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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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  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Raby Cottage

    Wolsingham, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
    1
    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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    6
    6
  • Stanhope, near Frosterley, County Durham
    Stanhope, near Frosterley, County Durham×

    The Dales

    Stanhope, near Frosterley, County Durham

    6
    3
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    2
    Ref: 31293
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free
    Perfectly located for guests to enjoy walking, cycling and rambling, as well as discovering the thriving town of Stanhope.
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    Perfectly located in the popular village of Stanhope, The Dales is a charming 19th century stone terrace holiday cottage, which offers comfortable accommodation to guests of all ages. Nestled in the heart of Weardale, Stanhope is the ideal base for guests who enjoy walking, cycling, hill running or rambling, as well as those wanting to just enjoy a leisurely stroll through some of the most splendid countryside that the county has to offer. Bustling with small shops, pubs and places to...

  • Sunniside, near Wolsingham, County Durham
    Sunniside, near Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Vale Cottage

    Sunniside, near Wolsingham, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: E5615
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    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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    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). Inside, the spacious, open-plan living area incorporates a dining area and kitchen, ideal for family get-togethers. The holiday cottage is perfectly located for walking the fells and Durham Dales with footpaths direct from the cottage and for cycling and horse riding along the disused railway tracks and nearby...

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

    West Bridge End - The Old Byre

    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.
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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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    5
    5
    West Bridge End - The Stables
    7
    3
    3
  • Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Thorpe Hall - Corner Cottage

    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.
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    Set amidst the grounds of Thorpe Hall Estate, this is one of three charming properties (Refs IWF, MPR and MVP) that offer the perfect holiday retreat. Chapel Cottage, which adjoins the main hall, enjoys wonderful views of the gardens and parkland, whilst Corner Cottage and Greystones sit close by as a pair. With beautiful sunsets, the River Tees flowing close by and the Teesdale Way, this is a truly magical setting. Guests are welcome to view the lovely gardens designed by Chelsea...

    Thorpe Hall - Chapel Cottage
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    2
    2
    Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage
    4
    2
    2
  • Mickleton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Mickleton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Syke Cottage

    Mickleton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
    2
    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...

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

    The Granary

    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.
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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...

  • 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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    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
    13
    6
    6
  • 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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    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
    10
    5
    5
    West Bridge End - The Old Byre
    6
    3
    3
  • Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Bishop Auckland, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Old Assembly Rooms

    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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    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...

  • 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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    Lovely views surround this detached, stone-built holiday home, set in pretty gardens of half an acre, opposite a wood with footpaths and abundant wildlife. It lies on a hillside above the village of Middleton-in-Teesdale, 1 mile, which has a good variety of shops, pubs and tearooms. This beautiful area has many superb walks to offer and is designated an AONB, ideally placed in the Durham Dales with easy access to the Yorkshire Dales, Northumbria with its sandy coastlines and the Lake...

  • Stanley, near Beamish, County Durham
    Stanley, near Beamish, County Durham×

    Murray Park

    Stanley, near Beamish, County Durham

    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC887
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    This holiday home truly is a perfect holiday base, with all the local amenities on your doorstep.
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    Murray Park is the perfect base for exploring the North East, Tyne, Wear and County Durham. This well-presented holiday home is the ideal property for families, friends and small groups who wish to enjoy their holiday together. With plenty of space and beautifully furnished throughout, Murray Park offers contemporary and practical accommodation. On the ground floor is a large living room with comfortable sofas and seating. The kitchen and dining room is open plan with doors leading out...

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