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

    Laburnum Cottage

    Middlestone, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Middlestone, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: MWO
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A beautiful hidden gem, perfect for a romantic retreat with two cosy wood burners and a magnificent four poster bed. A beautiful hidden gem, perfect for a romantic retreat with two cosy wood burners and a magnificent four poster bed.
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    9.1 10 reviews

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  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Willow Cottage

    Wolsingham, County Durham

    Wolsingham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC108
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    Willow Cottage is an idyllic romantic retreat with plenty of riverside walks, established local footpaths and many attractions close by to discover. Willow Cottage is an idyllic romantic retreat with plenty of riverside walks, established local footpaths and many attractions close by to discover.
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    7 2 reviews
    7 2 reviews

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  • Iveston, near Lanchester, County Durham
    Iveston, near Lanchester, County Durham×

    Chestnut Cottage

    Iveston, near Lanchester, County Durham

    Iveston, near Lanchester, County Durham

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    Ref: 30035
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Visit Lanchester from this property, a village steeped in history dating back to the 12th century, with some local amenities. Visit Lanchester from this property, a village steeped in history dating back to the 12th century, with some local amenities.
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    9.2 9 reviews
    9.2 9 reviews

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

    The Dovecote

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 30765
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This romantic retreat is the perfect base from which to explore the area, with plenty of footpaths and walkways close by. This romantic retreat is the perfect base from which to explore the area, with plenty of footpaths and walkways close by.
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    9.3 15 reviews

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

    10 Newgate - The Museum

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31096
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    This first floor studio apartment is located in the centre of the pretty market town of Barnard Castle. This first floor studio apartment is located in the centre of the pretty market town of Barnard Castle.
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    9.4 11 reviews
    9.4 11 reviews

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    10 Newgate - Raby
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    10 Newgate - High Force
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    10 Newgate - The Market Cross
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    10 Newgate - The Castle
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    10 Newgate - Hamsterley
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  • Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Buckswell Cottage

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2739
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Relax and enjoy amazing scenery from Buckswell Cottage, or venture out and explore Barnard Castle and its many amenities. Relax and enjoy amazing scenery from Buckswell Cottage, or venture out and explore Barnard Castle and its many amenities.
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    9.8 13 reviews
    9.8 13 reviews

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  • Near Beamish,
    Near Beamish, ×

    Lapwing Cottage

    Near Beamish,

    Near Beamish,

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    Ref: E5028
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Here at Lapwing Cottage you are within easy reach of the unique, open-air museum of Beamish as well as a wealth of other popular tourist attractions. Here at Lapwing Cottage you are within easy reach of the unique, open-air museum of Beamish as well as a wealth of other popular tourist attractions.
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    Beamish Cottage
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    Pig Run Barn
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  • Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    The Old Chapel

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: KYM
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This former chapel is close to the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennine Way with historic Barnard Castle just 6 miles away. This former chapel is close to the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennine Way with historic Barnard Castle just 6 miles away.
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    8.7 11 reviews

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  • Hurworth-on-Tees, near Darlington, County Durham
    Hurworth-on-Tees, near Darlington, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Grace’s Retreat

    Grace’s Retreat

    Hurworth-on-Tees, near Darlington, County Durham

    Hurworth-on-Tees, near Darlington, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2709
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Grace’s Retreat is a great choice for a romantic break, surrounded by beautiful countryside with walks and cycle trails in abundance. Grace’s Retreat is a great choice for a romantic break, surrounded by beautiful countryside with walks and cycle trails in abundance.
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    8.7 3 reviews

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  • Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham
    Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham×

    Winter Cottage

    Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham

    Sunniside, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: W44245
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy a romantic break at this cosy cottage, which is located in the perfect spot for those visiting Durham, 10 miles. Enjoy a romantic break at this cosy cottage, which is located in the perfect spot for those visiting Durham, 10 miles.
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    7 2 reviews

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  • Castleside,
    Castleside, ×

    The Forge Cottage

    Castleside,

    Castleside,

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    Ref: E5245
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Fancy a romantic getaway in between County Durham and Northumberland? The Forge Cottage may be just the ticket. Fancy a romantic getaway in between County Durham and Northumberland? The Forge Cottage may be just the ticket.
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    6.6 5 reviews

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    The Garden Cottage
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    The Dairy Cottage
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    The Stable Cottage
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    The Byre
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    Grange Cottage
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  • Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×

    The School House

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

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    Ref: 28445
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This Pennine Way passes through the village taking you to waterfalls close by and the Lake District can be reached in under an hour. This Pennine Way passes through the village taking you to waterfalls close by and the Lake District can be reached in under an hour.
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    7.7 7 reviews
    7.7 7 reviews

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