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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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  • St John’s Chapel, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Top Byre

    St John’s Chapel, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    St John’s Chapel, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: 28347
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property
    Enjoy beautiful views of the fells from the patio and soak in the tranquillity, yet the Lakes or Newcastle are within an hours’ drive. Enjoy beautiful views of the fells from the patio and soak in the tranquillity, yet the Lakes or Newcastle are within an hours’ drive.
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  • Boldron, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Boldron, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    The Cottage at Northside Farm Retreat

    The Cottage at Northside Farm Retreat

    Boldron, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Boldron, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC3190
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    This charming barn conversion is the perfect base for a wonderful couples retreat, surrounded by stunning countryside and with access to on-site leisure facilities. This charming barn conversion is the perfect base for a wonderful couples retreat, surrounded by stunning countryside and with access to on-site leisure facilities.
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  • Eggleston, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Eggleston, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Belle Vue

    Eggleston, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Eggleston, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC778
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    This beautiful cottage is nestled in the picturesque village of Eggleston, on the outskirts of the stunning North Pennine hills. This beautiful cottage is nestled in the picturesque village of Eggleston, on the outskirts of the stunning North Pennine hills.
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  • Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×
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    Buckswell Cottage

    Buckswell Cottage

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2739
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Relax and enjoy amazing scenery from Buckswell Cottage, or venture out and explore Barnard Castle and its many amenities. Relax and enjoy amazing scenery from Buckswell Cottage, or venture out and explore Barnard Castle and its many amenities.
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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    10 Newgate - Hamsterley

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31101
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    Staindrop, Durham, Binchester Roman Fort and Raby Castle are just some of the amazing attractions located close to this property. Staindrop, Durham, Binchester Roman Fort and Raby Castle are just some of the amazing attractions located close to this property.
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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 Market Cross
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    10 Newgate - The Castle
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  • Stanhope, County Durham
    Stanhope, County Durham×

    Holly Cottage

    Stanhope, County Durham

    Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: W42717
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile
    A lovely little ground floor cottage boasting a superb old range as the focal point of the living room, ideal for two. A lovely little ground floor cottage boasting a superb old range as the focal point of the living room, ideal for two.
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  • Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    The Snuggery

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 30559
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ideal for exploring Barnard Castle and the surrounding area, this holiday property is packed with character, charm and original features. Ideal for exploring Barnard Castle and the surrounding area, this holiday property is packed with character, charm and original features.
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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Town Pasture Cottage

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 29136
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location
    A first floor living room takes full advantage of the views and a large garden is ideal for relaxing in after a day exploring. A first floor living room takes full advantage of the views and a large garden is ideal for relaxing in after a day exploring.
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  • Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham
    Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham×

    Winter Cottage

    Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham

    Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: W44245
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy a romantic break at this cosy cottage, which is located in the perfect spot for those visiting Durham, 10 miles. Enjoy a romantic break at this cosy cottage, which is located in the perfect spot for those visiting Durham, 10 miles.
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  • Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×

    The School House

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

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    Ref: 28445
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This Pennine Way passes through the village taking you to waterfalls close by and the Lake District can be reached in under an hour. This Pennine Way passes through the village taking you to waterfalls close by and the Lake District can be reached in under an hour.
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  • Castleside, near Consett, County Durham
    Castleside, near Consett, County Durham×

    Ben’s Hut

    Castleside, near Consett, County Durham

    Castleside, near Consett, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC569
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Lovingly built by the owner’s hands, this quirky shepherd’s hut really is a gem of a destination! Lovingly built by the owner’s hands, this quirky shepherd’s hut really is a gem of a destination!
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  • Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    South View Mews

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 25532
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location
    Set in the heart of Teesdale’s rolling countryside, visitors can explore the vast attractions this area holds. Set in the heart of Teesdale’s rolling countryside, visitors can explore the vast attractions this area holds.
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    9.1 16 reviews

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