With fabulous market towns in the Durham Dales, gorgeous scenic views along the Durham coast and fabulous places to enjoy walkies, County Durham is ideal for a pet getaway.
- Bishop Auckland, EnglandSet within 28 acres, the extensive grounds of the owners’ home and equestrian land look out across beautiful meadows and woodlands to the rear. Fowler Studio provides stylish accommodation for up to six people. On the ground floor is a spacious bedroom with kingsize bed and optional sofa bed, and the vaulted ceilings and Velux windows make this a light and relaxing room. Through to a large open-plan living/dining space and compact kitchen, equipped with a two-ring hob, electric oven and microwave grill for cooking. Upstairs the galleried bedrooms have vaulted ceilings, exposed stone walls and glass balustrades, making this feel like a cosy space to retreat to. It is accessed by paddle stairs and a second spiral staircase, not suitable for less mobile guests. On the ground floor, the owners’ have designed a superb dressing room for all guests with plenty of storage and hanging space, and areas to sit and get ready. There is a stylish family bathroom with a double walk-in shower.
Outside, guests can enjoy an enclosed courtyard with garden furniture to sit and enjoy a morning coffee or glass of wine. For later in the day and the warmer weather, stroll across the paddock to the secret garden which is set with furniture to sit and enjoy the views across the meadows.
Out and about there are walking and cycle routes from the door. Take a route through 5 acres of woodland and a short 2-mile walk into Heighington village and enjoy the hospitality at the village pub. The cathedral city of Durham, a World Heritage Site, can be reached within a 20-minute drive. Tourist attractions include the Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, book week, arts week, the Gala Theatre, castle and cathedral, as well as many designer boutiques, shops and with an excellent choice of places to eat and drink.
Within easy reach are Barnard Castle, the North East coast, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Lake District National Park and the Northumberland Coast. For the outdoor enthusiast, cyclists, ramblers and leisurely walkers will find many walks and cycle paths suitable for all abilities. Hamsterley Forest is a delightful 2000-hectare site with popular walking trails, including the Gruffalo Trail, as well as cycle trails, orienteering and plenty of spots for a picnic£71From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Bishop Auckland, EnglandSituated just 4 miles from Darlington and 15 miles from Richmond and the Yorkshire Dales, Low Maidendale Farm sits within acres of beautiful open countryside. Accessed by a long farm track, the once working farm still has its original outbuildings and gives you the unique opportunity to experience farmhouse living. The large courtyard offers private parking and the gardens and extensive grounds a place for children to play. Inside, as you would expect, the rooms are spacious and plenty of room for an extended family and furry friends.
There are many activities to enjoy and places of interest to visit. There is a retail park nearby and Darlington, Northallerton and Richmond town centres have excellent restaurants, wine, and coffee bars. Darlington and Northallerton railways stations connect in 30 minutes to York, Durham and Newcastle For special occasions, a 15min drive will take you to a luxurious spa and country club, with a championship 18-hole golf course. Or try your hand at Croft race circuit, offering a memorable driving experience. With great access to local countryside walks and cycling, Low Maidendale Farm is a perfect base for the outdoor enthusiast with beautiful walks straight out into miles of countryside.
The Yorkshire Dales market town of Richmond, with its imposing Castle, and riverside walks, extends to the Yorkshire Dales National Park with beautiful walks and picture postcard villages. Darlington Railway Museum houses the world’s first passenger locomotive (1825). Shildon Railway Museum, Beamish and Bowes’ Museum in the quaint town Barnard Castle are popular places to visit. High Force one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England, is close by in Teesdale in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.£106From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Stanhope, EnglandThis wonderful apartment is just beside the River Wear with a popular riverside walk along the bank, you are just around the corner from the centre of the thriving and beautiful market town of Stanhope. Fully refurbished in 2021, it matches the same standards as its sister apartment Squirrel Cottage (ref UK37886). Entering the property you are welcomed by a spacious living area, with an open plan kitchen, dining and living room. Ideal for socialising in an evening and winding down after a busy day of exploring. There are many thoughtful personal touches ensuring this is a stay to remember, including a huge map of the local area beside the dining table so that you can plan the adventures for the days ahead. The bathroom is large and indulgent, everything is of a high quality and has been designed with your comfort in mind. There are two double bedrooms, through the master double bedroom you have a door leading out into the enclosed yard with a seating area. Looking up from the courtyard you have views up to the castle which is on the hillside behind the property. This is a very popular base for walkers and cyclists too, Stanhope is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is often referred to as ’The Gateway to the Dales’ and is home to the very informative Durham Dales Centre, which boasts an informative selection of maps, as well as a variety of craft shops and a small café.
