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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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  • 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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    Witton Hall - Suite Two
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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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    - 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...

  • Near Beamish,
    Near Beamish, ×

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

    10 Newgate - Hamsterley

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31101
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    Staindrop, Durham, Binchester Roman Fort and Raby Castle are just some of the amazing attractions located close to this property.
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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 - The Castle
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  • Brandon, near Durham, County Durham
    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham×
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    White House Cottages - The Hen House

    White House Cottages - The Hen House

    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1742
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    The Hen House is a real jewel of a property and absolutely ideal for a quiet romantic break within walking distance of Durham city centre. The Hen House is a real jewel of a property and absolutely ideal for a quiet romantic break within walking distance of Durham city centre.
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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...

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

    Witton Hall - Suite Two

    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham

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    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    This property has the use of many on-site facilities, including a swimming pool, hot tub, gym, sauna and even a dance floor!
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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...

    Witton Hall - South Lodge
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    Witton Hall - Suite Three
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    Witton Hall - Suite Four
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  • Sunderland Bridge, near Durham, County Durham
    Sunderland Bridge, near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Erin’s Cottage

    Erin’s Cottage

    Sunderland Bridge, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2316
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Perfectly placed for enjoying the delights of the beautiful city of Durham, with its cathedral, castle and riverside walks.
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    Erin’s Cottage is a romantic, picture postcard cottage dating back to the 18th-century, retaining much charm with beams and pretty features. The lovely little hamlet of Sunderland Bridge lies a mere 3 miles from Durham city, offering the best of both worlds, with easy access to the city, yet set in a peaceful location. Only half a mile to the nearby pub and facilities in Croxdale and surrounding villages, and an easy taxi ride into the university city of Durham which is famed for...

  • Castleside,
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    The Forge Cottage

    Castleside,

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    Ref: E5245
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    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 Dairy 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×

    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,...

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

    The Snuggery

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 30559
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ideal for exploring Barnard Castle and the surrounding area, this holiday property is packed with character, charm and original features.
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    Nestled away behind the quaint village green of Staindrop and facing Langley Beck, this semi-detached, single-storey holiday cottage is ideal for couples wanting to get away from it all, relax and spoil themselves in a well-furnished cottage that is packed with charm, character and original features. The comfortable living room boasts an original stone floor and a gas woodburner-style fire that heats up quickly and gives character and warmth to the room. There is also a small...

  • 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...

  • St John’s Chapel, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Top Byre

    St John’s Chapel, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: 28347
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property
    Enjoy beautiful views of the fells from the patio and soak in the tranquillity, yet the Lakes or Newcastle are within an hours’ drive.
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    Overlooking the fells and beyond, this isolated holiday cottage offers a peaceful and restful retreat. Lovingly furnished, it offers a relaxing experience for those wishing to unwind, yet close to a variety of tourist attractions in the area, you have the best of both worlds. Beautifully refurbished throughout, the cottage provides cosy and compact accommodation. Stunning walks and cycle routes right on your doorstep. Visit the Dales borders, Lakes or Hexham, Durham and Newcastle within...

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