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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×

    Castle Garden

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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    3
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    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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  • 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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  • 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
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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
  • Beamish, County Durham
    Beamish, County Durham×

    Mole Hill Cottage

    Beamish, County Durham

    Beamish, County Durham

    5
    2
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    Ref: 25775
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Discover times past at Beamish Museum, enjoy retail therapy at the Metro Centre or watch cricket at the county ground. Discover times past at Beamish Museum, enjoy retail therapy at the Metro Centre or watch cricket at the county ground.
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    8.9 8 reviews
    8.9 8 reviews

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  • Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Yeka Byre Cottage

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

    Frosterley, near Stanhope, County Durham

    5
    2
    1
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    Ref: UKC648
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A great property for fishing enthusiasts, with fishing available on-site and reservoirs within a 20-minute drive. A great property for fishing enthusiasts, with fishing available on-site and reservoirs within a 20-minute drive.
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    8.7 3 reviews

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  • Stanhope,
    Stanhope, ×

    Granary Cottage

    Stanhope,

    Stanhope,

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    Ref: E4350
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    With arched picture windows this lovely cottage is ideal for exploring Durham, Beamish Museum, Lake District and Newcastle. With arched picture windows this lovely cottage is ideal for exploring Durham, Beamish Museum, Lake District and Newcastle.
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    10 1 reviews

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    Dairy Cottage
    4
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  • Castleside,
    Castleside, ×

    The Stable Cottage

    Castleside,

    Castleside,

    5
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    Ref: E5246
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages have been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features Peacefully set amid the rolling countryside of a 200-acre sheep farm, this collection of cottages have been converted from the old farm stables, bakery and dairy, have their own individual character and retain many of their original features
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    The Garden Cottage
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    The Dairy Cottage
    4
    2
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    The Forge Cottage
    2
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    The Byre
    2
    1
    1
    Grange Cottage
    7
    3
    3
  • Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    Thorpe Hall - Corner Cottage

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Wycliffe, near Barnard Castle, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: MPR
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    A magical setting close to the River Tees and Teesdale Way, an ideal base for visiting award winning gardens at Thorpe Hall. A magical setting close to the River Tees and Teesdale Way, an ideal base for visiting award winning gardens at Thorpe Hall.
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    9.8 10 reviews
    9.8 10 reviews

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    Thorpe Hall - Chapel Cottage
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    Thorpe Hall - Greystones Cottage
    4
    2
    2
  • Wolsingham, County Durham
    Wolsingham, County Durham×

    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Auckland Cottage

    Wolsingham, County Durham

    Wolsingham, County Durham

    6
    3
    1
    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

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    Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Heartwell Cottage
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  • 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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  • Hartlepool, County Durham
    Hartlepool, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Church View

    Church View

    Hartlepool, County Durham

    Hartlepool, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC3336
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A genuine hidden gem. Set opposite a Norman church and next to the Heugh Battery Museum, this is a nature and history lovers paradise! A genuine hidden gem. Set opposite a Norman church and next to the Heugh Battery Museum, this is a nature and history lovers paradise!
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  • Eggleston, Barnard Castle, County Durham
    Eggleston, Barnard Castle, County Durham×

    The Granary

    Eggleston, Barnard Castle, County Durham

    Eggleston, Barnard Castle, County Durham

    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: MJP
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Woodburning Stove
    On the edge of the North Pennines, set in the grounds of Eggleston Hall with its nursery garden and tea room. On the edge of the North Pennines, set in the grounds of Eggleston Hall with its nursery garden and tea room.
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    8.3 4 reviews
    8.3 4 reviews

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