. Chapel Cottage, which adjoins the main hall, enjoys wonderful views of the gardens and parkland, whilst Corner Cottage and Greystones sit close by as a pair. With beautiful sunsets, the River Tees flowing close by and the Teesdale Way, this is a truly magical setting. Guests are welcome to view the lovely gardens designed by Chelsea gold medallist 2012, Arne Maynard, at the award-winning Thorpe Hall by arrangement with the owner. A local pub and farm shop providing good home-made food is ½ mile. Just 10 minutes by car, the market town of Barnard Castle offers tea rooms, shops, galleries, markets and the Bowes Museum. Raby Castle and High Force Waterfall are some of the many local attractions. Durham, York, Harrogate and the Gateshead Metro Centre are approximately one hour’s drive. Shop 1/4 mile.

Living room with open fire. Kitchen with dining area and TV. Conservatory. Utility with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds. Shower room with toilet.

  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • BBQ
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No children under 5 yrs

  • Open fire - initial fuel inc, thereafter £2 per basket
  • Elec and full oil CH inc (Oct-Mar £40pw, £30 per 4 night short break, £20 per 3 night short break)
  • Bed linen and towels inc
  • iPod dock
  • M/wave
  • Washer/dryer
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • No smoking



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Pembroke Cottage in Ebchester, County Durham, North East England

Pembroke Cottage, Ebchester, County Durham, North East England

Sleeps 2
Weekly prices from £244 to £ 591

Self catering accommodation in Ebchester sleeps 2.

Features include: • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 2

Accommodation overview: This superb, romantic, 17th-century holiday cottage, perfect for couples, is nestled in a select site on a small, tranquil, leafy lane just off the heart of the very historical conservation village of Ebchester. Adjoining another property, it boasts expansive countryside views to the rear which houses horses, wildlife and sometimes red kites. A Roman fort lies beneath the fields and the area is peppered with Roman ruins and artefacts. Try the Derwent Walk, or visit the Pennines for more walks, cycling and breathtaking scenery in an AONB. The delights of Durham city with its cathedral, castle, fine shops and galleries are close by. There are several beaches, shops, nightlife, rowing, hot air ballooning and paintballing available locally. Only 40 minutes from the Heritage Northumbrian coastline. Attention to detail throughout the cottage is superb from these very caring owners. The friendly local pub and an award-winning restaurant are close by. Shop/P.O. 200 yards.

Spacious living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire in feature inglenook and rugs on oak floor. Open-plan kitchen/dining room. First floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom with Victorian claw bath, shower attachment and toilet.




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Arrow Cottage in Witton le Wear, County Durham, North East England

Arrow Cottage, Witton le Wear, County Durham, North East England

Sleeps 17
Weekly prices from £694 to £ 1857

Self catering accommodation in Witton le Wear sleeps 17.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 17

Accommodation overview: 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 to get together or to celebrate a special occasion. Adjoining another property, Arrow Cottage has lovely gardens to enjoy together with river walks and the renowned Low barns Nature reserve nearby where visitors can relax and unwind, making this is a tranquil and peaceful holiday retreat. It is perfectly located to explore this magnificent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - starting in the quiet picturesque village, which has a good real ale pub 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 Barnard Castle - a bustling market town famous for The Bowes Museum, is 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 twin bedroom with additional guest 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 wooden floor. Bathroom with cast-iron claw-foot bath, bidet and toilet. Walk-in fully-tiled shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.




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Etherley Dene Farm in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, North East England

Etherley Dene Farm, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, North East England

Sleeps 19
Weekly prices from £1680 to £ 3079

Self catering accommodation in Bishop Auckland sleeps 19.

Features include: • Garden • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 19

Accommodation overview: This beautiful, traditional stone-built farmhouse, dating back to the 18th century, stands detached within its own mature gardens - with the enclosed rear garden boasting a summer house. Refurbished to a very high standard, the holiday property retains much character and charm, with oak floors and panelled walls. It makes an ideal location for weekend celebrations, those who enjoy walking, cycling, golf, fishing, horse riding or simply relaxing. Etherley Dene Farm is located in Bishop Auckland, which has been 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. At Bishops Park, an 18th-century deer house survives, and visitors can follow the mile-long lane that leads to the remains of Binchester Roman Fort. Fifteen miles south-west of Bishop Auckland is Barnard Castle. There is also the Bowes Museum to visit, which is housed in a grand French-style chateau and provides a wide collection consisting of furniture, paintings, tapestries and ceramics. NT properties nearby include Warren House Gill, Horden, Beacon Hill, Hawthorne Dene, Moorhouse Woods, Ormesby Hall and Moulton Hall. Local attractions include the new National Railway Museum at Shildon, Hamsterley Forest and Weardale National Park, and Teesdale (15 minutes). High Force and the coast are within a 30-minute drive, whilst Newcastle is within 40 minutes’ drive. Durham, with its cathedral, is 20 minutes; the Northumbrian coast and Hadrian’s Wall can be reached within an hour, and Leeds 1¼ hours. Shops ½ mile, pub 70 yards.

Two steps to 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, slate floor, French doors to garden. Snug with oak panelled walls, oak beams and electric ‘wood burner’. Utility with Belfast sink and additional electric oven. Shower room with toilet off ground floor. First floor: Four double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed, one with extra single bed (for +1). Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, one with extra single bed (for +1). Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, changing area and toilet, sofa bed (alternative sleeping).




