Great Tew – Britain’s Prettiest Village?

Imagine the perfect British village… A small collection of tiny cottages made of golden sandstone with stone or thatched roofs surrounding a village green. A little schoolhouse of stone with a bell on the roof. An ancient inn covered in ivy with an inviting log fireplace within. A manor house overlooking it all from the hill above. And no structure less than a couple of hundred years old.

IMG_9488IMG_9491The Oxfordshire village of Great Tew is located in the idyllic area of rolling southern English hills known as the Cotswolds. And it looks exactly like the village I just described. I first visited this picturesque settlement in 2005, and when I returned a couple of months ago, it was as if nothing had changed. Mind you, Great Tew looks as if nothing has changed there for at least 300 years!

The Village Green

The Village Green

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The Schoolhouse

The Schoolhouse

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The Falkland Arms

The Falkland Arms

Inside the Falkland Arms

Inside the Falkland Arms

The Falkland fireplace is always inviting

The Falkland fireplace is always inviting

So while preparing for this post, I was surprised to discover that in the late 1970s it was a very different story. At the time, many of Great Tew’s historic buildings apparently stood abandoned and in desperate need of repair.

Looking up towards the Manor House

Looking up towards the Manor House

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An old sundial

An old sundial

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Rich's Dad enjoying the view

Rich’s Dad enjoying the view

Visiting there now, it’s hard to believe Great Tew was ever anything but a tranquil hamlet untouched by time. In fact, thanks to a group of devoted enthusiasts, things were already looking up by the mid-1980s, when Rich first visited. Today Great Tew has returned to being the perfect picture-postcard example of rural British village.

The Village Green in 2005

The Village Green in 2005

Gravee, myself and Bisckits during our first visit to Great Tew in 2005

Gravee, myself and Bisckits during our first visit to Great Tew in 2005

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The Falkland Arms had a bit more ivy in 2005

The Falkland Arms had a bit more ivy in 2005

If you have a contender for Britain’s prettiest village, I’d love to hear about it. Perhaps I’ll put it on my list for next time we visit Rich’s family.

A Great Tew resident

A Great Tew resident

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12 Responses to Great Tew – Britain’s Prettiest Village?

  1. Thanks for the reminder of how picturesque this village is – almost unreal – a movie set!

  2. Arl's World says:

    Such beautiful country side. I enjoyed seeing it through your post.

  3. sueslaght says:

    Is that the cutest little spot ever? I half expect little gnomes and fairies to jump out. Just lovely.

  4. I’m so glad this village has been restored and reinvigorated. It’s a lovely place. 🙂

  5. mukhamani says:

    A fairytale village:)

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