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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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  • St John’s Chapel, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, County Durham×

    Harthopeburn Cottage

    St John’s Chapel, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC317
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Relax in the enclosed garden or venture out and explore waterfalls and woodland walks. This property lies close to both the Lake District and County Durham.
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    Ideally located in the Wear Valley, this well-presented, semi-detached holiday property lies within easy reach of both the Lake District National Park and County Durham. It is situated on the edge of the village of St John’s Chapel, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with shops, pubs and a post office. Enjoy beautiful views of the village and fells, and several scenic walks are available from the doorstep. Benefiting from an enclosed courtyard, dogs can be let out...

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

    Castle Garden

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: E5468
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    A comfortable mid-terraced holiday home, situated in the oldest part of the ancient Teesdale market town of Barnard Castle, home to the Bowes Museum and its acclaimed national art collection
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    A comfortable mid-terraced holiday home, situated in the oldest part of the ancient Teesdale market town of Barnard Castle, home to the Bowes Museum and its acclaimed national art collection. Its true asset is the conservatory looking out onto the secluded garden with seating area and garden furniture, offering castle wall views, great for al fresco dining. Barnard Castle has a wonderful selection of specialist retailers, cafes, restaurants and antique centres, all within walking...

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

    The Cottage

    Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 25237
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    The Cottage is a delightful property located near to amazing attractions including the Yorkshire Dales and Raby Castle.
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    Looking out over the large green in the village of Whorlton, this detached holiday cottage is full of character and charm. The glorious River Tees is 300 yards; Barnard Castle with the Bowes Museum, 3 miles. Raby Castle, Egglestone Abbey, Richmond and the Yorkshire Dales are nearby. The cottage is on the National Cycle Network (cycle store avail) and close to the delightful Teesdale Way. Visit Durham, Northumberland’s spectacular castles and sandy beaches or bustling Newcastle. Shops...

  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×
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    Ref: 26689
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    Enjoy use of a hot tub and sauna, a dip in the indoor pool or a game of snooker before relaxing for the evening.
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    These delightful semi-detached cottages are holiday homes situated in the heart of County Durham, located near the idyllic countryside village of Wolsingham, in the Durham Dales. Each cottage offers you the remoteness of a country retreat with shared indoor swimming pool and sauna, there is also a games room with full size snooker table. There are limited private pool sessions available which can be booked directly with the owner - please call when you book the property. Whether you choose...

    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Heartwell Cottage
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  • Stanhope, near Frosterley, County Durham
    Stanhope, near Frosterley, County Durham×

    The Dales

    Stanhope, near Frosterley, County Durham

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    Ref: 31293
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free
    Perfectly located for guests to enjoy walking, cycling and rambling, as well as discovering the thriving town of Stanhope.
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    Perfectly located in the popular village of Stanhope, The Dales is a charming 19th century stone terrace holiday cottage, which offers comfortable accommodation to guests of all ages. Nestled in the heart of Weardale, Stanhope is the ideal base for guests who enjoy walking, cycling, hill running or rambling, as well as those wanting to just enjoy a leisurely stroll through some of the most splendid countryside that the county has to offer. Bustling with small shops, pubs and places to...

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

    Witton Hall - Suite Four

    Witton-le-Wear, near Crook, County Durham

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    Ref: MWF
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Explore County Durham from this apartment, with Barnard Castle, Durham and Newcastle all within easy reach.
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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 Two
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  • Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Thorpe Hall - Corner Cottage

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    6
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    Ref: MPR
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    A magical setting close to the River Tees and Teesdale Way, an ideal base for visiting award winning gardens at Thorpe Hall.
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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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    Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage
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  • West Rainton, near Durham, County Durham
    West Rainton, near Durham, County Durham×

    Bramble Cottage

    West Rainton, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: W43954
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Woodburning Stove
    Bramble Cottage has been restored and decorated to a good standard and is light, spacious and airy throughout, offering stunning views across the countryside.
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    Bramble Cottage is an attractive, end terraced, period property situated in the pleasant village of West Rainton, overlooking the village green. It offers views across open countryside towards Penshaw Monument and the Angel of the North, and is ideally located for exploring the north east counties of Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. Deceptive from the outside, Bramble Cottage has been thoughtfully restored and decorated to a good standard. The accommodation is light, spacious...

  • Durham, County Durham
    Durham, County Durham×

    Fernhill Lodge

    Durham, County Durham

    6
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    Ref: UKC1342
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    This property is the perfect base for families and couples alike - with a delightful area to explore and a beautiful home to retreat back to in the evening.
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    Situated just a short walk away from the heart of the historic city of Durham, Fernhill Lodge is without doubt, one of the best located properties to be found in this beautiful city. Perfect for families wanting to explore the local area, couples looking to enjoy a luxury romantic break, or small groups of friends who like to holiday together, this detached property offers top class accommodation throughout. Finished to a high standard, with quality fixtures and fittings throughout,...

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

    Kingfisher Cottage

    Butterknowle, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: MWA
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Explore the many attractions in the area, including Raby Castle, or simply relax in the garden with a chilled glass of wine.
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    Situated in the picturesque Durham Dales, on the cusp of the Weardale Valley and with the river running right at the back of the glorious garden, Kingfisher Cottage is the most idyllic location for guests wishing to explore the area. Nestled in a row of cottages with rear views across the river, open countryside and fields, there is no better place from which to enjoy all of the magnificent scenery that this area has to offer. The property has a rear garden, which is a great space...

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

    Hope Cottage

    Evenwood, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: 28136
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A comfortable holiday home, close to Bishop Auckland and within easy driving of Raby Castle, and Barnard Castle.
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    This semi-detached holiday home, accessed by an unmade road, is situated in Evenwood, a former coal mining village, and makes a good base for walkers and cyclists. Take a trip to Raby Castle, with its panoramic views and herds of deer, or visit Durham Cathedral, a short drive away. Bishop Auckland has a splendid marble and limestone chapel and stained-glass windows that relate to stories of early Christian saints. Barnard Castle, 15 miles, has shops, pubs and restaurants to enjoy....

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

    West Tofts

    Mickleton near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: CC211011
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Detached rural cottage with stunning views - ideal for groups of family or friends
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    In a beautiful location amongst fields and meadows this detached cottage has stunning views from each window over the Teesdale countryside towards the river. West Tofts provides a peaceful retreat, where a relaxing holiday with friends or family can be enjoyed in a superb rural setting. The property is well equipped and spacious retaining beamed ceilings and a feature log effect fire for the cooler days and evenings. There are walks to be taken from the door, quiet roads to explore by...

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