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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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  • 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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  • 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...

    Granary Cottage
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  • Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham
    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham×
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

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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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    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 Byre
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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...

  • 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...

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

    Dove Cottage

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: CC211120
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Dove Cottage is a delightful character cottage nestling in a peaceful location in the historical market town of Barnard Castle.
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    Dove Cottage is a delightful character cottage nestling in a peaceful location in the historical market town of Barnard Castle.  The cottage is only a short stroll from the town centre which has numerous bars and restaurants.  Great care has been taken in the refurbishment of this compact cottage to ensure a cosy and welcoming holiday.

    Ground Floor: Heated by slim line wall mounted electric heaters, Dove Cottage comprises:
    Lounge/dining/kitchen: With gas stove,...

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

    Fawn Lea Cottage

    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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    Set in a quiet courtyard, close to the village amenities of Staindrop and the village greens, this cosy, comfortably furnished and well-equipped holiday cottage is adjacent to the owner’s property. Raby Castle is within walking distance and Bowes Museum is a short drive. Visit Barnard Castle, Hadrian’s Wall or enjoy walks on the beautiful Teesdale fells and meadows or in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Visit High Force Waterfall, Beamish Open Air Museum or Eggleston Hall...

  • Piercebridge, near Darlington, County Durham
    Piercebridge, near Darlington, County Durham×

    Oscar’s Barn

    Piercebridge, near Darlington, County Durham

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    Ref: W44108
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    An ideal base offering peace and tranquillity, yet within easy reach of the nearby mainline railway station and easy access to main roads.
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    Oscar’s Barn and Foxglove Nook annexe offer self-catering accommodation worthy of a Visit England 4* Gold award and Customer Choice Award 2016. The barn is situated near to the remains of the historic roman fort and village of Piercebridge in County Durham, North East England, and lies within easy reach of a host of major tourist attractions including Kynren – an epic tale of England with a cast of over 1500 performers in Bishop Auckland, the National Railway Museum at...

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

    Valley View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

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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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    This delightful barn conversion retains its rustic charm standing in an elevated position with wonderful panoramic views overlooking the Wear Valley and the Pennine Fells beyond. Adjoining the owner’s cottage and another holiday property, in unspoilt countryside of the Durham Dales. A good central base, the Lakes, Dales, Borderland, Barnard Castle, Hexham, Newcastle and Durham, within 30 miles. Shop and pub ½ mile. Can be booked with ref 13874 to sleep 6+2.

    Ground...

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

    Thorpe Hall - Chapel Cottage

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: IWF
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Set in the grounds of Thorpe Hall Estate a 10 minute drive from Barnard Castle, a perfect holiday retreat close to the River Tees.
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    Set amidst the grounds of Thorpe Hall Estate, this is one of three charming properties (Refs IWF, MPR and MVP) that offer the perfect holiday retreat. Chapel Cottage, which adjoins the main hall, enjoys wonderful views of the gardens and parkland, whilst Corner Cottage and Greystones sit close by as a pair. With beautiful sunsets, the River Tees flowing close by and the Teesdale Way, this is a truly magical setting. Guests are welcome to view the lovely gardens designed by Chelsea...

    Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage
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  • Haswell, near Durham, County Durham
    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Durham Country Cottages - Hazel Cottage

    Durham Country Cottages - Hazel Cottage

    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1822
    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
    Just 10 miles from the magical city of Durham with a host of attractions in a wonderful setting alongside two other cottages. Just 10 miles from the magical city of Durham with a host of attractions in a wonderful setting alongside two other cottages.
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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 - Kestrel Cottage
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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Ashlea

    Ashlea

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    1
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    Ref: UKC2346
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Situated on the owners’ working farm, this cosy property offers the perfect location to enjoy that well needed rural retreat.
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    Nestled within the grounds of the owner’s farm, Ashlea is the perfect location for guests wanting to explore the local area. Surrounded by fields and open countryside, with great views over towards Eggleston, Middleton and County Durham, this detached cottage is a peaceful and restful hideaway, yet only a short drive away from major transport links. With weekly and monthly farmers markets, plenty of places to eat and drink and a variety of shops, galleries and antiques stores,...

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