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

    Thorpe Hall - Corner Cottage

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    6
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    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.
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    Thorpe Hall - Chapel Cottage
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    Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage
    4
    2
    2
  • Evenwood, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Evenwood, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Hope Cottage

    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.
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  • 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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    1
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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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    Witton Hall - South Lodge
    2
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    1
    Witton Hall - Suite Three
    2
    1
    1
    Witton Hall - Suite Two
    2
    1
    1
    2
    1
    1
  • Copley, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Copley, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×
    Newly listed
    Victoria Cottages

    Victoria Cottages

    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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  • 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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    Low Cornriggs Farm - Alice’s Cottage
    5
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    3
  • Frosterley, County Durham
    Frosterley, County Durham×

    Bridge End Farm

    Frosterley, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
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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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  • St John’s Chapel, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, County Durham×

    Brookfield House

    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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  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×
    7
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: 27765
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    On site facilities will keep you entertained for hours, or alternatively explore the area and visit High Force waterfall or Beamish open air museum.
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    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Heartwell Cottage
    13
    6
    6
  • Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Old Assembly Rooms

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    7
    4
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC1397
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free
    The Old Assembly Rooms is conveniently located for exploring Bishop Auckland and the surrounding area with its many footpaths and cycle routes.
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  • Snaisgill, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Snaisgill, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×

    Leny’s Cottage

    Snaisgill, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    7
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: 29249
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Superb walking country in this designated AONB within easy reach of the Durham Dales, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.
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  • Frosterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Frosterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    West Bridge End - The Stables

    Frosterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    7
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 24971
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    In a tranquil location overlooking the River Wear; an ideal location for walking or discovering hidden secrets at castles in the area.
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    West Bridge End - The Gingang
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    West Bridge End - The Old Byre
    6
    3
    3
  • Bishop Middleham near Durham, County Durham
    Bishop Middleham near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly listed
    The Dun Cow

    The Dun Cow

    Bishop Middleham near Durham, County Durham

    8
    5
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC2544
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    The Dun Cow is perfectly located to explore the historic city of Durham with its cathedral and 11th-century castle, a designated World Heritage Site.
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