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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×

    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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  • East Hedleyhope, near Lanchester, County Durham
    East Hedleyhope, near Lanchester, County Durham×

    Croeso

    East Hedleyhope, near Lanchester, County Durham

    East Hedleyhope, near Lanchester, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2415
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Croeso is ideal for families wishing to explore the cycle paths and walking trails or one of the nearby museums. Croeso is ideal for families wishing to explore the cycle paths and walking trails or one of the nearby museums.
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    10 2 reviews
    10 2 reviews

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

    Dale View Cottage

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

    Westgate in Weardale, County Durham

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    Ref: 13874
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Overlooking the Wear Valley, this property offers a taste of heaven within this peaceful and tranquil area. Overlooking the Wear Valley, this property offers a taste of heaven within this peaceful and tranquil area.
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    7.8 8 reviews
    7.8 8 reviews

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  • 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

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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. 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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    8.8 10 reviews
    8.8 10 reviews

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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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    8.9 8 reviews
    8.9 8 reviews

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  • Mickleton, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Mickleton, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    West Pasture Cottage

    West Pasture Cottage

    Mickleton, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    Mickleton, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC3117
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Rural Location
    This is the perfect location for exploring County Durham with so much to see and do including market towns, museums and Hadrian’s Wall. This is the perfect location for exploring County Durham with so much to see and do including market towns, museums and Hadrian’s Wall.
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    10 1 reviews
    10 1 reviews

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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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  • Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    White Nettle Cottage

    White Nettle Cottage

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2512
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    White Nettle Cottage is situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you will discover a range of activities to enjoy. White Nettle Cottage is situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you will discover a range of activities to enjoy.
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    9.6 8 reviews
    9.6 8 reviews

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

    10 Newgate - High Force

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    Ref: 31098
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile
    Named after the fantastic waterfall close by, this property is close to many attractions, including Barnard Castle, Staindrop and Durham. Named after the fantastic waterfall close by, this property is close to many attractions, including Barnard Castle, Staindrop and Durham.
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    9.3 12 reviews
    9.3 12 reviews

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    10 Newgate - The Museum
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    10 Newgate - Raby
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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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  • 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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  • Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham
    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham×

    The Old Stables - Number 3

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

    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. Explore the breath-taking scenery that surrounds this holiday property with many footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways close by.
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    8.5 2 reviews
    8.5 2 reviews

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    The Old Stables - Number 1
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    The Old Stables - Number 2
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  • Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham
    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham×

    The Old Stables - Number 1

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

    Knitsley, near Lanchester, County Durham

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    Ref: 30710
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This well-presented holiday property has easy access to both Durham and Newcastle with their wealth of attractions. This well-presented holiday property has easy access to both Durham and Newcastle with their wealth of attractions.
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    9.7 3 reviews
    9.7 3 reviews

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    The Old Stables - Number 2
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    The Old Stables - Number 3
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