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County Durham

If you’re looking for a peaceful ‘away from it all’ holiday where you can re-charge your batteries amongst beautiful countryside, County Durham is for you; providing untouched rural landscapes and a rich historical backdrop.

Any cottage holiday in County Durham would not be complete without a visit to the historic city of Durham. The city is renowned as one of the finest historical and cultural cities in the UK, with its magnificent cathedral and castle world heritage site. Enjoy its medieval architecture, cobbled winding streets, unique shops, pubs and restaurants.

The Durham Dales forms The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an area of open heather moorland, rivers and dales, wonderful wildlife and ancient stone villages; just perfect for days out walking and touring. Include a visit to High Force waterfall where you can combine a lovely woodland walk with the magnificent site of the waterfall where the River Tees falls over the falls in two stages, creating a wonderful natural, all-year round spectacle.

Head eastwards for days out at the Durham Coast, with a coastal path, quiet beaches and imposing headlands. A great way to unwind amongst nature as it was intended, with the wind in your hair and great uninterrupted view out across the North Sea.

For a the perfect family day out Beamish Museum fits the bill, where you can discover what the north east was like in times gone by. Set in 300 acres of countryside this is a working, living museum giving a real sense of what life was like all those years ago.

From riverside strolls to tackling parts of the Pennine Way and with quiet country roads to challenging off-road climbs, County Durham offers lots of opportunities to explore by foot or bike; suitable for both novices and experts alike!

Despite its rural character there’s plenty to keep visitors fully occupied during their stay, with a wealth of things to do and places to see in this enchanting corner of England.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in County Durham.
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  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×
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    Ref: 27765
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    On site facilities will keep you entertained for hours, or alternatively explore the area and visit High Force waterfall or Beamish open air museum.
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    These delightful semi-detached cottages are holiday homes situated in the heart of County Durham, located near the idyllic countryside village of Wolsingham, in the Durham Dales. Each cottage offers you the remoteness of a country retreat with shared indoor swimming pool and sauna, there is also a games room with full size snooker table. There are limited private pool sessions available which can be booked directly with the owner - please call when you book the property. Whether you choose...

    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Heartwell Cottage
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  • Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Old Assembly Rooms

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1397
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    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free
    The Old Assembly Rooms is conveniently located for exploring Bishop Auckland and the surrounding area with its many footpaths and cycle routes.
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    The Old Assembly Rooms is packed with character and original features, and is on three levels. The property is quirky, interesting and unique. On the first floor, there is a spacious living room with plenty of windows overlooking the bustling high street of Fore Bondgate. The kitchen is traditional and well-equipped, with contemporary appliances. A long corridor leads to a quirky twin bedroom, a family bathroom, and a single bedroom at the rear of the apartment. On the second floor there...

  • Stanley, near Beamish, County Durham
    Stanley, near Beamish, County Durham×

    Murray Park

    Stanley, near Beamish, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC887
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    This holiday home truly is a perfect holiday base, with all the local amenities on your doorstep.
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    Murray Park is the perfect base for exploring the North East, Tyne, Wear and County Durham. This well-presented holiday home is the ideal property for families, friends and small groups who wish to enjoy their holiday together. With plenty of space and beautifully furnished throughout, Murray Park offers contemporary and practical accommodation. On the ground floor is a large living room with comfortable sofas and seating. The kitchen and dining room is open plan with doors leading out...

  • Wolsingham, near Stanhope, Co. Durham
    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, Co. Durham×

    Backstone Bank Farmhouse

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, Co. Durham

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    Ref: UKC1900
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    With fabulous views from every room, Backstone Bank Farmhouse is in an ideal location for exploring the North Pennines and County Durham.
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    Situated high up on a hill above Tunstall Reservoir, in a hidden valley on the edge of the North Pennines, Backstone Bank Farmhouse is a fabulous property in a stunning location. Located next to a working farm, in spectacular surroundings overlooking the Tunstall Valley, this 16th-century farmhouse has amazing views from every room. It offers accommodation of the highest standard, and has been renovated and lovingly furnished, retaining many original features with the addition of top...

  • Frosterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Frosterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    West Bridge End - The Gingang

    Frosterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: 24969
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A lovely large barn conversion complete with swings for the children and shared use of a games room, there’s something for everyone.
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    Overlooking the River Wear, these superb conversions of the barn, old byre and stables provide a wonderful holiday retreat. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside and is set in a haven of peace and tranquillity. Adjoining one another, they lie within an attractive courtyard setting, complemented by a fountain and shrubberies. All the properties have been tastefully refurbished and are full of character and charm, with shared use of lovely grounds, children’s play area, summer house...

