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Picturebook Cotswold Thatched Cottage in Unspoiled Village with Legendary Pub

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Bluebell Cottage, Great Tew - Wonderfully Appointed Cottage In a Unique, Peaceful Location With Unspoilt Views For Miles

Bluebell Cottage lies in the quiet and secluded village of Great Tew, well known for the legendary Falkland Arms pub and Soho Farmhouse. The village is at the end of a country road within the Great Tew Estate. This means that there is no through traffic and the only vehicles are those of the few residents and their visitors. The cottage was built around 1850 from the local, golden Cotswold stone that is complemented by the beauty that only thatch can provide. Extensively modernised and updated, it now provides a luxurious, cosy hideaway furnished and equipped to a very high standard with full central heating and an open fire to keep you warm on even the coldest night. Uninterrupted views from the front of the cottage looking out across the beautiful Great Tew Estate are totally unique. There is even a wooden bench on the grass over the little lane for anyone that would like to sit and absorb the tranquility of the surroundings. Surprisingly, to the rear of the property is a large garden and private car parking as well as a shed for cyclists to store their bikes.

Property Manager
Karen Davies
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Karen Davies

We travelled around the very best parts of the English countryside from top to bottom to find what we believed to be the most beautiful village!

We succeeded! We believe that very few places equal The Cotswolds and Great Tew is especially beautiful. We are very pleased that our family and friends love our choice as much as we do.

If you need accommodation for more than 5 people, how about looking at our other beautiful holiday home in the idyllic medieval black & white village of Weobley in the heart of rural Herefordshire?

Karen Davies purchased this cottage in 1991

Why Karen Davies chose Chipping Norton

The cottage is absolutely beautiful! Thick golden cotswold stone walls and a lovely thatched roof .... how could you not love it?

Great Tew is an amazing village and a step back in time. Nothing much changes here we are pleased to say!

We love the location because it has a quiet, relaxing feel to it but is within easy reach of larger towns should the need ever arise to venture out into the big wide world!

Have a pint of local ale at the well renowned Falkland Arms where on some Sundays you will be joined by a live folk band.

The only problem you will face at Bluebell Cottage is that you may not want to leave!

What makes this cottage unique

Recharge your batteries!

Guestbook comments from the manager

"Bluebell Cottage is delightful and in a beautiful setting - inside is surprisingly modern with every convenience; the beds are extremely comfortable and we all felt as snug as a bug in a rug! Thank you so much for sharing it with us"

"We had a wonderful time in your beautiful cosy cottage. The little extras - tea, coffee etc. were very much appreciated and The Falkland Arms is a little gem - a real rustic pub. Thank you!"
Sep 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Chipping Norton in Great Tew

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • A modern family bathroom upstairs with bath and shower over, WC and washbasin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with a double bed and Bedroom 3 with a single bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Bluebell offers the comfort of a home away from home and perfect for a long weekend, week or even longer to escape the bright lights and busy lives we all seem to live these days. The cottage itself benefits from thick stone walls and mullioned windows that keep the heat out in the summer and help keep the warmth in in the winter. Central heating radiators in every room help a lot! Situated in the beautiful Cotswolds, Bluebell Cottage is ideal for romantic getaways, family celebrations, couples and family holidays, walkers and cyclists etc. The cottage is ideal for all age groups and there is a travel cot as well as high chair and stairgate for young children. It is essential that children are supervised when the fire is lit to prevent accidents. Sorry no pets. Outside: On a sunny day, the garden is an attractive, peaceful suntrap with fruit trees, shrubs and wild flowers in abundance. Garden furniture is provided during the warmer summer months so you can relax in the sun on the patio at the back. There is a garden shed at the back suitable for storing bicycles. Please bring your own padlocks if required. In addition, there is an enormous expanse of parkland at the front of the house with park benches for taking in the views and country air or for children to play on the grass. Utility Room: There is an airer available for drying clothes inside if required. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: in keeping with the luxurious feel of Bluebell Cottage, lovely thick towels, crisp bed linen and soft duvets are all provided. The cottage is thoroughly cleaned and linen changed before each new guest arrives and at least once a week for longer stays.


