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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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  • Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham
    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham×

    Low Cornriggs Farm - Alice’s Cottage

    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham

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    Ref: 31148
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    After a busy day exploring the many attractions nearby, relax in the living room and enjoy the stunning countryside views.
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    Situated in the beautiful and picturesque Weardale Valley, Nelly’s Cottage (ref 31147) and Alice’s Cottage (ref 31148) offer outstanding 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, these detached holiday properties, adjacent to the owner’s home, really are the perfect location for guests wanting to really explore the local area and beyond. Perfect for guests of all ages...

    Low Cornriggs Farm - Nelly’s Cottage
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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Castle Garden

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: E5468
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    A comfortable mid-terraced holiday home, situated in the oldest part of the ancient Teesdale market town of Barnard Castle, home to the Bowes Museum and its acclaimed national art collection
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    A comfortable mid-terraced holiday home, situated in the oldest part of the ancient Teesdale market town of Barnard Castle, home to the Bowes Museum and its acclaimed national art collection. Its true asset is the conservatory looking out onto the secluded garden with seating area and garden furniture, offering castle wall views, great for al fresco dining. Barnard Castle has a wonderful selection of specialist retailers, cafes, restaurants and antique centres, all within walking...

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

    The Cottage

    Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 25237
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    The Cottage is a delightful property located near to amazing attractions including the Yorkshire Dales and Raby Castle.
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    Looking out over the large green in the village of Whorlton, this detached holiday cottage is full of character and charm. The glorious River Tees is 300 yards; Barnard Castle with the Bowes Museum, 3 miles. Raby Castle, Egglestone Abbey, Richmond and the Yorkshire Dales are nearby. The cottage is on the National Cycle Network (cycle store avail) and close to the delightful Teesdale Way. Visit Durham, Northumberland’s spectacular castles and sandy beaches or bustling Newcastle. Shops...

  • Beamish, County Durham
    Beamish, County Durham×

    Woodland View

    Beamish, County Durham

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    Ref: 29808
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Baby and Toddler Friendly
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    This elegantly furnished and spacious detached bungalow is only a ten minute walk from the Beamish Living Museum. Set at the head of a small quiet cul-de-sac, it is ideally located to discover the delights of Durham, the Dales, and Northumberland’s sweeping sandy beaches and famous castles, offering a combination of tranquil countryside, vibrant city life and historical sites. The open air living museum of Beamish is a short walk away. Woodland View looks over to the woods...

  • St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham×
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    BurnBrae

    BurnBrae

    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2047
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Perfectly placed for exploring this beautiful area with Northumberland National Park and the Lake District National Park within easy reach.
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    Ideally located for walkers and cyclists, BurnBrae is detached and only 25 yards from the friendly village pub in St John’s Chapel. With its open fires and outside space, it offers plenty of comfort for all ages. This is the perfect location to explore the Durham Dales, Northumberland National Park and the Lake District National Park. Located near Stanhope in Weardale, this is an ideal base for visiting High Force, featured in the highly acclaimed novel by LJ Ross, as well...

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

    Ervine Cottage

    Bolam, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: 30493
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A visit to Durham with its castle and cathedral is recommended whilst staying at this light and airy cottage.
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    Nestled behind the owners’ home, yet surrounded by acres of open countryside and farmland, this spacious holiday cottage enjoys fabulous views from every angle - as far as Middleton, Richmond and the Pennines on a sunny day. Perfect for walkers, Bolam is a small village in County Durham that is home to a well established, local pub which serves top quality food and drink. There are many public footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths which criss cross through the area and will take...

  • Frosterley, County Durham
    Frosterley, County Durham×

    Betsdale

    Frosterley, County Durham

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    Ref: 7723
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Perfect family accommodation surrounded by the Pennines and within easy reach of Hamsterley Forest and miles of walking paths.
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    Between Wolsingham and Stanhope on the A689 in Upper Weardale, this detached 18th-century holiday cottage stands just off the main street of this attractive village on the same site as property ref. 12772. Surrounded by the eastern flanks of the Pennines. Centrally placed for Teesdale and the Yorkshire Dales, there are many places of interest, Hamsterley Forest, Beamish Open Air Museum, Kilhope Wheel once the centre of the lead mining industry besides fishing on the local reservoirs,...

  • Chester-le-Street, near Durham, County Durham
    Chester-le-Street, near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Urpeth Terrace

    Urpeth Terrace

    Chester-le-Street, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1826
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Equidistant from Durham and Newcastle, this cottage is in a great location for exploring city, coast or country at any time of the year. Equidistant from Durham and Newcastle, this cottage is in a great location for exploring city, coast or country at any time of the year.
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    In a great location for exploring Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland, Urpeth Terrace is the ideal cottage for couples, friends and families of all ages. Just 10 miles between the cathedral city of Durham and the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne, this end terraced cottage is in the best possible spot for guests wanting to take just a short drive into the heart of many popular attractions. Very well furnished and extremely well presented throughout, guests will find themselves in...

  • Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Jesmond House

    Jesmond House

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2229
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A super property for families, friends and couples wanting to enjoy a peaceful romantic break in County Durham.
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    Nestled away in the quiet village of Romaldkirk, which lies at the heart of popular Teesdale in County Durham, Jesmond House is in one of the region’s most highly regarded and quintessentially English villages. It boasts two excellent pubs, a church, village green and a village hall. Perfect for families and guests of all ages, there is a small play area in the village and many attractions for younger guests within the local area including Raby Castle which is famous for the...

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

    The Granary

    Eggleston, Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: MJP
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Woodburning Stove
    On the edge of the North Pennines, set in the grounds of Eggleston Hall with its nursery garden and tea room.
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    In the heart of Teesdale, on the edge of the North Pennines in an AONB, this detached character cottage stands within the grounds of Eggleston Hall, famed for its nursery garden and association with the TV series Ladette to Lady. There is a gift shop and café/bistro in its grounds. Many original features add to the character of this holiday cottage. A haven for nature lovers, walkers and fishermen, with High Force waterfall, Bowes museum, Raby Castle, Barnard Castle and...

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

    Vale Cottage

    Sunniside, near Wolsingham, County Durham

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    Ref: E5615
    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
    With wonderful views over the county’s rolling hills, this detached barn conversion is located within the owner’s equestrian centre (livery available on request)
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    With wonderful views over the county’s rolling hills, this detached barn conversion is located within the owner’s equestrian centre (livery available on request). Inside, the spacious, open-plan living area incorporates a dining area and kitchen, ideal for family get-togethers. The holiday cottage is perfectly located for walking the fells and Durham Dales with footpaths direct from the cottage and for cycling and horse riding along the disused railway tracks and nearby...

  • Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham
    Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham×

    Tanfield Leith Farm Cottages - John Wesley Cottage

    Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham

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    Ref: MRA
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    Step back in time at Beamish Open Air Museum or enjoy a spot of retail therapy at the Metro Centre both easily accessible.
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    These two delightful holiday cottages (Refs MRA and MRB), each with its own history, are tastefully converted from former barns dating back to the 1600s. Retaining character and charm, they lie in a peaceful setting overlooking countryside with many cycle tracks nearby. Ideal walking and fishing country, yet close to famous attractions - visitors can step back in time at the Beamish Open Air Museum or visit the Metro Centre (a shopper’s paradise), Hexham (with its glorious...

    Tanfield Leith Farm Cottages - Methodist Cottage
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