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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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  • Shotley Bridge, County Durham
    Shotley Bridge, County Durham×

    Rivers Edge Cottage

    Shotley Bridge, County Durham

    Shotley Bridge, County Durham

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    An attractive barn conversion featuring a unique circular bathroom, within easy reach of Durham, Newcastle and the coast. An attractive barn conversion featuring a unique circular bathroom, within easy reach of Durham, Newcastle and the coast.
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    8.9 11 reviews
    8.9 11 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

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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. 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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    9.5 2 reviews
    9.5 2 reviews

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    Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage
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  • Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham
    Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham×

    Scarcroft Cottage

    Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham

    Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham

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    Ref: MBB
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Suitable for holidays year round - Enjoy a roaring fire in winter or the beautiful lawned garden in the summer. Suitable for holidays year round - Enjoy a roaring fire in winter or the beautiful lawned garden in the summer.
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    8.4 5 reviews
    8.4 5 reviews

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

    Dale View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

    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. Overlooking the Wear Valley, this property offers a taste of heaven within this peaceful and tranquil area.
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    8.6 8 reviews
    8.6 8 reviews

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  • Mainsforth, County Durham
    Mainsforth, County Durham×

    Swallow Cottage

    Mainsforth, County Durham

    Mainsforth, County Durham

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    Ref: E4076
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Converted stables with children’s play area,120 acres of farmland to explore, great for bird watchers, sandy beaches easily reached. Converted stables with children’s play area,120 acres of farmland to explore, great for bird watchers, sandy beaches easily reached.
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    9.2 13 reviews
    9.2 13 reviews

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

    Ken’s Cottage

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

    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. 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 15 reviews
    9.6 15 reviews

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

    Dove Cottage

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: CC211120
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Dove Cottage is a delightful character cottage nestling in a peaceful location in the historical market town of Barnard Castle. Dove Cottage is a delightful character cottage nestling in a peaceful location in the historical market town of Barnard Castle.
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    6.8 5 reviews
    6.8 5 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

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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. 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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  • Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham
    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham×

    The Old Stables - Number 1

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

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    Ref: 30710
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This well-presented holiday property has easy access to both Durham and Newcastle with their wealth of attractions. This well-presented holiday property has easy access to both Durham and Newcastle with their wealth of attractions.
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    9.7 3 reviews
    9.7 3 reviews

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    The Old Stables - Number 2
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    The Old Stables - Number 3
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  • Near Beamish,
    Near Beamish, ×

    Pig Run Barn

    Near Beamish,

    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. Delightful barn conversation in countryside location, close to Durham and Durham Dales with superb walking and cycling, Hadrians Wall nearby.
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    Lapwing Cottage
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    Beamish Cottage
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  • Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Fawn Lea Cottage

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    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. 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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    9.1 8 reviews
    9.1 8 reviews

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  • Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Mill Stone Cottage

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC345
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Mill Stone Cottage boasts charm and many original features and nestles in the heart of the popular, market town of Wolsingham. Mill Stone Cottage boasts charm and many original features and nestles in the heart of the popular, market town of Wolsingham.
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    9.4 14 reviews
    9.4 14 reviews

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