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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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  • Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham
    Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham×

    Winter Cottage

    Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham

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    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy a romantic break at this cosy cottage, which is located in the perfect spot for those visiting Durham, 10 miles.
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    Situated in the quiet village of Sunniside, just 10 miles from the city of Durham, Winter Cottage is the ideal base for couples wanting to really explore the local area. Perfect for walkers, cyclists, romantic breaks and guests wanting to visit family and friends at Durham University, this terraced cottage is in the perfect location. The popular market town of Wolsingham, 4 miles, boasts some excellent quality restaurants, pubs, cafes and bistros, where local produce is served...

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

    Bollihope Chalet

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1588
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    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    Offering a peaceful retreat, this single-storey cottage sits in a beautiful location within the Weardale Valley, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.
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    Nestled away amongst the hills and valleys of scenic Weardale, Bollihope Chalet offers a secluded retreat with breathtaking views over the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Accessed by a rough track and all on the ground floor with an open plan living area, guests will be able to enjoy watching the sun rise and set from the comfort of the living room. The double bedroom is well-presented and the shower room has a good sized shower cubicle, toilet and a heated...

  • Near Beamish,
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    Beamish Cottage

    Near Beamish,

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    Ref: E5029
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    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Charming cosy cottage down sleepy country lane, excellent location for cricket lovers with Durham international cricket ground close by.
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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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    Pig Run Barn
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  • Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    The Old Chapel

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This former chapel is close to the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennine Way with historic Barnard Castle just 6 miles away.
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    Peacefully set in picturesque Baldersdale, this detached, single-storey, former chapel retains arched windows and exudes charm and character. With stunning views over open moorland, it has its own furnished patio and makes a cosy holiday retreat year round; the widened gateway enables cars to access the grounds more easily. Excellent walking within this AONB, with the Yorkshire Dales and Pennine Way close by. Hannah Hauxwell’s isolated farmhouse (featured on TV’s...

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

    Laburnum Cottage

    Middlestone, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A beautiful hidden gem, perfect for a luxurious romantic retreat with cosy wood-burning stoves and a magnificent four poster bed.
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    Nestled away in the quiet and peaceful village of Middlestone, one of a pair and adjacent to the owner’s home, Laburnum Cottage really is a hidden gem. The absolute perfect location for guests wanting to enjoy a luxurious romantic break, the cottage has been renovated to the highest of standards. With far-reaching views across open countryside and right out towards the North York Moors in the distance, guests will find themselves mesmerised by the splendour of the local...

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

    Old Hall Cottages - Hall Farm Cottage

    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: 30419
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Ideal for a romantic break in County Durham, with a private garden and hot tub.
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    Hall Farm Cottage is a detached 500 year old barn conversion with uninterrupted country views, where couples can enjoy quiet and seclusion on the private patio or in the hot tub. Byers Green is 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. The site has no through traffic and is a rich haven for birds and wildlife, with country walks from the door, fishing on...

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

    The Dovecote

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 30765
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This romantic retreat is the perfect base from which to explore the area, with plenty of footpaths and walkways close by.
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    Situated in the peaceful and quaint village of Romaldkirk, which is nestled within the Dales, this detached barn conversion, adjacent to the owner’s home, really is the perfect location for guests wishing to enjoy a quiet romantic break, a walking or cycling holiday, or just to really explore the beauty of the surrounding areas. Nestled between Swaledale and Weardale, Romaldkirk lies in Teesdale, which is a peaceful haven of tranquillity, nature and ever changing...

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

    10 Newgate - The Museum

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31096
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    - Pub within 1 mile
    This first floor studio apartment is located in the centre of the pretty market town of Barnard Castle.
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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 - Raby
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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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  • Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    South View Mews

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 25532
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    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location
    Set in the heart of Teesdale’s rolling countryside, visitors can explore the vast attractions this area holds.
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    South View Mews is a delightful, detached, small barn conversion in the heart of Teesdale’s rolling countryside, the location of TV’s ’More Creatures Great and Small’. Set in the renowned and award-winning classical English village of Romaldkirk, set around three village greens, just 5 miles from the historic town of Barnard Castle, South View Mews is an excellent base for walking and exploring the North Pennines, High Force (Britain’s highest...

  • Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham
    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham×

    Witton Hall - South Lodge

    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham

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    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Enjoy a romantic break at this property, which has plenty of on-site facilities to enjoy, including a swimming pool and gym.
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    Perfectly situated in the pretty Anglo-Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear, and commanding fabulous views across County Durham, the Dales and beyond, Witton Hall really is the perfect location for guests wishing to treat themselves to a holiday in magnificent surroundings. Witton Hall is one of the finest country houses to have ever been built in the north of England during the 20th century, and was once listed in The Times as one of the top 100 houses in the country. Detached South...

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

    Town Pasture Cottage

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 29136
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location
    A first floor living room takes full advantage of the views and a large garden is ideal for relaxing in after a day exploring.
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    In a rural location approximately 1 mile out of the historic market town of Barnard Castle, Town Pasture Cottage provides a warm and very comfortable base from which to explore the historic and cultural attractions of Teesdale. The living room is situated on the first floor to take advantage of the views of the surrounding fields and countryside. Set on the owners’ working farm, this detached holiday cottage is completely self-contained and visitors enjoy use of a large garden,...

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

    10 Newgate - The Castle

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31100
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities
    Why not visit Barnard Castle from this pet friendly property, located on a complex, right in the town centre.
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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 - Raby
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    10 Newgate - High Force
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    10 Newgate - The Market Cross
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    10 Newgate - Hamsterley
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