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

    Hope Cottage

    Evenwood, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: 28136
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A comfortable holiday home, close to Bishop Auckland and within easy driving of Raby Castle, and Barnard Castle.
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    This semi-detached holiday home, accessed by an unmade road, is situated in Evenwood, a former coal mining village, and makes a good base for walkers and cyclists. Take a trip to Raby Castle, with its panoramic views and herds of deer, or visit Durham Cathedral, a short drive away. Bishop Auckland has a splendid marble and limestone chapel and stained-glass windows that relate to stories of early Christian saints. Barnard Castle, 15 miles, has shops, pubs and restaurants to enjoy....

  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Raby Cottage

    Wolsingham, County Durham

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    Ref: 27764
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    If you can tear yourself away from the swimming pool, hot tub and games room, explore the countryside or visit castles and museums.
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    These delightful semi-detached cottages are holiday homes situated in the heart of County Durham, located near the idyllic countryside village of Wolsingham, in the Durham Dales. Each cottage offers you the remoteness of a country retreat with shared indoor swimming pool and sauna, there is also a games room with full size snooker table. There are limited private pool sessions available which can be booked directly with the owner - please call when you book the property. Whether you choose...

    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Heartwell Cottage
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  • Frosterley, County Durham
    Frosterley, County Durham×

    Bridge End Farm

    Frosterley, County Durham

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    Ref: 19692
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This fantastic family holiday home is set in an AONB offering lovely views of the charming village and river.
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    This spacious fully modernised bungalow is situated on the outskirts of Frosterley in Upper Weardale in an AONB, in an elevated position with lovely views of the village and river. An ideal holiday base for superb walks in the beautiful countryside. Fishing, riding and cycling routes nearby. The historic cathedral city of Durham is 18 miles away. The market town of Hexham, High Force Waterfall and the Lake District are within easy reach. A popular country pub is within walking distance....

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

    Kingfisher Cottage

    Butterknowle, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: MWA
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Explore the many attractions in the area, including Raby Castle, or simply relax in the garden with a chilled glass of wine.
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    Situated in the picturesque Durham Dales, on the cusp of the Weardale Valley and with the river running right at the back of the glorious garden, Kingfisher Cottage is the most idyllic location for guests wishing to explore the area. Nestled in a row of cottages with rear views across the river, open countryside and fields, there is no better place from which to enjoy all of the magnificent scenery that this area has to offer. The property has a rear garden, which is a great space...

  • Chester-le-Street, near Durham, County Durham
    Chester-le-Street, near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Urpeth Terrace

    Urpeth Terrace

    Chester-le-Street, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1826
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Equidistant from Durham and Newcastle, this cottage is in a great location for exploring city, coast or country at any time of the year. Equidistant from Durham and Newcastle, this cottage is in a great location for exploring city, coast or country at any time of the year.
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    In a great location for exploring Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland, Urpeth Terrace is the ideal cottage for couples, friends and families of all ages. Just 10 miles between the cathedral city of Durham and the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne, this end terraced cottage is in the best possible spot for guests wanting to take just a short drive into the heart of many popular attractions. Very well furnished and extremely well presented throughout, guests will find themselves in...

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

    Witton Hall - Suite Four

    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham

    6
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    Ref: MWF
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Explore County Durham from this apartment, with Barnard Castle, Durham and Newcastle all within easy reach.
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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 Two
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  • Ramshaw, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Ramshaw, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Dandelion Cottage

    Ramshaw, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1363
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Walkers and cyclists will love this location, or for those who enjoy some retail shopping, the city of Durham is just 30 minutes’ away. Walkers and cyclists will love this location, or for those who enjoy some retail shopping, the city of Durham is just 30 minutes’ away.
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    Hidden away in the stunning countryside of County Durham, Dandelion Cottage is the perfect place from which to explore this beautiful area. The location couldn’t be better for relaxing, unwinding and leaving the stresses of everyday life behind. This terraced holiday property, adjacent to the owner’s home, is ideally suited for families, friends, couples, walkers and cyclists alike. Lovingly renovated to a very good standard, it provides light and spacious accommodation....

  • Durham, County Durham
    Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Fernhill Lodge

    Fernhill Lodge

    Durham, County Durham

    6
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    3
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    Ref: UKC1342
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    This property is the perfect base for families and couples alike - with a delightful area to explore and a beautiful home to retreat back to in the evening.
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    Situated just a short walk away from the heart of the historic city of Durham, Fernhill Lodge is without doubt, one of the best located properties to be found in this beautiful city. Perfect for families wanting to explore the local area, couples looking to enjoy a luxury romantic break, or small groups of friends who like to holiday together, this detached property offers top class accommodation throughout. Finished to a high standard, with quality fixtures and fittings throughout,...

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

    The Granary

    Eggleston, Barnard Castle, County Durham

    6
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    Ref: MJP
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Woodburning Stove
    On the edge of the North Pennines, set in the grounds of Eggleston Hall with its nursery garden and tea room.
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    In the heart of Teesdale, on the edge of the North Pennines in an AONB, this detached character cottage stands within the grounds of Eggleston Hall, famed for its nursery garden and association with the TV series Ladette to Lady. There is a gift shop and café/bistro in its grounds. Many original features add to the character of this holiday cottage. A haven for nature lovers, walkers and fishermen, with High Force waterfall, Bowes museum, Raby Castle, Barnard Castle and...

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

    West Tofts

    Mickleton near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: CC211011
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Detached rural cottage with stunning views - ideal for groups of family or friends
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    In a beautiful location amongst fields and meadows this detached cottage has stunning views from each window over the Teesdale countryside towards the river. West Tofts provides a peaceful retreat, where a relaxing holiday with friends or family can be enjoyed in a superb rural setting. The property is well equipped and spacious retaining beamed ceilings and a feature log effect fire for the cooler days and evenings. There are walks to be taken from the door, quiet roads to explore by...
  • Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham
    Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham×

    Tanfield Leith Farm Cottages - John Wesley Cottage

    Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham

    6
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    1
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    Ref: MRA
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    Step back in time at Beamish Open Air Museum or enjoy a spot of retail therapy at the Metro Centre both easily accessible.
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    These two delightful holiday cottages (Refs MRA and MRB), each with its own history, are tastefully converted from former barns dating back to the 1600s. Retaining character and charm, they lie in a peaceful setting overlooking countryside with many cycle tracks nearby. Ideal walking and fishing country, yet close to famous attractions - visitors can step back in time at the Beamish Open Air Museum or visit the Metro Centre (a shopper’s paradise), Hexham (with its glorious...

    Tanfield Leith Farm Cottages - Methodist Cottage
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  • Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham
    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham×

    Low Cornriggs Farm - Nelly’s Cottage

    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: 31147
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Active guests will find this a perfect property, with plenty of public footpaths and cycle paths leading directly from the cottage.
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    Situated in the beautiful and picturesque Weardale Valley, Nelly’s Cottage (ref 31147) and Alice’s Cottage (ref 31148) offer outstanding views across some of the most scenic countryside that the county has to offer. Located high up on the hillside and surrounded by working farmland, these detached holiday properties, adjacent to the owner’s home, really are the perfect location for guests wanting to really explore the local area and beyond. Perfect for guests of all ages...

    Low Cornriggs Farm - Alice’s Cottage
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