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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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  • Brandon, near Durham, County Durham
    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham×

    White House Cottages - The Stables

    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1743
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Ideal for small families and friends, perfect for a city break to the magnificent city of Durham and its endless visitor attractions to suit all tastes and ages. Ideal for small families and friends, perfect for a city break to the magnificent city of Durham and its endless visitor attractions to suit all tastes and ages.
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    The Hen House (UKC1742) and The Stables (UKC1743) are quietly nestled away in the village of Brandon, just a little over 2 miles from the heart of the city of Durham and hidden away behind the owner’s home. They offer the most fabulous location for guests wishing to explore and enjoy the immediate area and beyond. The Stables is next door to the Hen House and is the ideal cottage for small families and couples. On the ground floor guests will find an open plan living space with a...

    White House Cottages - The Hen House
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  • Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×

    Bakers Cottage

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1245
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Open Fire
    Ideal for a romantic break, or a small family, Bakers Cottage is the ideal retreat from which to explore County Durham. Ideal for a romantic break, or a small family, Bakers Cottage is the ideal retreat from which to explore County Durham.
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    Bakers Cottage, which is believed to have been a place where villagers could buy their bread from, is a typical terraced cottage in the market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Historically this was the most northern town of the Yorkshire Dales. The property has an open sitting-out area to the rear and original stone flooring in the kitchen and a cosy open fire in the living room.

    Middleton-in-Teesdale has pubs...

  • Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham
    Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham×

    Quartermaster’s

    Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1983
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Rural Location
    Stay in this ground floor apartment, part of the historic Brancepeth Castle, close to the UNESCO city of Durham. Stay in this ground floor apartment, part of the historic Brancepeth Castle, close to the UNESCO city of Durham.
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    Quartermaster’s is a charming, bright and sunny south-facing ground floor apartment in Brancepeth Castle, one of the oldest castles in the north. It has been sensitively modernised, with exposed stone walls and all the rooms enjoy country views across the valley. The origins of Brancepeth Castle go back to Saxon times, but much of the exterior you see today dates from the ownership of the famous Neville family in the 14th and 15th centuries. Hostilities between England and...

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

    Valley View Cottage

    Hunwick, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1291
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Explore the dales of County Durham, or simply enjoy the views which are on offer at the lovely Valley View Cottage.
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    Situated in the quiet village of Hunwick, with fabulous views right across the open countryside to the rear of this semi-detached property, Valley View Cottage is the perfect location for guests wanting to explore the local area. Perfect for nature lovers, walkers and cyclists, you will find many established public footpaths that lead directly from the village and through the hills and dales of County Durham and the Weardale Valley.
    With a comfortable lounge that boasts a cosy...

  • Bolam, near Darlington, County Durham
    Bolam, near Darlington, County Durham×

    The Stables

    Bolam, near Darlington, County Durham

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    Ref: MWB
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Set in the unspoilt village of Bolam, this beautiful property, full of charm and character, makes the perfect romantic hideaway.
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    Perfectly located in the small, unspoilt village of Bolam, this beautiful single-storey holiday property, attached to the owner’s home, is in the ideal location for guests wishing to really explore the local area and surrounding counties. This quaint village is small and welcoming, and occupies a crest of high ground on the edge of the Tees basin with panoramic views into the Tees Vale. Guests will often see horses being ridden through the main street at any time of day and...

  • Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham
    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham×

    Heart of Lanchester

    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1798
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Brilliantly located for exploring County Durham and the North East, Heart of Lanchester is a super little cottage with plenty of character.
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    Heart of Lanchester is a cosy cottage dating back to the early 1900s and occupies a great position overlooking the village green and church. Warm and welcoming, the cottage has a traditional feel with a comfortable living room and well-equipped kitchen on the ground floor. On the first floor there is a well presented double bedroom with a kingsize bed and views out across to the church. There is also a single bedroom on the first floor which makes the cottage perfect for small families...

  • Castleside,
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    The Dairy Cottage

    Castleside,

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    Ref: E5244
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    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages have been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features
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    Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages has been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features. The tranquil location makes this the perfect place to relax and unwind while the many footpaths and cycle routes are an excellent way to enjoy the surrounding countryside and views. Situated on the Durham/Northumberland border, Derwent Grange is...

    The Garden Cottage
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    The Forge Cottage
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    The Stable Cottage
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    The Byre
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    Grange Cottage
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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Dove Cottage

    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.
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    Dove Cottage is a delightful character cottage nestling in a peaceful location in the historical market town of Barnard Castle.  The cottage is only a short stroll from the town centre which has numerous bars and restaurants.  Great care has been taken in the refurbishment of this compact cottage to ensure a cosy and welcoming holiday.

    Ground Floor: Heated by slim line wall mounted electric heaters, Dove Cottage comprises:
    Lounge/dining/kitchen: With gas stove,...

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

    Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: MVP
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Delve into the medieval history of Raby Castle, walk or cycle the Teesdale Way or wonder at the splendour of High Force waterfall.
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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 - Chapel Cottage
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  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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:...

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