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

    10 Newgate - The Market Cross

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    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. This quirky ’upside down’ holiday property offers comfortable accommodation for discovering the wonders of County Durham.
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    8.6 14 reviews
    8.6 14 reviews

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

    Beckleshele

    Cowshill, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Cowshill, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: 30861
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    This converted lead miner’s cottage is ideally located for discovering the wild, unspoilt moorlands of Weardale. This converted lead miner’s cottage is ideally located for discovering the wild, unspoilt moorlands of Weardale.
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    7.3 3 reviews
    7.3 3 reviews

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  • 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

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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. 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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    9.6 16 reviews
    9.6 16 reviews

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  • Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    The Byre

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1793
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Ideally situated for exploring County Durham with its many footpaths and cycle routes, and with the two thousand hectare Hamsterley Forest also nearby. Ideally situated for exploring County Durham with its many footpaths and cycle routes, and with the two thousand hectare Hamsterley Forest also nearby.
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    9.6 12 reviews
    9.6 12 reviews

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  • Tanfield, near Stanley, County Durham
    Tanfield, near Stanley, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    The Coachman’s House

    The Coachman’s House

    Tanfield, near Stanley, County Durham

    Tanfield, near Stanley, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2959
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property
    Perfect for a small family, this cottage is a great base from which to explore County Durham, Northumberland and the city of Newcastle. Perfect for a small family, this cottage is a great base from which to explore County Durham, Northumberland and the city of Newcastle.
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    10 1 reviews
    10 1 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

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    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. 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 1 reviews
    9 1 reviews

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  • Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham
    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham×

    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Byre

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

    Easington Village, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1939
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    A stunning cottage located all on the ground floor and ideal for smaller families wanting to explore all Durham’s attractions which are close by.
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Farmhouse
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    Tithe Barn Cottages - The Hayloft
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  • Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Dove Cottage

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    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. Dove Cottage is a delightful character cottage nestling in a peaceful location in the historical market town of Barnard Castle.
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    7.1 7 reviews
    7.1 7 reviews

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  • Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham
    Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Roslyn Cottage

    Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham

    Hamsterley, near Wolsingham, County Durham

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    Ref: W42487
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    A perfect setting between Teesdale and Weardale within easy reach of Northumberland’s beaches and castles. A perfect setting between Teesdale and Weardale within easy reach of Northumberland’s beaches and castles.
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    9 8 reviews
    9 8 reviews

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

    The Old Stables - Number 2

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

    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. 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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    9.5 11 reviews
    9.5 11 reviews

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    The Old Stables - Number 1
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    The Old Stables - Number 3
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  • St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Heckberry Cottage

    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham

    St John’s Chapel, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2399
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Perfect for a romantic break in beautiful countryside, or for walkers wanting to walk the Weardale Way. Perfect for a romantic break in beautiful countryside, or for walkers wanting to walk the Weardale Way.
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    8.6 5 reviews
    8.6 5 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

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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 5 reviews
    9.8 5 reviews

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    Durham Country Cottages - Kestrel Cottage
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    Durham Country Cottages - Hazel Cottage
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