    West Bridge End - The Old Byre
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    West Bridge End - The Stables
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  • Old Cornforth, County Durham
    Old Cornforth, County Durham×

    Church View

    Old Cornforth, County Durham

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    Ref: 25165
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    On your stay visit the beautiful Durham Dales and enjoy England’s highest waterfall, all set with this AONB.
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    Set on the village green of Old Cornforth, within a conservation area, this attractive Edwardian style detached holiday home provides stylish and spacious accommodation for families and couples. Ideally located in the Wear Valley, an AONB, with Hamsterley Forest, 4 miles, having lovely walks, cycle trails, sporting and leisure activities. Durham City, 6 miles, has a historic cathedral and many boutiques and restaurants. The beautiful Durham Dales of Weardale and Teesdale with High...

  • Crook, near Durham, County Durham
    Crook, near Durham, County Durham×

    Stodowa

    Crook, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1111
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This luxurious detached holiday cottage, complete with beautiful gardens and a games room, provides superb accommodation for celebrations and family gatherings. This luxurious detached holiday cottage, complete with beautiful gardens and a games room, provides superb accommodation for celebrations and family gatherings.
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    Nestled away in the peaceful countryside of County Durham, and with a beck running through the grounds, Stodowa is the perfect property for guests wanting top quality accommodation in a fabulous, secluded location. This detached, contemporary barn conversion has five spacious bedrooms, two of which offer en-suite facilities, making it ideal for celebrations or a family get-together. There is a large entrance hall, and both the beautiful living room (with vaulted ceiling and large...

  • Low Dinsdale, County Durham
    Low Dinsdale, County Durham×

    The Ashes

    Low Dinsdale, County Durham

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    Ref: W42308
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    For an active break there is much to keep you occupied or simply enjoy the tranquil grounds or a drive in the Yorkshire Dales.
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    Set in beautiful, tranquil grounds


    Set in beautiful, tranquil grounds of 130 acres, including a section of the River Tees with fishing rights and an arboretum with over 240 species of trees, this superb detached former granary situated on a working farm, has been creatively converted to provide a spacious holiday home brimming with character. Near the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this charming house is perfectly located to tour the Yorkshire...

  • High Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    High Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Lazuli

    High Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC233
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    This large holiday home in the popular village of High Etherley offers unique accommodation in the heart of the Durham Dales.
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    Situated just a couple of miles away from the popular town of Bishop Auckland in the small village of High Etherley, this detached property is the perfect location for family get-togethers, holidays with friends, golfing holidays or a touring base for County Durham. It is the gateway to Weardale and Teesdale. Bishop Auckland, with its own Prince Bishop’s Castle, has 15 golf courses within 15 miles. Lazuli is perfect for families wanting to visit the annual Kynren Spectacular...

  • Crook, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Crook, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    White View Lodge

    Crook, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    4
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    Ref: UKC1754
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    A large property ideal for get-togethers with family and friends, located very close to Bishop Auckland, and the magnificent city of Durham. A large property ideal for get-togethers with family and friends, located very close to Bishop Auckland, and the magnificent city of Durham.
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    Perched on a hill and overlooking the fabulous countryside of County Durham, White View Lodge really does live up to its name. Only a short walk from the centre of Crook, guests will find themselves in the perfect location for exploring the local area. Often regarded as The Gateway to Weardale, the popular market town of Crook features a thriving town centre with a variety of shops, cafés, restaurants and a market that is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There are two...

  • Staindrop, Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Staindrop, Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    The Old Chapel Retreat

    Staindrop, Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: MTB
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A rare chance for the whole family to stay in a converted chapel providing spacious rooms, a large dining table and even a games room.
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    The Old Chapel Retreat, a charming, detached, 19th-century chapel has been skilfully restored to retain much character and charm throughout. It provides quirky, clever holiday accommodation whilst retaining some original stone floors and walls. Perfectly located in the heart of this pretty picture postcard village with quaint inns and tea rooms. Within walking distance is the medieval grand fortress of Raby Castle with its 200-acre deer park surrounding the castle. Barnard Castle, a...

  • Wolsingham, County DurhamCounty Durham
    Wolsingham, County DurhamCounty Durham×

    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Heartwell Cottage

    Wolsingham, County DurhamCounty Durham

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    Ref: UKC1473
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Heartwell Cottage is ideal for larger families and groups to enjoy a visit to the Durham Dales and the many places of interest in County Durham.
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    These delightful semi-detached cottages are holiday homes situated in the heart of County Durham, located near the idyllic countryside village of Wolsingham, in the Durham Dales. Each cottage offers you the remoteness of a country retreat with shared indoor swimming pool and sauna, there is also a games room with full size snooker table. There are limited private pool sessions available which can be booked directly with the owner - please call when you book the property. Whether you choose...

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