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

    Durham Country Cottages - Bramble Cottage

    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1820
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    - 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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    Quietly nestled away in rural County Durham, Durham Country Cottages are in the most fabulous location for exploring the north east counties of Durham and Northumberland and the city of Newcastle. Only a few miles away from major transport links, yet set in almost 18 acres of the owner’s, unspoilt grounds these three cottages, Bramble Cottage (ref UKC1820), Kestrel Cottage (ref UKC1821) and Hazel Cottage (ref UKC1822) really do give guests the best of both worlds. All three...

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  • Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham
    Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham×

    Brewery House Cottage

    Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC618
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Woodburning Stove
    Nestled in a peaceful village, yet still close to local amenities, lies this beautifully presented holiday cottage, perfect for a family break away.
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    Situated in the peaceful village of Bishop Middleham, which is just a short drive away from the city of Durham, semi-detached Brewery House Cottage is the perfect destination for guests wanting to explore the surrounding areas. Right in the heart of Bishop Middleham and only a minute’s walk away from two pubs and a small village shop, Brewery House Cottage has amenities right on the doorstep and is a great place to stay. Perfect for romantic breaks, guests will be able to...

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

    Appleby Cottage

    Bishop Auckland, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: W44275
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    This is the ideal location for exploring the many attractions in the area, historic Durham is a short drive, while Bishop Auckland is within walking distance.
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    Nestled in the small village of South Church and backing on to the River Gaunless in Bishop Auckland, guests will find Appleby Cottage the perfect base for exploring the local area. It is situated alongside the River Gaunless and the garden has a lovely terrace overlooking the river. This terraced property is only a short walk away from the bustling market town of Bishop Auckland, and there are plenty of places to visit and explore. The local corner shop, bistro pub and historic...

  • 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

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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.
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    No.1 Old Hall Cottage is accessed from the lane adjacent to The Old Hall. It is a stone built conversion 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. This holiday property has a private outdoor seating area which is on two levels with garden views and benefits from its own hot tub set on the upper patio, suitable for 4 adults, it is for exclusive use of...

    Old Hall Cottages - 2 Old Hall Cottages
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    Old Hall Cottages - Hall Farm Cottage
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  • Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×

    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...

  • Stanhope,
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    Dairy Cottage

    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.
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    In the heart of Weardale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty these two delightful byre conversions sit just a 5-minute stroll from Stanhope’s village pubs and shops. Set adjoining the owners’ farmhouse home, the cottages offer wonderful fell walking from the doorstep and an ideal base from which to explore the area’s attractions. The Dales Centre is found in Stanhope itself, which also boasts a popular open air swimming pool, and cycling, golf and riding can all...

  • Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham
    Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham×

    Cherry Blossom Cottage

    Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: 29475
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Open Fire
    Relax in your own private hot tub after a day spent exploring all the attractions this area has to offer.
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    Situated in a superb location, just a short walk from the centre of the charming village of Sedgefield, Cherry Blossom Cottage (ref 29475), Durham House (ref UKC911) and The Hay Loft (UKC2270) brim with character. Ideal for larger parties, Durham House (ref UKC911) is a spacious, comfortable former village inn, which has been restored to provide excellent accommodation for families and friends to enjoy. Located just a short walk up the road from Cherry Blossom Cottage (ref 29475),...

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

    The Old Stables - Number 2

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

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    Ref: 30711
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Located in the heart of County Durham, this holiday property is located just 10 miles away from the historic city of Durham.
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    Nestled away in the tiny hamlet of Knitsley, just south of Consett and in the heart of County Durham, The Old Stables, adjacent to the owner’s home, are tucked away in the most beautiful of locations. Private, peaceful and semi rural yet still easily accessible to major road networks, these terraced holiday properties (refs 30710, 30711 and 30712) offer guests quality finishes yet still remain cosy, comfortable and welcoming. Each property is unique and desirable has views...

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  • Frosterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham
    Frosterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Cranford

    Frosterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC148
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Warm, cosy and in a great location, Cranford makes for a fantastic holiday in County Durham for families of 4.
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    Right at the heart of the village of Frosterley in County Durham, Cranford is the ideal location for guests wanting to escape from hustle and bustle of towns and cities. Situated in Weardale, Frosterley is located in the North Pennines and is part of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Beautifully furnished throughout, Cranford has a warm and comfy feel that makes it a great holiday home for couples, families and groups of friends. There are friendly local pubs in the...

  • Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham
    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham×

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Byre

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1939
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    A stunning cottage located all on the ground floor and ideal for smaller families wanting to explore all Durham’s attractions which are close by.
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    Absolutely stunning! Tithe Barn Cottages really are simply beautiful. Situated behind Seaton Holme Manor House in Easington Village, on a working farm, and steeped in so much history of their own, each property has been lovingly renovated and furnished to the highest of standards whilst keeping contemporary and top quality fittings alongside 13th-century original features. Dating back many hundreds of years, this Grade II* listed property was once part of the nearby Seaton Holme...

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Farmhouse
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft
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  • Shiney Row, near Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham
    Shiney Row, near Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham×

    The Briar Rose

    Shiney Row, near Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC589
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Ideal for a couple or a small family wishing to spend time in the city of Durham and explore the whole of County Durham, with easy access to Northumberland.
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    Perfectly positioned on a quiet residential estate in the peaceful town of Houghton–le–Spring, guests will find The Briar Rose on the cusp of County Durham and Tyne and Wear. Almost equidistant between the cathedral city of Durham, 7 miles, and the city of Sunderland, 6 miles, there really is plenty of opportunity to explore and enjoy the attractions of the north east.

    Perfect for small families, the popular Beamish Living Museum is only a 10-minute drive away...

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

    Durham Country Cottages - Kestrel Cottage

    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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    Quietly nestled away in rural County Durham, Durham Country Cottages are in the most fabulous location for exploring the north east counties of Durham and Northumberland and the city of Newcastle. Only a few miles away from major transport links, yet set in almost 18 acres of the owner’s, unspoilt grounds these three cottages, Bramble Cottage (ref UKC1820), Kestrel Cottage (ref UKC1821) and Hazel Cottage (ref UKC1822) really do give guests the best of both worlds. All three...

    Durham Country Cottages - Bramble Cottage
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    Durham Country Cottages - Hazel Cottage
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