Stanhope offers a variety of local amenities, including plenty of cafés, a sweet shop, local butchers, bakers and fish and chip shop, all within walking distance from the front door Riverside Cottage. There is also an assortment of local bars, including The Bonny Moorhen which is named after a famous battle here, between poachers and the Bishops Men, it serves great home cooked meals as well as weekend live entertainment. Walkers will find themselves surrounded by the open countryside of Weardale, with many established walks, cycle paths and routes running directly from the town and out towards some of the traditional villages nearby including, Eastgate, Cowshill, Rookhope, Killhope, Frosterley and Wolsingham. For very energetic guests, Stanhope boasts The Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool, which is the only heated open-air pool in the county, and perfect for a warm dip surrounded by beautiful views of the countryside.
Ideal for children is the Weardale Railway that stops in Stanhope, and covers an 18-mile heritage line that runs through parts of County Durham and has different events all year round, including the very popular train to Christmas Town.
Just a 25 minutes drive to Hamsterley Forest, High force water falls, Derwent reservoir and Alston. A little further afield, but still within an easy 40-minute drive, guests will be able to visit the city of Durham with its historic cathedral, castle and museums. Barnard Castle, Beamish Living Museum, Gateshead Metrocentre, Newcastle upon Tyne, Hexham Corbridge and Hadrian’s Wall can all be reached in an hour’s drive and offer a great day out for guests of all ages. For a country break away to remember, this apartment is sure to delight. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.
Riverside Cottage can be booked together with Squirrel Cottage (UK37886) to accommodate up to 8 guests.£104From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Stanhope, EnglandKiln House is situated in the market town of Wolsingham in picturesque Weardale, in the North Pennines and part of a designated AONB. Offering three welcoming, local pubs serving food, as well as a good choice of cafés and local shops selling a range of goods. Dating back to 1745, Kiln House has been lovingly restored combining original features with modern day amenities to provide a truly warm and welcoming holiday home.
Opening into a spacious living room with original beams, wood burner in an inglenook fireplace, comfy sofas and a Smart TV and DVD collection for your entertainment. The heart of the cottage is the country kitchen with dining table and fireside chairs set around the wood burner. A great space for everyone to gather and chat whilst the designated chef rustles up the food. A separate utility / drying room is a perfect spot to throw off coats and boots. Outside, is an enclosed courtyard set with bistro table and chairs. Bikes can be kept here too with access from the side door.
Upstairs are three spacious bedrooms, a single bedroom with shuttered windows, the double bedroom has additional futon providing flexible sleeping and finally the master bedroom with beautiful wood flooring, built in wardrobes and en-suite toilet and washbasin. The bathroom has a free-standing slipper bath for a luxurious soak and for those who prefer convenience, a double shower cubicle.
