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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

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    Ref: CC211011
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    - 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...
  • Chester-le-Street, near Durham, County Durham
    Chester-le-Street, near Durham, County Durham×

    Urpeth Terrace

    Chester-le-Street, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1826
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    - 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...

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

    Jesmond House

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2229
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A super property for families, friends and couples wanting to enjoy a peaceful romantic break in County Durham.
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    Nestled away in the quiet village of Romaldkirk, which lies at the heart of popular Teesdale in County Durham, Jesmond House is in one of the region’s most highly regarded and quintessentially English villages. It boasts two excellent pubs, a church, village green and a village hall. Perfect for families and guests of all ages, there is a small play area in the village and many attractions for younger guests within the local area including Raby Castle which is famous for the...

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

    Syke Cottage

    Mickleton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: W8609
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Traditional semi -detached cottage with a wealth of pretty period features. Nestled in a quiet Teeside village with views over the Northern Dales.
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    Panoramic views of the Northern Dales

    This is a truly delightful semi-detached cottage boasting a wealth of exposed beams and Yorkshire flagstone floors, with views over the Northern Dales. Nestling in this Upper Teeside village, the holiday cottage promises a warm and cosy welcome from the woodburning stoves. Explore the surrounding area with Barnard Castle 8 miles and Bowes Museum 6 miles. Walking in the immediate area includes the Tees Railway Walk, whilst the Pennine Way is close...

  • West Rainton, near Durham, County Durham
    West Rainton, near Durham, County Durham×

    Bramble Cottage

    West Rainton, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: W43954
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Woodburning Stove
    Bramble Cottage has been restored and decorated to a good standard and is light, spacious and airy throughout, offering stunning views across the countryside.
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    Bramble Cottage is an attractive, end terraced, period property situated in the pleasant village of West Rainton, overlooking the village green. It offers views across open countryside towards Penshaw Monument and the Angel of the North, and is ideally located for exploring the north east counties of Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. Deceptive from the outside, Bramble Cottage has been thoughtfully restored and decorated to a good standard. The accommodation is light, spacious...

  • 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

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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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  • 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....

  • Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham
    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham×

    Low Cornriggs Farm - Nelly’s Cottage

    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham

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

    The Granary

    Eggleston, Barnard Castle, County Durham

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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...

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

    West Bridge End - The Stables

    Frosterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    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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    Overlooking the River Wear, these superb conversions of the barn, old byre and stables provide a wonderful holiday retreat. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside and is set in a haven of peace and tranquillity. Adjoining one another, they lie within an attractive courtyard setting, complemented by a fountain and shrubberies. All the properties have been tastefully refurbished and are full of character and charm, with shared use of lovely grounds, children’s play area, summer house...

    West Bridge End - The Gingang
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    West Bridge End - The Old Byre
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  • Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Old Assembly Rooms

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    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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    The Old Assembly Rooms is packed with character and original features, and is on three levels. The property is quirky, interesting and unique. On the first floor, there is a spacious living room with plenty of windows overlooking the bustling high street of Fore Bondgate. The kitchen is traditional and well-equipped, with contemporary appliances. A long corridor leads to a quirky twin bedroom, a family bathroom, and a single bedroom at the rear of the apartment. On the second floor there...

  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×
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    Ref: 27765
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - 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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    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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