Lily Cottage is an enchanting, thatched cottage in the equally picture-perfect Cotswold village of Great Tew. This romantic bolthole is a perfect hideaway for two, although can sleep three in two bedrooms and has bags of character and charm. The cosy living room is warmed by a wood burner, perfect for winter evenings, whilst to the rear, there’s a pretty terraced, cottage garden where you can while away summer evenings. Just steps from the garden gate are walks around the Great Tew Estate, a 16th-century pub, and a delightful village café. ‘Chippy’ or Chipping Norton is just 6 miles away with the delights of the wider Cotswolds within easy reach.
This delightful cottage could have stepped straight from the pages of a fairy tale. The honey-hued Cotswold stone brick has mellowed with time, a thatched roof frames mullioned windows and roses cascade around the door. Lily Cottage sits within a row of equally charming cottages overlooking the magnificent parklands of the Great Tew Estate, which has a long history that can be traced back to Saxon times.
They say good things come in small packages and this petite, but perfectly formed cottage certainly lives up to this. Original beams and exposed stone walls feature in abundance, and clever use has been made of the space. The use of colour and texture in the soft furnishings plus unique works of art throughout has created a stylish cottage with bags of personality and character.
On the ground floor, there’s a cosy living room with a log burner set into a large stone fireplace and a galley kitchen. On the first floor, there are two charming bedrooms, a pretty single room overlooking the beautiful parkland of the Great Tew Estate and a king-size room with views over the rear garden and trees beyond, there’s also a compact and bijou shower room.
Lily Cottage is the epitome of an English country retreat. The small front garden is enclosed by a clipped box hedge and a wooden gate leads to the front door. Beyond the hedge lies the immaculate, emerald-green expanse of the Great Tew Estate park. The rear garden is terraced and filled with cottage planting. The patio is a lovely spot for dining under the stars or simply easing into the day as you enjoy your morning coffee.
Step through the old wooden front door into a characterful living room filled with charm and warmth. Deep-set mullioned windows are framed by pretty curtains giving a glimpse of the view beyond. The pale gold wooden floor is topped with a colourful rug and against the wall, a very comfy sofa with cushions and throws. An upholstered footstool is placed in front, perfect for resting books, cups, and tired feet. There's also a Smart TV on a vintage chest. The exposed stone walls are dotted with varied pieces of artwork and the floor, table and wall lamps cast a romantic, gentle glow to the room. On the far wall, a built-in bookcase houses an assortment of books and object d' art, and a wood burner sits within the original stone fireplace, making this a wonderfully cosy place to stay, particularly during the cooler months.
A wooden door leads from the living room into the compact but well-equipped, galley kitchen. The thoughtful design maximises the space and you'll find everything you need for your stay including a slimline dishwasher, induction hob and a washer-dryer. The fridge is cleverly stored above the boiler in the cupboard, where you'll also find a mop and dustpan and brush, plus cleaning equipment. Although small the kitchen is filled with light from the window and door, which lead out to the back garden.
Polished wooden stairs with a rope handrail and exposed stone walls lead up to the first floor from the living room.
This pretty single room has original beams, sloping ceilings and a mullioned window with a wide sill, perfect for perching and soaking up the park views beyond. A striking bovine print wall hanging creates a real statement against the white walls.
Overlooking the back garden and trees beyond this king-size room is a romantic and cosy hideaway. The metal-framed bed is made up with beautiful linens and colourful cushions and sits beneath the window. To one side there's a bedside table and reading lamp. A vintage tallboy provides clothes storage and there's a storage cupboard with hanging space on the landing.
The white-tiled shower room has a step-in shower cubicle, the ceiling slopes with the eaves of the roof, so mind your head! There's also a hand basin and WC.
Step out of the backdoor into a peaceful hidden garden filled with cottage plants and guarded over by towering trees. Four stone steps lead up to a patio area with a wooden table with seating for four tucked into one side. This is the perfect spot for al fresco dining and evening drinks on warm sunny afternoons or under a starlit sky. The garden is terraced with a little pathway leading to a rear gate with access to a footpath beyond. This leads to a large parking area at the rear of the cottages. To the front is the most glorious of scenes, the beautiful parklands of the Great Tew Estate. Walking trails abound, stately trees preside over a view unchanged for years and benches provide opportune spots to sit and just soak up the scenery. A minute’s walk away from the cottage is the Falkland Arms, a 16th-century pub steeped in history and atmosphere with flagstone floors and in the winter, roaring fires.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 3 in 2 bedrooms across 1 x king-size and 1 x single
1 bathroom: Shower room
Dog friendly (max. 1 small well behaved dog)
Private enclosed garden – children must be supervised as the garden is terraced with stone steps.
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling will be supplied for your first fire between October and April.
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
Heating and hot water: Oil central heating with a central thermostat
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Oven/hob – electric with an induction hob
Fridge with freezer box compartment
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer,
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture: Wooden garden table with chairs and bench seating for four
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest and best place to do a food shop is in Chipping Norton (6 miles) where you will find a great choice of national and independent stores, including a well-stocked Coop, M&S Food Store and Aldi, Nash’s Bakery, Delicacy Deli plus a butcher and a fishmonger. There’s also a wonderful local florist in the village, Sweetpeas of Great Tew. Wykham Park Farm (7.5 miles) is a fabulous farm shop offering an abundance of fresh local produce and a cheese deli. Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm Shop is 8 miles away. For antique lovers, the Station Mill Antiques Centre (6 miles) and Antiques at Heritage (10.1 miles) are a must.
Falkland Arms (100 metres)
Quince and Clover (120 metres)
The Boxing Hare, Swerford (1.7 miles)
Lily Cottage sits within the Great Tew Estate and there are plenty of local walks to enjoy right from the cottage front door. There is also an abundance of walking slightly further afield including in and around Chipping Norton. Visit the Cotswold AONB website’s Self-Guided walks section for information on a wider choice of local walks.
Places to Visit:
Heythrop Zoological Gardens (3.1 miles)
Rollright Stones (8 miles)
Woodstock and Blenheim Palace (10 miles)
Train – Charlbury (7.6 miles) has regular services from London Paddington
Taxis – Jimmy – 07964 053055 (advance booking is recommended)
There is so much to explore and experience when visiting the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
There is residents parking opposite on a first-come/first-served basis and further parking spaces behind the row of cottages (access via the small track on the right before the first cottage in the row).
The stairs are quite steep with a rope handrail
The rear garden is terraced with steps leading from the back door
There is no dining table, please use the large wooden tray provided if using the ottoman.
A babe-in-arms is welcome however there is no travel cot, high chair or stair gate at the cottage. If bringing a travel cot the only space is in the single bedroom however the bed would not then be accessible.
One small well-behaved dog is accepted, fees apply
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
This little cottage is small but perfectly formed. The location is great with a pub and cute coffee shop a minutes walk away if that! There are some great walks nearby and beautiful views all round.
Shannen - September 2021
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Bolthole Retreats - August 2021
This lovely cottage lies in an idyllic village setting within the Great Tew Estate, which has some wonderful walks to enjoy. The historic Falkland Arms pub is less than a minute’s stroll from the front door as is the exceptional village café, Quince and Clover. Soho Farmhouse is just a 4-minute drive and the vibrant market town of Chipping Norton, with a varied choice of independent shops, restaurants and pubs is 6 miles away.
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