Binks Cottage

“characterful farm conversion in the heart of a quiet village on the edge of a working farm” - VisitEngland Assessor


Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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Binks Cottage is set on a picturesque village green in Thornley Village, the cottage has been renovated to a high standard and is tastefully decorated. The front door opens into a private walled garden with lawn and comfortable garden furniture. The accommodation includes 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin) a bathroom with large shower, bath robes and luxurious towels. The lounge has a beamed ceiling, an inglenook fireplace with a woodburning stove, there is additional oil central heating throughout. The kitchen/dining area has seating for 6 adults; electric cooker, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, bread maker, microwave. Free Wi-Fi and Alexa. Children are welcome, we can offer a cot and high-chair. Outside dogs are welcome, there is a dog kennel for use by guests of the cottage and two horses can be stabled, by arrangement only. We are happy to show guests around the farm. The cottage is easily reached from A68 (1 mile) and perfect for visiting Beamish Museum & Durham City; ideally located for walking, pony trekking, golf and fishing and within easy reach of Raby Castle, Barnard Castle, North Coast and Hadrian’s Wall.

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4 Star Self-Catering

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Binks Cottage
Oaklea,Thornley Village,Tow Law,Bishop Auckland,County Durham,DL13 4PA
Phone : 07834 197741


  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Total units: 1
  • Children welcome
  • Cots provided
  • High chairs
  • Child gates
  • Private garden
  • Lawn area
  • Garden furniture
  • BBQ on site
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Microwave
  • Freezer
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Internet
  • Fireplace or wood burning stove
Room rates
  • Low season minimum price: £450
  • High season minimum price: £475
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Changeover day: Any day

About the area

Discover County Durham

County Durham reaches halfway across England, from the North Pennines in the west, to the sea in the east. Much of it is very sparsely inhabited, and is naturally beautiful; a mix of rolling hills, monumental valleys, lush farmland and unforgiving moors. It’s strong on industrial heritage as well, and remnants of the now all-but-vanished mining industry are everywhere.

The City of Durham has a magnificent Cathedral which can be traced back to the establishment of a church in the 10thcentury as the final resting place of the miraculous remains of Saint Cuthbert. The Cathedral, alongside the city’s Castle (an 11th-century structure that now houses University College), were created a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The area’s mining past is fully documented at the Durham Mining Museum; an amazing resource. Bishop Auckland is the other major settlement, and for centuries was run almost as an independent state by the powerful Bishops of Durham. These days it is still a bustling town with plenty of shops, historical interest and events like the annual food festival. The coastal town of Peterlee is unusual; it was set up as a new town to house Durham miners after WW2. 

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