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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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  • St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Heckberry Cottage

    Heckberry Cottage

    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham

    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    2
    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.
    Prices from
    8.5 4 reviews
    8.5 4 reviews

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  • 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

    4
    2
    1
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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.
    Prices from
    9.8 4 reviews
    9.8 4 reviews

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    Durham Country Cottages - Kestrel Cottage
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    Durham Country Cottages - Hazel Cottage
    4
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  • Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham
    Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Roslyn Cottage

    Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham

    Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42487
    Key Features:
    - 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.
    Prices from
    9 10 reviews
    9 10 reviews

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

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Farmhouse

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC1937
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Woodburning Stove
    Beautiful accommodation with some original features dating back to the reign of King Henry VIII and providing a luxurious holiday base.
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    10 2 reviews
    10 2 reviews

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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Byre
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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

    4
    2
    2
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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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    0 0 reviews
    0 0 reviews

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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Farmhouse
    4
    2
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Byre
    4
    2
    2
  • Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    The Barn and The Granary at Toft Hill Hall - The Granary

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    4
    2
    2
    2
    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!
    Prices from
    9.7 19 reviews
    9.7 19 reviews

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    The Barn and The Granary at Toft Hill Hall - The Barn
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    3
    3
  • Stanhope, County Durham
    Stanhope, County Durham×

    Curlew Cottage

    Stanhope, County Durham

    Stanhope, County Durham

    4
    1
    1
    2
    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.
    Prices from
    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
    2
    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.
    Prices from
    7.3 3 reviews
    7.3 3 reviews

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

    10 Newgate - High Force

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    4
    2
    2
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    Ref: 31098
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    Named after the fantastic waterfall close by, this property is close to many attractions, including Barnard Castle, Staindrop and Durham.
    Prices from
    9.6 9 reviews
    9.6 9 reviews

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    10 Newgate - The Museum
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    10 Newgate - Raby
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    10 Newgate - The Market Cross
    4
    2
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    10 Newgate - The Castle
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    10 Newgate - Hamsterley
    2
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  • Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Mill Stone Cottage

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham

    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC345
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Mill Stone Cottage boasts charm and many original features and nestles in the heart of the popular, market town of Wolsingham.
    Prices from
    9.3 15 reviews
    9.3 15 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
    1
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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.
    Prices from
    9.3 4 reviews
    9.3 4 reviews

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

    Harthopeburn Cottage

    St John’s Chapel, County Durham

    St John’s Chapel, County Durham

    5
    2
    1
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    Ref: UKC317
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Relax in the enclosed garden or venture out and explore waterfalls and woodland walks. This property lies close to both the Lake District and County Durham.
    Prices from
    8.6 16 reviews
    8.6 16 reviews

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