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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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  • 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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    8.3 7 reviews
    8.3 7 reviews

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

    Bankside Cottage

    Mickleton, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    Mickleton, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    4
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    Ref: 29171
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Bring your pet for free at this 150 year old cottage in an AONB close to the small market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale.
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    8 15 reviews
    8 15 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

    4
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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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    10 6 reviews
    10 6 reviews

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    Durham Country Cottages - Bramble Cottage
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    Durham Country Cottages - Hazel Cottage
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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.
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    9.3 8 reviews
    9.3 8 reviews

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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

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

    4
    2
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    Ref: UKC589
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    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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    9.3 4 reviews
    9.3 4 reviews

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  • Near Beamish,
    Near Beamish, ×

    Pig Run Barn

    Near Beamish,

    Near Beamish,

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    Ref: E5343
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site
    Delightful barn conversation in countryside location, close to Durham and Durham Dales with superb walking and cycling, Hadrians Wall nearby.
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    Lapwing Cottage
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    Beamish Cottage
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  • Cowshill, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Cowshill, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Tulip Cottage

    Cowshill, near Stanhope, County Durham

    Cowshill, near Stanhope, County Durham

    4
    2
    2
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    Ref: UKC546
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location - Open Fire
    With wonderful walking from the door, this semi-detached cottage is also well placed to visit the nearby railway museums.
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    9.3 6 reviews
    9.3 6 reviews

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  • Stanhope, County Durham
    Stanhope, County Durham×

    Curlew Cottage

    Stanhope, County Durham

    Stanhope, County Durham

    4
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    Ref: UKC2157
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This cosy retreat for couples is perfect for exploring the beautiful countryside of County Durham by foot and by bike.
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    8.9 16 reviews
    8.9 16 reviews

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

    Beckleshele

    Cowshill, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Cowshill, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    4
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    2
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    Ref: 30861
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    This converted lead miner’s cottage is ideally located for discovering the wild, unspoilt moorlands of Weardale.
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    7.3 3 reviews
    7.3 3 reviews

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  • Westgate in Weardale, County Durham
    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham×

    Valley View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

    4
    2
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    Ref: 13388
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Enjoy the fantastic elevated location, surrounded by panoramic views in this unspoilt countryside of the Durham Dales.
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    8 6 reviews
    8 6 reviews

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  • Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham
    Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham×

    The Cottage at Wilson House

    Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham

    Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham

    4
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    Ref: UKC575
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Offering guests a haven of peace and tranquility and surrounded by the beautiful countryside, this holiday cottage is in the idyllic location to get away from it all and relax.
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    9.6 14 reviews
    9.6 14 reviews

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

    Caroline Cottage

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    4
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    1
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    Ref: UKC1591
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This charming 200 year old cottage lies in a great location for discovering waterfalls, castles, museums, as well as historic cities and quaint villages.
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