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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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  • Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Daykin Cottage

    Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC147
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Tucked away in the heart of County Durham, this semi-detached holiday cottage is an ideal getaway for families of 4.
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    Situated in the quiet village of Low Etherley directly opposite the village cricket club, Daykin Cottage is the ideal location for guests wanting to relax, unwind and really explore this beautiful part of County Durham. Perfect for walkers, guests will find many established public footpaths that wind their way through County Durham and the Weardale Valley. This semi-detached cottage is full of character and charm. On the ground floor, the property boasts up-to-date appliances whilst...

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

    Cherry Blossom Cottage

    Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: 29475
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Open Fire
    Relax in your own private hot tub after a day spent exploring all the attractions this area has to offer.
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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 and Durham House brim with character. Ideal for larger parties, Durham House is a spacious, comfortable former village inn, which has been restored to provide excellent accommodation for groups and families to enjoy. Located just a short walk up the road from Cherry Blossom Cottage, this beautiful 8 bedroom holiday property benefits from a large...

  • Westgate in Weardale, County Durham
    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham×

    Dale View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

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    Ref: 13874
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Overlooking the Wear Valley, this property offers a taste of heaven within this peaceful and tranquil area.
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    A delightful barn conversion, retaining much of its rustic charm, in an elevated position with views overlooking the Wear Valley with the Pennine Fells beyond. Adjoining the owner’s cottage and one other holiday property. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside in a haven of peace and tranquillity. Lakes, Dales, Borderland, the market towns of Barnard Castle and Hexham, Newcastle and Durham within 30 miles. Originally a bank barn, it is split level, entering on the upper ground floor....

  • Haswell, near Durham, County Durham
    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham×

    Durham Country Cottages - Bramble Cottage

    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1820
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    In a fabulous location surrounded by walks and cycling routes yet within 10 miles of the coast and the fantastic city of Durham. In a fabulous location surrounded by walks and cycling routes yet within 10 miles of the coast and the fantastic city of Durham.
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    Quietly nestled away in rural County Durham, Durham Country Cottages are in the most fabulous location for exploring the north east counties of Durham and Northumberland and the city of Newcastle. Only a few miles away from major transport links, yet set in almost 18 acres of the owner’s, unspoilt grounds these three cottages, Bramble Cottage (ref UKC1820), Kestrel Cottage (ref UKC1821) and Hazel Cottage (ref UKC1822) really do give guests the best of both worlds. All three...

    Durham Country Cottages - Kestrel Cottage
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    Durham Country Cottages - Hazel Cottage
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  • Near Beamish,
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    Pig Run Barn

    Near Beamish,

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    Ref: E5343
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site
    Delightful barn conversation in countryside location, close to Durham and Durham Dales with superb walking and cycling, Hadrians Wall nearby.
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    Set amidst rolling countryside and enjoying peace and tranquillity on the owners’ 200 acre farm, where you can enjoy its many footpaths and cycleways, these renovated cottages provide excellent accommodation. Lying down a sleepy country lane, these stone-built cottages were converted from farm barns and have been tastefully and thoughtfully furnished giving the perfect base that’s both relaxing and ideal for exploring the diverse attractions this region has to offer. Only...

    Lapwing Cottage
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    Beamish Cottage
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  • 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
    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...

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

    Dipper Cottage

    Bishop Auckland, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC886
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Nestled in a truly beautiful location, this holiday home is the perfect base from which to explore the local area.
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    This holiday home is in the perfect location for guests wanting to explore this beautiful part of County Durham, masking this property an ideal destination for families, couples and guests who love to be outdoors. Situated in the conservation village of Wolsingham, which is often referred to as being the ‘Gateway to the Dales’, this picturesque part of Weardale, in the North Pennines, has understandably been classed as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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  • Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    The Granary

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: 26502
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - 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!
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    This converted detached granary is set on a farm breeding pure bred Aberdeen Angus cattle and is situated very close to Hamsterley Forest. It uses a low carbon air source heat pump for both hot water and underfloor heating throughout and electricity is supplied by the farm’s own wind turbine. Shop 1 mile, pub 3/4 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms:...

  • Westgate in Weardale, County Durham
    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham×

    Valley View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

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    Ref: 13388
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Enjoy the fantastic elevated location, surrounded by panoramic views in this unspoilt countryside of the Durham Dales.
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    This delightful barn conversion retains its rustic charm standing in an elevated position with wonderful panoramic views overlooking the Wear Valley and the Pennine Fells beyond. Adjoining the owner’s cottage and another holiday property, in unspoilt countryside of the Durham Dales. A good central base, the Lakes, Dales, Borderland, Barnard Castle, Hexham, Newcastle and Durham, within 30 miles. Shop and pub ½ mile. Can be booked with ref 13874 to sleep 6+2.

    Ground...

  • 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,...

  • Consett, near Durham, County Durham
    Consett, near Durham, County Durham×

    Jasmine Cottage

    Consett, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2223
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Jasmine Cottage is the perfect destination for guests wanting to really explore the beauty of County Durham, Northumberland and the north east.
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    Situated in the owner’s grounds, yet quietly nestled away, this semi-detached bungalow is 4 miles from the popular village of Lanchester and just 11 miles away from the city of Durham. The perfect spot for couples wanting to enjoy a quiet romantic break, the village of Lanchester offers a super selection of places to eat, including three local pubs, an Italian restaurant and fish and chip shop. The very well regarded Knitsley Farm Shop is also only a little over 2 miles away and has...

  • 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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