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

    The Snuggery

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 30559
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ideal for exploring Barnard Castle and the surrounding area, this holiday property is packed with character, charm and original features. Ideal for exploring Barnard Castle and the surrounding area, this holiday property is packed with character, charm and original features.
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    9.4 8 reviews

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  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Willow Cottage

    Wolsingham, County Durham

    Wolsingham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC108
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    Willow Cottage is an idyllic romantic retreat with plenty of riverside walks, established local footpaths and many attractions close by to discover. Willow Cottage is an idyllic romantic retreat with plenty of riverside walks, established local footpaths and many attractions close by to discover.
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    6 2 reviews

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

    Town Pasture Cottage

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 29136
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location
    A first floor living room takes full advantage of the views and a large garden is ideal for relaxing in after a day exploring. A first floor living room takes full advantage of the views and a large garden is ideal for relaxing in after a day exploring.
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    9.7 7 reviews

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

    South View Mews

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 25532
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location
    Set in the heart of Teesdale’s rolling countryside, visitors can explore the vast attractions this area holds. Set in the heart of Teesdale’s rolling countryside, visitors can explore the vast attractions this area holds.
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    9.1 17 reviews

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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,
    Near Beamish, ×

    Beamish Cottage

    Near Beamish,

    Near Beamish,

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    Ref: E5029
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Charming cosy cottage down sleepy country lane, excellent location for cricket lovers with Durham international cricket ground close by. Charming cosy cottage down sleepy country lane, excellent location for cricket lovers with Durham international cricket ground close by.
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    Lapwing Cottage
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    Pig Run Barn
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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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    8.1 9 reviews

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

    The Old Chapel

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This former chapel is close to the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennine Way with historic Barnard Castle just 6 miles away. This former chapel is close to the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennine Way with historic Barnard Castle just 6 miles away.
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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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  • Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    The Dovecote

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 30765
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This romantic retreat is the perfect base from which to explore the area, with plenty of footpaths and walkways close by. This romantic retreat is the perfect base from which to explore the area, with plenty of footpaths and walkways close by.
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    9.3 20 reviews

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