Great and Little Tew are positioned close to Chipping Norton in classic, unspoilt north Oxfordshire countryside, most of which forms part of The Great Tew Estate. The area has always been popular for those who require easy access to both Oxford and London with the added bonus that it is within a 15 minute drive to Banbury station (which now has trains from 55 minutes to London Marylebone) and junction 10 on the M40. It is also within a 45 to 60 minute drive of Birmingham and Heathrow International airports.
Great Tew has a popular pub, The Falkland Arms, and there is also a village shop with a small café for those that would like sit and relax with a cup of coffee and a tasty treat. Most of the village forms part of The Great Tew Estate which is fast becoming the most talked about part of Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds due to the newly opened Soho Farmhouse on the edge of the estate. This has now become a major rival to Daylesford Organic Farm Shop which is about a 20 minute drive, and is fast becoming the centre of the new golden triangle (Banbury, Chipping Norton and Charlbury).
The Great Tew Primary School is rated Outstanding by Ofsted which makes the area a sought-after location amongst buyers. There is also plenty of choice for secondary schools including Winchester House prep school, Kitebrook House, Dragon School, Bloxham and Tudor Hall.
The opportunity to purchase a home is limited in Great Tew as most of the property is owned by the estate. This therefore makes it a popular destination for the renter looking to test the move into the country before committing to purchase, or even the trendy weekender now wanting to be close to Soho Farmhouse. There are more buying options in Little Tew, which is within walking distance from Great Tew, and is a little quieter because it has no village pub or shop. The surrounding villages tend to be small and unspoilt which include Ledwell, Heythrop and Sandford St Martin.
Great Tew is home to The Cornbury Music Festival in July which is held in its beautiful park. Local residents get free tickets meaning parents and grandparents become very popular that weekend!
Local activities include the active Cricket Ground where youngsters can learn their skills whilst parents enjoy a drink in the pavilion. There is also a championship golf course at Heythrop Park. Enstone Airfield also has a flying club, a rally driving school and a clay pigeon shooting club.
Guide to house prices in the area:
- 3 bedroom cottage – (approximately) in excess of £500,000.
- 4/5 bedroom period house with a garden – (approximately) £1,000,000 to £2,500,000.
- A substantial period country house with 5 plus acres and outbuildings – (approximately) in excess of £3,000,000.