County Durham is a county in Northeast England, bordering Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, Yorkshire and Cumbria. Its historic boundaries stretch between the rivers Tyne and Tees and encompasses high, windswept moors, wooded valleys and peaceful farmland. The county town of Durham is best explored by foot, with a maze of ancient cobbled streets packed with independent businesses. Visit the cathedral and castle before wandering along the riverside. 13th century Crook Hall and Gardens and the University Botanic Garden are also well worth a visit.
A delightful stone-built countryside cottage set in the Northern Yorkshire Dales, Hury Lodge in the peaceful hamlet of Hury, County Durham, offers pet-friendly holiday accommodation for small families and or couples with fully fitted kitchen and charming master bedroom.
A barn conversion set around a central courtyard on a working farm just outside the rural hamlet of Cleatlam, County Durham, Foxholes is an imaginative conversion of an old stable block, a three-bedroom farm cottage that features full-length picture windows set within its sandstone arches.
Shepherd’s Cottage boasts true charm in a stone-built conversion which sits in the middle of a field on a working farm in Holwick. Arriving by farm lane, guests will find a delightful rural cottage with two bedrooms and an upside-down design to capture the fantastic views of the Yorkshire Dales.
Town Farm is a luxury holiday cottage in the Yorkshire Dales near Barnard Castle. This large holiday home with a hot tub spoils guests with high-quality furnishings in every room as well as spacious gardens which invite relaxation and socialising for families and large groups. Sleeps 10.
West House is an 18th century, stone-built, semi-detached rural cottage set among beautiful grounds near Middleton-in-Teesdale, in the Yorkshire Dales. The traditional exterior houses a contemporary interior with touches of yesteryear, an open fire, and spectacular views from all vantage points.
Prospect Cottage is an impressive family-friendly rural holiday cottage is able to sleep up to five people in three double bedrooms. It is set in the picturesque countryside of County Durham nine miles from the historic City of Durham.
Stables Cottage is a comfortable and stylish countryside cottage in the Northern Yorkshire Dales near Barnard Castle. Accommodation is all on ground floor level and sleeps two to four people.
Built-in 1560, Scargill Castle epitomises country charm. The pet-friendly romantic cottage in Scargill, Yorkshire, emerges from the ruins of an old castle and features exposed beams, oak floors, a wood-burning stove, period furnishings and modern comforts, as well as seclusion and countryside views.
Meadows Edge once saw life as a reading room and the detached cottage still offers couples a tranquil, romantic getaway in Holwick. Skilfully converted and boasting modern comforts, the pet-friendly, old stone barn features an upside-down design to best capture the views of the Yorkshire Dales.
Darlington is a charming market town on the banks of the River Skerne and a must-see during your stay in a County Durham holiday cottage. It grew as an industrial centre in the 19th century, thanks to investment by wealthy Quaker families, and played a role in the birth of the railway when George Stephenson's engine Locomotion No.1 travelled through the town. Explore the town's many historic sites, including Piercebridge Roman Fort, one of several forts built on Dere Street, which was once one of Britain's most important Roman roads.
Other popular destinations near County Durham holiday cottages include Barnard Castle, an ancient market town on the banks of the River Tees. The imposing ruins of a medieval castle loom over the river on a high rock, with the remains of a 12th-century tower and the 14th-century Great Hall. The castle is not to be missed, with far-reaching views over the Tees Gorge. Nearby, The Bowes Museum houses North England's best collection of fine and decorative European art. Well worth a visit on self-catering holidays in County Durham, Hartlepool has a rich heritage as a port and shipbuilding centre, while Bishop Auckland is a picturesque market town in the Vale of Durham, overlooking the River Wear.