10 guests

5 bedrooms

6 beds

4 bathrooms

The Old Rectory

in Durham


(37 Reviews)

This exceptional former rectory has been renovated to a 5* standard, allowing its character to flow through the property perfectly. With five bedrooms, four bathrooms and extensive gardens including a tennis court, this stunning holiday home will provide a truly unforgettable stay with memories that will last a lifetime. Sleeping up to ten guests, this dog friendly property is ideal for family gatherings and friendly get togethers.

Trip Details

Property Highlight #1

Interior Elegance

This former rectory has been beautifully renovated to the highest standard whilst still keeping all of its original charm and character.

Property Highlight #2

Tennis Court & Gardens

The Old Rectory boasts large gardens surrounding the entire property, and even comes complete with a tennis hard court.

Property Highlight #3

Extensive Living Areas

Measuring at over 3,000 square feet, The Old Rectory is not short of space. You'll find three seperate living areas to choose from, and kitchen-dining space perfect for entertaining.

The Space
The Old Rectory has been recently refurbished to the highest standard. With premium furnishings and beautiful finishes, you can expect a truly luxurious stay.

Head to the living room and you’ll find a comfortable space with velvet sofas and statement chairs. Turn on the flat screen TV to keep up with your favourite shows or spend quality time with your loved ones.

The property has a spacious open plan living and dining area. A real social hub, this space is great for relaxing with your party. The dining area includes a large table with seating for up to 10 guests.

Fully equipped for self-catering stays, the kitchen has everything you could need to prepare meals easily. Shaker in style, the dove grey cabinets are super stylish and in keeping with the rest of the decor in the property.

The Old Rectory boasts five spacious bedrooms. There is a bedroom on the ground floor with a king size bed. The rest of the bedrooms are located on the first floor and they include two kings, a twin, an ensuite king and ensuite double.

There is a shower room on the ground floor and the main bathroom is located upstairs.

Outside you’ll find extensive gardens with outdoor furniture. The perfect spot for a morning coffee or an evening tipple, the garden is a real added bonus to this beautiful property.

This property has been designed by Styled Interior Design. To find out more about Styled, please visit their website: www.styledinteriordesign.co.uk

Named as ‘One of the Best Cities to Visit in 2020’, Durham is a beautiful and charming area within the North East. Known as the ‘perfect little city’, Durham has the best mix of everything and it all blends seamlessly. It retains its medieval heritage but it also has a modern and vibrant twist. It boasts lush green landscapes but it also has busy cobbled streets with independent shops, bars and restaurants.

Durham has plenty of history within its walls. One of the most spectacular historic sites is Durham Cathedral. Constructed between 1903 and 1133, this towering building is a shining example of Norman architecture. The cathedral is now the oldest surviving building with a stone vaulted ceiling of such a large scale.

Getting Around
The centre of Durham is a short ten-minute drive from The Old Rectory.

Durham train station is 5-minute drive away so nearby towns and cities can easily be reached via rail. There’s also a taxi rank in close proximity to the train station.

There are plenty of bus routes throughout Durham. Hop on the Arriva 6 route to visit Barnard Castle or the number 22 which travels through Seaham and Sunderland.

  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Free parking on premises
  • Heating
  • Refrigerator
  • Iron
  • Stove
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Bed linens
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Cleaning Disinfection
  • Coffee maker
  • Cookware
  • Dishes and silverware
  • Essentials
  • Family/kid friendly
  • First aid kit
  • Flat smooth pathway to front door
  • Garden or backyard
  • Hangers
  • Hair dryer
  • High touch surfaces disinfected
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wide hallway clearance
  • Toaster
  • Towels provided
  • Town
  • Suitable for infants (under 2 years)
  • Suitable for children (2-12 years)
  • Step-free access
  • Smoke detector
  • Shampoo
  • Rural
  • Private entrance
  • Pets allowed
  • Patio or balcony
  • Path to entrance lit at night
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Laptop friendly workspace
  • High chair
  • Crib

Guests have access to the full property. The keys to the property are accessed via a secure key safe and full details will be provided shortly before your arrival date.