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Lapwing Cottage in Beamish, County Durham, North East England

Lapwing Cottage, Beamish, County Durham, North East England

Sleeps 2
Weekly prices from £265 to £ 559

Self catering accommodation in Beamish sleeps 2.

Features include: Non Smoking • Short Break • Ultimate • Easy Walking Access

Accommodation overview: 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 boasting a great selection of cafés restaurants and shops. 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. Shop and pub serving food 2 miles.

Accommodation Detail

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.



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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Thorpe Hall - Chapel Cottage in Wycliffe, County Durham, North East England

Thorpe Hall - Chapel Cottage, Wycliffe, County Durham, North East England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £475 to £ 981

Self catering accommodation in Wycliffe sleeps 4.

Features include: • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 4

Accommodation overview: Set amidst the grounds of Thorpe Hall Estate, these two charming properties offer the perfect holiday retreat. Chapel Cottage, which adjoins the main hall enjoys wonderful views of the gardens and parkland. Whilst Corner Cottage is one of a pair close by. Both have pretty sitting-out areas. With beautiful sunsets, the River Tees flowing close by and the Teesdale Way, it is a truly magical setting. A local pub and farm shop providing good home-made food is ½ mile. Just 10 minutes by car, the market town of Barnard Castle offers tea rooms, shops, galleries, markets and the Bowes Museum. Raby Castle and High Force Waterfall are some of the many local attractions. Durham, York, Harrogate and the Gateshead Metro Centre are approx one hour’s drive. Shop 1/4 mile.




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Dales Chapel in Middleton-In-Teesdale, County Durham, North East England

Dales Chapel, Middleton-In-Teesdale, County Durham, North East England

Sleeps 14
Weekly prices from £1088 to £ 2540

Self catering accommodation in Middleton-In-Teesdale sleeps 14.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Pub near by • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 14

Accommodation overview:

Dales Chapel, formerly a Methodist chapel which dates back to the late 1800s, provides a spacious and characterful holiday home. The Grade ll listed chapel conversion combines original character with contemporary living to great effect and is situated in the market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and historically the most northern of the Yorkshire Dales. The property retains many original features including stained glass windows and an ornate ceiling to the striking second floor open-plan entertainment area with snooker table, home cinema area, two seating areas with multi-fuel stoves set in limestone fire surrounds and bar area with built-in dishwasher and fridge and granite work surfaces. Middleton-in-Teesdale has pubs serving food, shops and tea rooms and there is plenty to keep you occupied. The Pennine Way passes through the village and half an hour’s brisk walk brings you to Low Force, the first of a series of spectacular waterfalls in the area. One of Middleton’s attractions is High Force Waterfall - England’s largest single-drop waterfall - and there’s a lovely walk popular with families. Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum are easily reached and the area offers walking and cycling for all abilities. Selset or Grassholm reservoirs are nearby for fishing and sailing. The splendid scenery encourages all kinds of outdoor pursuits, from cycling along the C2C route and cross-country hacks, to watersports and wonderful walks. This charming market town is more like a big village, framed by the Pennine Fells and nestling beside the River Tees. Enjoy its delightfully old-fashioned and relaxing atmosphere. The Lake District is a 45-minute drive away and well worth a visit. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

4 steps to entrance. Spacious living/dining room with six chapel windows, solid oak dining table for 14 and well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops, all with wooden floor. Utility. Study/playroom. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower cubicle and sauna. Separate toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, Juliet balcony and wooden floor, one with en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two staircases to second floor: Sitting/games room with multi-fuel burner, bar, cinema, snooker table, poker table and Wii. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, two additional single beds (for +2), and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Multi-fuel burner - fuel inc
  • Elec, oil CH, bed linen and towels inc
  • Two satellite TVs
  • DVD
  • Blu-ray
  • Two iPod docks
  • Wii
  • Home cinema system
  • Combi m/wave/oven/grill
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Tel (honesty box)
  • Small enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • BBQ
  • On road parking
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 1 step in garden



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Scarcroft Cottage in Holwick, County Durham, North East England

Scarcroft Cottage, Holwick, County Durham, North East England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £224 to £ 533

Self catering accommodation in Holwick sleeps 4.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 4

Accommodation overview: 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.




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Rivers Edge Cottage in Shotley Bridge, County Durham, North East England

Rivers Edge Cottage, Shotley Bridge, County Durham, North East England

Sleeps 6
Weekly prices from £256 to £ 632

Self catering accommodation in Shotley Bridge sleeps 6.

Features include: • Internet Access • Easy Walking Access • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 6

Accommodation overview: This delightful detached single-storey barn conversion, set in a leafy glade in an idyllic peaceful setting by the river (permits available), enjoys its own attractive garden in the owner’s grounds. Totally refurbished and equipped to the E.T.C. ‘4 Star’ standard, it retains much character, beamed ceilings and unique features including a circular bathroom. Beautiful countryside (with many cycle tracks nearby) surround this is the ideal holiday location. Beamish Museum, Metro Centre, Newcastle city centre, Hexham, Durham close by. Northumberland coast within a 1-hour drive. Shops 1 mile.

One step to entrance. Spacious beamed living room with sofa-bed (for +2) and electric fire in feature fireplace. Farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.




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Tanfield Leith Farm Cottages - John Wesley Cottage in Tantobie, County Durham, North East England

Tanfield Leith Farm Cottages - John Wesley Cottage, Tantobie, County Durham, North East England

Sleeps 6
Weekly prices from £308 to £ 803

Self catering accommodation in Tantobie sleeps 6.

Features include: • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 6

Accommodation overview: 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.




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