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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.
  • Brewery House Cottage, County DurhamInstant Book Overlay Image
    Situated in the peaceful village of Bishop Middleham, which is just a short drive away from the city of Durham, semi-detached Brewery House Cottage is the perfect destination for guests wanting to explore the surrounding areas. Right in the heart of Bishop Middleham and only a minute’s walk away from two pubs and a small village shop, Brewery House Cottage has amenities right on the doorstep and is a great place to stay. Perfect for romantic breaks, guests will be able to make full use of the many places to eat, which are within a 10-minute drive. Enjoy the peace and quiet and romantic setting of the cottage itself, beautifully finished to very good standards, it offers guests a high level of comfort with extra touches, including fluffy dressing gowns complimentary toiletries and a welcome tray.
    Great for walkers and cyclists, there are many established public footpaths and cycle paths that lead directly through the village and out into the heart of County Durham. Perfect for families of all ages and with excellent transport links there are plenty of amenities and attractions all within just a short 30 minute drive. The cathedral city of Durham is only 8 miles away and is one of the most historic cities in England offering guests an abundance of attractions to visit and enjoy including Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral. There is also the Gala Theatre and Millennium Square located in the centre of the city, making this the perfect spot for guests wanting to enjoy a theatre trip as part of their break. Packed with restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars, Durham is a thriving city with plenty of entertainment for guests at all time of the year. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy the bi-annual Lumiere Festival, annual book week, jazz festival, arts festival, miners gala and many more free attractions as well as the weekly farmer’s market and pavement artists that line the streets and market place. Nearby is the historic Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland.
    Should guests wish to enjoy a little retail therapy then they will find some beautiful boutiques along with many high street names and designer shops too. Durham County Cricket Club and Durham Golf Club are also only a short drive away as well as the pool and leisure centre at Freeman’s Quay. Full of personal touches, chic and romantic, Brewery House Cottage really is the perfect destination at any time of year. Shop ¼ mile, pub 100 yards and restaurant 3½ miles.
    £55
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  • The Old Moat Barn, County DurhamInstant Book Overlay Image
    Bishop Auckland, England
    This beautiful, converted barn is all on one level, and combines original character with high ceilings and oak beams, with tasteful modern décor and furnishings. The entrance is into the well-equipped shaker-style kitchen with all modern appliances and a coffee machine for your morning latte. Through to a spacious living area with comfy sofas, a dining area and your own private bar – remember to bring your favourite cocktail! When it comes to bedtime, the master bedroom has a double bed, fitted with high-quality bedding, the shared shower room with a double rainfall shower is off this room. There is an additional bedroom with twin beds and Smart TV. Patio doors lead you to the private courtyard. One of the highlights of your stay is taking a dip in the fabulous private hot tub in your enclosed garden. No matter the weather or season, It is an ideal way to relax whilst either taking in the sunshine or gazing at the stars. In the summer, enjoy al fresco meals or fire up the barbecue. Your well-behaved dogs are welcome too.
    With Coatham Woods on your doorstep, the barn is a perfect retreat for walkers and nature enthusiasts. Explore its vibrant woodland habitat during your stay, bursting with wildlife and various species for you to discover. Within a 15-minute drive, visit the town of Yarm, host to fabulous restaurants, boutique shops, cafés and pubs, and just an hour’s drive from the vibrant cities of York, Newcastle, Durham and Harrogate.
    Other nearby attractions include Roseberry Topping, a hilltop walk with incredible views over North Yorkshire, or enjoy a day out in Helmsley visiting the castle and walled garden. Enjoy a stroll around Osmotherly and the local reservoir. Visit Barnard Castle, walk around the castle ruins, lovely park, river walks, and the famous Bowes Museum. If you are a lover of the coast, this area has some of the best beaches! Head across to Saltburn-by-the-Sea and take a ride on the funicular railway, amble the quirky shops or take a beach walk and enjoy the fresh air. A little further is the seaside town of Whitby, famed for Bram Stoker’s ’Dracula’, with beautiful coastline, local history, quirky shops, harbour and boat rides, and of course not leaving without a feast of their famous fish and chips! There is so much more to enjoy, one visit is simply not enough!
    £94
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  • Raven Cottage, County DurhamInstant Book Overlay Image
    Barnard Castle, England
    Raven Cottage is a traditional sandstone building which has a surprisingly modern contemporary feel inside. Tastefully decorated throughout, you have the charm of being a quaint characterful cottage with all of the expectations of modern living. On the ground floor is the well equipped kitchen, which is open plan with the dining area. The cosy and inviting living area has a leather sofa to unwind on in front of the large smart TV. French doors lead into the totally private and enclosed courtyard which catches the sun in the afternoons, making this a peaceful and enjoyable outside space to enjoy meals al fresco. Upstairs are two bedrooms, the master bedroom with a kingsize bed and the second bedroom with a small double as well as a single bed, ideal for couples and small families. The family bathroom is perfect to end each day with a relaxing soak or a refreshing shower.
