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

    West Tofts

    Mickleton near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Mickleton near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    1
    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
    Prices from
    9.1 10 reviews
    9.1 10 reviews

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  • St John’s Chapel, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, County Durham×

    Brookfield House

    St John’s Chapel, County Durham

    St John’s Chapel, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 27813
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Ideally located in the Wear Valley within easy reach of both the Lake District and Durham, making city and country easily accessible.
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    8 1 reviews
    8 1 reviews

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

    Thorpe Hall - Corner Cottage

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: MPR
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    A magical setting close to the River Tees and Teesdale Way, an ideal base for visiting award winning gardens at Thorpe Hall.
    Prices from
    9.7 13 reviews
    9.7 13 reviews

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    Thorpe Hall - Chapel Cottage
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    2
    Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage
    4
    2
    2
  • Sunniside, near Wolsingham, County Durham
    Sunniside, near Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Vale Cottage

    Sunniside, near Wolsingham, County Durham

    Sunniside, near Wolsingham, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: E5615
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    With wonderful views over the county’s rolling hills, this detached barn conversion is located within the owner’s equestrian centre (livery available on request)
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    9.1 17 reviews
    9.1 17 reviews

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

    Hope Cottage

    Evenwood, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Evenwood, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
    1
    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.
    Prices from
    8.8 9 reviews
    8.8 9 reviews

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  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Auckland Cottage

    Wolsingham, County Durham

    Wolsingham, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 26689
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    Enjoy use of a hot tub and sauna, a dip in the indoor pool or a game of snooker before relaxing for the evening.
    Prices from
    3.5 2 reviews
    3.5 2 reviews

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    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Heartwell Cottage
    13
    6
    6
  • Eggleston, Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Eggleston, Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    The Granary

    Eggleston, Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Eggleston, Barnard Castle, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    2
    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.
    Prices from
    8.3 4 reviews
    8.3 4 reviews

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  • Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Bishop Auckland, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    The Barn and The Granary at Toft Hill Hall - The Barn

    The Barn and The Granary at Toft Hill Hall - The Barn

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    6
    3
    3
    2
    Ref: UKC2787
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    The Barn is impressive throughout. Standing detached, it has fabulous views across the countryside.
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    The Barn and The Granary at Toft Hill Hall - The Granary
    4
    2
    2
  • Copley, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Copley, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Victoria Cottages

    Victoria Cottages

    Copley, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Copley, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC2548
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Perfect for exploring the Durham Dales and The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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  • Ramshaw, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Ramshaw, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Dandelion Cottage

    Ramshaw, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Ramshaw, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    2
    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.
    Prices from
    9.6 11 reviews
    9.6 11 reviews

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  • Frosterley, County Durham
    Frosterley, County Durham×

    Bridge End Farm

    Frosterley, County Durham

    Frosterley, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
    0
    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.
    Prices from
    9 2 reviews
    9 2 reviews

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

    West Bridge End - The Old Byre

    Frosterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Frosterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 24970
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Ground floor family-size accommodation with many walks to enjoy in England’s ’last wilderness’ and castles to be discovered.
    Prices from
    10 1 reviews
    10 1 reviews

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    West Bridge End - The Gingang
    10
    5
    5
    West Bridge End - The Stables
    7
    3
    3

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