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

    The Old Chapel Retreat

    Staindrop, Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Staindrop, Barnard Castle, County Durham

    12
    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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    8.9 16 reviews
    8.9 16 reviews

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  • Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham×
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    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Heartwell Cottage

    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Heartwell Cottage

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham

    13
    6
    3
    1
    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
    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. 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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  • Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×

    Dales Chapel

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    14
    6
    4
    2
    Ref: MVR
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A exceptional converted chapel featuring stained glass windows and ornate ceilings, a unique holiday home for a large get-together. A exceptional converted chapel featuring stained glass windows and ornate ceilings, a unique holiday home for a large get-together.
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    9.4 27 reviews
    9.4 27 reviews

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  • Frosterley, County Durham
    Frosterley, County Durham×

    The Old School

    Frosterley, County Durham

    Frosterley, County Durham

    15
    7
    4
    2
    Ref: 12772
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    This detached former village school has a south facing patio and lovely views. Super area for walking and cycling. This detached former village school has a south facing patio and lovely views. Super area for walking and cycling.
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    9.3 15 reviews
    9.3 15 reviews

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

    Etherley Dene Farmhouse

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    19
    8
    4
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    Ref: MOJ
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A resident personal trainer will give you a complimentary fitness profile during your stay at this large, beautifully finished house. A resident personal trainer will give you a complimentary fitness profile during your stay at this large, beautifully finished house.
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    7.8 13 reviews
    7.8 13 reviews

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  • Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham
    Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham×

    Durham House

    Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham

    Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham

    22
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    5
    2
    Ref: UKC911
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Just a short walk from the charming village of Sedgefield, this large holiday property is perfect for celebrations or family get togethers. Just a short walk from the charming village of Sedgefield, this large holiday property is perfect for celebrations or family get togethers.
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    9.7 3 reviews
    9.7 3 reviews

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