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

    The Old Chapel

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This former chapel is close to the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennine Way with historic Barnard Castle just 6 miles away.
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    Peacefully set in picturesque Baldersdale, this detached, single-storey, former chapel retains arched windows and exudes charm and character. With stunning views over open moorland, it has its own furnished patio and makes a cosy holiday retreat year round; the widened gateway enables cars to access the grounds more easily. Excellent walking within this AONB, with the Yorkshire Dales and Pennine Way close by. Hannah Hauxwell’s isolated farmhouse (featured on TV’s...

  • Stanhope, County Durham
    Stanhope, County Durham×

    Holly Cottage

    Stanhope, County Durham

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    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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    In a quiet lane leading to the beautiful River Wear and riverside walks, this delightful little ground floor holiday cottage makes a superb base in the heart of Weardale, surrounded by stunning countryside. Within walking distance of a range of pubs and restaurants, with typical village shops, Stanhope also offers an outdoor swimming pool and the Dales Visitor Centre offering a tea room, craft shops and activities in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Nearby is the Killhope Lead Mining...

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

    Old Hall Cottages - Hall Farm Cottage

    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham

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    - 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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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    10 Newgate - The Castle

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities
    Why not visit Barnard Castle from this pet friendly property, located on a complex, right in the town centre.
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    Situated in the popular market town of Barnard Castle, the properties at 10 Newgate are the ideal base from which to explore the local and surrounding areas. Perfect for business guests, families, friends, couples and single guests, there is an ample choice of accommodation to suit each guest and fulfil their requirements. Each property at 10 Newgate offers good quality, comfortable and practical accommodation. There is a choice of property depending on the guest’s...

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    10 Newgate - Raby
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    10 Newgate - The Market Cross
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    10 Newgate - Hamsterley
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  • Castleside,
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    The Forge Cottage

    Castleside,

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    Ref: E5245
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages have been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features
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    Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages has been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features. The tranquil location makes this the perfect place to relax and unwind while the many footpaths and cycle routes are an excellent way to enjoy the surrounding countryside and views. Situated on the Durham/Northumberland border, Derwent Grange is...

    The Garden Cottage
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    The Dairy Cottage
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    The Stable Cottage
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    The Byre
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    Grange Cottage
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  • Castleside, near Consett, County Durham
    Castleside, near Consett, County Durham×

    Ben’s Hut

    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!
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    Peacefully set amidst rolling countryside on a 200-acre sheep farm, Ben’s Hut is the perfect property for couples and families who enjoy an adventure. Simple yet perfectly formed, Ben’s Hut offers cosy accommodation with a double bed and a shower room incorporated into the hut, so there’s no need to traipse across a field every time you want to go to the bathroom! There is a small kitchen area with a fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster and a fold-away dining table...

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

    The Dovecote

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 30765
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This romantic retreat is the perfect base from which to explore the area, with plenty of footpaths and walkways close by.
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    Situated in the peaceful and quaint village of Romaldkirk, which is nestled within the Dales, this detached barn conversion, adjacent to the owner’s home, really is the perfect location for guests wishing to enjoy a quiet romantic break, a walking or cycling holiday, or just to really explore the beauty of the surrounding areas. Nestled between Swaledale and Weardale, Romaldkirk lies in Teesdale, which is a peaceful haven of tranquillity, nature and ever changing...

  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Willow Cottage

    Wolsingham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC108
    Key Features:
    - 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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    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...

  • Eggleston, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
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    Belle Vue

    Eggleston, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    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.
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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,...

  • Near Beamish,
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    Beamish Cottage

    Near Beamish,

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    Ref: E5029
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    Charming cosy cottage down sleepy country lane, excellent location for cricket lovers with Durham international cricket ground close by.
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    Set amidst rolling countryside and enjoying peace and tranquillity on the owners’ 200 acre farm, where you can enjoy its many footpaths and cycleways, these renovated cottages provide excellent accommodation. Lying down a sleepy country lane, these stone-built cottages were converted from farm barns and have been tastefully and thoughtfully furnished giving the perfect base that’s both relaxing and ideal for exploring the diverse attractions this region has to offer. Only...

    Lapwing Cottage
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    Pig Run Barn
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  • Near Beamish,
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    Lapwing Cottage

    Near Beamish,

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    Ref: E5028
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Peaceful and relaxing hideaway, cosy barn conversion for two, footpaths and cycleways on the doorstep, yet Newcastle easily reached.
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    Set amidst rolling countryside and enjoying peace and tranquillity on the owners’ 200 acre farm, where you can enjoy its many footpaths and cycleways, these renovated cottages provide excellent accommodation. Lying down a sleepy country lane, these stone-built cottages were converted from farm barns and have been tastefully and thoughtfully furnished giving the perfect base that’s both relaxing and ideal for exploring the diverse attractions this region has to offer. Only...

    Beamish Cottage
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    Pig Run Barn
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