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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.

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  • Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham
    Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham ×
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    Quartermaster’s

    Quartermaster’s

    Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1983
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    - 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...

  • Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1938
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Woodburning Stove
    A perfect holiday home for entertaining, The Hayloft has an open plan layout and retains original Saxon features.
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    Absolutely stunning! Tithe Barn Cottages really are simply beautiful. Situated behind Seaton Holme Manor House in Easington Village, on a working farm, and steeped in so much history of their own, each property has been lovingly renovated and furnished to the highest of standards whilst keeping contemporary and top quality fittings alongside 13th-century original features. Dating back many hundreds of years, this Grade II* listed property was once part of the nearby Seaton Holme...

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Farmhouse
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Byre
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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
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    10 Newgate - High Force

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31098
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    - Pub within 1 mile
    Named after the fantastic waterfall close by, this property is close to many attractions, including Barnard Castle, Staindrop and Durham.
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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 - The Market Cross
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    10 Newgate - The Castle
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    10 Newgate - Hamsterley
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  • Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham
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    White Nettle Cottage

    White Nettle Cottage

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2512
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    White Nettle Cottage is situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you will discover a range of activities to enjoy.
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    Just under a one mile walk away from the pretty village of Frosterley in the Durham Dales, White Nettle Cottage is the ideal location for guests wanting to explore the local area. Boasting a variety of excellent pubs serving local food and ales, as well as an excellent fish and chip shop and a number of small shops and convenience store, Frosterley has everything that guests might need to enjoy a peaceful break in this picturesque area. Perfectly located for walkers and cyclists, White...

  • New Brancepeth, near Durham,
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    Rock Cottage

    New Brancepeth, near Durham,

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    Ref: UKC1110
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    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Within easy striking distance of Durham, Rock Cottage is quietly located and makes a wondeful base to sample the delights of this vibrant city.
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    Nestled in the quiet village of New Brancepeth, 3 miles from the centre of Durham with its university, Rock Cottage is one of a row and lies in a superb location. Durham is one of the most historic cities in England and offers guests a plethora of attractions to visit and explore including its famous cathedral and castle. There is also the Gala Theatre and Millennium Square located in the centre of the city, making this the perfect spot for visitors wanting to enjoy a theatre trip as part...

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

  • Consett, near Durham, County Durham
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    Jasmine Cottage

    Jasmine Cottage

    Consett, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2223
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    - 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...

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    The Dairy Cottage

    Castleside,

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    Ref: E5244
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    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    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 Forge Cottage
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    The Stable Cottage
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    The Byre
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    Grange Cottage
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  • Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
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    Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: MVP
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Delve into the medieval history of Raby Castle, walk or cycle the Teesdale Way or wonder at the splendour of High Force waterfall.
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    Set amidst the grounds of Thorpe Hall Estate, this is one of three charming properties (Refs IWF, MPR and MVP) that offer the perfect holiday retreat. Chapel Cottage, which adjoins the main hall, enjoys wonderful views of the gardens and parkland, whilst Corner Cottage and Greystones sit close by as a pair. With beautiful sunsets, the River Tees flowing close by and the Teesdale Way, this is a truly magical setting. Guests are welcome to view the lovely gardens designed by Chelsea...

    Thorpe Hall - Chapel Cottage
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  • Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham ×

    Fawn Lea Apartment

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 29138
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    A first floor apartment ideally located for visiting waterfalls, forests and castles, and just a short walk from the village shop and pub.
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    Situated a short stroll from the village, this holiday apartment, adjoining the owner’s home, provides an ideal base and is close to a lovely, tree-lined walk which runs along the river. The Northern Dales holds a wealth of historical interest; visit the gardens of Egglestone Hall, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum or Baldersdale Reservoirs. Staindrop has a shop, a pub, a cafe and bistro both serving food, and a P.O. The historical market town of Barnard Castle is famous for...

  • Frosterley, County Durham
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    River View

    Frosterley, County Durham

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    Ref: 23712
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Situated in an AONB this barn conversion offers a chance to explore the area from its comfortable surroundings.
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    Overlooking the River Wear, this conversion of farm buildings is peacefully situated in an AONB. Adjoining another cottage, it makes a comfortable holiday base to explore the area. The Northern Dales is made up of waterfalls, rugged upland, fertile valleys and meadows. Market towns dot the area, the historic town of Barnard Castle with the Bowes Museum and Durham, with its cathedral and cobbled streets easily accessible. Shop 400 yards, pub 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room...

  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
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    Dove Cottage

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: CC211120
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Dove Cottage is a delightful character cottage nestling in a peaceful location in the historical market town of Barnard Castle.
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    Dove Cottage is a delightful character cottage nestling in a peaceful location in the historical market town of Barnard Castle.  The cottage is only a short stroll from the town centre which has numerous bars and restaurants.  Great care has been taken in the refurbishment of this compact cottage to ensure a cosy and welcoming holiday.

    Ground Floor: Heated by slim line wall mounted electric heaters, Dove Cottage comprises:
    Lounge/dining/kitchen: With gas stove,...

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