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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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  • Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Greenfell View

    Greenfell View

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC2985
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Spend the day exploring the Pennine Way, or simply curl up in front of the open fire and enjoy the views overlooking the Pennine Hills. Spend the day exploring the Pennine Way, or simply curl up in front of the open fire and enjoy the views overlooking the Pennine Hills.
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    9 1 reviews
    9 1 reviews

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  • Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Old Assembly Rooms

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    4
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    Ref: UKC1397
    Key Features:
    - 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. 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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    8.8 8 reviews
    8.8 8 reviews

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  • Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Durham Cottage

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    4
    2
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    Ref: 27765
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - 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. 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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    10 3 reviews
    10 3 reviews

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    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Heartwell Cottage
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    6
    6
  • Stanley, near Beamish, County Durham
    Stanley, near Beamish, County Durham×

    Murray Park

    Stanley, near Beamish, County Durham

    Stanley, near Beamish, County Durham

    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC887
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    This holiday home truly is a perfect holiday base, with all the local amenities on your doorstep. This holiday home truly is a perfect holiday base, with all the local amenities on your doorstep.
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    8.8 12 reviews
    8.8 12 reviews

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  • Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham
    Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham×

    Dun Cow Cottages - The Dun Cow

    Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham

    Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2544
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    The Dun Cow is perfectly located to explore the historic city of Durham with its cathedral and 11th-century castle, a designated World Heritage Site. The Dun Cow is perfectly located to explore the historic city of Durham with its cathedral and 11th-century castle, a designated World Heritage Site.
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    9.5 13 reviews
    9.5 13 reviews

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    Dun Cow Cottages - The Cottage
    4
    2
    2
  • Wolsingham, near Stanhope, Co. Durham
    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, Co. Durham×

    Backstone Bank Farmhouse

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, Co. Durham

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, Co. Durham

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    3
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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. 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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    9.9 10 reviews
    9.9 10 reviews

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

    West Bridge End - The Gingang

    Frosterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Frosterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    5
    3
    1
    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. 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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    9.7 3 reviews
    9.7 3 reviews

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    West Bridge End - The Old Byre
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    West Bridge End - The Stables
    7
    3
    3
  • Crook, near Durham, County Durham
    Crook, near Durham, County Durham×

    Stodowa

    Crook, near Durham, County Durham

    Crook, near Durham, County Durham

    10
    5
    3
    2
    Ref: UKC1111
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - 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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    9.6 30 reviews
    9.6 30 reviews

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

    The Ashes

    Low Dinsdale, County Durham

    Low Dinsdale, County Durham

    10
    4
    2
    3
    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. 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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    8.6 11 reviews
    8.6 11 reviews

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  • Mickleton, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Mickleton, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Ornella View

    Ornella View

    Mickleton, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    Mickleton, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    10
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC2692
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Ornella View is a great choice for families or groups of friends to explore the hills and vales of this stunning area. Ornella View is a great choice for families or groups of friends to explore the hills and vales of this stunning area.
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    10 7 reviews
    10 7 reviews

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

    Lazuli

    High Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    High Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    11
    4
    4
    3
    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. 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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    9.7 3 reviews
    9.7 3 reviews

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

    The Old Chapel Retreat

    Staindrop, Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Staindrop, Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    6
    4
    3
    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. 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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    8.6 10 reviews
    8.6 10 reviews

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