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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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  • Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham
    Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham×

    Winter Cottage

    Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham

    Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: W44245
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy a romantic break at this cosy cottage, which is located in the perfect spot for those visiting Durham, 10 miles. Enjoy a romantic break at this cosy cottage, which is located in the perfect spot for those visiting Durham, 10 miles.
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    8 3 reviews

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  • Brandon, near Durham, County Durham
    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham×

    White House Cottages - The Hen House

    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham

    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1742
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    The Hen House is a real jewel of a property and absolutely ideal for a quiet romantic break within walking distance of Durham city centre. The Hen House is a real jewel of a property and absolutely ideal for a quiet romantic break within walking distance of Durham city centre.
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    9 1 reviews

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    White House Cottages - The Stables
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  • Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham
    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham×

    Witton Hall - Suite Two

    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham

    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham

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    Ref: MWE
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    This property has the use of many on-site facilities, including a swimming pool, hot tub, gym, sauna and even a dance floor! This property has the use of many on-site facilities, including a swimming pool, hot tub, gym, sauna and even a dance floor!
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    10 2 reviews
    10 2 reviews

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    Witton Hall - South Lodge
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    Witton Hall - Suite Three
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    Witton Hall - Suite Four
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  • Castleside, near Consett, County Durham
    Castleside, near Consett, County Durham×

    Ben’s Hut

    Castleside, near Consett, County Durham

    Castleside, near Consett, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC569
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Lovingly built by the owner’s hands, this quirky shepherd’s hut really is a gem of a destination! Lovingly built by the owner’s hands, this quirky shepherd’s hut really is a gem of a destination!
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    8 3 reviews

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  • St John’s Chapel, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Top Byre

    St John’s Chapel, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    St John’s Chapel, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: 28347
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property
    Enjoy beautiful views of the fells from the patio and soak in the tranquillity, yet the Lakes or Newcastle are within an hours’ drive. Enjoy beautiful views of the fells from the patio and soak in the tranquillity, yet the Lakes or Newcastle are within an hours’ drive.
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    9.1 8 reviews

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

    Laburnum Cottage

    Middlestone, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Middlestone, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: MWO
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A beautiful hidden gem, perfect for a romantic retreat with two cosy wood burners and a magnificent four poster bed. A beautiful hidden gem, perfect for a romantic retreat with two cosy wood burners and a magnificent four poster bed.
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    9.4 9 reviews

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  • Stanhope, County Durham
    Stanhope, County Durham×

    Holly Cottage

    Stanhope, County Durham

    Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: W42717
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile
    A lovely little ground floor cottage boasting a superb old range as the focal point of the living room, ideal for two. A lovely little ground floor cottage boasting a superb old range as the focal point of the living room, ideal for two.
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  • Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×

    The School House

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    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. 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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  • Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Buckswell Cottage

    Buckswell Cottage

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2739
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Relax and enjoy amazing scenery from Buckswell Cottage, or venture out and explore Barnard Castle and its many amenities. Relax and enjoy amazing scenery from Buckswell Cottage, or venture out and explore Barnard Castle and its many amenities.
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  • Near Beamish,
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    Lapwing Cottage

    Near Beamish,

    Near Beamish,

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    Ref: E5028
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Peaceful and relaxing hideaway, cosy barn conversion for two, footpaths and cycleways on the doorstep, yet Newcastle easily reached. Peaceful and relaxing hideaway, cosy barn conversion for two, footpaths and cycleways on the doorstep, yet Newcastle easily reached.
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    Beamish Cottage
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    Pig Run Barn
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  • Sunderland Bridge, near Durham, County Durham
    Sunderland Bridge, near Durham, County Durham×

    Erin’s Cottage

    Sunderland Bridge, near Durham, County Durham

    Sunderland Bridge, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2316
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Perfectly placed for enjoying the delights of the beautiful city of Durham, with its cathedral, castle and riverside walks.
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    9 1 reviews

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

    Chestnut Cottage

    Iveston, near Lanchester, County Durham

    Iveston, near Lanchester, County Durham

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    Ref: 30035
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Visit Lanchester from this property, a village steeped in history dating back to the 12th century, with some local amenities. Visit Lanchester from this property, a village steeped in history dating back to the 12th century, with some local amenities.
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    8.7 14 reviews

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