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Make a holiday rental property or house to rent in County Durham your home away from home

County Durham is a truly charming county in the North East of England. The astonishing mix of wild highlands, charming villages, well preserved ancient history and unspoilt coastline make it completely irresistible, and if this is your first time you have considered taking houses for rent in County Durham, it will not be the last.

Things to do in County Durham

The North Pennines are a huge attraction in County Durham. The huge swathes of wild countryside, carved by gushing streams and teeming with wildlife make County Durham and the North Pennines a hugely popular destination with walkers, hikers and mountain bikers looking to enjoy the wildest of English landscapes first hand. From the wild moors of Upper Teeside to the huge woodlands of the Castle Eden Dene National Park, there are always more routes to explore from self catering County Durham accommodation. England’s largest waterfall, High Force can also be found in the North Pennines, and makes for a wonderful picnic spot on a walking holiday.

The coastline is equally spectacular. The 11 miles Durham Coastal Path is a particular highlight, taking visitors along dramatic cliff tops, down to delightful little sand beaches and to some of County Durham’s most impressive historical sites. County Durham is awash with wonderfully well preserved historical sites, including Durham Cathedral, ‘the best cathedral on Earth’. There are monuments from the Saxon, Norman and medieval periods, including the dramatic Durham Castle, Raby Castle and Auckland Castle, all of which are well worth exploration from houses to rent in County Durham.

There are a huge range of days out available from County Durham properties. Sedgefield Racecourse offers a magnificent day of entertainment, and the evenings are a riot of music and fun throughout the county. Whether you are interested in a theatre, comedy, gourmet restaurants or top class musical events, you will be wonderfully entertained from any of the houses to rent in County Durham. The Beamish Mary Pub is especially renowned for its live music, especially folk, and there are annual Blues, Film and Comedy festivals to enjoy from County Durham accommodation too.

Places to visit on holiday in County Durham

The city of Durham, County Durham’s county town, is a wonderful city that will certainly capture your imagination. The stunning Durham Cathedral dominates the skyline, but is by no means the only attraction in the city. Throughout the ancient centre are fantastic little restaurants, large shopping centres and atmospheric bars that help keep the atmosphere lively and exciting at all times.

Travel to County Durham

A holiday rental property in County Durham is wonderfully easy to reach. The Durham Tees Valley Airport (MME) is well connected to airports throughout the UK, and the road and rail networks are extensive.

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                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                Multiple rentals Cottage #8048094
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                                                                                                  Recent Reviews

                                                                                                  Great cottage, perfect location

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  I booked the Cottage in Sherburn for my colleagues who were working in the area. The booking was made very last minute and the owner Violet couldn't have been more helpful, nothing was too much trouble and communication was great which made everything very easy. They were very happy with their stay in the cottage and we would be delighted to return for future bookings.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 11-Jan-2017
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                  Fantastic Relaxing New Year Break

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  This was our 2nd stay at Kearton Lodge and it was just as wonderful as the first - we were met by the lovely Anne with hot mulled wine and mince pies which was just lovely - the cottage was nice and warm and inviting and just beautiful - we had a very relaxing 5 nights we felt very much at home and everything was great - we would like to thank Anne and Steven for getting the generator going one night during a power cut this was above and beyond and we appreciated it thankyou We enjoyed using the Sauna too after cold days out it was a very welcome treat! We would yet again highly recommend this property the level of service, and presentation is 100% The cottage is very well located to the A66 and we were up and out early one crisp morning and in Robin Hood's Bay an hour and half later then on to Whitby and back by dusk which is a lovely day out, we also visited high force waterfall on NYE which was just lovely in the crisp winter sun again well located from the cottage, there are several farm shops along the A66 and also the cottage is a nice leisurely stroll into Barnard itself Thank you for making our NY get away just what we wanted
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2017
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                  Excellent cottage, everything you need and a warm welcome too.

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  A very comfortable, in fact somewhat luxurious cottage, ideally situated just outside Barnard Castle. We had a wonderful stay, made all the better by the delightful warm welcome. Frankly, the best cottage in which we have stayed.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016