Luxury cottages Durham

When considering luxury cottages Durham is not necessarily the first place that springs to mind. However this largely undiscovered county, lying between Yorkshire to the south and Northumberland to the north, has much to offer the visitor.

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Luxury cottages Durham, Durham city

Durham cathedral

Without doubt the jewel in its crown is the city of Durham whose impressive cathedral, together with the nearby castle, has been a World Heritage site since 1987. Thought by many to be the finest example of Norman church architecture in England, the cathedral dominates the old city on a rocky peninsula above a loop in the River Wear. Compact enough to explore on foot, Durham also has a university, England’s third oldest after Oxford and Cambridge, adding further to the city’s character.

Luxury cotatges Durham, Weardale

Weardale

The River Wear has long been recognised as one of the main waterways of north east England. Its source is in the bleak, yet beautiful, Northern Pennines, often referred to as the last wilderness in England. The upland scenery is quite breathtaking, with many fells rising to over 2000 feet in a remote and sparsely populated area of moorland and dales, where an industrial heritage of lead mines and quarries invites visitors to marvel at the determination of those who worked this unforgiving landscape in the past.

Another mighty English river, the Tees, also runs its course through County Durham. Above the handsome market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale is Cauldron Snout where the river snarls its way over this natural feature, forming what is reckoned to be the longest waterfall in England. Just a few miles downstream it cascades over the aptly named High Force. Further on lies Barnard Castle, a market town with impressive old shop fronts, a cobbled market square and, nearby, the French chateau-style Bowes Museum, home to a collection of outstanding European fine and decorative arts including works by Goya, El Greco and Canaletto.

Luxury cottages Durham, Beamish

Beamish

The Living Museum of the North at Beamish is an open-air museum vividly recreating life in the North East in the early 1800s and 1900s with a huge range of attractions for everyone to enjoy. You can stroll around the shops and houses of the Edwardian town, take a trip down a real drift mine in the Pit Village, and visit the miners’ cottages, village school as well as the Georgian manor house. With guides in authentic period costume and trams serving different parts of the site it is careful enough to avoid a romanticised view of the past and may well give an insight to some of the towns, villages and landscapes you visit during the rest of your holiday.

Nearby is Newcastle-upon-Tyne a city which has, especially on its waterfront, seen a renaissance in the last few years. The Quayside is awash with vibrant restaurants, bars and cafes as well as the Millennium Bridge. This award-winning structure is often referred to as the ‘Winking Eye’ due to its shape and the movement it makes when opening to allow ships through. Don’t miss the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art across the river in Gateshead, a free gallery with great changing exhibitions, and what has become the icon of this part of the country – the Angel of the North. With its selection of luxury cottages Durham is a great location for a get-together with family, friends or just as a couple. If you are looking for luxury cottages Durham is the place for you.