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Picturebook Cotswold Thatched Cottage in Unspoiled Village with Legendary Pub
average rating of 4.8444443 based on 46 reviews

Amazingly Cozy and Inviting Cottsge

  • 5 of 5

While I think I found several good places to stay on VRBO/Home Away, this was a particular favorite. Great Tew is a fantastic little village , full of charm, and scenic in true Cotswold fashion. Bluebell Cottage is idyllic, in this respect, with its thatched roof and Cotswold stone exterior and interior. One morning there was a little bit of rain and simply watching drops dripping from the thatch, looking out an upstairs window, gave me a moment of intense pleasure. Anything one wanted was there. The cottage is only a one minute walk to one of the most scenic pubs one can find: The Falkland Arms. A truly beautiful village and a truly charming cottage, owned by Karen, a personable lady who quickly responded to any question. The unit was also super clean. In short, there are no downsides to Bluebell Cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our little piece of paradise. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back in the future.
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Great village and comfortable cottage

  • 4 of 5

We loved the Great Tew community. Karen was very kind and we appreciated the wine and flowers on arrival.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Tew

  • 5 of 5

Another lovely stay in beautiful Bluebell Cottage in Great Tew! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed it! Happy New Year and please come again! Karen
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Blue Bell cottage!!

  • 4 of 5

Very nice and comfortabel with a beautiful surrounding!

The cottage also had a nice Christmas atmosphere! We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at Bluebell Cottage. The location is beautiful and relaxing. The cottage was well-stocked with everything we needed. We will definitely try to stay there again if we return to the Chipping Norton area.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great cottage

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our stay...cottage very well equipped, comfortable and good footpaths to access for your walks. Karen and staff very helpful. If you are looking for the thatched cottage village, this would be one of them. Close to Chipping Morton for shops...great pub in Endstone!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
51 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Falkland Arms
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Falkland Arms
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

The Cotswolds and its many famous villages, including Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water are a paradise for explorers.

There are numerous tourist attractions throughout the Cotswolds for the whole family - ranging from Blenheim Palace, farm parks and potteries to a model village, falconry centre, aboretum, historic village trails and even a rainforest!

Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, with its wealth of cultural and historic attractions and the famous University town of Oxford, with its fabulous architecture, libraries and Colleges (not to forget the shopping!) are also nearby. For keen shoppers, you must visit Bicester Village Retail Outlet!

With numerous well trodden walking tracks, the opportunity for walking in the beautiful countryside is virtually unlimited.

For trout fishermen, the proximity of numerous chalk streams provides plenty of options. Close to Chipping Norton, Salford Lakes provides day tickets and a lot of fun!


Birmingham Airport 1 hour.

Use of car recommended.


Chipping Norton 4 miles

Oxford 15 Miles

Banbury 10 miles

London 70 miles

Further Details:

Bluebell Cottage is very well equipped for our guests to prepare and enjoy their own gourmet delights.

The Falkland Arms pub, only a few steps away, offers some very good real ales and also has a new chef - the new menu is being very well received. It would be a good idea to book!

The beautiful little village cafe, Sweet Peas, provides a great breakfast and a range of home made delicacies throughout the day.

All this in a little village and within 100 yards of the cottage!!

We will make sure you have all the details before your visit.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2018
20 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Bank Holiday 2018
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid-Summer 2018
29 Jun 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2018
13 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please contact the owner for more information and booking details.

A 25% deposit is required to secure the booking.

The balance is payable 30 days before commencement of your stay together with a £100 good housekeeping bond that is fully refundable assuming compliance with the terms and conditions.

Check-in time is after 3pm on the day of arrival and check-out time is no later than 10am on the day of departure

Changeover Day:
Changeover days will typically be on a Friday for 7 day bookings and Friday or Monday/Tuesday for 3 day bookings.

Please contact the owner for other requirements.

Notes on prices:
Please note that our pricing is based on a week long stay, but to accommodate those only able to manage a shorter stay during the week or a long weekend, we also accept bookings for a minimum of 3 nights at certain times of the year. Please ask!

Also, Christmas & New Year weekly bookings start on a different day of the week as shown in the Pricing Table.

A fully refundable good housekeeping bond of £100 is applied to every booking.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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