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

    Laburnum Cottage

    Middlestone, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Middlestone, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: MWO
    Key Features:
    - 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 romantic retreat with two cosy wood burners and a magnificent four poster bed. A beautiful hidden gem, perfect for a romantic retreat with two cosy wood burners and a magnificent four poster bed.
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    9.4 9 reviews

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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

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: KYM
    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. 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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    8.7 9 reviews
    8.7 9 reviews

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

    The Old Granary

    Stainton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Stainton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 29175
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set in the quiet village of Stainton and dating from 1870, this former granary enjoys beautiful views across the dales and open countryside. Set in the quiet village of Stainton and dating from 1870, this former granary enjoys beautiful views across the dales and open countryside.
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  • Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham
    Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham×

    Winter Cottage

    Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham

    Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: W44245
    Key Features:
    - 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. 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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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Town Pasture Cottage

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    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. 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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  • Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Buckswell Cottage

    Buckswell Cottage

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2739
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Relax and enjoy amazing scenery from Buckswell Cottage, or venture out and explore Barnard Castle and its many amenities. Relax and enjoy amazing scenery from Buckswell Cottage, or venture out and explore Barnard Castle and its many amenities.
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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

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 25532
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - 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. Set in the heart of Teesdale’s rolling countryside, visitors can explore the vast attractions this area holds.
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    9.1 17 reviews

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

    10 Newgate - The Museum

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31096
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    This first floor studio apartment is located in the centre of the pretty market town of Barnard Castle. This first floor studio apartment is located in the centre of the pretty market town of Barnard Castle.
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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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    10 Newgate - Hamsterley
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  • Castleside,
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    The Forge Cottage

    Castleside,

    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 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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    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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  • Boldron, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Boldron, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    The Cottage at Northside Farm Retreat

    The Cottage at Northside Farm Retreat

    Boldron, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Boldron, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC3190
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    This charming barn conversion is the perfect base for a wonderful couples retreat, surrounded by stunning countryside and with access to on-site leisure facilities. This charming barn conversion is the perfect base for a wonderful couples retreat, surrounded by stunning countryside and with access to on-site leisure facilities.
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  • Sunderland Bridge, near Durham, County Durham
    Sunderland Bridge, near Durham, County Durham×

    Erin’s Cottage

    Sunderland Bridge, near Durham, County Durham

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

    10 Newgate - Hamsterley

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    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. Staindrop, Durham, Binchester Roman Fort and Raby Castle are just some of the amazing attractions located close to this property.
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    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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