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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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  • Shotley Bridge, County Durham
    Shotley Bridge, County Durham×

    Rivers Edge Cottage

    Shotley Bridge, County Durham

    Shotley Bridge, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: MLW
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    An attractive barn conversion featuring a unique circular bathroom, within easy reach of Durham, Newcastle and the coast.
    Prices from
    9.2 16 reviews
    9.2 16 reviews

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

    Durham Country Cottages - Bramble Cottage

    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham

    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
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    Ref: UKC1820
    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
    In a fabulous location surrounded by walks and cycling routes yet within 10 miles of the coast and the fantastic city of Durham. In a fabulous location surrounded by walks and cycling routes yet within 10 miles of the coast and the fantastic city of Durham.
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    9.8 4 reviews
    9.8 4 reviews

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    Durham Country Cottages - Kestrel Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    Durham Country Cottages - Hazel Cottage
    4
    2
    2
  • Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham
    Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham×

    Brewery House Cottage

    Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham

    Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC618
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Woodburning Stove
    Nestled in a peaceful village, yet still close to local amenities, lies this beautifully presented holiday cottage, perfect for a family break away.
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    9.3 19 reviews
    9.3 19 reviews

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  • Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham
    Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham×

    Scarcroft Cottage

    Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham

    Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: MBB
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Suitable for holidays year round - Enjoy a roaring fire in winter or the beautiful lawned garden in the summer.
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    7.3 7 reviews
    7.3 7 reviews

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

    Valley View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

    4
    2
    2
    2
    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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    8 6 reviews
    8 6 reviews

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  • Piercebridge, near Darlington, County Durham
    Piercebridge, near Darlington, County Durham×

    Oscar’s Barn

    Piercebridge, near Darlington, County Durham

    Piercebridge, near Darlington, County Durham

    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W44108
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    An ideal base offering peace and tranquillity, yet within easy reach of the nearby mainline railway station and easy access to main roads.
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    9 2 reviews
    9 2 reviews

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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

    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
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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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    9.4 27 reviews
    9.4 27 reviews

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    Old Hall Cottages - 2 Old Hall Cottages
    5
    3
    3
    Old Hall Cottages - Hall Farm Cottage
    2
    1
    1
  • Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Stonechester Cottage

    Stonechester Cottage

    Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC2918
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Rural Location
    There are plenty of outdoor activities close to this cottage, including walking, cycling, horse riding and fishing.
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    0 0 reviews

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  • Castleside,
    Castleside, ×

    The Byre

    Castleside,

    Castleside,

    4
    1
    1
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    Ref: E5247
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - 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
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    9 1 reviews
    9 1 reviews

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    The Garden Cottage
    5
    2
    2
    The Dairy Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    The Forge Cottage
    2
    1
    1
    The Stable Cottage
    5
    2
    2
    Grange Cottage
    7
    3
    3
  • Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Fawn Lea Cottage

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 29137
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    Within walking distance of Raby Castle and a short distance to England’s highest waterfall, and footpaths lead from the door.
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    9.3 8 reviews
    9.3 8 reviews

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  • Stanhope, County Durham
    Stanhope, County Durham×

    Curlew Cottage

    Stanhope, County Durham

    Stanhope, County Durham

    4
    1
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC2157
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This cosy retreat for couples is perfect for exploring the beautiful countryside of County Durham by foot and by bike.
    Prices from
    8.9 16 reviews
    8.9 16 reviews

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  • Mainsforth, County Durham
    Mainsforth, County Durham×

    Swallow Cottage

    Mainsforth, County Durham

    Mainsforth, County Durham

    4
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: E4076
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Converted stables with children’s play area,120 acres of farmland to explore, great for bird watchers, sandy beaches easily reached.
    Prices from
    9 13 reviews
    9 13 reviews

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