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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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  • 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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    9.4 10 reviews

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

    The Snuggery

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 30559
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ideal for exploring Barnard Castle and the surrounding area, this holiday property is packed with character, charm and original features. Ideal for exploring Barnard Castle and the surrounding area, this holiday property is packed with character, charm and original features.
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    9.6 7 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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    9.4 17 reviews

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

    10 Newgate - Hamsterley

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31101
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    Staindrop, Durham, Binchester Roman Fort and Raby Castle are just some of the amazing attractions located close to this property. Staindrop, Durham, Binchester Roman Fort and Raby Castle are just some of the amazing attractions located close to this property.
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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 Market Cross
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    10 Newgate - The Castle
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  • Boldron, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Boldron, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    The Cottage at Northside Farm Retreat

    The Cottage at Northside Farm Retreat

    Boldron, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Boldron, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC3190
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    This charming barn conversion is the perfect base for a wonderful couples retreat, surrounded by stunning countryside and with access to on-site leisure facilities. This charming barn conversion is the perfect base for a wonderful couples retreat, surrounded by stunning countryside and with access to on-site leisure facilities.
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  • Brandon, near Durham, County Durham
    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham×

    White House Cottages - The Hen House

    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham

    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1742
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    The Hen House is a real jewel of a property and absolutely ideal for a quiet romantic break within walking distance of Durham city centre. The Hen House is a real jewel of a property and absolutely ideal for a quiet romantic break within walking distance of Durham city centre.
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    White House Cottages - The Stables
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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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  • Stainton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Stainton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    The Old Granary

    Stainton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Stainton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 29175
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set in the quiet village of Stainton and dating from 1870, this former granary enjoys beautiful views across the dales and open countryside. Set in the quiet village of Stainton and dating from 1870, this former granary enjoys beautiful views across the dales and open countryside.
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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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  • Castleside, near Consett, County Durham
    Castleside, near Consett, County Durham×

    Ben’s Hut

    Castleside, near Consett, County Durham

    Castleside, near Consett, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC569
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Lovingly built by the owner’s hands, this quirky shepherd’s hut really is a gem of a destination! Lovingly built by the owner’s hands, this quirky shepherd’s hut really is a gem of a destination!
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