Driving, cycling or walking around our little corner of the Cotswolds offers lovely green views, gentle hills. There’s so many pretty villages like Great Tew, Hook Norton and Swerford. To the north, our warm honey coloured ironstone, and deeper into the Cotswolds the characteristic white, grey of the limestone.
I love Great Tew with its thatched cottages, old traditional school, and pub and the big manor house. The estate, once tumbling down is being repaired and the sight of the stone perimeter wall around the estate, embodying so many hours of labour and depth of skill is quite stunning. The idyllic views which are the essence of the village have remained relatively unchanged. There is now a stone quarry, a shooting school and Soho Farmhouse private members club.
We enjoy strolling down ‘the avenue’ to end up for a drink or lunch at The Falkland Arms. Inside a low beamed ceiling, flagstone floor and huge fireplace. Outside, to the front wooden benches and a garden at the back. The avenue offers fantastic alternative views of Great Tew estate with it’s rolling hills, established mature trees and thatched cottages.
The nearest town
Chipping Norton is our local market town. It has a strong community and still retains independent shops and its very own theatre. It’s small enough to walk around, parking is free and you can find a variety of places to drink or eat. The bookshop – Jaffe and Neal is a fantastic independent bookshop with really informed staff, is a lovely place to browse and you can even enjoy coffee and cake. The town also has a number of antique and bric-a-brac shops both in the center and further down the road at Station Mill Antiques. Find a great gift or an item to adorn your home.
Our favorite local attraction
Closer to home and within walking distance for the active is Hook Norton. Hooky brewery is a great local attraction that many guests love to visit. Take a tour of the brewery, learn to make your own beer. Taste the great local beer on offer from their shop. The Malthouse Kitchen is also open for breakfasts and lunch. Marvel at their museum dedicated to all things beer!
There’s no better a way to build up your thirst for a visit to Hooky brewery than to hike over from the farm. You can follow the river Swere back upstream from just a few hundred yards from the border of our land (near Whack ’em all woods) up to the beautiful village of Swerford. When entering to East End, Swerford be greeted by a great water control feature which was part of Swerford Park. Either walk directly up the hill towards Hooky where it’s possible to walk alongside parts of the old viaduct which ran trains many years ago. Alternatively, walk up through Church End of Swerford. Then either cut through the country park which once hosted an old trout fish farm and discover the manor house or walk further along to another road which leads onto Hook Norton.
We have fantastic listings on our site of all the great local attractions, activities, shopping, entertainment and relaxation available nearby. There’s not surprisingly a vast wealth of places to see and things to do in our little corner of the Cotswolds. Take a look on our Out & About pages