As the weather starts to heat up, you may start daydreaming about your next holiday. With staycations as popular as ever, Durham is a fantastic choice from a romantic getaway to a fun filled family trip.

Whether you like to lay your head on a uniquely scented pillow or prefer to glamp under the darkest of skies - where you stay is of the utmost importance. From stunning Treehouses to historical hotels, we've got you covered.

View of Beamish Glamping converted railway carriage and hotrub

Beamish Glamping 

Where? Beamish Village - location available upon enquiry. 

If a one-of-a-kind stay is what you are looking for, then the restored railway carriage at Beamish Glamping could be the destination for you! 

The individual 5-star luxury glamping pod includes a fully equipped kitchen, a double bed, en suite shower room and a roomy deck complete with a private hot tub.

What’s more, this instagrammable stay is in the same village as Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, where you can step back in time and immerse yourself in how life used to be.

Two wine glasses with one of Cheesedale Shepherd's hut in the background

Cheesedale

Where? Pond Farm, 11 Copley Lane, Butterknowle, DL13 5LW

Yes, you read that correctly, ‘Cheesedale’ is located on Teesdale Cheesemakers’ two acre land in the Durham Dales. It consists of a small holding, including adorable animals, dairy, cafe, and two deluxe shepherd huts. 

Both huts come with en suite bathrooms, double beds, catering facilities and are dog friendly. The veranda offers amazing views of Teesdale where you can relax with a cup of local coffee or wine. And, of course, you can opt for the continental breakfast which features locally made Teesdale Cheese from the on-site cafe.

If you love cheese then staying here would be a (cheese) dream come true with cheesetasting and even cheese making experiences on offer during your stay. Teesdale Cheesemakers is the perfect place to stay for solo travellers, small families and couples. Plus it's dog-friendly too! 

A bedroom inside High Force Hotel

High Force Hotel 

Where? Alston Rd, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Forest-in-Teesdale, Barnard Castle DL12 0XH

If you’re looking for a rural hotel with an abundance of charm, history, and also happens to be perfect for pooches, High Force Hotel could be the one for you.

Owned by Raby Estates, High Force Hotel dates back to the 18th century. It has 10 ensuite rooms all tastefully decorated to make your stay comfortable and stylish. Its cosy dining room offers up drool worthy British food and being dog friendly, your four-legged friend is welcome too.

There are miles of footpaths in the North Pennines AONB and Durham Dales where High Force - one of UK’s most beautiful waterfalls is situated, as well as plenty of attractions in the surrounding areas, including the Pennine Way, Raby Castle, Plotters’ Forest, and The Bowes Museum. 

View of Ramside Hall Hotel's luxury treehouses

Ramside Hall Treehouses

Where? Ramside Hall, Carrville, Durham, DH1 1TD

You can’t get much more luxurious than the stunning Treehouses at Ramside Hall.

Set in the woodland, each Treehouse has floor to ceiling windows and a wraparound balcony enveloping you in Mother Nature. A sunken hot tub is also on offer providing a perfect way to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing or trail walking at the nearby Durham Heritage Coast or beautful countryside currounding Durham City. 

Built on stilts, the Treehouses each feature three bedrooms, a private living room and a state-of-the-art bathroom complete with a free-standing copper bath. 

Ramside Hall is a favourite among golfers and the Treehouses are adjacent to the 18th fairway of The Prince Bishops Golf Course, giving guests unrivalled views over the fairway and green.

view of front of Seaham Hall Hotel on a bright sunny day

Seaham Hall 

Where? Seaham Hall, Lord Byron’s Walk, Seaham, SR7 7AG

Clifftop based, Seaham Hall is a multi-award-winning showstopper spa hotel that will not disappoint. 

Built in 1793 and set in 37 acres of rustic countryside with views to the breathtaking heritage coast, this 5-star luxury hotel has a fascinating past which plays out in its impressive interior as well housing its divine easten inspired Serenity Spa.

Each bedroom is different from the next, from wood fired hot tubs to enormous king-size beds, each room has everything you need for an unforgettable getaway - including a unique pillow spray.

External view of Tithe Barn Cottages, Easington Village

Tithe Barn Cottages

Where? Rectory Farm, Hall Walk, Easington Village, Peterlee, SR8 3BS

Dating back to the 13th century and rumoured to have been built as a place of worship by the Prince Bishops of Durham, Tithe Barn Cottages are the perfect escape for families or groups of friends.

The Hayloft sleeps four, and is light and airy, The Brye is a cosy ground floor space, and the pet-friendly farmhouse is the largest cottage and comfortably sleeps four plus two dogs. Aside from having incredible curb appeal, the interior has oodles of countryside charm as well as mod cons and the master bedroom features exposed beams, a spacious bathroom complete with roll-top bath and walk-in shower.

View more amazing places to stay across the county on our dedicated accommodation page. 

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