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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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                                                                                                Recent Reviews

                                                                                                Absolutely lovely!

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                                                                                                We could not have enjoyed our stay at this property more! We stayed here with our three children as we were just moving to Durham, while waiting for our permanent accommodations to be ready. The home is cozy, comfortable and delightfully furnished. The location is absolutely perfect for exploring the heart of Durham and it is just around the corner from the bus station and taxis if you are in need of further transport. There are multiple shops in the area to purchase food for self catering. The hosts were kind, helpful and accommodating. We were even welcomed with a basket of goodies on the table. Really could not ask for better! I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends!
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                The property was lovely, exactly like it is in the photos.

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                                                                                                The property was just like the photos. It was warm and comfortable and hard some lovely touches like a little hamper and fresh flowers. It was well equipped apart from a couple of things (there was no grill pan, not sure why) and no mirrors in the bedrooms so not ideal if you want to straighten your hair or use a hair drier, if I was going again I would take a small one with me. Those however were just little things and overall it was a lovely property and in a great location for exploring the area. Durham was just 35 minutes drive as was Beamish and Wear Dale is beautiful. The locals are all very friendly. I would highly recommend this property for a holiday or vshort break.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                A lovely cottage with everything you could ask for and more

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                                                                                                We were made to feel very welcome and Anne bent over backwards to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we wanted. Home baked scones with jam and cream were waiting for us on arrival, a lovely touch. The cottage was well maintained and furnished to a high standard. We had everything we could possibly need. Books, magazines, games, dvds were all provided if we needed them. The views from the cottage were lovely and it made a good base to explore the surrounding area. Hopefully we will be back for many more visits. Barnard Castle, The Bowes Museum, Bowlees visitor centre and the walk from Low Force to High Force are all well worth a visit.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Aug 2016