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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
    9 2 reviews

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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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    2
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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 13 reviews
    9.7 13 reviews

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

    10 Newgate - The Market Cross

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31099
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    This quirky ’upside down’ holiday property offers comfortable accommodation for discovering the wonders of County Durham. This quirky ’upside down’ holiday property offers comfortable accommodation for discovering the wonders of County Durham.
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    9 13 reviews
    9 13 reviews

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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 Castle
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    10 Newgate - Hamsterley
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    1
    1
  • Haswell, near Durham, County Durham
    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham×

    Durham Country Cottages - Bramble Cottage

    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham

    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1820
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    In a fabulous location surrounded by walks and cycling routes yet within 10 miles of the coast and the fantastic city of Durham. In a fabulous location surrounded by walks and cycling routes yet within 10 miles of the coast and the fantastic city of Durham.
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    9.8 5 reviews
    9.8 5 reviews

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    Durham Country Cottages - Kestrel Cottage
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    Durham Country Cottages - Hazel Cottage
    4
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  • Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham
    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham×

    Old Hall Cottages - 1 Old Hall Cottage

    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham

    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: 30417
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Grade II listed cottage in an ideal location to explore Durham and beyond; come back and relax in your own exclusive hot tub. Grade II listed cottage in an ideal location to explore Durham and beyond; come back and relax in your own exclusive hot tub.
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    9.3 23 reviews
    9.3 23 reviews

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    Old Hall Cottages - 2 Old Hall Cottages
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    Old Hall Cottages - Hall Farm Cottage
    2
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  • Mainsforth, County Durham
    Mainsforth, County Durham×

    Swallow Cottage

    Mainsforth, County Durham

    Mainsforth, County Durham

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    Ref: E4076
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Converted stables with children’s play area,120 acres of farmland to explore, great for bird watchers, sandy beaches easily reached. Converted stables with children’s play area,120 acres of farmland to explore, great for bird watchers, sandy beaches easily reached.
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    9.1 14 reviews
    9.1 14 reviews

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  • Haswell, near Durham, County Durham
    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham×

    Durham Country Cottages - Kestrel Cottage

    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham

    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1821
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Nestled in 18 acres of grounds with walks from the door this is a great base for exploring Durham, Newcastle and the Heritage coast. Nestled in 18 acres of grounds with walks from the door this is a great base for exploring Durham, Newcastle and the Heritage coast.
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    9.9 8 reviews
    9.9 8 reviews

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    Durham Country Cottages - Bramble Cottage
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    Durham Country Cottages - Hazel Cottage
    4
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  • Stanhope,
    Stanhope, ×

    Dairy Cottage

    Stanhope,

    Stanhope,

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    Ref: E4349
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This lovely cottage with feature stonewall, has wonderful fell walks from the door, close to Stanhope with shops and pubs. This lovely cottage with feature stonewall, has wonderful fell walks from the door, close to Stanhope with shops and pubs.
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    9.4 5 reviews

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    Granary Cottage
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  • Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Fawn Lea Apartment

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    4
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    Ref: 29138
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    A first floor apartment ideally located for visiting waterfalls, forests and castles, and just a short walk from the village shop and pub. A first floor apartment ideally located for visiting waterfalls, forests and castles, and just a short walk from the village shop and pub.
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    9.5 2 reviews
    9.5 2 reviews

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

    10 Newgate - Raby

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    4
    2
    2
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    Ref: 31097
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    Sleeping 4 people, this first floor holiday apartment is convenient for exploring Barnard Castle and the surrounding area. Sleeping 4 people, this first floor holiday apartment is convenient for exploring Barnard Castle and the surrounding area.
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    10 3 reviews
    10 3 reviews

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    10 Newgate - The Museum
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    10 Newgate - High Force
    4
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    10 Newgate - The Market Cross
    4
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    10 Newgate - The Castle
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    10 Newgate - Hamsterley
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  • Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    White Nettle Cottage

    White Nettle Cottage

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

    4
    2
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    Ref: UKC2512
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    White Nettle Cottage is situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you will discover a range of activities to enjoy. White Nettle Cottage is situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you will discover a range of activities to enjoy.
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    9.5 4 reviews
    9.5 4 reviews

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  • St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Heckberry Cottage

    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham

    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
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    Ref: UKC2399
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Perfect for a romantic break in beautiful countryside, or for walkers wanting to walk the Weardale Way. Perfect for a romantic break in beautiful countryside, or for walkers wanting to walk the Weardale Way.
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    8.5 4 reviews
    8.5 4 reviews

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