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

    Dipper Cottage

    Bishop Auckland, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC886
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Nestled in a truly beautiful location, this holiday home is the perfect base from which to explore the local area.
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    This holiday home is in the perfect location for guests wanting to explore this beautiful part of County Durham, masking this property an ideal destination for families, couples and guests who love to be outdoors. Situated in the conservation village of Wolsingham, which is often referred to as being the ‘Gateway to the Dales’, this picturesque part of Weardale, in the North Pennines, has understandably been classed as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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  • Mickleton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Mickleton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Garth House

    Mickleton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 29168
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Enjoy a short break or a week long holiday at this delightful cottage just 8 miles from the market town of Barnard Castle.
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    Approached by a short grassy pathway and set back from the village road, this charming and tastefully decorated, semi-detached holiday cottage has lovely views from the front and rear, and an enclosed rear gravelled sitting-out area. It offers a cosy base to return to after exploring this little-known, unspoilt region. Mickleton has two pubs and there is a selection of other inns and restaurants in the surrounding villages. The market town of Barnard Castle is 8 miles away which has a...

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

    Fawn Lea Apartment

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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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.
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    Situated a short stroll from the village, this holiday apartment, adjoining the owner’s home, provides an ideal base and is close to a lovely, tree-lined walk which runs along the river. The Northern Dales holds a wealth of historical interest; visit the gardens of Egglestone Hall, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum or Baldersdale Reservoirs. Staindrop has a shop, a pub, a cafe and bistro both serving food, and a P.O. The historical market town of Barnard Castle is famous for...

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

    Beckleshele

    Cowshill, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: 30861
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    This converted lead miners cottage is ideally located for discovering the wild, unspoilt moorlands of Weardale.
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    Escape to Beckleshele, a unique semi-detached holiday cottage, set off the beaten track in the wild unspoilt moorlands of Weardale. Adjacent to the owners’ home, it is situated in the Durham Dales and surrounded by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Geo Park. Guests can relax and enjoy the tranquillity and magnificent views after their day’s exertions. Beckleshele is perfect for guests looking for somewhere wild, remote and peaceful, where you...

  • 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 - 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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    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...

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

    The Old Stables - Number 1

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

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    Ref: 30710
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This well-presented holiday property has easy access to both Durham and Newcastle with their wealth of attractions.
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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...

    The Old Stables - Number 2
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    The Old Stables - Number 3
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  • Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Daykin Cottage

    Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC147
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Tucked away in the heart of County Durham, this semi-detached holiday cottage is an ideal getaway for families of 4.
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    Situated in the quiet village of Low Etherley directly opposite the village cricket club, Daykin Cottage is the ideal location for guests wanting to relax, unwind and really explore this beautiful part of County Durham. Perfect for walkers, guests will find many established public footpaths that wind their way through County Durham and the Weardale Valley. This semi-detached cottage is full of character and charm. On the ground floor, the property boasts up-to-date appliances whilst...

  • Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham
    Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham×

    Tanfield Leith Farm Cottages - Methodist Cottage

    Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham

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    Ref: MRB
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location
    An ideal base for city or country, close to cycle tracks and walking paths and within easy reach of Durham city.
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    These two delightful holiday cottages (Refs MRA and MRB), each with its own history, are tastefully converted from former barns dating back to the 1600s. Retaining character and charm, they lie in a peaceful setting overlooking countryside with many cycle tracks nearby. Ideal walking and fishing country, yet close to famous attractions - visitors can step back in time at the Beamish Open Air Museum or visit the Metro Centre (a shopper’s paradise), Hexham (with its glorious...

    Tanfield Leith Farm Cottages - John Wesley Cottage
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  • Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham
    Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    The Hay Loft

    The Hay Loft

    Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2270
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property
    This lovely converted stables offers the perfect location to explore County Durham, from town and cities to the picturesque countryside.
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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),...

    Durham House
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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, County Durham
    Stanhope, County Durham×

    Stanhope Cottage

    Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: W41325
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    In a quiet village setting in an AONB just 100 yards from the River Wear, a perfect location for riverside walks and picnics.
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    Grade II listed cottage

    This Grade II listed terraced holiday cottage is set off the market place in a quiet crescent in the village of Stanhope in Weardale, just 100 yards from the beautiful River Wear with tranquil riverside walks and picnic areas. The village is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a wide variety of footpaths and cycleways direct from the door. There is a good choice of shops and pubs in the village, as well as the Durham Dales Visitor Centre, and...

  • Tudhoe, near Durham, County Durham
    Tudhoe, near Durham, County Durham×

    Colepitt Cottage

    Tudhoe, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: W43147
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    The Yorkshire Dales and Lake District are easily accessible and Durham city is less than 5 miles away.
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    This stone-built, terraced cottage, formerly a colliery worker’s home, is a good holiday base for touring this area of natural beauty. Tudhoe sits between Spennymoor and Durham, an excellent location for cycling, walking and fishing. Durham city is 4.5 miles, with its Norman cathedral and castle, cobbled medieval streets, and shopping centre, and Durham University is only 3.5 miles away. Visit Beamish Open Air Museum and Barnard Castle (½ hour’s drive). Bishop...

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