The village of Great Tew is popular with Cotswolds tour, as it has so much interesting history but more importantly, it is the perfect vision of Cotswold life and one of the prettiest villages around. The village is situated in the Cotswold hills close Chipping Norton and Banbury in Oxfordshire. The village is often spoken about as a ‘picture book’ village because of its pretty thatched cottages with gabled roofs and unique, mature cottage gardens. The village is small but independent with a good local school, a popular pub, a pretty church and a village shop. There have been several celebrities who have lived in the area of Great Tew, including Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, and David Beckham and Victoria Beckham recently showed an interest in buying a home nearby.
The Village History
The village belongs to the Great Tew Estate which has been well-restored over the last 50 years, from what was once derelict to now a stunning vision of Cotswold perfection. Great Tew is a well-known village for visitors and Cotswolds tour, as it gives a picture-perfect vision of life in a pretty Cotswold village. The cottages are made from the famous Cotswold stone presenting a honey-coloured vision of charming buildings overlook the village centre. In the spring and the summer, the village is covered in daffodils and wildflowers and boasts perfectly kept gardens with attractive hanging baskets and potted flowers. The local Church of St. Michael and All Angels is on the edge of the village and was originally in Norman times, but was rebuilt and extended between the 13th and 14th centuries, and refurbished again in the 19th century. Many ancient wall paintings have been uncovered in the church from the 14th century and it is reported that there are still many more to discover.
The Village of Little Tew
Great Tew and Little Tew villages are located around 5 miles from Cotswold market towns, nestled on the gentle Cotswold slopes and overlooking the Worton Valley. The village of Little Tew is nearby to Great Tew and has stunning country cottages made from the beautiful Cotswold stone. The village did not have a local church until 1845 when a Baptist chapel was finally built, then in 1853 the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist was built in a 14th century design. The villages were already a considerable settlement during the Domesday Book with pronounced roles during the industrial revolution and the civil war. In recent years, many of the 17th century cottages have been refurbished and Great Tew village has an reputable school, a great village pub called The Falkland Arms and a well-stocked village shop.
The Great Tew Estate
The manor house at Great Tew Estate was built before the 16th century and has had many owners including Viscount Cary who lived at the house in the 17th century. The current residents are the Johnstone family who have made several stylish renovations throughout the years to the manor and buildings in the surrounding village. The manor grounds are now shared with Soho Farmhouse which has been built as a partnership between the Johnstone family and Soho House. Soho Farmhouse is a beautiful converted farmhouse with farm buildings, set in a 100-acres of stunning Cotswold land. The farmhouse is popular with the rich and famous as a complete getaway and the venue will only allow paying members on site. The place even demands that no photography is allowed on site, so that celebrities can have complete privacy during their stay. There is an five star restaurant serving delicious food, a stylish and friendly bar, a superb cinema, a day spa and beautifully constructed wooden cabins that overlook the lake.
Cotswolds Secret Cottage Tour
If you’re staying in London or visiting England, then the Cotswolds are only 1 hour 40-minutes train journey. The Secret Cottage 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 stunning places in The Cotswolds. This is the perfect way to see the Cotswolds on a tour from London, where you will see charming market towns, the rolling countryside of the Cotswold hills, perfect river and woodland views, magnificent stately homes and charming Cotswold villages like Great Tew. The special addition to our tour is that we take you to our home The Secret Cottage, providing a hot drink and pastry in the morning, then a tasty homemade buffet lunch. We also give our guests a delicious traditional Cotswold cream tea in the afternoon. The Secret Cottage Tour gets booked up very quickly, so make sure you don’t miss out – book your seat today!