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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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  • Sunderland Bridge, near Durham, County Durham
    Sunderland Bridge, near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Erin’s Cottage

    Erin’s Cottage

    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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    Erin’s Cottage is a romantic, picture postcard cottage dating back to the 18th-century, retaining much charm with beams and pretty features. The lovely little hamlet of Sunderland Bridge lies a mere 3 miles from Durham city, offering the best of both worlds, with easy access to the city, yet set in a peaceful location. Only half a mile to the nearby pub and facilities in Croxdale and surrounding villages, and an easy taxi ride into the university city of Durham which is famed for...

  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Willow Cottage

    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.
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    Built in the early 1800’s, Willow Cottage is a sandstone, terraced cottage, tucked away down a cobbled street in the conservation village of Wolsingham. Perfectly situated in picturesque Weardale, Wolsingham is located in the North Pennines and is part of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It offers three welcoming local pubs that serve excellent food, as well as a good choice of cafés and local shops selling a range of goods, all within walking distance from...

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

    The Old Granary

    Stainton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 29175
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set in the quiet village of Stainton and dating from 1870, this former granary enjoys beautiful views across the dales and open countryside.
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    Set in the quiet village of Stainton and dating from 1870, this former granary enjoys beautiful views across the dales and open countryside. The Old Granary has retained much of its original charm including exposed beams and it has been furnished to a good standard with the bathroom having the benefit of a power shower, the property is well-presented to offer a relaxing and comfortable accommodation for two people from which to explore the delights of this fascinating area. In...

  • Castleside, near Consett, County Durham
    Castleside, near Consett, County Durham×

    Ben’s Hut

    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!
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    Peacefully set amidst rolling countryside on a 200-acre sheep farm, Ben’s Hut is the perfect property for couples and families who enjoy an adventure. Simple yet perfectly formed, Ben’s Hut offers cosy accommodation with a double bed and a shower room incorporated into the hut, so there’s no need to traipse across a field every time you want to go to the bathroom! There is a small kitchen area with a fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster and a fold-away dining table...

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

    10 Newgate - The Museum

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31096
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    - Pub within 1 mile
    This first floor studio apartment is located in the centre of the pretty market town of Barnard Castle.
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    Situated in the popular market town of Barnard Castle, the properties at 10 Newgate are the ideal base from which to explore the local and surrounding areas. Perfect for business guests, families, friends, couples and single guests, there is an ample choice of accommodation to suit each guest and fulfil their requirements. Each property at 10 Newgate offers good quality, comfortable and practical accommodation. There is a choice of property depending on the guest’s...

    10 Newgate - Raby
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    10 Newgate - High Force
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    10 Newgate - The Market Cross
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    10 Newgate - The Castle
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    10 Newgate - Hamsterley
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  • Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    The Dovecote

    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.
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    Situated in the peaceful and quaint village of Romaldkirk, which is nestled within the Dales, this detached barn conversion, adjacent to the owner’s home, really is the perfect location for guests wishing to enjoy a quiet romantic break, a walking or cycling holiday, or just to really explore the beauty of the surrounding areas. Nestled between Swaledale and Weardale, Romaldkirk lies in Teesdale, which is a peaceful haven of tranquillity, nature and ever changing...

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

    Chestnut Cottage

    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.
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    This charming, detached former Hemel, close to the owners’ home, lies just 1½ miles from the historic village of Lanchester and only 10 miles from Durham. Lanchester is steeped in history dating back to the 12th century and it has a large village green which sits in the middle of some charming properties, with 3 village inns and eateries to hand. Cyclists will be eager to explore the quiet country roads or take the Derwent Valley Railway Path east to the outskirts...

  • 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

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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!
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    Perfectly situated in the pretty Anglo-Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear, and commanding fabulous views across County Durham, the Dales and beyond, Witton Hall really is the perfect location for guests wishing to treat themselves to a holiday in magnificent surroundings. Witton Hall is one of the finest country houses to have ever been built in the north of England during the 20th century, and was once listed in The Times as one of the top 100 houses in the country. Detached South...

    Witton Hall - South Lodge
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    Witton Hall - Suite Three
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    Witton Hall - Suite Four
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  • Stanhope, County Durham
    Stanhope, County Durham×
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    Curlew Cottage

    Curlew Cottage

    Stanhope, County Durham

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    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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    Perfect for exploring this beautiful part of County Durham, Curlew Cottage stands detached, part way up a hill and boasts brilliant views across the rolling countryside and hills of the county. Built in the 1800s and with views to the rear, extending over the hills of Weardale, Curlew Cottage is traditional, warm and welcoming. Ideal for a couple wanting to enjoy a quiet rural break in a very quirky cottage, the property is full of unusual and original features. On the lower...

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

    Winter Cottage

    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.
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    Situated in the quiet village of Sunniside, just 10 miles from the city of Durham, Winter Cottage is the ideal base for couples wanting to really explore the local area. Perfect for walkers, cyclists, romantic breaks and guests wanting to visit family and friends at Durham University, this terraced cottage is in the perfect location. The popular market town of Wolsingham, 4 miles, boasts some excellent quality restaurants, pubs, cafes and bistros, where local produce is served...

  • Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham
    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham×

    Witton Hall - South Lodge

    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham

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    Ref: MWC
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Enjoy a romantic break at this property, which has plenty of on-site facilities to enjoy, including a swimming pool and gym.
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    Perfectly situated in the pretty Anglo-Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear, and commanding fabulous views across County Durham, the Dales and beyond, Witton Hall really is the perfect location for guests wishing to treat themselves to a holiday in magnificent surroundings. Witton Hall is one of the finest country houses to have ever been built in the north of England during the 20th century, and was once listed in The Times as one of the top 100 houses in the country. Detached South...

    Witton Hall - Suite Three
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    Witton Hall - Suite Two
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    Witton Hall - Suite Four
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  • Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Bollihope Chalet

    Bollihope Chalet

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1588
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Offering a peaceful retreat, this single-storey cottage sits in a beautiful location within the Weardale Valley, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.
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    Nestled away amongst the hills and valleys of scenic Weardale, Bollihope Chalet offers a secluded retreat with breathtaking views over the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Accessed by a rough track and all on the ground floor with an open plan living area, guests will be able to enjoy watching the sun rise and set from the comfort of the living room. The double bedroom is well-presented and the shower room has a good sized shower cubicle, toilet and a heated...

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