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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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  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Auckland Cottage

    Wolsingham, County Durham

    Wolsingham, County Durham

    6
    3
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    1
    Ref: 26689
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    Enjoy use of a hot tub and sauna, a dip in the indoor pool or a game of snooker before relaxing for the evening.
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    1 1 reviews
    1 1 reviews

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    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Heartwell Cottage
    13
    6
    6
  • St John’s Chapel, County Durham
    St John’s Chapel, County Durham×

    Brookfield House

    St John’s Chapel, County Durham

    St John’s Chapel, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: 27813
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Ideally located in the Wear Valley within easy reach of both the Lake District and Durham, making city and country easily accessible. Ideally located in the Wear Valley within easy reach of both the Lake District and Durham, making city and country easily accessible.
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    8.5 2 reviews
    8.5 2 reviews

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

    Low Cornriggs Farm - Nelly’s Cottage

    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham

    Cowshill, near Alston, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 31147
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Active guests will find this a perfect property, with plenty of public footpaths and cycle paths leading directly from the cottage. Active guests will find this a perfect property, with plenty of public footpaths and cycle paths leading directly from the cottage.
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    10 4 reviews
    10 4 reviews

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    Low Cornriggs Farm - Alice’s Cottage
    5
    3
    3
  • Evenwood, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Evenwood, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×

    Hope Cottage

    Evenwood, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Evenwood, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 28136
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A comfortable holiday home, close to Bishop Auckland and within easy driving of Raby Castle, and Barnard Castle. A comfortable holiday home, close to Bishop Auckland and within easy driving of Raby Castle, and Barnard Castle.
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    8.8 9 reviews
    8.8 9 reviews

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

    Dandelion Cottage

    Ramshaw, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Ramshaw, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC1363
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Walkers and cyclists will love this location, or for those who enjoy some retail shopping, the city of Durham is just 30 minutes’ away. Walkers and cyclists will love this location, or for those who enjoy some retail shopping, the city of Durham is just 30 minutes’ away.
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    9.8 9 reviews
    9.8 9 reviews

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  • Frosterley, County Durham
    Frosterley, County Durham×

    Bridge End Farm

    Frosterley, County Durham

    Frosterley, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: 19692
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This fantastic family holiday home is set in an AONB offering lovely views of the charming village and river. This fantastic family holiday home is set in an AONB offering lovely views of the charming village and river.
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    9 2 reviews
    9 2 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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    9.2 5 reviews
    9.2 5 reviews

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

    West Bridge End - The Old Byre

    Frosterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Frosterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 24970
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Ground floor family-size accommodation with many walks to enjoy in England’s ’last wilderness’ and castles to be discovered. Ground floor family-size accommodation with many walks to enjoy in England’s ’last wilderness’ and castles to be discovered.
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    West Bridge End - The Gingang
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    5
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    West Bridge End - The Stables
    7
    3
    3
  • Copley, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Copley, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Victoria Cottages

    Copley, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Copley, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC2548
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Perfect for exploring the Durham Dales and The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perfect for exploring the Durham Dales and The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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    2 1 reviews
    2 1 reviews

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  • Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham
    Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham×

    Tanfield Leith Farm Cottages - John Wesley Cottage

    Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham

    Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: MRA
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    Step back in time at Beamish Open Air Museum or enjoy a spot of retail therapy at the Metro Centre both easily accessible. Step back in time at Beamish Open Air Museum or enjoy a spot of retail therapy at the Metro Centre both easily accessible.
    Prices from
    9.5 16 reviews
    9.5 16 reviews

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    Tanfield Leith Farm Cottages - Methodist Cottage
    4
    2
    2
  • 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
    13
    6
    6
  • Stanhope, near Frosterley, County Durham
    Stanhope, near Frosterley, County Durham×

    The Dales

    Stanhope, near Frosterley, County Durham

    Stanhope, near Frosterley, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 31293
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free
    Perfectly located for guests to enjoy walking, cycling and rambling, as well as discovering the thriving town of Stanhope. Perfectly located for guests to enjoy walking, cycling and rambling, as well as discovering the thriving town of Stanhope.
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    8 5 reviews
    8 5 reviews

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