    Raven Cottage is ideally situated for walkers and cyclists wishing to explore the beautiful countryside of Teesdale, or for those seeking a more leisurely stay in one of the most historic and scenic towns in the region. Barnard Castle is a market town in Teesdale, on the site of a Roman ford which crosses the river. The ruins of the medieval castle and cobble streets, yards and back lanes are well worth seeing. From the town there is excellent walking with the Pennine and Teesdale Ways, River Tees and the waterfalls at High Force all nearby.
    Barnard Castle is known as the Gateway to Teesdale in the dramatic and inspiring valley of the turbulent River Tees. the traditional market town is full of character, combined with the buzz of an eclectic collection of designer clothes and interiors shops, cafes and restaurants. The jewel in the crown must be the Bowes Museum, built in the style of a French chateau and housing an internationally-acclaimed collection of European fine arts, ceramics and paintings. Not to be missed is the silver life-sized swan at the Bowes Museum, this mechanical masterpiece is incredibly lifelike and it actually moves as it preens its feathers on a shimmering metallic pool. Other attractions include Auckland Castle, Raby Castle, High Force Waterfall, The Forbidden Corner at Leyburn, Duncombe Park, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens, which can all be reached in under an hour.
    £78
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    Bishop Auckland, England
    Located between Darlington and Yarm, Oxford House sits in a slightly elevated position on the banks of the River Tees in the pretty village of Middleton One Row. With good access to Teesside and Darlington, and under a mile from Teeside International Airport, it is a fantastic base to explore the local area.
    The transformation of Oxford House was completed in 2023, providing high end luxury accommodation consisting of six properties, four apartments and two quirky loft-style studios. Whether visiting for a romantic getaway, family staycation, exploring with friends or a group celebration, there is accommodation to suit everyone, booked individually or in total to sleep up to sixteen people.
    You will love the contemporary décor and local artwork that greets you as you step through the door at Oxford House. Attention to detail and comfort is key – with luxury fitted kitchens, beautiful living spaces and sumptuous beds - you’ll be able to kick off your boots and wallow in the extravagance of it all! To add to the experience, you will find its dining partner the popular Devonport right next door! Enjoy the cosy bar, beautifully furnished restaurant, outside dining areas and private dining room for special occasions. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or an evening meal at your leisure.
    The location is perfect for getting out to explore. There are plenty of walking and cycling routes from the village. With great access to local countryside walks and cycling, Oxford House is a perfect base for the outdoor enthusiast. The Yorkshire Dales market town of Richmond is a 30-minute drive with its imposing castle and riverside walks, extending to the Yorkshire Dales National Park with beautiful walks and picture postcard villages. Alternatively, the beautiful coast and beaches at Saltburn by Sea down to Whitby can be reached in just over 30 minutes.
    There are many activities to enjoy and places of interest to visit. For special occasions Rockcliffe Spa and Country club are nearby, with a championship 18-hole golf course or try your hand at Croft race circuit, offering a memorable driving experience. The nearby town of Darlington offers shopping, dining, and theatre.
    The historic market town of Yarm, just a 10 minutes’ drive is a hidden gem and a great location for a relaxing day out. It boasts many excellent restaurants, coffee shops and clothing stores. Visit Beamish Museum near Durham or Bowes’ Museum in the quaint market town of Barnard Castle. Darlington and Northallerton railways stations connect in 30 minutes to York, Durham, and Newcastle.
    With so much to see and do, Oxford House is perfectly located to enjoy the north of England, towns, coast, and countryside.
    £103
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  • Colliery Cottage, County DurhamInstant Book Overlay Image
    Colliery Cottage is set in the peaceful rural village of Cornsay Colliery 6¾ miles from the beautiful historic cathedral city of Durham. Ideal for anyone looking for a restful rural break, visiting family at Durham University or exploring the beautiful north of England. Furnished to a high standard, the cottage provides spacious and well-equipped accommodation with lots of special touches for your stay. The attractive living room enjoys stunning views over Steeley Hill Woods and is a comfortable place to sit in and relax after a busy day.
