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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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  • Castleside,
    Castleside, ×

    The Stable Cottage

    Castleside,

    5
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: E5246
    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
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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
    5
    2
    2
    The Dairy Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    The Forge Cottage
    2
    1
    1
    The Byre
    2
    1
    1
    Grange Cottage
    7
    3
    3
  • Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham
    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham×

    Low Cornriggs Farm - Alice’s Cottage

    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham

    5
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: 31148
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    After a busy day exploring the many attractions nearby, relax in the living room and enjoy the stunning countryside views.
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    Situated in the beautiful and picturesque Weardale Valley, Nelly’s Cottage (ref 31147) and Alice’s Cottage (ref 31148) offer outstanding views across some of the most scenic countryside that the county has to offer. Located high up on the hillside and surrounded by working farmland, these detached holiday properties, adjacent to the owner’s home, really are the perfect location for guests wanting to really explore the local area and beyond. Perfect for guests of all ages...

    Low Cornriggs Farm - Nelly’s Cottage
    6
    3
    3
  • Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham
    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham×

    Old Hall Cottages - 2 Old Hall Cottages

    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham

    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 30418
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Ideal for a family break in County Durham, with plenty to do for all ages.
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    No.2 Old Hall Cottage was originally the stables at The Old Hall. Byers Green is 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 stone built holiday property has expansive garden views looking towards Weardale. The site has no through traffic and is a rich haven for birds and wildlife, with country walks from the door, fishing on the River Wear...

    Old Hall Cottages - 1 Old Hall Cottage
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    2
    2
    Old Hall Cottages - Hall Farm Cottage
    2
    1
    1
  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Castle Garden

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    5
    3
    1
    1
    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...

  • Castleside,
    Castleside, ×

    The Garden Cottage

    Castleside,

    5
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: E5243
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities
    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
    Prices from
    0
    Pets included
    Pets go free

    Accommodation at

    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 Dairy Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    The Forge Cottage
    2
    1
    1
    The Stable Cottage
    5
    2
    2
    The Byre
    2
    1
    1
    Grange Cottage
    7
    3
    3
  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 27766
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Just half an hour from Durham city yet located in idyllic countryside where guests have use of a games room, indoor pool and sauna.
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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
    13
    6
    6
  • Stanhope, near Frosterley, County Durham
    Stanhope, near Frosterley, County Durham×

    The Dales

    Stanhope, near Frosterley, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
    2
    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...

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

    Dandelion Cottage

    Ramshaw, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC1363
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Walkers and cyclists will love this location, or for those who enjoy some retail shopping, the city of Durham is just 30 minutes’ away. Walkers and cyclists will love this location, or for those who enjoy some retail shopping, the city of Durham is just 30 minutes’ away.
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    Hidden away in the stunning countryside of County Durham, Dandelion Cottage is the perfect place from which to explore this beautiful area. The location couldn’t be better for relaxing, unwinding and leaving the stresses of everyday life behind. This terraced holiday property, adjacent to the owner’s home, is ideally suited for families, friends, couples, walkers and cyclists alike. Lovingly renovated to a very good standard, it provides light and spacious accommodation....

  • Durham, County Durham
    Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Fernhill Lodge

    Fernhill Lodge

    Durham, County Durham

    6
    3
    3
    0
    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,...

  • Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham
    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham×

    Low Cornriggs Farm - Nelly’s Cottage

    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: 31147
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Active guests will find this a perfect property, with plenty of public footpaths and cycle paths leading directly from the cottage.
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    Situated in the beautiful and picturesque Weardale Valley, Nelly’s Cottage (ref 31147) and Alice’s Cottage (ref 31148) offer outstanding views across some of the most scenic countryside that the county has to offer. Located high up on the hillside and surrounded by working farmland, these detached holiday properties, adjacent to the owner’s home, really are the perfect location for guests wanting to really explore the local area and beyond. Perfect for guests of all ages...

    Low Cornriggs Farm - Alice’s Cottage
    5
    3
    3
  • Mickleton near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Mickleton near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    West Tofts

    Mickleton near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    1
    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...
  • St John’s Chapel, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, County Durham×

    Brookfield House

    St John’s Chapel, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 27813
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Ideally located in the Wear Valley within easy reach of both the Lake District and Durham, making city and country easily accessible.
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    This upside down property is ideally located in the Wear Valley, and lies on the edge of the village of St John’s Chapel, in an AONB, with shops, post office and pubs. There are beautiful views of the village and fells and several scenic walks from the doorstep. Delightful waterfalls, woodland walks and meadows are nearby with stepping stones and footbridges crossing the river. This part of the Wear Valley is located between Durham City and the Lake District, an ideal base for...

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