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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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  • Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham
    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham×

    Old Hall Cottages - 2 Old Hall Cottages

    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham

    Byers Green, near Durham, County Durham

    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 30418
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Ideal for a family break in County Durham, with plenty to do for all ages. Ideal for a family break in County Durham, with plenty to do for all ages.
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    9.1 14 reviews
    9.1 14 reviews

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    Old Hall Cottages - 1 Old Hall Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    Old Hall Cottages - Hall Farm Cottage
    2
    1
    1
  • Durham, County Durham
    Durham, County Durham×

    Devonshire Haven

    Durham, County Durham

    Durham, County Durham

    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC2592
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Devonshire Haven is ideally located for exploring Durham city with its famous cathedral and castle. Devonshire Haven is ideally located for exploring Durham city with its famous cathedral and castle.
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  • Esh Winning, near Durham, County Durham
    Esh Winning, near Durham, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Temperance Cottage

    Temperance Cottage

    Esh Winning, near Durham, County Durham

    Esh Winning, near Durham, County Durham

    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC3290
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Temperance Cottage is perfectly located for exploring the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its stunning landscape and plenty of outdoor activities. Temperance Cottage is perfectly located for exploring the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its stunning landscape and plenty of outdoor activities.
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    9 2 reviews
    9 2 reviews

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

    Castle Garden

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: E5468
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Why not make Castle Garden your kingdom during your stay in beautiful County Durham and admire the castle views as you relax in the conservatory? Why not make Castle Garden your kingdom during your stay in beautiful County Durham and admire the castle views as you relax in the conservatory?
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    8.8 4 reviews
    8.8 4 reviews

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  • Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Brancepeth Cottage

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham

    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 27766
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Just half an hour from Durham city yet located in idyllic countryside where guests have use of a games room, indoor pool and sauna. Just half an hour from Durham city yet located in idyllic countryside where guests have use of a games room, indoor pool and sauna.
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    8 4 reviews
    8 4 reviews

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    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Heartwell Cottage
    13
    6
    6
  • Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham×

    Mews Cottage

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham

    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC502
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac, The Mews is the idyllic base from which to explore the beautiful area. Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac, The Mews is the idyllic base from which to explore the beautiful area.
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    9.5 6 reviews
    9.5 6 reviews

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  • Frosterley, County Durham
    Frosterley, County Durham×

    Betsdale

    Frosterley, County Durham

    Frosterley, County Durham

    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 7723
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Perfect family accommodation surrounded by the Pennines and within easy reach of Hamsterley Forest and miles of walking paths. Perfect family accommodation surrounded by the Pennines and within easy reach of Hamsterley Forest and miles of walking paths.
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    8.3 3 reviews
    8.3 3 reviews

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  • Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham
    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham×

    Low Cornriggs Farm - Alice’s Cottage

    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham

    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham

    5
    3
    2
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    Ref: 31148
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    After a busy day exploring the many attractions nearby, relax in the living room and enjoy the stunning countryside views. After a busy day exploring the many attractions nearby, relax in the living room and enjoy the stunning countryside views.
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    10 2 reviews
    10 2 reviews

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    Low Cornriggs Farm - Nelly’s Cottage
    6
    3
    3
  • Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    The Cottage

    Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Whorlton, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    5
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: 25237
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    The Cottage is a delightful property located near to amazing attractions including the Yorkshire Dales and Raby Castle. The Cottage is a delightful property located near to amazing attractions including the Yorkshire Dales and Raby Castle.
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    9.1 10 reviews
    9.1 10 reviews

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

    Kingfisher Cottage

    Butterknowle, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Butterknowle, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: MWA
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Explore the many attractions in the area, including Raby Castle, or simply relax in the garden with a chilled glass of wine. Explore the many attractions in the area, including Raby Castle, or simply relax in the garden with a chilled glass of wine.
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    9.5 4 reviews
    9.5 4 reviews

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  • Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Raby Cottage

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham

    Wolsingham, near Stanhope, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 27764
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    If you can tear yourself away from the swimming pool, hot tub and games room, explore the countryside or visit castles and museums. If you can tear yourself away from the swimming pool, hot tub and games room, explore the countryside or visit castles and museums.
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    8.7 3 reviews
    8.7 3 reviews

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    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Heartwell Cottage
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    6
    6
  • Chester-le-Street, near Durham, County Durham
    Chester-le-Street, near Durham, County Durham×

    Urpeth Terrace

    Chester-le-Street, near Durham, County Durham

    Chester-le-Street, near Durham, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC1826
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Equidistant from Durham and Newcastle, this cottage is in a great location for exploring city, coast or country at any time of the year. Equidistant from Durham and Newcastle, this cottage is in a great location for exploring city, coast or country at any time of the year.
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    8.8 5 reviews
    8.8 5 reviews

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