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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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  • Mainsforth, County Durham
    Mainsforth, County Durham×

    Swallow Cottage

    Mainsforth, County Durham

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    Ref: E4076
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Converted stables with children’s play area,120 acres of farmland to explore, great for bird watchers, sandy beaches easily reached.
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    Enjoying a peaceful working farm setting, and views from its secure garden, this converted single, storey stable block is of an excellent standard. Visitors are welcome to roam across 120 acres of open farmland, with an abundance of wild birds, an amazing 64 species, making it a twitcher’s paradise. Young children will delight in the play area and outside toys, as well as a visit to see the resident goats. Mainsforth is a small, picturesque village just 7 miles from Durham and...

  • 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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  • 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...

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

    Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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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.
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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 - Chapel Cottage
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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...

  • Frosterley, County Durham
    Frosterley, County Durham×

    Betsdale

    Frosterley, County Durham

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    Ref: 7723
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Perfect family accommodation surrounded by the Pennines and within easy reach of Hamsterley Forest and miles of walking paths.
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    Between Wolsingham and Stanhope on the A689 in Upper Weardale, this detached 18th-century holiday cottage stands just off the main street of this attractive village on the same site as property ref. 12772. Surrounded by the eastern flanks of the Pennines. Centrally placed for Teesdale and the Yorkshire Dales, there are many places of interest, Hamsterley Forest, Beamish Open Air Museum, Kilhope Wheel once the centre of the lead mining industry besides fishing on the local reservoirs,...

  • Castleside,
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    The Garden Cottage

    Castleside,

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    Ref: E5243
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities
    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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    Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages has been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features. The tranquil location makes this the perfect place to relax and unwind while the many footpaths and cycle routes are an excellent way to enjoy the surrounding countryside and views. Situated on the Durham/Northumberland border, Derwent Grange is...

    The Dairy Cottage
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    The Forge Cottage
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    The Stable Cottage
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    The Byre
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    Grange Cottage
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  • Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    The Cottage

    Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 25237
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    The Cottage is a delightful property located near to amazing attractions including the Yorkshire Dales and Raby Castle.
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    Looking out over the large green in the village of Whorlton, this detached holiday cottage is full of character and charm. The glorious River Tees is 300 yards; Barnard Castle with the Bowes Museum, 3 miles. Raby Castle, Egglestone Abbey, Richmond and the Yorkshire Dales are nearby. The cottage is on the National Cycle Network (cycle store avail) and close to the delightful Teesdale Way. Visit Durham, Northumberland’s spectacular castles and sandy beaches or bustling Newcastle. Shops...

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

    BurnBrae

    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2047
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Perfectly placed for exploring this beautiful area with Northumberland National Park and the Lake District National Park within easy reach.
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    Ideally located for walkers and cyclists, BurnBrae is detached and only 25 yards from the friendly village pub in St John’s Chapel. With its open fires and outside space, it offers plenty of comfort for all ages. This is the perfect location to explore the Durham Dales, Northumberland National Park and the Lake District National Park. Located near Stanhope in Weardale, this is an ideal base for visiting High Force, featured in the highly acclaimed novel by LJ Ross, as well...

  • Stanhope,
    Stanhope, ×

    Granary Cottage

    Stanhope,

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    Ref: E4350
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    With arched picture windows this lovely cottage is ideal for exploring Durham, Beamish Museum, Lake District and Newcastle.
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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...

  • Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Yeka Byre Cottage

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC648
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A great property for fishing enthusiasts, with fishing available on-site and reservoirs within a 20-minute drive.
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    Quietly nestled on the owner’s working farm in beautiful Weardale, Yeka Byre Cottage is in the perfect location for exploring the local area. Enjoying stunning views over moorland from its peaceful and private position, this detached cottage offers a romantic retreat. The owner has converted a traditional sheep byre into a beautiful cottage, away from the bustle of the town. Very tastefully decorated and well-presented throughout, the cottage is all on one floor and comprises...

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