Out and about, enjoy woodland trails around Stanhope, Tunstall Reservoir and Pow Hill Country Park, all within 16 miles. A short drive will take you to the town of Bishop Auckland or the historic city of Durham with its magnificent cathedral and castle, lovely river walks, quirky shops, great bars, and restaurants. Newcastle upon Tyne, the Metrocentre, Barnard Castle, Derwent Reservoir and Alston, can all be reached within an hour’s drive. A little further afield but still within an hour and a half driving distance, guests will be able to take a day trip to the Lake District, Northumbria, Hadrian’s Wall, Middleton-in-Teesdale and the spectacular, High Force Waterfall, which is the highest in England.£85From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Durham, EnglandSituated on the Durham heritage coastline Birch Leaf House provides the perfect base for families, couples, singletons as well as their furry friends to enjoy the superb countryside and culture of Durham County, Land of the prince Bishops. Recently refurbished to a high standard, Birch Leaf House has its own private garden and off-street parking. You can also enjoy the games room as well as a hot tub while you enjoy a relaxing evening with the tipple of your choice alternatively you can visit one of the nearby pub cafés or restaurants overlooking the beach.
Seaham is a lively harbour town with its own marina on the Durham Heritage Coast. Admire the dramatic cliff top views on your walk along the coastal path or enjoy the tranquil beauty of the sandy North Beach with its famous glass pebbles and explore its inviting rock pools. You may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of dolphins offshore which frequently visit the area. Don’t forget to take your picture with ’Tommy’, the WW1 statue. You can also treat yourself and dine at Seaham Hall, once the Georgian Estate of Sir Ralph Milbanke, were Lord Byron, considered one of the historical leading figures of the Romantic movement, married Sir Ralph’s daughter Anne Isabella Milbanke. There are also plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy such as the nearby go-Karting facility for those budding Formula 1 drivers. Birch Leaf House is also ideally place near the A19, North for towards Newcastle and South towards North Yorkshire for those wishing to explore further afield.
Durham City on the River Wear, with its famously stunning Cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site, and castle as well as is world famous university is easily accessible with a 20-minute drive. Take advantage of the Park and Ride. Nearby Newcastle upon Tyne boasts a first-class shopping experience with numerous restaurants and cafes. Visit the Baltic Art museum or the Sage Gateshead on the River Tyne. You can also visit the world-famous Angel of the North sculpture designed by Sir Antony Gormley. For those wishing to explore the delights of the Durham countryside you can visit Teesdale, Weardale or Tynedale all set in the wild and wonderful north Pennines (an AONB). Visit High Force in Teesdale which is one the largest waterfalls in England. For those wishing to explore even further afield there are the National Parks of Northumberland, home of Hadrian’s Wall and Bamburgh Castle, the Yorkshire Dales home to Wensleydale cheese and the North Yorkshire Moors, home of Heartbeat and Dracula country. All are within easy reach of Birch Leaf House.£96From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Bishop Auckland, EnglandSituated in the quiet village of Newfield, just 8 miles from the city of Durham, Stonebank Cottage offers comfortable homely accommodation and is the ideal base for small families and friends wanting to really explore the local area. The spacious living room with a large Smart TV and relaxing sofa is most welcoming after a day exploring the local area. There is a separate kitchen and dining room with a wood burner. Upstairs is a bathroom and three bedrooms, comprising a kingsize master bedroom and two twin bedrooms (one has a pull-out single bed). All bedrooms have a TV. There is a children’s play park just opposite, and a pub within walking distance. To the rear there is an enclosed yard, ideal for those bringing their furry friend. Across the back lane is a large raised lawned-garden with seating, and a double garage conversion which is a great social space with the addition of a luxury six-seater hot tub with mood lighting and chill out chairs, comfortable seating and home bar area.
The stunning local landscapes and heritage offer an interesting variety of days out. Steeped in history, nearby Bishop Auckland, 3½ miles, offers a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as historical attractions including Auckland castle and the now famous Kynren Spectacular, showcased July-September annually and bookable in advance. The performance of Kynren charts over 2000 years of British history, myth and legend. Local attractions include Durham’s castle, cathedral and the city walls. The River Wear runs through the city and guests can enjoy a romantic boat trip or a glass of champagne by the riverside. Filled with quality restaurants, bistros, cafés and bars, the city is thriving at night and there is often street entertainment to enjoy including the Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, book week, arts week and many more. For those who love shopping, there is the famous Metro-Centre, which is situated in Gateshead near Newcastle upon Tyne, approximately an hour away. Many National Trust and heritage sites are within easy reach including Barnard Castle, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum, Beamish and High Force Waterfall. Being conveniently close to the main road network of the A1 and A68, it’s easy to explore a variety of places including the North Yorkshire Dales, city of York, County Durham and Durham Heritage Coast.£76From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Stanhope, EnglandThis detached bungalow sits in an elevated position in the pretty Dales village of Ireshopeburn in upper Weardale in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Beautifully finished to provide a very good standard of accommodation with ramped access to the front and rear, making this perfect accommodation for anyone with limited mobility. A large light filled lounge / dining room has large patio doors which lead out to the garden with views over open countryside. The log burning stove makes this a warm and inviting room in the cooler months. The kitchen / breakfast area is well equipped with all your modern appliances and leads out into the conservatory.
