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

    The Old Granary

    Stainton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    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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    Set in the quiet village of Stainton and dating from 1870, this former granary enjoys beautiful views across the dales and open countryside. The Old Granary has retained much of its original charm including exposed beams and it has been furnished to a good standard with the bathroom having the benefit of a power shower, the property is well-presented to offer a relaxing and comfortable accommodation for two people from which to explore the delights of this fascinating area. In...

  • Stanhope, County Durham
    Stanhope, County Durham×

    Holly Cottage

    Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: W42717
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    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile
    A lovely little ground floor cottage boasting a superb old range as the focal point of the living room, ideal for two.
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    In a quiet lane leading to the beautiful River Wear and riverside walks, this delightful little ground floor holiday cottage makes a superb base in the heart of Weardale, surrounded by stunning countryside. Within walking distance of a range of pubs and restaurants, with typical village shops, Stanhope also offers an outdoor swimming pool and the Dales Visitor Centre offering a tea room, craft shops and activities in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Nearby is the Killhope Lead Mining...

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

    Witton Hall - Suite Three

    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham

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    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Explore the beautiful county of Durham and its many attractions, or simply relax in the shared hot tub on site.
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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 Two
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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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    - 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...

  • Near Beamish,
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    Lapwing Cottage

    Near Beamish,

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    Ref: E5028
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Peaceful and relaxing hideaway, cosy barn conversion for two, footpaths and cycleways on the doorstep, yet Newcastle easily reached.
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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...

    Beamish Cottage
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    Pig Run Barn
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  • Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham
    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham×

    Heart of Lanchester

    Lanchester, near Durham, County Durham

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    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...

  • Consett, County Durham
    Consett, County Durham×

    Sycamore Cottage

    Consett, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC639
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Boasting wooden flooring and a wood burner in the living room, this cosy and natural cottage makes for a memorable holiday in County Durham.
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    Quietly nestled away just 1½ miles away from the popular village of Lanchester and just 10 miles from the city of Durham, Sycamore Cottage is the perfect destination for guests wanting to relax and unwind, or to explore the North East. The owners live nearby, so help is always at hand. This detached property lends itself to couples who’re looking for a romantic break – Lanchester features a superb selection of places to eat including three local pubs, an Italian...

  • 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.

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  • 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
    Key Features:
    - 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...

  • 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
    Key Features:
    - 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

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