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

    Freville Cottage

    Shildon, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC60
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free
    Freville Cottage is a homely country cottage in a charming village, that is ideal for getting out and exploring all that County Durham has to offer.
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    Situated in the small town of Shildon, Freville Cottage is a traditional terraced house that has been decorated and renovated throughout, transforming it into an ideal holiday home. Its great location lends the property to guests wanting to really get to know County Durham and the North East. Perhaps the most popular attraction in Shildon is the National Railway Museum. When coupled with its counterpart in York, these museums make up the biggest railway museum in the world, providing...

  • 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...

  • Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×

    The School House

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

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    Ref: 28445
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This Pennine Way passes through the village taking you to waterfalls close by and the Lake District can be reached in under an hour.
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    A detached holiday cottage, formerly The School House, adjacent to a church in Middleton-in-Teesdale, a village with pubs, shops and plenty to do. The Pennine Way passes through and a brisk walk brings you to Low Force, the first of a series of waterfalls. Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum and Eggleston Hall Gardens are worth a look - 4½ acres of paths, views of the fells, stream and gardens. There are cycle routes and fishing is available on the River Tees with a permit, as well as...

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

    Dipper Cottage

    Bishop Auckland, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC886
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Nestled in a truly beautiful location, this holiday home is the perfect base from which to explore the local area.
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    This holiday home is in the perfect location for guests wanting to explore this beautiful part of County Durham, masking this property an ideal destination for families, couples and guests who love to be outdoors. Situated in the conservation village of Wolsingham, which is often referred to as being the ‘Gateway to the Dales’, this picturesque part of Weardale, in the North Pennines, has understandably been classed as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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  • Consett, near Durham, County Durham
    Consett, near Durham, County Durham×

    Jasmine Cottage

    Consett, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2223
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Jasmine Cottage is the perfect destination for guests wanting to really explore the beauty of County Durham, Northumberland and the north east.
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    Situated in the owner’s grounds, yet quietly nestled away, this semi-detached bungalow is 4 miles from the popular village of Lanchester and just 11 miles away from the city of Durham. The perfect spot for couples wanting to enjoy a quiet romantic break, the village of Lanchester offers a super selection of places to eat, including three local pubs, an Italian restaurant and fish and chip shop. The very well regarded Knitsley Farm Shop is also only a little over 2 miles away and has...

  • Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Mill Stone Cottage

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC345
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Mill Stone Cottage boasts charm and many original features and nestles in the heart of the popular, market town of Wolsingham.
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    Mill Stone Cottage is well presented and furnished to a good standard throughout and is ideal for families, couples and friends who enjoy holidaying together. Full of character, charm and original features, guests will find a cosy living room with a multi-fuel burner, beams and comfortable sofas. On the first floor guests will find a comfortable en-suite, double bedroom that is very well presented and with super views extending out towards the dales. There is also a twin bedroom and a...

  • Haswell, near Durham, County Durham
    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham×

    Durham Country Cottages - Kestrel Cottage

    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1821
    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
    Nestled in 18 acres of grounds with walks from the door this is a great base for exploring Durham, Newcastle and the Heritage coast. Nestled in 18 acres of grounds with walks from the door this is a great base for exploring Durham, Newcastle and the Heritage coast.
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    Quietly nestled away in rural County Durham, Durham Country Cottages are in the most fabulous location for exploring the north east counties of Durham and Northumberland and the city of Newcastle. Only a few miles away from major transport links, yet set in almost 18 acres of the owner’s, unspoilt grounds these three cottages, Bramble Cottage (ref UKC1820), Kestrel Cottage (ref UKC1821) and Hazel Cottage (ref UKC1822) really do give guests the best of both worlds. All three...

    Durham Country Cottages - Bramble Cottage
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    Durham Country Cottages - Hazel Cottage
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  • Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham
    Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham×

    Tanfield Leith Farm Cottages - Methodist Cottage

    Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham

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    Ref: MRB
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location
    An ideal base for city or country, close to cycle tracks and walking paths and within easy reach of Durham city.
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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 - John Wesley Cottage
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  • Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham
    Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham×

    Cherry Blossom Cottage

    Sedgefield, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: 29475
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Open Fire
    Relax in your own private hot tub after a day spent exploring all the attractions this area has to offer.
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    Situated in a superb location, just a short walk from the centre of the charming village of Sedgefield, Cherry Blossom Cottage (ref 29475), Durham House (ref UKC911) and The Hay Loft (UKC2270) brim with character. Ideal for larger parties, Durham House (ref UKC911) is a spacious, comfortable former village inn, which has been restored to provide excellent accommodation for families and friends to enjoy. Located just a short walk up the road from Cherry Blossom Cottage (ref 29475),...

  • Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Daykin Cottage

    Low Etherley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC147
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Tucked away in the heart of County Durham, this semi-detached holiday cottage is an ideal getaway for families of 4.
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    Situated in the quiet village of Low Etherley directly opposite the village cricket club, Daykin Cottage is the ideal location for guests wanting to relax, unwind and really explore this beautiful part of County Durham. Perfect for walkers, guests will find many established public footpaths that wind their way through County Durham and the Weardale Valley. This semi-detached cottage is full of character and charm. On the ground floor, the property boasts up-to-date appliances whilst...

  • Westgate in Weardale, County Durham
    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham×

    Valley View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

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    Ref: 13388
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Enjoy the fantastic elevated location, surrounded by panoramic views in this unspoilt countryside of the Durham Dales.
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    This delightful barn conversion retains its rustic charm standing in an elevated position with wonderful panoramic views overlooking the Wear Valley and the Pennine Fells beyond. Adjoining the owner’s cottage and another holiday property, in unspoilt countryside of the Durham Dales. A good central base, the Lakes, Dales, Borderland, Barnard Castle, Hexham, Newcastle and Durham, within 30 miles. Shop and pub ½ mile. Can be booked with ref 13874 to sleep 6+2.

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  • Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham
    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham×

    Old Hall Cottages - 1 Old Hall Cottage

    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: 30417
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Grade II listed cottage in an ideal location to explore Durham and beyond; come back and relax in your own exclusive hot tub.
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    No.1 Old Hall Cottage is accessed from the lane adjacent to The Old Hall. It is a stone built conversion situated within 15 minutes’ drive of both the historic city of Durham with its mainline rail link, and Bishop Auckland, home of the Prince Bishops at Auckland Castle. This holiday property has a private outdoor seating area which is on two levels with garden views and benefits from its own hot tub set on the upper patio, suitable for 4 adults, it is for exclusive use of...

    Old Hall Cottages - 2 Old Hall Cottages
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    Old Hall Cottages - Hall Farm Cottage
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