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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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  • Castleside,
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    The Dairy Cottage

    Castleside,

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    Ref: E5244
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    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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    Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages has been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features. The tranquil location makes this the perfect place to relax and unwind while the many footpaths and cycle routes are an excellent way to enjoy the surrounding countryside and views. Situated on the Durham/Northumberland border, Derwent Grange is...

    The Garden Cottage
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    The Forge Cottage
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    The Stable Cottage
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    The Byre
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    Grange Cottage
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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Dove Cottage

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: CC211120
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Dove Cottage is a delightful character cottage nestling in a peaceful location in the historical market town of Barnard Castle.
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    Dove Cottage is a delightful character cottage nestling in a peaceful location in the historical market town of Barnard Castle.  The cottage is only a short stroll from the town centre which has numerous bars and restaurants.  Great care has been taken in the refurbishment of this compact cottage to ensure a cosy and welcoming holiday.

    Ground Floor: Heated by slim line wall mounted electric heaters, Dove Cottage comprises:
    Lounge/dining/kitchen: With gas stove,...

  • Shiney Row, near Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham
    Shiney Row, near Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham×

    The Briar Rose

    Shiney Row, near Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC589
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ideal for a couple or a small family wishing to spend time in the city of Durham and explore the whole of County Durham, with easy access to Northumberland.
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    Perfectly positioned on a quiet residential estate in the peaceful town of Houghton–le–Spring, guests will find The Briar Rose on the cusp of County Durham and Tyne and Wear. Almost equidistant between the cathedral city of Durham, 7 miles, and the city of Sunderland, 6 miles, there really is plenty of opportunity to explore and enjoy the attractions of the north east.

    Perfect for small families, the popular Beamish Living Museum is only a 10-minute drive away...

  • Stanhope,
    Stanhope, ×

    Dairy Cottage

    Stanhope,

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    Ref: E4349
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This lovely cottage with feature stonewall, has wonderful fell walks from the door, close to Stanhope with shops and pubs.
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    In the heart of Weardale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty these two delightful byre conversions sit just a 5-minute stroll from Stanhope’s village pubs and shops. Set adjoining the owners’ farmhouse home, the cottages offer wonderful fell walking from the doorstep and an ideal base from which to explore the area’s attractions. The Dales Centre is found in Stanhope itself, which also boasts a popular open air swimming pool, and cycling, golf and riding can all...

    Granary Cottage
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  • St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham×
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    Heckberry Cottage

    Heckberry Cottage

    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2399
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Perfect for a romantic break in beautiful countryside, or for walkers wanting to walk the Weardale Way.
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    Rural, secluded and surrounded by fields, Heckberry Cottage is detached and adjacent to the owner’s home, and is the perfect location for a quiet and peaceful relaxing break. Situated within 6 acres of the owner’s land, and accessed by a rough track, yet less than a mile away from the village centre. Heckberry Cottage dates back to the 1800s and retains much of the character of an older building, but with plenty of contemporary features too. The living and dining area are...

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

    Appleby Cottage

    Bishop Auckland, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: W44275
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    This is the ideal location for exploring the many attractions in the area, historic Durham is a short drive, while Bishop Auckland is within walking distance.
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    Nestled in the small village of South Church and backing on to the River Gaunless in Bishop Auckland, guests will find Appleby Cottage the perfect base for exploring the local area. It is situated alongside the River Gaunless and the garden has a lovely terrace overlooking the river. This terraced property is only a short walk away from the bustling market town of Bishop Auckland, and there are plenty of places to visit and explore. The local corner shop, bistro pub and historic...

  • Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham
    Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham×

    Scarcroft Cottage

    Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham

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    Ref: MBB
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Suitable for holidays year round - Enjoy a roaring fire in winter or the beautiful lawned garden in the summer.
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    This charming, 18th-century holiday cottage, the middle of three, is set in a peaceful hamlet within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a pretty, small, forecourt garden and a larger lawned garden. There are lovely views surrounding the cottage and superb walks from the doorstep, with easy access to stunning landscapes of scars, moors, the Pennine Way and Cow Green Reservoir. The Teesdale poet once lived next door. Nearby are the picturesque Low Force (canoeing by...

  • Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham
    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1938
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Woodburning Stove
    A perfect holiday home for entertaining, The Hayloft has an open plan layout and retains original Saxon features.
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    Absolutely stunning! Tithe Barn Cottages really are simply beautiful. Situated behind Seaton Holme Manor House in Easington Village, on a working farm, and steeped in so much history of their own, each property has been lovingly renovated and furnished to the highest of standards whilst keeping contemporary and top quality fittings alongside 13th-century original features. Dating back many hundreds of years, this Grade II* listed property was once part of the nearby Seaton Holme...

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Farmhouse
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Byre
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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    10 Newgate - Raby

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31097
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    Sleeping 4 people, this first floor holiday apartment is convenient for exploring Barnard Castle and the surrounding area.
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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 - The Museum
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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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  • Eggleston, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Eggleston, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    The Byre

    Eggleston, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 25362
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This cosy cottage is ideal for a small family to enjoy the picturesque countryside as a wonderful retreat.
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    This eco-friendly, cosy holiday cottage creates its own electricity by photo-voltaic roof tiles, and is adjacent to a cattle and sheep farm, a mile from Eggleston. The converted cattle byre with level access and wide doorways, provides a picturesque countryside retreat. Durham city, 25 miles, has a 12th century cathedral, boutiques in cobbled streets, the Victorian market, restaurants and galleries. Visit the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland. Historic Barnard Castle on...

  • Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham
    Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Roslyn Cottage

    Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham

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    Ref: W42487
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    A perfect setting between Teesdale and Weardale within easy reach of Northumberland’s beaches and castles.
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    Stunning countryside views

    The pretty village of Hamsterley, between Teesdale and Weardale, is the setting for this charming detached holiday cottage. Converted from former farm buildings the cottage offers contemporary living areas with granite work surfaces in the kitchen, private patio and parking, and shared use of the owner’s 17-acre grounds. The forest has way-marked walks, cycle ways and visitor centre, whilst the Durham Dales has a plethora of beautiful scenery,...

  • Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Daykin Cottage

    Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC147
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Tucked away in the heart of County Durham, this semi-detached holiday cottage is an ideal getaway for families of 4.
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    Situated in the quiet village of Low Etherley directly opposite the village cricket club, Daykin Cottage is the ideal location for guests wanting to relax, unwind and really explore this beautiful part of County Durham. Perfect for walkers, guests will find many established public footpaths that wind their way through County Durham and the Weardale Valley. This semi-detached cottage is full of character and charm. On the ground floor, the property boasts up-to-date appliances whilst...

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