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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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  • Hunwick, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Hunwick, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×
    Newly listed
    Valley View Cottage

    Valley View Cottage

    Hunwick, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1291
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Explore the dales of County Durham, or simply enjoy the views which are on offer at the lovely Valley View Cottage.
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  • Brandon, near Durham, County Durham
    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham×

    White House Cottages - The Stables

    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1743
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Ideal for small families and friends, perfect for a city break to the magnificent city of Durham and its endless visitor attractions to suit all tastes and ages. Ideal for small families and friends, perfect for a city break to the magnificent city of Durham and its endless visitor attractions to suit all tastes and ages.
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    White House Cottages - The Hen House
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  • Bolam, near Darlington, County Durham
    Bolam, near Darlington, County Durham×

    The Stables

    Bolam, near Darlington, County Durham

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    Ref: MWB
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Set in the unspoilt village of Bolam, this beautiful property, full of charm and character, makes the perfect romantic hideaway.
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  • Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham
    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham×
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    Heart of Lanchester

    Heart of Lanchester

    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1798
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Brilliantly located for exploring County Durham and the North East, Heart of Lanchester is a super little cottage with plenty of character.
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  • Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham
    Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham×
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    Quartermaster’s

    Quartermaster’s

    Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1983
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Rural Location
    Stay in this ground floor apartment, part of the historic Brancepeth Castle, close to the UNESCO city of Durham. Stay in this ground floor apartment, part of the historic Brancepeth Castle, close to the UNESCO city of Durham.
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  • Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×
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    Bakers Cottage

    Bakers Cottage

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1245
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Open Fire
    Ideal for a romantic break, or a small family, Bakers Cottage is the ideal retreat from which to explore County Durham. Ideal for a romantic break, or a small family, Bakers Cottage is the ideal retreat from which to explore County Durham.
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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Dove Cottage

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: CC211120
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Dove Cottage is a delightful character cottage nestling in a peaceful location in the historical market town of Barnard Castle.
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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    10 Newgate - The Market Cross

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31099
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    This quirky ’upside down’ holiday property offers comfortable accommodation for discovering the wonders of County Durham.
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    10 Newgate - The Museum
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    10 Newgate - Raby
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    10 Newgate - High Force
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    10 Newgate - The Castle
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    10 Newgate - Hamsterley
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  • St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham×
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    Heckberry Cottage

    Heckberry Cottage

    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2399
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Perfect for a romantic break in beautiful countryside, or for walkers wanting to walk the Weardale Way.
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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×
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    Ashlea

    Ashlea

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2346
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Situated on the owners’ working farm, this cosy property offers the perfect location to enjoy that well needed rural retreat.
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  • Westgate in Weardale, County Durham
    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham×

    Valley View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

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    Ref: 13388
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Enjoy the fantastic elevated location, surrounded by panoramic views in this unspoilt countryside of the Durham Dales.
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  • Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Daykin Cottage

    Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC147
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Tucked away in the heart of County Durham, this semi-detached holiday cottage is an ideal getaway for families of 4.
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