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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, County Durham
    Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    The Byre

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    4
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    Ref: UKC1793
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Ideally situated for exploring County Durham with its many footpaths and cycle routes, and with the two thousand hectare Hamsterley Forest also nearby.
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    9.5 8 reviews
    9.5 8 reviews

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  • Frosterley, County Durham
    Frosterley, County Durham×

    River View

    Frosterley, County Durham

    Frosterley, County Durham

    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 23712
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this barn conversion offers a chance to explore the area from its comfortable surroundings.
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    8.7 3 reviews
    8.7 3 reviews

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  • East Hedleyhope, near Lanchester, County Durham
    East Hedleyhope, near Lanchester, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Croeso

    Croeso

    East Hedleyhope, near Lanchester, County Durham

    East Hedleyhope, near Lanchester, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC2415
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Croeso is ideal for families wishing to explore the cycle paths and walking trails or one of the nearby museums.
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  • Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham
    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham×

    The Old Stables - Number 1

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    1
    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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    9.5 2 reviews
    9.5 2 reviews

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    The Old Stables - Number 2
    4
    2
    2
    The Old Stables - Number 3
    4
    1
    1
  • Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    White Nettle Cottage

    White Nettle Cottage

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC2512
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    White Nettle Cottage is situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you will discover a range of activities to enjoy.
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    10 2 reviews
    10 2 reviews

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  • Castleside,
    Castleside, ×

    The Byre

    Castleside,

    Castleside,

    4
    1
    1
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    Ref: E5247
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - 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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    9 1 reviews
    9 1 reviews

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    The Garden Cottage
    5
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    2
    The Dairy Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    The Forge Cottage
    2
    1
    1
    The Stable Cottage
    5
    2
    2
    Grange Cottage
    7
    3
    3
  • Westgate in Weardale, County Durham
    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham×

    Dale View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 13874
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Overlooking the Wear Valley, this property offers a taste of heaven within this peaceful and tranquil area.
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    7.9 7 reviews
    7.9 7 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.
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    9.8 4 reviews
    9.8 4 reviews

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    Durham Country Cottages - Kestrel Cottage
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    2
    2
    Durham Country Cottages - Hazel Cottage
    4
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    2
  • Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Stonechester Cottage

    Stonechester Cottage

    Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC2918
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Rural Location
    There are plenty of outdoor activities close to this cottage, including walking, cycling, horse riding and fishing.
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  • 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.
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    8.9 16 reviews
    8.9 16 reviews

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

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Byre

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
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    Ref: UKC1939
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    A stunning cottage located all on the ground floor and ideal for smaller families wanting to explore all Durham’s attractions which are close by.
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Farmhouse
    4
    2
    2
    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft
    4
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  • Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    The Cottage

    Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    5
    3
    1
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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.
    Prices from
    9.1 9 reviews
    9.1 9 reviews

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