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

    The Dovecote

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    - 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...

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

    Witton Hall - South Lodge

    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham

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    - 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
    Wolsingham, County Durham×

    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...

  • Near Beamish,
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    Beamish Cottage

    Near Beamish,

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    Ref: E5029
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    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    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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  • Consett, County Durham
    Consett, County Durham×

    Sycamore Cottage

    Consett, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC639
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Boasting wooden flooring and a wood burner in the living room, this cosy and natural cottage makes for a memorable holiday in County Durham.
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    Quietly nestled away just 1½ miles away from the popular village of Lanchester and just 10 miles from the city of Durham, Sycamore Cottage is the perfect destination for guests wanting to relax and unwind, or to explore the North East. The owners live nearby, so help is always at hand. This detached property lends itself to couples who’re looking for a romantic break – Lanchester features a superb selection of places to eat including three local pubs, an Italian...

  • 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
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - 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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    The Hen House (UKC1742) and The Stables (UKC1743) are quietly nestled away in the village of Brandon, just a little over 2 miles from the heart of the city of Durham and hidden away behind the owner’s home. They offer the most fabulous location for guests wishing to explore and enjoy the immediate area and beyond. The Stables is next door to the Hen House and is the ideal cottage for small families and couples. On the ground floor guests will find an open plan living space with a...

    White House Cottages - The Hen House
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  • Hunwick, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Hunwick, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    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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    Situated in the quiet village of Hunwick, with fabulous views right across the open countryside to the rear of this semi-detached property, Valley View Cottage is the perfect location for guests wanting to explore the local area. Perfect for nature lovers, walkers and cyclists, you will find many established public footpaths that lead directly from the village and through the hills and dales of County Durham and the Weardale Valley.
    With a comfortable lounge that boasts a cosy...

  • Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham
    Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham×

    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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    Quartermaster’s is a charming, bright and sunny south-facing ground floor apartment in Brancepeth Castle, one of the oldest castles in the north. It has been sensitively modernised, with exposed stone walls and all the rooms enjoy country views across the valley. The origins of Brancepeth Castle go back to Saxon times, but much of the exterior you see today dates from the ownership of the famous Neville family in the 14th and 15th centuries. Hostilities between England and...

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

    The Stables

    Bolam, near Darlington, County Durham

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    - 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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    Perfectly located in the small, unspoilt village of Bolam, this beautiful single-storey holiday property, attached to the owner’s home, is in the ideal location for guests wishing to really explore the local area and surrounding counties. This quaint village is small and welcoming, and occupies a crest of high ground on the edge of the Tees basin with panoramic views into the Tees Vale. Guests will often see horses being ridden through the main street at any time of day and...

  • Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×

    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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    Bakers Cottage, which is believed to have been a place where villagers could buy their bread from, is a typical terraced cottage in the market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Historically this was the most northern town of the Yorkshire Dales. The property has an open sitting-out area to the rear and original stone flooring in the kitchen and a cosy open fire in the living room.

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

    Heart of Lanchester

    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham

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    - 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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    Heart of Lanchester is a cosy cottage dating back to the early 1900s and occupies a great position overlooking the village green and church. Warm and welcoming, the cottage has a traditional feel with a comfortable living room and well-equipped kitchen on the ground floor. On the first floor there is a well presented double bedroom with a kingsize bed and views out across to the church. There is also a single bedroom on the first floor which makes the cottage perfect for small families...

  • Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham
    Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Roslyn Cottage

    Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham

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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    A perfect setting between Teesdale and Weardale within easy reach of Northumberland’s beaches and castles.
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    Stunning countryside views

    The pretty village of Hamsterley, between Teesdale and Weardale, is the setting for this charming detached holiday cottage. Converted from former farm buildings the cottage offers contemporary living areas with granite work surfaces in the kitchen, private patio and parking, and shared use of the owner’s 17-acre grounds. The forest has way-marked walks, cycle ways and visitor centre, whilst the Durham Dales has a plethora of beautiful scenery,...

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