Top places to live in Oxfordshire Great Tew
Perched on the edge of the Cotswolds, Great Tew boasts postcard-perfect architecture, rolling hills and David Beckham as your neighbour. Sold? We thought so. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Home to the Beckham clan’s sprawling £6m estate, this small village five miles north-east of Chipping Norton and eight miles south-west of Banbury, offers all the benefits of Cotswolds living with an architectural twist: instead of honey coloured stone and slate you’ll find darker red ironstone and idyllic thatched roofs lining the streets. Hey, if it’s good enough for Posh and Becks, then it’s good enough for us!
Formerly the village post office and shop, chic café Quince & Clover opened in 2020 and serves a daily changing menu of local produce breakfast through to lunch. Keep your eyes peeled for the occasional supper club too. Or if it’s pub grub you’re after, head next door to traditional village pub The Falkland Arms – think flagstone floors, exposed beams and lovely big fireplaces. Just a four minute drive from the village centre is stylish, rustic gastropub The Boxing Hare which combines the expertise of a successful London restauranteur and Michelin chef (the food is ace and there’s a lovely garden), or a six minute drive away is The Crown Inn at Church Enstone, a beautifully appointed, traditional 17th century Cotswold stone inn serving a local, seasonal menu.
Other than the small larder stocked at Quince & Clover (oils, Cotswolds cream, spices, fresh bread) and local florist Sweetpeas, Great Tew doesn’t have much to offer shopping-wise. However, Chipping Norton is just a 10 minute drive away with indie shops aplenty including Station Mill Antiques (80 quality retailers under one roof), homewares store Mash Lifestyle and Wild at Heart gift shop. Deddington is also a 10 minute drive with Nellie & Dove as your go-to for boutique fashion. For a proper shopping spree, hop in the car for 30 minutes to luxury outdoor designer outlet Bicester Village with over 160 boutiques and restaurants.
Spread across 3,500 acres of diverse countryside The Great Tew Estate (used as a filming location for The Crown and Granchester) has walking routes galore or head eight miles west to stroll around the Rollright Stones, a collection of neolithic monuments (basically they’re Oxfordshire’s answer to Stonehenge). Celeb favourite Soho Farmhouse with its Cowshed Spa is close by , or Bamford Wellness Spa (part of the wider delights of Daylesford Farm) is just a 20 minute drive. Sporty types will love the popular local cricket club or Heythrop Park (about a 10 minute drive) with its 18-hole Bainbridge golf course, open to both members and non-members and its incredible Cotswold views. Nearby Chipping Norton’s local theatre punches well above its weight (the panto sells out every year), and there’s a gorgeous lido in the town open in the warmer months.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICES
A bit ouchy. The average price is £832,757 but bear in mind there are a lot of private estates around here! On average flats go for £257,812 and terraced houses go for £720,833.
The village has a primary school rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, as is nearby Chipping Norton Secondary School. Plenty of independent options nearby including well-regarded Christian-led Kingham Hill with its stunning 100 acre site; bijou prep Carrdus; rural girls senior school Tudor Hall; excellent all-rounder day/boarding school Bloxham School and pastorally strong, Quaker led Sibford School.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Quince & Clover’s homemade Cotswolds ice cream (Crème Brûlée is our favourite) with a fudge stick stuck in the top – so good it’s worth the brain freeze all year round.
76 miles. The fastest route in to London Marylebone is to get a 56 minute train from Banbury station (a 20 minute drive from Great Tew). Driving will take you 1 hour 50 minutes.
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