The ancient market town of Sedgefield is located in County Durham. Set amid rugged countryside, its bustling centre is compact enough that everything is within walking distance. Self-catering holidays in Sedgefield are an opportunity to experience a few of the region’s ancient traditions. Mob Football is still played every Shrove Tuesday, and there is a medieval fair in May. There are a variety of independent businesses in the town centre, including Tosach Tea Shop, at the Square. The Dun Cow and the Golden Lion are among the town’s best pubs. As you explore the town centre from your holiday cottage in Sedgefield, you will notice beautiful historic landmarks such as St Edmund’s Church, featuring intricate 17th century Cosin woodwork which is unique to County Durham.
Overlooking the Green, the Manor House dates back to 1707, and is one of the region’s best examples of Queen Anne-style architecture. A market has been held in Sedgefield for many centuries, and still takes place on the green, on the second Sunday of each month with stalls selling fresh produce from neighbouring farms. There have been several discoveries of ancient sites in the area, including a Roman settlement of crofts and workshops.
Just outside the town, and perfect for a stroll on self-catering holidays in Sedgefield, Hardwick Hall Country Park lies on the site of a Palladian estate, the construction of which began in the 18th century. The grounds are dotted with ornamental lakes, grottoes, temples and follies. North of the park, Knotty Hill Golf Centre has an excellent course where visitors are welcome. Nearby, Sedgefield Racecourse is a renowned horse-racing venue with regular events. The main road through Sedgefield runs west to Chilton, Coundon and Bishop Auckland, and east to Wolviston, Greatham and Hartlepool. The city of Durham is a half-hour drive northward.