There is ample private parking available at the property which is accessed via a gated private driveway.

Check-in: 16:00

Checkout: 10:00

From the guestbook


(37 Reviews)



Incredible property, the size and layout serves a large group of guests so well. The facilities throughout the property were of a high standard. Easy to check-in and easy enough to find.

Such a great space.



An absolutely lovely place, in a great location and within some great grounds. We had this booked for a couple treat away and the place was spot on. The place was super clean, very well presented and matched to our expectations by the pictures. The space outside was lovely to enjoy in some very hot weather. Good communication from the team throughout and made for a very enjoyable stay away.



Fantastic hosts, lovely house, beautifully furnished and extremely spacious.



Not as advertised. We had many faults during our stay that were not resolved for us - no working stove top facilities or aga, no wifi, broken chairs and insufficient glassware.
Location was good though and it was generally clean although we did have to wipe down some dusty surfaces and wash some dishes

Matondo Fidel


We really enjoyed our stay,



This is a fantastic property which is well maintained and impressively spacious. The bedrooms are large and bed very comfortable. The three sitting areas allow flexibility for everyone. The grounds are the most impressive with an exceptional plot of land that is absolutely tranquil. Thank you for a great stay.



Lovely house, great size rooms, and bathrooms. Convenient location for Durham city, some road noise.



The Old Rectory is a great space for a large gathering.
Spotlessly clean inside and the aga was lovely to come down to in the morning.
The beds were so comfortable and the properly laundered bed linen was appreciated.
One small point, there were no cooking basics so bring salt, pepper and anything else you need for cooking!



Everything! What an outstanding stay!



Great house, loads of space and comfy beds.

Super easy to get in to Durham using the park and ride just up the road.



Had a wonderful stay. Really well located, fitted out to a high spec, and the garden and tennis courts were fantastic - would really recommend.



We had a fantastic stay, plenty of space.

A couple of issues upon arrival, however these were soon rectified and the owner handled it brilliantly.

We would love to return.



Great place to stay



This house is an amazing find: it’s huge! The rooms are all massive, with plenty of space. We used it to host a retreat for work colleagues, and the great wifi really helped too. Worth noting it is on a very busy road, though the view out to fields out the back do make up for it! The kitchen could be better equipped to ease cooking for large numbers, but in general it is a fabulous property. Thank you!



Great house beautifully decorated and cleanliness was great. Close to the city and in walking distance of a nice pub. Would definitely visit with friends again. Thanks



A large property which lends itself ideally to a large property or a number of smaller groups. A combination of open plan (tv lounge, dining area, and kitchen), with a number of other separate tv lounges. Something for everyone. Well located for Durham and surrounding area. Two pubs within walking distance. Absolutely fantastic property.



What a lovely house. Easily large enough for 10. Enclosed gated private grounds with tennis court and parking for at least 8 cars. Modern and warm with period features. Close to the local pubs, takeaway, village and childrens play area and only a few miles from Durham. When we arrived it felt like we were arriving at an hotel with towels and toiletries laid out in our huge bedrooms. You could see it had been well looked after with a modern kitchen and bathrooms. It was so lovely and clean and the beds were so comfortable. Fantastic communication with the owner. We had a brilliant time there. We will be returning.



The house was beautiful
There wasn't any pans in the kitchen and we wanted to cook a Christmas dinner so had to buy pans



Beautiful property, superb furnishings and lovely comfy bed , great communication from host we could not fault it even stayed an extra night which was so kindly accommodated
Can’t wait to return in the future!!



This is a lovely property in a pleasing setting and is on the whole maintained to a high standard. Its location made it an ideal base to tour the renowned national historic attractions in the area.



