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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.

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  • Frosterley, County Durham
    Frosterley, County Durham ×

    Cromer House Barn

    Frosterley, County Durham

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    Ref: E5396
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Converted from an 18th-century detached barn, this romantic studio style accommodation is a perfect getaway for couples wanting to explore the spectacular North Pennine countryside
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    Converted from an 18th-century detached barn, this romantic studio style accommodation is a perfect getaway for couples wanting to explore the spectacular North Pennine countryside. Set in a traditional Weardale village and beside the owner’s home, Cromer House Barn has its own private patio for enjoying the tranquillity of this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The property is in an ideal location for walking, cycling and sightseeing, while Kilhope Lead Mining...

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

    Belle Vue

    Eggleston, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC778
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    - 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.
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    Situated in the beautiful and picturesque village of Eggleston in Teesdale, Belle Vue is a great location for guests wanting to really explore the local area and beyond. The cottage has been beautifully renovated and furnished to a good standard. Ideal for guests who enjoy a walking or cycling holiday, there are plenty of public footpaths and cycle paths which will take you through some of the most magnificent countryside. There are also plenty of attractions within a close radius,...

  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
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    Town Pasture Cottage

    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.
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    In a rural location approximately 1 mile out of the historic market town of Barnard Castle, Town Pasture Cottage provides a warm and very comfortable base from which to explore the historic and cultural attractions of Teesdale. The living room is situated on the first floor to take advantage of the views of the surrounding fields and countryside. Set on the owners’ working farm, this detached holiday cottage is completely self-contained and visitors enjoy use of a large garden,...

  • Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham
    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham ×

    Witton Hall - Suite Three

    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham

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    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Explore the beautiful county of Durham and its many attractions, or simply relax in the shared hot tub on site.
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    Perfectly situated in the pretty Anglo-Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear, and commanding fabulous views across County Durham, the Dales and beyond, Witton Hall really is the perfect location for guests wishing to treat themselves to a holiday in magnificent surroundings. Witton Hall is one of the finest country houses to have ever been built in the north of England during the 20th century, and was once listed in The Times as one of the top 100 houses in the country. Detached South...

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  • Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham
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    Witton Hall - Suite Two

    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham

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    Ref: MWE
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    This property has the use of many on-site facilities, including a swimming pool, hot tub, gym, sauna and even a dance floor!
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    Perfectly situated in the pretty Anglo-Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear, and commanding fabulous views across County Durham, the Dales and beyond, Witton Hall really is the perfect location for guests wishing to treat themselves to a holiday in magnificent surroundings. Witton Hall is one of the finest country houses to have ever been built in the north of England during the 20th century, and was once listed in The Times as one of the top 100 houses in the country. Detached South...

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  • Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham
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    Witton Hall - South Lodge

    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham

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    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Enjoy a romantic break at this property, which has plenty of on-site facilities to enjoy, including a swimming pool and gym.
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    Perfectly situated in the pretty Anglo-Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear, and commanding fabulous views across County Durham, the Dales and beyond, Witton Hall really is the perfect location for guests wishing to treat themselves to a holiday in magnificent surroundings. Witton Hall is one of the finest country houses to have ever been built in the north of England during the 20th century, and was once listed in The Times as one of the top 100 houses in the country. Detached South...

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  • Wolsingham, County Durham
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    Willow Cottage

    Wolsingham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC108
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    - Pub within 1 mile
    Willow Cottage is an idyllic romantic retreat with plenty of riverside walks, established local footpaths and many attractions close by to discover.
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    Built in the early 1800’s, Willow Cottage is a sandstone, terraced cottage, tucked away down a cobbled street in the conservation village of Wolsingham. Perfectly situated in picturesque Weardale, Wolsingham is located in the North Pennines and is part of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It offers three welcoming local pubs that serve excellent food, as well as a good choice of cafés and local shops selling a range of goods, all within walking distance from...

  • 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

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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.
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    Overlooking the fells and beyond, this isolated holiday cottage offers a peaceful and restful retreat. Lovingly furnished, it offers a relaxing experience for those wishing to unwind, yet close to a variety of tourist attractions in the area, you have the best of both worlds. Beautifully refurbished throughout, the cottage provides cosy and compact accommodation. Stunning walks and cycle routes right on your doorstep. Visit the Dales borders, Lakes or Hexham, Durham and Newcastle within...

  • Sunderland Bridge, near Durham, County Durham
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    Erin’s Cottage

    Erin’s Cottage

    Sunderland Bridge, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2316
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Perfectly placed for enjoying the delights of the beautiful city of Durham, with its cathedral, castle and riverside walks.
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    Erin’s Cottage is a romantic, picture postcard cottage dating back to the 18th-century, retaining much charm with beams and pretty features. The lovely little hamlet of Sunderland Bridge lies a mere 3 miles from Durham city, offering the best of both worlds, with easy access to the city, yet set in a peaceful location. Only half a mile to the nearby pub and facilities in Croxdale and surrounding villages, and an easy taxi ride into the university city of Durham which is famed for...

  • Stanhope, County Durham
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    Curlew Cottage

    Curlew Cottage

    Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2157
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This cosy retreat for couples is perfect for exploring the beautiful countryside of County Durham by foot and by bike.
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    Perfect for exploring this beautiful part of County Durham, Curlew Cottage stands detached, part way up a hill and boasts brilliant views across the rolling countryside and hills of the county. Built in the 1800s and with views to the rear, extending over the hills of Weardale, Curlew Cottage is traditional, warm and welcoming. Ideal for a couple wanting to enjoy a quiet rural break in a very quirky cottage, the property is full of unusual and original features. On the lower...

  • Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham
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    Old Hall Cottages - Hall Farm Cottage

    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: 30419
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Ideal for a romantic break in County Durham, with a private garden and hot tub.
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    Hall Farm Cottage is a detached 500 year old barn conversion with uninterrupted country views, where couples can enjoy quiet and seclusion on the private patio or in the hot tub. 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. The site has no through traffic and is a rich haven for birds and wildlife, with country walks from the door, fishing on...

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  • Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
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    The School House

    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.
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    A detached holiday cottage, formerly The School House, adjacent to a church in Middleton-in-Teesdale, a village with pubs, shops and plenty to do. The Pennine Way passes through and a brisk walk brings you to Low Force, the first of a series of waterfalls. Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum and Eggleston Hall Gardens are worth a look - 4½ acres of paths, views of the fells, stream and gardens. There are cycle routes and fishing is available on the River Tees with a permit, as well as...

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