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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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  • New Brancepeth, near Durham,
    New Brancepeth, near Durham, ×

    Rock Cottage

    New Brancepeth, near Durham,

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    Ref: UKC1110
    Key Features:
    - 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...

  • Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham
    Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham×

    Brewery House Cottage

    Bishop Middleham, near Durham, County Durham

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    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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    Situated in the peaceful village of Bishop Middleham, which is just a short drive away from the city of Durham, semi-detached Brewery House Cottage is the perfect destination for guests wanting to explore the surrounding areas. Right in the heart of Bishop Middleham and only a minute’s walk away from two pubs and a small village shop, Brewery House Cottage has amenities right on the doorstep and is a great place to stay. Perfect for romantic breaks, guests will be able to...

  • 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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  • 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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  • Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham
    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham×

    The Old Stables - Number 2

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

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    Ref: 30711
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Located in the heart of County Durham, this holiday property is located just 10 miles away from the historic city of Durham.
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    Nestled away in the tiny hamlet of Knitsley, just south of Consett and in the heart of County Durham, The Old Stables, adjacent to the owner’s home, are tucked away in the most beautiful of locations. Private, peaceful and semi rural yet still easily accessible to major road networks, these terraced holiday properties (refs 30710, 30711 and 30712) offer guests quality finishes yet still remain cosy, comfortable and welcoming. Each property is unique and desirable has views...

    The Old Stables - Number 1
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    The Old Stables - Number 3
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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    10 Newgate - The Market Cross

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31099
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    This quirky ’upside down’ holiday property offers comfortable accommodation for discovering the wonders of County 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 - High Force
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    10 Newgate - The Castle
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    10 Newgate - Hamsterley
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  • 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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  • Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham
    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham×

    The Old Stables - Number 3

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

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    Ref: 30712
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Explore the breath-taking scenery that surrounds this holiday property with many footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways close by.
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    Nestled away in the tiny hamlet of Knitsley, just south of Consett and in the heart of County Durham, The Old Stables, adjacent to the owner’s home, are tucked away in the most beautiful of locations. Private, peaceful and semi rural yet still easily accessible to major road networks, these terraced holiday properties (refs 30710, 30711 and 30712) offer guests quality finishes yet still remain cosy, comfortable and welcoming. Each property is unique and desirable has views...

    The Old Stables - Number 1
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    The Old Stables - Number 2
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  • Stanhope, County Durham
    Stanhope, County Durham×

    Stanhope Cottage

    Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: W41325
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    In a quiet village setting in an AONB just 100 yards from the River Wear, a perfect location for riverside walks and picnics.
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    Grade II listed cottage

    This Grade II listed terraced holiday cottage is set off the market place in a quiet crescent in the village of Stanhope in Weardale, just 100 yards from the beautiful River Wear with tranquil riverside walks and picnic areas. The village is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a wide variety of footpaths and cycleways direct from the door. There is a good choice of shops and pubs in the village, as well as the Durham Dales Visitor Centre, and...

  • Near Beamish,
    Near Beamish, ×

    Pig Run Barn

    Near Beamish,

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    Ref: E5343
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site
    Delightful barn conversation in countryside location, close to Durham and Durham Dales with superb walking and cycling, Hadrians Wall nearby.
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    Set amidst rolling countryside and enjoying peace and tranquillity on the owners’ 200 acre farm, where you can enjoy its many footpaths and cycleways, these renovated cottages provide excellent accommodation. Lying down a sleepy country lane, these stone-built cottages were converted from farm barns and have been tastefully and thoughtfully furnished giving the perfect base that’s both relaxing and ideal for exploring the diverse attractions this region has to offer. Only...

    Lapwing Cottage
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    Beamish Cottage
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  • Tudhoe, near Durham, County Durham
    Tudhoe, near Durham, County Durham×

    Colepitt Cottage

    Tudhoe, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: W43147
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    The Yorkshire Dales and Lake District are easily accessible and Durham city is less than 5 miles away.
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    This stone-built, terraced cottage, formerly a colliery worker’s home, is a good holiday base for touring this area of natural beauty. Tudhoe sits between Spennymoor and Durham, an excellent location for cycling, walking and fishing. Durham city is 4.5 miles, with its Norman cathedral and castle, cobbled medieval streets, and shopping centre, and Durham University is only 3.5 miles away. Visit Beamish Open Air Museum and Barnard Castle (½ hour’s drive). Bishop...

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

    Fawn Lea Cottage

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    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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    Set in a quiet courtyard, close to the village amenities of Staindrop and the village greens, this cosy, comfortably furnished and well-equipped holiday cottage is adjacent to the owner’s property. Raby Castle is within walking distance and Bowes Museum is a short drive. Visit Barnard Castle, Hadrian’s Wall or enjoy walks on the beautiful Teesdale fells and meadows or in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Visit High Force Waterfall, Beamish Open Air Museum or Eggleston Hall...

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