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

    Appleby Cottage

    Bishop Auckland, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: W44275
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    This is the ideal location for exploring the many attractions in the area, historic Durham is a short drive, while Bishop Auckland is within walking distance.
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    Nestled in the small village of South Church and backing on to the River Gaunless in Bishop Auckland, guests will find Appleby Cottage the perfect base for exploring the local area. It is situated alongside the River Gaunless and the garden has a lovely terrace overlooking the river. This terraced property is only a short walk away from the bustling market town of Bishop Auckland, and there are plenty of places to visit and explore. The local corner shop, bistro pub and historic...

  • Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham
    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham×

    Old Hall Cottages - 2 Old Hall Cottages

    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: 30418
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Ideal for a family break in County Durham, with plenty to do for all ages.
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    No.2 Old Hall Cottage was originally the stables at The Old Hall. Byers Green is situated within 15 minutes’ drive of both the historic city of Durham with its mainline rail link, and Bishop Auckland, home of the Prince Bishops at Auckland Castle. This stone built holiday property has expansive garden views looking towards Weardale. The site has no through traffic and is a rich haven for birds and wildlife, with country walks from the door, fishing on the River Wear...

    Old Hall Cottages - 1 Old Hall Cottage
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    Old Hall Cottages - Hall Farm Cottage
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  • Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×

    Mews Cottage

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC502
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac, The Mews is the idyllic base from which to explore the beautiful area.
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    Mews Cottage is set away from the main street down a quiet cul-de-sac, through a narrow archway in the market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and historically the most northern of the Yorkshire Dales.
    Middleton-in-Teesdale has pubs that serve food, shops and tea rooms, giving you plenty to keep you occupied. The Pennine Way passes through the village and half an hour’s brisk walk brings you to Low Force, the first of a series of...

  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×
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    Ref: 27766
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Just half an hour from Durham city yet located in idyllic countryside where guests have use of a games room, indoor pool and sauna.
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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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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Castle Garden

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: E5468
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    A comfortable mid-terraced holiday home, situated in the oldest part of the ancient Teesdale market town of Barnard Castle, home to the Bowes Museum and its acclaimed national art collection
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    A comfortable mid-terraced holiday home, situated in the oldest part of the ancient Teesdale market town of Barnard Castle, home to the Bowes Museum and its acclaimed national art collection. Its true asset is the conservatory looking out onto the secluded garden with seating area and garden furniture, offering castle wall views, great for al fresco dining. Barnard Castle has a wonderful selection of specialist retailers, cafes, restaurants and antique centres, all within walking...

  • Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    The Cottage

    Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 25237
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    The Cottage is a delightful property located near to amazing attractions including the Yorkshire Dales and Raby Castle.
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    Looking out over the large green in the village of Whorlton, this detached holiday cottage is full of character and charm. The glorious River Tees is 300 yards; Barnard Castle with the Bowes Museum, 3 miles. Raby Castle, Egglestone Abbey, Richmond and the Yorkshire Dales are nearby. The cottage is on the National Cycle Network (cycle store avail) and close to the delightful Teesdale Way. Visit Durham, Northumberland’s spectacular castles and sandy beaches or bustling Newcastle. Shops...

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

    Ervine Cottage

    Bolam, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: 30493
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A visit to Durham with its castle and cathedral is recommended whilst staying at this light and airy cottage.
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    Nestled behind the owners’ home, yet surrounded by acres of open countryside and farmland, this spacious holiday cottage enjoys fabulous views from every angle - as far as Middleton, Richmond and the Pennines on a sunny day. Perfect for walkers, Bolam is a small village in County Durham that is home to a well established, local pub which serves top quality food and drink. There are many public footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths which criss cross through the area and will take...

  • Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham
    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham×

    Low Cornriggs Farm - Alice’s Cottage

    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham

    5
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    2
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    Ref: 31148
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    After a busy day exploring the many attractions nearby, relax in the living room and enjoy the stunning countryside views.
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    Situated in the beautiful and picturesque Weardale Valley, Nelly’s Cottage (ref 31147) and Alice’s Cottage (ref 31148) offer outstanding views across some of the most scenic countryside that the county has to offer. Located high up on the hillside and surrounded by working farmland, these detached holiday properties, adjacent to the owner’s home, really are the perfect location for guests wanting to really explore the local area and beyond. Perfect for guests of all ages...

    Low Cornriggs Farm - Nelly’s Cottage
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  • Frosterley, County Durham
    Frosterley, County Durham×

    Betsdale

    Frosterley, County Durham

    5
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    Ref: 7723
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Perfect family accommodation surrounded by the Pennines and within easy reach of Hamsterley Forest and miles of walking paths.
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    Between Wolsingham and Stanhope on the A689 in Upper Weardale, this detached 18th-century holiday cottage stands just off the main street of this attractive village on the same site as property ref. 12772. Surrounded by the eastern flanks of the Pennines. Centrally placed for Teesdale and the Yorkshire Dales, there are many places of interest, Hamsterley Forest, Beamish Open Air Museum, Kilhope Wheel once the centre of the lead mining industry besides fishing on the local reservoirs,...

  • St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    BurnBrae

    BurnBrae

    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham

    5
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    Ref: UKC2047
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Perfectly placed for exploring this beautiful area with Northumberland National Park and the Lake District National Park within easy reach.
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    Ideally located for walkers and cyclists, BurnBrae is detached and only 25 yards from the friendly village pub in St John’s Chapel. With its open fires and outside space, it offers plenty of comfort for all ages. This is the perfect location to explore the Durham Dales, Northumberland National Park and the Lake District National Park. Located near Stanhope in Weardale, this is an ideal base for visiting High Force, featured in the highly acclaimed novel by LJ Ross, as well...

  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×
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    1
    1
    Ref: 26689
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    Enjoy use of a hot tub and sauna, a dip in the indoor pool or a game of snooker before relaxing for the evening.
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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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    6
    6
  • Durham, County Durham
    Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Fernhill Lodge

    Fernhill Lodge

    Durham, County Durham

    6
    3
    3
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    Ref: UKC1342
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    This property is the perfect base for families and couples alike - with a delightful area to explore and a beautiful home to retreat back to in the evening.
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    Situated just a short walk away from the heart of the historic city of Durham, Fernhill Lodge is without doubt, one of the best located properties to be found in this beautiful city. Perfect for families wanting to explore the local area, couples looking to enjoy a luxury romantic break, or small groups of friends who like to holiday together, this detached property offers top class accommodation throughout. Finished to a high standard, with quality fixtures and fittings throughout,...

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