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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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  • Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham
    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham×

    Heart of Lanchester

    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham

    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. 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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    9 2 reviews

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  • Bolam, near Darlington, County Durham
    Bolam, near Darlington, County Durham×

    The Stables

    Bolam, near Darlington, County Durham

    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. Set in the unspoilt village of Bolam, this beautiful property, full of charm and character, makes the perfect romantic hideaway.
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    9.8 12 reviews
    9.8 12 reviews

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  • near Frosterley, County Durham
    near Frosterley, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Belle View

    Belle View

    near Frosterley, County Durham

    near Frosterley, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC3047
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Sat amongst the hills of Weardale, Belle View provides bright and comfortable accommodation, and is ideal for couples or small families to explore County Durham. Sat amongst the hills of Weardale, Belle View provides bright and comfortable accommodation, and is ideal for couples or small families to explore 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

    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. 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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    9.7 14 reviews
    9.7 14 reviews

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  • Brandon, near Durham, County Durham
    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham×

    White House Cottages - The Stables

    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham

    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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    9 3 reviews

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    White House Cottages - The Hen House
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  • Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Bakers Cottage

    Bakers Cottage

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    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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    9.3 16 reviews

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  • Stanhope, County Durham
    Stanhope, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    The Butts Cottage

    The Butts Cottage

    Stanhope, County Durham

    Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC3276
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Explore the beautiful countryside on foot or bike from this cottage, or spend the day sightseeing in Newcastle or Durham. Explore the beautiful countryside on foot or bike from this cottage, or spend the day sightseeing in Newcastle or Durham.
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  • Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham
    Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Quartermaster’s

    Quartermaster’s

    Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham

    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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    8.7 9 reviews

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  • Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham
    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Browney Cottage

    Browney Cottage

    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham

    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2800
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Cosy, traditional and full of character, Browney Cottage offers a real home from home feel, and is perfect for families looking to explore County Durham. Cosy, traditional and full of character, Browney Cottage offers a real home from home feel, and is perfect for families looking to explore County Durham.
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  • Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham
    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham×

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1938
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Woodburning Stove
    A perfect holiday home for entertaining, The Hayloft has an open plan layout and retains original Saxon features.
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Farmhouse
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Byre
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  • Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Fawn Lea Cottage

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 29137
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    Within walking distance of Raby Castle and a short distance to England’s highest waterfall, and footpaths lead from the door. Within walking distance of Raby Castle and a short distance to England’s highest waterfall, and footpaths lead from the door.
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    9.1 8 reviews
    9.1 8 reviews

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

    The Granary

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: 26502
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A beautifully finished, light and airy, eco-friendly property where pets go free! A beautifully finished, light and airy, eco-friendly property where pets go free!
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    9.9 18 reviews
    9.9 18 reviews

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