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

    White House Cottages - The Stables

    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham

    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1743
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Ideal for small families and friends, perfect for a city break to the magnificent city of Durham and its endless visitor attractions to suit all tastes and ages. Ideal for small families and friends, perfect for a city break to the magnificent city of Durham and its endless visitor attractions to suit all tastes and ages.
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    9 3 reviews
    9 3 reviews

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    White House Cottages - The Hen House
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  • Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham
    Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Quartermaster’s

    Quartermaster’s

    Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham

    Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1983
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Rural Location
    Stay in this ground floor apartment, part of the historic Brancepeth Castle, close to the UNESCO city of Durham. Stay in this ground floor apartment, part of the historic Brancepeth Castle, close to the UNESCO city of Durham.
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    8.7 9 reviews
    8.7 9 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

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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
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft
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  • Mainsforth, County Durham
    Mainsforth, County Durham×

    Swallow Cottage

    Mainsforth, County Durham

    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. 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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    9.2 13 reviews
    9.2 13 reviews

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

    Fawn Lea Apartment

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 29138
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    A first floor apartment ideally located for visiting waterfalls, forests and castles, and just a short walk from the village shop and pub. A first floor apartment ideally located for visiting waterfalls, forests and castles, and just a short walk from the village shop and pub.
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    9.5 2 reviews
    9.5 2 reviews

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  • Westgate in Weardale, County Durham
    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham×

    Dale View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

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    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. Overlooking the Wear Valley, this property offers a taste of heaven within this peaceful and tranquil area.
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    8.6 8 reviews
    8.6 8 reviews

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  • Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham
    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham×

    The Old Stables - Number 3

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

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    Ref: 30712
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Explore the breath-taking scenery that surrounds this holiday property with many footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways close by. Explore the breath-taking scenery that surrounds this holiday property with many footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways close by.
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    9 2 reviews
    9 2 reviews

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    The Old Stables - Number 1
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    The Old Stables - Number 2
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  • Mickleton, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Mickleton, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    West Pasture Cottage

    West Pasture Cottage

    Mickleton, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    Mickleton, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC3117
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Rural Location
    This is the perfect location for exploring County Durham with so much to see and do including market towns, museums and Hadrian’s Wall. This is the perfect location for exploring County Durham with so much to see and do including market towns, museums and Hadrian’s Wall.
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  • Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    The Byre

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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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. 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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    9.6 11 reviews
    9.6 11 reviews

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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Ashlea

    Ashlea

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    4
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    Ref: UKC2346
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Situated on the owners’ working farm, this cosy property offers the perfect location to enjoy that well needed rural retreat. Situated on the owners’ working farm, this cosy property offers the perfect location to enjoy that well needed rural retreat.
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    9.8 11 reviews
    9.8 11 reviews

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  • Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham
    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Browney Cottage

    Browney Cottage

    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham

    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham

    4
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    Ref: UKC2800
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Cosy, traditional and full of character, Browney Cottage offers a real home from home feel, and is perfect for families looking to explore County Durham. Cosy, traditional and full of character, Browney Cottage offers a real home from home feel, and is perfect for families looking to explore County Durham.
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  • Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    The Granary

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    4
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    Ref: 26502
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A beautifully finished, light and airy, eco-friendly property where pets go free! A beautifully finished, light and airy, eco-friendly property where pets go free!
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    9.9 18 reviews
    9.9 18 reviews

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