Explore the countryside in Great Tew

Visitors to Great Tew will be quick to notice that whilst it is picture postcard perfect, the properties are built from a much darker red ironstone than the traditional Cotswold stone, and the cottages are unusually thatched. The village was originally built as part of a park overlooking Worton Valley and to this day the views remain outstanding. 

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The Great Tew Estate is around 3,500 acres of diverse countryside and is perfect for those who love to get out and explore the great outdoors. From the relaxed Cotswold Café Quince and Clover to a day’s simulated pheasant and grouse shooting, to an abundance of walking and cycling routes, visitors will find plenty to keep them occupied in Great Tew.

A short drive away finds you in nearby Tadmarton where you can stop off and take in the beautiful gardens at Broughton Castle. The private home of the 21st Lord and Lady Saye & Sele – the castle has been in the family since 1447 – is open to visitors on certain days throughout the summer so make sure to book to avoid disappointment. Another worthwhile day trip is over to Hook Norton for a tour of the local Brewery – a Victorian Tower Brewery which has served the local pubs and restaurants since brewing began in 1856. Stay for a tour, stock up in the onsite shop and finish off your visit with a meal in the Malthouse Kitchen.

Talking of eating out, Great Tew and the surrounding area has plenty of gastro pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from. The 16th century ivy-covered Falkland Arms serves outstanding lunches and dinners throughout the week, but it is their Sunday lunch that draws the crowds. Five minutes away The Boxing Hare is another great gastropub with a wonderful beer garden and a specials board featuring fish dishes caught in Cornwall. Serving seasonal menus packed full of locally sourced produce the staff pride themselves on providing fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

For those looking to escape the city but still enjoy some of the perks then your Soho House membership will grant you access to the incredible Soho Farmhouse in Great Tew. Sprawling across 100 acres of the Oxfordshire countryside members can book into one of their 4 restaurants serving everything from a formal lunch to wood fired pizza and sushi. Members can also try their hand at clay pigeon shooting or spend a relaxing hour or two on the boating lake.

So, whilst to some Great Tew may be a lesser known Cotswold destination, to us, it’s a little hidden gem.

Find your perfect holiday cottage in the Great Tew area by browsing our collection of Cotswold holiday accommodation above. If you don’t find a property in the Great Tew area that suits your holiday home needs, you can browse all of our Cotswold Holiday Cottages here.