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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

    3
    2
    2
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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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    8.7 9 reviews
    8.7 9 reviews

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

    Heart of Lanchester

    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham

    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham

    3
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC1798
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Brilliantly located for exploring County Durham and the North East, Heart of Lanchester is a super little cottage with plenty of character. Brilliantly located for exploring County Durham and the North East, Heart of Lanchester is a super little cottage with plenty of character.
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    9 2 reviews
    9 2 reviews

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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

    Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    2
    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. 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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    9.6 16 reviews
    9.6 16 reviews

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

    10 Newgate - Raby

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    4
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    2
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    Ref: 31097
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    Sleeping 4 people, this first floor holiday apartment is convenient for exploring Barnard Castle and the surrounding area. Sleeping 4 people, this first floor holiday apartment is convenient for exploring Barnard Castle and the surrounding area.
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    10 3 reviews
    10 3 reviews

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    10 Newgate - The Museum
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    10 Newgate - High Force
    4
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    2
    10 Newgate - The Market Cross
    4
    2
    2
    10 Newgate - The Castle
    2
    1
    1
    10 Newgate - Hamsterley
    2
    1
    1
  • Castleside,
    Castleside, ×

    The Dairy Cottage

    Castleside,

    Castleside,

    4
    2
    1
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    Ref: E5244
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages have been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages have been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features
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    9.3 3 reviews
    9.3 3 reviews

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    The Garden Cottage
    5
    2
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    The Forge Cottage
    2
    1
    1
    The Stable Cottage
    5
    2
    2
    The Byre
    2
    1
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    Grange Cottage
    7
    3
    3
  • St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    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. Perfect for a romantic break in beautiful countryside, or for walkers wanting to walk the Weardale Way.
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    8.5 4 reviews
    8.5 4 reviews

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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Ashlea

    Ashlea

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    4
    2
    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. Situated on the owners’ working farm, this cosy property offers the perfect location to enjoy that well needed rural retreat.
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    9.8 11 reviews
    9.8 11 reviews

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

    Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    4
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    2
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    Ref: MVP
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Delve into the medieval history of Raby Castle, walk or cycle the Teesdale Way or wonder at the splendour of High Force waterfall. Delve into the medieval history of Raby Castle, walk or cycle the Teesdale Way or wonder at the splendour of High Force waterfall.
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    8.3 6 reviews
    8.3 6 reviews

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    Thorpe Hall - Chapel Cottage
    4
    2
    2
  • 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

    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
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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. 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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    9.3 23 reviews
    9.3 23 reviews

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    Old Hall Cottages - 2 Old Hall Cottages
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    3
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    Old Hall Cottages - Hall Farm Cottage
    2
    1
    1
  • 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
    1
    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. With wonderful walking from the door, this semi-detached cottage is also well placed to visit the nearby railway museums.
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    9.4 7 reviews
    9.4 7 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
    2
    2
    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. Enjoy the fantastic elevated location, surrounded by panoramic views in this unspoilt countryside of the Durham Dales.
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    7.8 4 reviews
    7.8 4 reviews

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

    The Old Stables - Number 3

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30712
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Explore the breath-taking scenery that surrounds this holiday property with many footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways close by. Explore the breath-taking scenery that surrounds this holiday property with many footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways close by.
    Prices from
    9 2 reviews
    9 2 reviews

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    The Old Stables - Number 1
    4
    2
    2
    The Old Stables - Number 2
    4
    2
    2

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