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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 - Chapel Cottage

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: IWF
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Set in the grounds of Thorpe Hall Estate a 10 minute drive from Barnard Castle, a perfect holiday retreat close to the River Tees.
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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 - Greystones Cottage
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  • Tudhoe, near Durham, County Durham
    Tudhoe, near Durham, County Durham×

    Colepitt Cottage

    Tudhoe, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: W43147
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    The Yorkshire Dales and Lake District are easily accessible and Durham city is less than 5 miles away.
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    This stone-built, terraced cottage, formerly a colliery worker’s home, is a good holiday base for touring this area of natural beauty. Tudhoe sits between Spennymoor and Durham, an excellent location for cycling, walking and fishing. Durham city is 4.5 miles, with its Norman cathedral and castle, cobbled medieval streets, and shopping centre, and Durham University is only 3.5 miles away. Visit Beamish Open Air Museum and Barnard Castle (½ hour’s drive). Bishop...

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

    Fawn Lea Cottage

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 29137
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    Within walking distance of Raby Castle and a short distance to England’s highest waterfall, and footpaths lead from the door.
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    Set in a quiet courtyard, close to the village amenities of Staindrop and the village greens, this cosy, comfortably furnished and well-equipped holiday cottage is adjacent to the owner’s property. Raby Castle is within walking distance and Bowes Museum is a short drive. Visit Barnard Castle, Hadrian’s Wall or enjoy walks on the beautiful Teesdale fells and meadows or in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Visit High Force Waterfall, Beamish Open Air Museum or Eggleston Hall...

  • Castleside,
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    The Dairy Cottage

    Castleside,

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    Ref: E5244
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages have been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features
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    Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages has been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features. The tranquil location makes this the perfect place to relax and unwind while the many footpaths and cycle routes are an excellent way to enjoy the surrounding countryside and views. Situated on the Durham/Northumberland border, Derwent Grange is...

    The Garden Cottage
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    The Forge Cottage
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    The Stable Cottage
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    The Byre
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    Grange Cottage
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  • Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham
    Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham×

    The Cottage at Wilson House

    Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC575
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Offering guests a haven of peace and tranquility and surrounded by the beautiful countryside, this holiday cottage is in the idyllic location to get away from it all and relax.
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    Perfectly nestled in the rolling countryside, on a working farm, bordering North Yorkshire and County Durham, The Cottage at Wilson House offers guests peace, tranquillity and the surrounding stunning views. Adjacent to the owner’s home, yet retaining a level of privacy, guests will find the cottage welcoming, cosy and full of character. Perfect for walkers and cyclists, there are numerous established public footpaths and cycle paths within the surrounding local area which will...

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

    Fawn Lea Apartment

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 29138
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    A first floor apartment ideally located for visiting waterfalls, forests and castles, and just a short walk from the village shop and pub.
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    Situated a short stroll from the village, this holiday apartment, adjoining the owner’s home, provides an ideal base and is close to a lovely, tree-lined walk which runs along the river. The Northern Dales holds a wealth of historical interest; visit the gardens of Egglestone Hall, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum or Baldersdale Reservoirs. Staindrop has a shop, a pub, a cafe and bistro both serving food, and a P.O. The historical market town of Barnard Castle is famous for...

  • Shiney Row, near Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham
    Shiney Row, near Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham×

    The Briar Rose

    Shiney Row, near Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC589
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ideal for a couple or a small family wishing to spend time in the city of Durham and explore the whole of County Durham, with easy access to Northumberland.
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    Perfectly positioned on a quiet residential estate in the peaceful town of Houghton–le–Spring, guests will find The Briar Rose on the cusp of County Durham and Tyne and Wear. Almost equidistant between the cathedral city of Durham, 7 miles, and the city of Sunderland, 6 miles, there really is plenty of opportunity to explore and enjoy the attractions of the north east.

    Perfect for small families, the popular Beamish Living Museum is only a 10-minute drive away...

  • Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham
    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham×

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Farmhouse

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1937
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Woodburning Stove
    Beautiful accommodation with some original features dating back to the reign of King Henry VIII and providing a luxurious holiday base.
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    Absolutely stunning! Tithe Barn Cottages really are simply beautiful. Situated behind Seaton Holme Manor House in Easington Village, on a working farm, and steeped in so much history of their own, each property has been lovingly renovated and furnished to the highest of standards whilst keeping contemporary and top quality fittings alongside 13th-century original features. Dating back many hundreds of years, this Grade II* listed property was once part of the nearby Seaton Holme...

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Byre
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  • Shildon, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Shildon, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Freville Cottage

    Shildon, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC60
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free
    Freville Cottage is a homely country cottage in a charming village, that is ideal for getting out and exploring all that County Durham has to offer.
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    Situated in the small town of Shildon, Freville Cottage is a traditional terraced house that has been decorated and renovated throughout, transforming it into an ideal holiday home. Its great location lends the property to guests wanting to really get to know County Durham and the North East. Perhaps the most popular attraction in Shildon is the National Railway Museum. When coupled with its counterpart in York, these museums make up the biggest railway museum in the world, providing...

  • Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham
    Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham×

    The Hay Loft

    Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2270
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property
    This lovely converted stables offers the perfect location to explore County Durham, from town and cities to the picturesque countryside.
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    Situated in a superb location, just a short walk from the centre of the charming village of Sedgefield, Cherry Blossom Cottage (ref 29475), Durham House (ref UKC911) and The Hay Loft (UKC2270) brim with character. Ideal for larger parties, Durham House (ref UKC911) is a spacious, comfortable former village inn, which has been restored to provide excellent accommodation for families and friends to enjoy. Located just a short walk up the road from Cherry Blossom Cottage (ref 29475),...

  • Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham
    Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Roslyn Cottage

    Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham

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    Ref: W42487
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    A perfect setting between Teesdale and Weardale within easy reach of Northumberland’s beaches and castles.
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    Stunning countryside views

    The pretty village of Hamsterley, between Teesdale and Weardale, is the setting for this charming detached holiday cottage. Converted from former farm buildings the cottage offers contemporary living areas with granite work surfaces in the kitchen, private patio and parking, and shared use of the owner’s 17-acre grounds. The forest has way-marked walks, cycle ways and visitor centre, whilst the Durham Dales has a plethora of beautiful scenery,...

  • Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham
    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham×

    Old Hall Cottages - 1 Old Hall Cottage

    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: 30417
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Grade II listed cottage in an ideal location to explore Durham and beyond; come back and relax in your own exclusive hot tub.
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    No.1 Old Hall Cottage is accessed from the lane adjacent to The Old Hall. It is a stone built conversion situated within 15 minutes’ drive of both the historic city of Durham with its mainline rail link, and Bishop Auckland, home of the Prince Bishops at Auckland Castle. This holiday property has a private outdoor seating area which is on two levels with garden views and benefits from its own hot tub set on the upper patio, suitable for 4 adults, it is for exclusive use of...

    Old Hall Cottages - 2 Old Hall Cottages
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    Old Hall Cottages - Hall Farm Cottage
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