The village of Great Tew is situated in the Cotswold hills close to Banbury and Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. The village is often referred to as a ‘picture book’ village because of the beautiful thatched cottages with gabled roofs, the stunning cottage gardens and the mullioned windows. The village is small but self-sufficient with a local school, a popular pub, a church and a village shop. The village is popular with Cotswolds tour, due to its interesting history but more importantly, it is a vision of perfect Cotswold life and one of the prettiest villages around.
Great Tew History
Great Tew is a popular village for visitors and Cotswolds tour, as it provides a picturesque vision of life in a pretty Cotswold village. The cottages are built from the famous Cotswold stone presenting a honey-coloured array of charming buildings that dot around the village centre. In the spring and the summer, the village is covered in wildflowers and has perfectly kept gardens with neat garden lawns, pretty hanging baskets and potted flowers. The village belongs to the Great Tew estate which has been restored over the last 50 years, rescued from decay and dereliction and now a beautiful sight of perfection. The local Church of St. Michael and All Angels is just on the edge of the village and was originally from Norman times, but rebuilt and made larger between the 13th and 14th centuries, and refurbished in the 19th century. Many wall paintings have been uncovered in the church from the 14th century and it’s believed that there are still many more to discover.
The village of Little Tew is nearby to Great Tew and similarly has beautiful country cottages made from Cotswold stone. The village did not have a church until 1845 when a Baptist chapel was built, then in 1853 the parish church of St. John the Baptist was built in the style of the 14th century. Both Great Tew and Little Tew are located around 5 miles from Cotswold market towns, nestled on the slopes of a limestone ridge and overlooking the Worton Valley. The villages were already a substantial settlement during the Domesday Book with prominent roles during the industrial revolution and civil war. In more recent years, many of the 17th century cottages have been renovated and Great Tew village has an excellent school, a popular village pub called The Falkland Arms and a decent village shop.
The Great Tew Estate
The manor house at Great Tew Estate was created before the 16th century and after many owners, Viscount Cary lived at the house in the 17th century. It is now owned by the Johnstone family who have made several sympathetic renovations through the years to the manor and the surrounding village. The manor grounds are now home to Soho Farmhouse which has been built from a collaboration between the Johnstone family and Soho House. Soho Farmhouse is a converted farmhouse with farm buildings, set in a 100-acres of stunning Cotswold land. The venue is popular with celebrities as a complete getaway and will only allow paying members on site. The place even stipulates that no photography is allowed, due to giving celebrities complete privacy during their stay. There is an incredible restaurant serving delicious food, a friendly bar, a cinema, a spa and beautiful wooden cabins that sit overlooking the lake.
If you’re staying in London and visiting England, then The Cotswolds are only 1 hour 40-minutes train journey door to door. The Cotswold Mystery Tour will pick you up from Moreton-in-Marsh train station in our luxurious 7-seater Mercedes minibus and take you around some of the most beautiful places in The Cotswolds. This is the perfect Cotswolds tour from London to The Cotswolds where you will see charming market towns, rolling countryside of the Cotswold hills, picture-perfect river views, huge stately homes and pretty Cotswold villages like Great Tew. There are many stunning attractions around the Cotswolds and many are hidden away. There’s no need to bring food with you as we stop at a lovely village café in the morning for a hot drink and pastry, then when it’s time for lunch we take you to a charming 16th Century inn for a tasty lunch. The Cotswold Mystery Tour gets booked up very quickly, so to make sure you don’t miss out – book your seat on The Cotswold Mystery Tour today!