    The separate dining room has a large dining table and a cosy wood burner and leads through to a modern well-equipped kitchen. To the rear of the property is an attractive, enclosed lawned garden set with a table and chairs. Upstairs are two spacious bedrooms. The master bedroom, with kingsize bed, enjoys lovely views across the open countryside. The second bedroom has twin beds and can be presented as a kingsize bed on request at the time of booking. The modern bathroom has complimentary toiletries and a P-shaped bath with shower over and a stylish basin in a vanity unit.
    Out and about you will be spoilt for a choice of places to visit. The cottage is within easy reach of the surrounding cities of Sunderland and Newcastle with a variety of shopping centres, bars, restaurants, arenas and theatres. The heritage coast and the beautiful beaches can be reached within 45 minutes…don’t forget to enjoy some fish and chips while you’re there! There are also many attractions close at hand, Beamish Open Air Mseum, Kynren Open Air Spectacular, Hall Hill Farm, Durham Luminair, Durham Gala Theatre and cinema, Metro Radio Arena, the Metro Centre, the Sage and Sunderland Illuminations to name a few. Outdoor enthusiasts will love that the cottage is also within easy reach of the beautiful Durham Dales, Hamsterley Forest and Derwent Reservoir.
    Opposite the cottage is a children’s park at the foot of Steeley Hill Wood, which boasts some lovely local walks. If you fancy popping out for breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake, a 5-minute drive will take you to the popular garden centre which is also home to a reptile house, birds of prey, duck pond and children’s play area.
    £103
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  • Meadow View Cottage, County DurhamInstant Book Overlay Image
    Meadow View is a lovely cottage situated in a perfect location to enjoy all amenities in the popular market town of Stanhope, often referred to as ’The Gateway to the Dales’. The North Pennines, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the perfect setting for a rural retreat or for guests who enjoy walking or cycling, For cyclists, it is a handy location for cycling and mountain biking trails at Hamsterley Forest, and is close to the C2C route.
    Fully renovated in 2021, Meadow View Cottage has a warm and welcoming feel, with lots of special touches throughout. The modern, rustic-style living room has relaxing sofas, an oak dining table, flagged floors and an inglenook fireplace with cosy wood burner. Adjoining this is the well-equipped kitchen and handy utility room with indoor storage space for cycles. Outside is an enclosed courtyard area with table and chairs, a lovely spot for a morning coffee or evening meal. There are also hot and cold taps to wash down your furry friends after their riverside walks! Upstairs are two beautifully appointed bedrooms to catch your sleep. The family bathroom has a modern style with a shower attachment over the bath.
    Along the High Street you will find pubs, tea shops and cafés, a local butchers, bakers and takeaway food options, as well as interesting gift shops. At the nearby Durham Dales Centre you will find a great selection of walking maps and information, as well as a variety of craft shops and a small café. There are many established walks, cycle paths and routes running directly from the town and out towards some of the traditional villages including Eastgate, Cowshill, Rookhope, Killhope, Frosterley and Wolsingham.
    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. In the warmer weather, enjoy the river or local open-air swimming pool, which is the only heated open-air pool in the county. Throughout the year, Stanhope hosts a variety of popular outdoor events ranging from music festivals to the annual Stanhope Show.
    In nearby Bishop Auckland visit Kynren – An Epic Tale of England, a spectacular live action show that takes place every summer. Hamsterley Forest, Raby Castle, or a little further visit Barnard Castle with its lovely riverside walks, High Force and Low Force Waterfalls, and the famous Bowes Museum. Within an easy 40-minute drive, guests will be able to visit the city of Durham with its historic cathedral, castle and university. 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. With so much locally to see and do, Meadow View Cottage makes an excellent base to stay. Pub and restaurant 528 yards.
    £61
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  • Seascape, County DurhamInstant Book Overlay Image
    There are several historic sites nearby pertaining to Hartlepool’s rich history, including the nearby beautiful 12th century St Hilda’s church. A tour of Hartlepool Headland takes in a selection of World War I and World War II historic sites including Heugh Battery which is the only battlefield of WW1 in England. Or celebrate the proud maritime history at the National Museum of the Royal Navy which includes the HMS Trincomalee – the oldest warship afloat in Europe. Making this a great place to explore.
    This historical fisherman’s cottage has beautiful original features and is sure to charm you. On the doorstep you have views of the sea, which is only a stone’s throw away, at low tide a sandy golden beach is revealed for you to enjoy. Between the jetty’s this is a sheltered cove, making this a good spot for wild swimming. Stepping inside the cottage you are welcomed into the lounge, which has comfortable seating in front of the TV and the electric stove which sits in the original fireplace. Glass double doors open into the kitchen/diner, with a dining table where you can enjoy meals together. The kitchen opens out into an enclosed patioed garden with outdoor seating. Upstairs on the first floor you have two well-presented bedrooms, from the windows in the master bedroom you have side views of the sea and the jetty with the small lighthouse. The master bedroom has a double bed, and is a generous size, with plenty of storage for your belongings. In the second bedroom you have twin beds. Going up to the second floor you get a sense of the properties age and heritage, with exposed beams and a high vaulted ceiling. This large room has been transformed into a games room, with a Smart TV as well as lots of board games, so no matter the weather you can have fun nights in, bonding as a family or as a couple.
