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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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  • Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham
    Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham×

    The Cottage at Wilson House

    Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham

    Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham

    4
    2
    2
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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. 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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    9.5 17 reviews
    9.5 17 reviews

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

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Farmhouse

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

    4
    2
    2
    1
    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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    10 2 reviews
    10 2 reviews

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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft
    4
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Byre
    4
    2
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  • Frosterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham
    Frosterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Cranford

    Frosterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham

    Frosterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC148
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Warm, cosy and in a great location, Cranford makes for a fantastic holiday in County Durham for families of 4. Warm, cosy and in a great location, Cranford makes for a fantastic holiday in County Durham for families of 4.
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    8.8 6 reviews
    8.8 6 reviews

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  • Tudhoe, near Durham, County Durham
    Tudhoe, near Durham, County Durham×

    Colepitt Cottage

    Tudhoe, near Durham, County Durham

    Tudhoe, near Durham, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    0
    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. The Yorkshire Dales and Lake District are easily accessible and Durham city is less than 5 miles away.
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    9.3 6 reviews
    9.3 6 reviews

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  • Escomb, near Durham, County Durham
    Escomb, near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Pear Tree Cottage

    Pear Tree Cottage

    Escomb, near Durham, County Durham

    Escomb, near Durham, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UK10003
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This is an ideal spot for guests wanting to relax, unwind and treat themselves to a well-earned break. This is an ideal spot for guests wanting to relax, unwind and treat themselves to a well-earned break.
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  • Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    The Granary

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 26502
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A beautifully finished, light and airy, eco-friendly property where pets go free! A beautifully finished, light and airy, eco-friendly property where pets go free!
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    9.9 15 reviews
    9.9 15 reviews

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

    Heckberry Cottage

    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham

    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC2399
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Perfect for a romantic break in beautiful countryside, or for walkers wanting to walk the Weardale Way. Perfect for a romantic break in beautiful countryside, or for walkers wanting to walk the Weardale Way.
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    9 7 reviews
    9 7 reviews

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

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Byre

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: UKC1939
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    A stunning cottage located all on the ground floor and ideal for smaller families wanting to explore all Durham’s attractions which are close by.
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Farmhouse
    4
    2
    2
    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft
    4
    2
    2
  • Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Ken’s Cottage

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: W44021
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Come and enjoy the magnificent views right across the Durham Dales whilst relaxing in this welcoming home from home. Come and enjoy the magnificent views right across the Durham Dales whilst relaxing in this welcoming home from home.
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    9.6 14 reviews
    9.6 14 reviews

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  • Tanfield, near Stanley, County Durham
    Tanfield, near Stanley, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    The Coachman’s House

    The Coachman’s House

    Tanfield, near Stanley, County Durham

    Tanfield, near Stanley, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: UKC2959
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property
    Perfect for a small family, this cottage is a great base from which to explore County Durham, Northumberland and the city of Newcastle. Perfect for a small family, this cottage is a great base from which to explore County Durham, Northumberland and the city of Newcastle.
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    10 1 reviews
    10 1 reviews

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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

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    0
    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. 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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    9.7 3 reviews
    9.7 3 reviews

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    Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage
    4
    2
    2
  • Ryton, near Newcastle upon Tyne, County Durham
    Ryton, near Newcastle upon Tyne, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Runhead Forge

    Runhead Forge

    Ryton, near Newcastle upon Tyne, County Durham

    Ryton, near Newcastle upon Tyne, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC3215
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Whether you want to explore the culture, vibrant nightlife and award-winning dining of Newcastle or relax in the countryside of County Durham, Runhead Forge is ideal. Whether you want to explore the culture, vibrant nightlife and award-winning dining of Newcastle or relax in the countryside of County Durham, Runhead Forge is ideal.
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