Set with comfortable sofa and chairs this is an ideal room with views across the fields to sit with your morning coffee or curl up with your favourite book. There are two bedrooms, one a double with fitted wardrobe and scenic views, the second a twin room for flexible sleeping and a family bathroom with bath and convenient walk in shower. The sweeping driveway to the front has private parking for two cars and ramped access to the front door. To the rear the patio is a perfect sun trap and with the beautiful open countryside leading right up to the property you really have a feeling of being away from it all.
Ireshopeburn is perfect for guests who enjoy a walking or cycling holiday, there are plenty of public footpaths and cycle paths that lead directly from the cottage and through some of the most magnificent countryside and beyond, offering visitors views of hills, dales, waterfalls and much more. There are also plenty of attractions within a close radius, which include Killhope Wheel, the lead mining museum is a favourite of families of all ages. The pictures postcard villages of Stanhope, Frosterley and Wolsingham are a short drive.
For guests wanting to travel a little further afield but still remain within an easy hour’s drive, the opportunities are vast. The cathedral city of Durham, with its castle and university, is only 27 miles away, Cumbria and the Lake District can be visited within an hour’s drive, as can the stunning Northumberland coast, historic Hexham and Corbridge, Hadrian’s Wall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Alnwick making this a perfect location for couples, families and groups of friends.£57From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Stanhope, EnglandThe Stables is a stunning property and sits in an elevated position with grand views over rolling countryside, just outside the popular village of Stanhope in the Durham Dales. Within the extensive grounds there is a variety of seating areas, picnic tables and loungers - something here for everyone. Completed in July 2022, The Stables has been finished to an exceptional standard. Care has been taken to allow for accessible entry for less mobile guests, or wheelchair users. The spacious open plan living space has huge floor to ceiling windows bringing the outside in, the leather corner sofas are positioned to take full advantage of this. A suspended egg chair is bound to be a firm favourite, while a wall mounted Smart TV provides entertainment. There is a large well-equipped kitchen/dining room, boot room, a utility room and separate toilet. The bedrooms offer flexible sleeping arrangements on request.
Outside, enjoy a dip in the hot tub set in a smaller courtyard garden, a great way to relax after a busy day. Amble down to the fountain to find a quiet spot to read a book or enjoy an al fresco supper. As night draws in, take a warm throw to wrap up and sit and experience the amazing starry skies above. The children will love the activity play area. To cater for your stay, grocery deliveries from the major supermarkets are available, and if required arrangements can be made for a local Thai chef to provide meals on request (by contacting the owner).
The village centre is approximately one mile away with an excellent variety of local amenities, where you will find pubs, tea shops, cafés, butchers, bakers, and takeaways. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Stanhope is often referred to as ’The Gateway to the Dales’. There are many established walks, cycle paths, and routes running directly from the town and out toward some of the traditional villages. In the warmer weather, enjoy the Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool. Also ideal for children is the Weardale Railway which stops in Stanhope, and covers an 18-mile heritage line that chugs through parts of County Durham and has different events all year round. Other attractions include a visit to Raby Castle, or Barnard Castle with its lovely riverside walks and the famous Bowes Museum. Two horses, dogs, cats, and four hens live on the property.£174From price per night based on 7 night stay