    The local area boasts so much to see and do; from the cottage take a stroll along the 1½ mile promenade and follow the signposted history trail or make your way to the marina which is surrounded by a cosmopolitan mix of bistros, bars, cafes and restaurants. A splendid promenade connects the marina with Seaton Carew with miles of golden sands. There are many wonderful attractions just a short distance away, including Saltholme RSPB Reserve where rich bird life and even seals can be spotted, the National Glass Centre at Sunderland for a day out with a difference where you can try your hand at glass making, as well as Summerhill nature reserve and outdoor play centre, just to name a few.
    For the more active, the National Cycle Network Route 14 can be found in the local town and takes you all the way to Seaham, while the North York Moors National Park is well-worth venturing too for its spectacular scenery, enticing heritage and beautiful nature. You are within easy reach of the historic city of Durham, which is gorgeous for a day out with its magnificent cathedral and winding cobbled roads lined with independent shops and quirky bars and cafes. Seascape is a fantastic choice for your coastal escape, with history and scenery to soak up during your stay. Beach 160 yards. Pub and restaurant 110 yards.
    £65
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  • Riverside Cottage, County DurhamInstant Book Overlay Image
    This 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.
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  • Stables Cottage, County DurhamInstant Book Overlay Image
    An exceptional stable conversion resting on the outskirts of Barnard Castle in North Yorkshire. Single-storey accommodation. Open-plan living. WiFi. Hot tub. Middleton in Teesdale 12.8 miles; Richmond 15 miles.
    £233
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  • Abigails Cottage, County DurhamInstant Book Overlay Image
    In an idyllic rural location, up a sweeping driveway, you have the gorgeous Abigail’s Cottage. Backing onto the paddocks beyond, the friendly neighbouring horses pass by the bedroom windows. There is a large lawned garden with a huge koi carp pond, shared with the owners who live nearby, as well as your own private patio. Take in the scenery whilst enjoying meals out in the sunshine, whether you fancy a full English and a cup of tea whilst listening to the dawn chorus or a barbecue as the sunsets. This property is all on one level, and a ramp can be provided on request for the entrance. The layout is designed for wheelchair users, it is spacious with wide doorframes. Inside you have a bright living room, with soft cosy sofas around the wood burner, which is a delight on chilly winter evenings, when you can get snug in front of the crackling flames. The kitchen has a country feel and is well equipped ready for you to whip up any culinary delights your heart desires. Throughout the property you have the original beams and high vaulted ceilings. There are two bedrooms, there is the master kingsize bedroom with west views across the paddock, so that you can see the sunset in the evening. Plus, a twin bedroom with an en suite walk-in shower. The cottage is completed by a family bath room, with a comfortable oval bath, where you can slide beneath the bubbles and unwind, as well as a walk-in shower.
    Nearby you have some beautiful places to discover. The cottage has easy access to the road network which means exploring around Northumberland and County Durham is easy. The Durham coastline has beautiful beaches such as nearby Seaham, as well as rugged clifftops and dramatic headlands. A trip to Beamish Open Air Museum, 20 miles, is a must. You may also like to take a trip to Bishop Auckland to see the epic tale of England at the annual event called Kynren. This amazing spectacle spans 2000 years of history, myth and legend, starting at the end of June until mid-September. With fireworks and battle re-enactments this is an incredible live show.
    Nearby you have Durham city, which is one of the most historic cities in England and offers guests a variety of attractions to visit and explore. The city has recently been awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site accolade and Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle are definitely worth a visit. There is also the Gala Theatre and Millennium Square located in the centre of the city, making this the perfect spot for guests wanting to enjoy a theatre trip as part of their break. Packed with restaurants, bistros, cafés and bars, Durham is a thriving city with plenty of entertainment for guests at all time of the year. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy the bi-annual Lumiere Festival, annual book week, jazz festival, arts festival, miner’s gala and many more free attractions as well as the weekly farmers market and pavement artists that line the streets and marketplace. Should guests wish to enjoy a little retail therapy then they will find some beautiful boutiques along with many high street names and designer shops too. This is a great choice for families, couples and friends in all seasons.
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