This is a fabulous house,with the comfiest beds I’ve ever slept on! We look forward to visiting again!



The house certainly lives up to expectations. We had an enjoyable stay with two mums and 4 teenagers. Plenty of space for us all to be together or apart.
The bedding and pillows were all clean and very comfortable. Super fridge with ice maker and plumbed for cold water on tap. We took our own hairdryers but they were available in every bedroom.



We had a really great stay at the Old Rectory. There was plenty of space, the beds are comfy, the kitchen was lovely and the surrounding areas are very beautiful for walking. Would definitely recommend.



We loved our stay. The house is beautiful, much bigger than it looks in the photos, and the grounds are also really big. We enjoyed the tennis court. There were ten of us staying, and we had plenty of space to all be together, but also to have some time in different rooms doing our own thing.



Stunning property within a 5 minute drive of Durham city centre.

3 families with 6 kids under 5 yo. Plenty of space in bedrooms and loads of communal space. Kids loved running up and down the corridors.

Garden is huge and tennis court is a great bonus.



A beautiful home within easy driving distance of lots of hikes and walks. The tennis court was a lot of fun and the Aga was great to use for cooking. Bedrooms and bathrooms were clean and the living rooms were really comfortable. Good for lots of people staying together, and very quick communication whenever we needed anything.



Lovely house a short (5 minute) drive from Durham City centre - plenty of space to easily accommodate two families with lots of different rooms for personal space when required. House is furnished to a very high standard, with lovely clean bathrooms, and has a really nice warm, cosy feeling, despite being roomy and spacious.



Stunning house. Is in a secluded spot in huge grounds but is beside a busy road which cannot be seen due to lots of trees but can be heard.
Clean. Comfy beds.
So much room for our party of 5.
Was a 10 min taxi ride to Central Durham costing approx £15.



Beautiful house. Great stay.



This house is so comfortable, stylish and spacious, we had beautiful weather while there so made full use of the tennis court. Very relaxing stay.



Very lovely house, in a beautiful setting. The house was very clean and has boutique style decor. Plenty of room for a large family. We enjoyed our stay here, and we were very central to Durham town centre, restaurant’s and other sites and attractions. I would recommend.



The Old Rectory has plenty of space for large groups in a private setting easily accessible from Durham. All of the areas of the house are of generous size, with a particularly lovely large kitchen which is perfect for socialising.



Lovely property which has been updated to a high standard.
Lots of space for a party of 10. Good location with Durham city centre only about a 5 minute drive.
Huge gardens which gets sun all day.
Well catered for wheelchair access, with downstairs bedroom & bathroom with no issues moving from room to room
Communication with host was excellent.
Would have no hesitation recommending or staying there again



Great place set back from the main road, giving you a good sense of privacy. All rooms a good size, with a nice area to congregate in the kitchen dinning area.

All rooms are furnished and decorated to a good/high standard.

The outstanding space is great, with a BBQ area and a tennis court.

Our family really enjoyed their stay, thanks!



We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the photos do not do this house justice for how big it is, plenty of communal space and lovely bedrooms. We enjoyed a bbq with the weather being so nice our stay and a game of tennis
Would definitely recommend to anyone considering



Beautiful house, probably larger than it seems in the photos.



Absolutely stunning house even better than the pictures!!
Perfect for our family trip, good communal space but also plenty of room to spread out. Outside space &tennis court was perfect too.
Well located for visiting Durham and the surrounding area.
Newcastle easily accessible too.
Some great pubs and restaurants nearby... takeaway for us due to current rules.

Home Truths

The Old Rectory is a five minute drive from Durham City Centre, but it's a little too far out to walk into the city.

Access to The Old Rectory is immediately off the A691 which is a busy dual carriage way, so guests will need to take care when approaching the gated entrance, and when leaving.

In retaining its original features, The Old Rectory still has single glazed windows throughout. However, the large central heating system and abudance of throws will keep you warm in the winter months.

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