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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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  • Brandon, near Durham, County Durham
    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham×

    White House Cottages - The Stables

    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham

    Brandon, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1743
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Ideal for small families and friends, perfect for a city break to the magnificent city of Durham and its endless visitor attractions to suit all tastes and ages. Ideal for small families and friends, perfect for a city break to the magnificent city of Durham and its endless visitor attractions to suit all tastes and ages.
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    8.8 4 reviews
    8.8 4 reviews

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    White House Cottages - The Hen House
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  • Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham
    Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham×

    The Cottage at Wilson House

    Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham

    Barningham, near Richmond, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC575
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Offering guests a haven of peace and tranquility and surrounded by the beautiful countryside, this holiday cottage is in the idyllic location to get away from it all and relax. Offering guests a haven of peace and tranquility and surrounded by the beautiful countryside, this holiday cottage is in the idyllic location to get away from it all and relax.
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    9.4 16 reviews
    9.4 16 reviews

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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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  • Near Beamish,
    Near Beamish, ×

    Pig Run Barn

    Near Beamish,

    Near Beamish,

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    Ref: E5343
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site
    Delightful barn conversation in countryside location, close to Durham and Durham Dales with superb walking and cycling, Hadrians Wall nearby. Delightful barn conversation in countryside location, close to Durham and Durham Dales with superb walking and cycling, Hadrians Wall nearby.
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    Lapwing Cottage
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    Beamish Cottage
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  • Mainsforth, County Durham
    Mainsforth, County Durham×

    Swallow Cottage

    Mainsforth, County Durham

    Mainsforth, County Durham

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    Ref: E4076
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Converted stables with children’s play area,120 acres of farmland to explore, great for bird watchers, sandy beaches easily reached. Converted stables with children’s play area,120 acres of farmland to explore, great for bird watchers, sandy beaches easily reached.
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    9.3 12 reviews
    9.3 12 reviews

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  • Haswell, near Durham, County Durham
    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham×

    Durham Country Cottages - Kestrel Cottage

    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham

    Haswell, near Durham, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC1821
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Nestled in 18 acres of grounds with walks from the door this is a great base for exploring Durham, Newcastle and the Heritage coast. Nestled in 18 acres of grounds with walks from the door this is a great base for exploring Durham, Newcastle and the Heritage coast.
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    9.8 10 reviews
    9.8 10 reviews

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    Durham Country Cottages - Bramble Cottage
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    Durham Country Cottages - Hazel Cottage
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  • Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
    Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham×
    Newly Listed
    Stonechester Cottage

    Stonechester Cottage

    Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

    Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC2918
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Rural Location
    There are plenty of outdoor activities close to this cottage, including walking, cycling, horse riding and fishing. There are plenty of outdoor activities close to this cottage, including walking, cycling, horse riding and fishing.
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  • Cowshill, near Stanhope, County Durham
    Cowshill, near Stanhope, County Durham×

    Tulip Cottage

    Cowshill, near Stanhope, County Durham

    Cowshill, near Stanhope, County Durham

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    Ref: UKC546
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location - Open Fire
    With wonderful walking from the door, this semi-detached cottage is also well placed to visit the nearby railway museums. With wonderful walking from the door, this semi-detached cottage is also well placed to visit the nearby railway museums.
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    9.5 6 reviews
    9.5 6 reviews

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  • Piercebridge, near Darlington, County Durham
    Piercebridge, near Darlington, County Durham×

    Oscar’s Barn

    Piercebridge, near Darlington, County Durham

    Piercebridge, near Darlington, County Durham

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    Ref: W44108
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    An ideal base offering peace and tranquillity, yet within easy reach of the nearby mainline railway station and easy access to main roads. An ideal base offering peace and tranquillity, yet within easy reach of the nearby mainline railway station and easy access to main roads.
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    9 2 reviews
    9 2 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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  • Stanhope,
    Stanhope, ×

    Dairy Cottage

    Stanhope,

    Stanhope,

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    Ref: E4349
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This lovely cottage with feature stonewall, has wonderful fell walks from the door, close to Stanhope with shops and pubs. This lovely cottage with feature stonewall, has wonderful fell walks from the door, close to Stanhope with shops and pubs.
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    9.4 5 reviews
    9.4 5 reviews

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    Granary Cottage
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  • Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham
    Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham×

    Scarcroft Cottage

    Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham

    Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham

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    Ref: MBB
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Suitable for holidays year round - Enjoy a roaring fire in winter or the beautiful lawned garden in the summer. Suitable for holidays year round - Enjoy a roaring fire in winter or the beautiful lawned garden in the summer.
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    8.7 6 reviews
    8.7 6 reviews

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