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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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  • Frosterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham
    Frosterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Cranford

    Frosterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham

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    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.
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    Right at the heart of the village of Frosterley in County Durham, Cranford is the ideal location for guests wanting to escape from hustle and bustle of towns and cities. Situated in Weardale, Frosterley is located in the North Pennines and is part of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Beautifully furnished throughout, Cranford has a warm and comfy feel that makes it a great holiday home for couples, families and groups of friends. There are friendly local pubs in the...

  • 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...

  • Haswell, near Durham, County Durham
    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham×
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    Durham Country Cottages - Kestrel Cottage

    Durham Country Cottages - Kestrel Cottage

    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1821
    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
    Nestled in 18 acres of grounds with walks from the door this is a great base for exploring Durham, Newcastle and the Heritage coast. Nestled in 18 acres of grounds with walks from the door this is a great base for exploring Durham, Newcastle and the Heritage coast.
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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 - Bramble Cottage
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    Durham Country Cottages - Hazel Cottage
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  • Cowshill, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Cowshill, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Tulip Cottage

    Cowshill, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC546
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location - Open Fire
    With wonderful walking from the door, this semi-detached cottage is also well placed to visit the nearby railway museums.
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    Situated in the picturesque Weardale Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a UNESCO European and Global Geopark, Tulip Cottage offers fantastic 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, this semi-detached holiday property is beautifully renovated and furnished to a very good standard, and is in a great location for exploring the area. It is ideal for guests who enjoy a...

  • 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...

  • Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Ken’s Cottage

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    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.
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    Ken’s Cottage, located in Frosterley, is just off the village green away from the main road and commands beautiful views across the valley to the fells and the local landmark, the Elephant Trees. Frosterley is located on the River Wear in Weardale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering stunning scenery in the North Pennines in beautiful County Durham.
    Warm, comfortable and charming, this traditional cottage offers a comfortable retreat in a beautiful area. Relax with...

  • 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,...

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

    Caroline Cottage

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1591
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This charming 200 year old cottage lies in a great location for discovering waterfalls, castles, museums, as well as historic cities and quaint villages.
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    Caroline Cottage has all of the charm and character you would hope to find in a 200 year old cottage including a cosy living room and dining room, wood burners, exposed original walls and rooms designed and furnished to a good standard, retaining many of the period features. On the first floor guests will find a well-presented double bedroom and snug twin bedroom, as well as a family bathroom.
    This semi-detached cottage is overlooking the village green and nestled in the quaint...

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

    10 Newgate - Raby

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31097
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    Sleeping 4 people, this first floor holiday apartment is convenient for exploring Barnard Castle and the surrounding area.
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    Situated in the popular market town of Barnard Castle, the properties at 10 Newgate are the ideal base from which to explore the local and surrounding areas. Perfect for business guests, families, friends, couples and single guests, there is an ample choice of accommodation to suit each guest and fulfil their requirements. Each property at 10 Newgate offers good quality, comfortable and practical accommodation. There is a choice of property depending on the guest’s...

    10 Newgate - The Museum
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    10 Newgate - High Force
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    10 Newgate - The Market Cross
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    10 Newgate - The Castle
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    10 Newgate - Hamsterley
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  • Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham
    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Farmhouse

    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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  • Stanhope, County Durham
    Stanhope, County Durham×

    Stanhope Cottage

    Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: W41325
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    In a quiet village setting in an AONB just 100 yards from the River Wear, a perfect location for riverside walks and picnics.
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    Grade II listed cottage

    This Grade II listed terraced holiday cottage is set off the market place in a quiet crescent in the village of Stanhope in Weardale, just 100 yards from the beautiful River Wear with tranquil riverside walks and picnic areas. The village is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a wide variety of footpaths and cycleways direct from the door. There is a good choice of shops and pubs in the village, as well as the Durham Dales Visitor Centre, and...

  • 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

    4
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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...

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