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Cow Byre

(Ref. 929662)

Great Tew near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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67 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Cow Byre, very tranquil, comfortable and clean, perfect location for us as we like walking and getting out and about."

    You have supermarkets and plenty of eating out places down the road in chipping Norton. I would certainly stay again and would certainly recommend this lovely cottage to anybody. Thanks to the owners 10/10 from us. Thanks Sykes Cottages. From Mr & Mrs Thompson

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely house, pretty much in the sticks, nothing particularly in walking distance."

    Hot tub a great feature however the chlorine can be overpowering at times. Whilst it is understood why the beds have a waterproof mattress protector on but be warned- they properly make you sweat at night which was pretty horrible and damaged our sleep. The house is missing a couple of things :- black out curtains in the bedrooms, more cleaning facilities (very little washing soap and surface spray available) but also some more baking trays for food.

    Thank you for your review. Yes we are in the countryside, so unless your into walking and exploring our beautiful surroundings (like many of guests do) you will need a car to get to our nearest town which is 5 miles away. Re the waterproof protectors we’ve never had this comment before in the 8 years we’ve been trading, they are regularly changed and they are there for a purpose to protect our mattresses. Re cleaning facilities, there is plenty around the place to keep you going. There are baking trays, cooking dishes etc too. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ollie4.7Feb 2024

  • "Amazing cottage Facilities brilliant Hot tub by night great experience ..."

    Amazing cottage Facilities brilliant Hot tub by night great experience Recommend to anybody who wants a peaceful break 5stars

    Thank you Nigel for a lovely review. So pleased you had a lovely stay with us. Many thanks Julie and Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Jan 2024

  • "We loved our stay, very comfortable."

    Great for family and dog. Please provide tea bags/instant coffee and pint of milk if possible

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location, perfect for a weekend stay."

    We had to ask for more towels & they were given to us straight away.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, so quiet and peaceful."

    Julie and Jo have done a fantastic job of converting these cottages. They are extremely functional, comfortable relaxing and tastefully furnished

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Nov 2023

  • "Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful cottage!"

    We felt right at home as soon as we got there, and the hot tub and woodfire was such a lovely bonus as we arent used to that at home. The instruction booklets and guides to the walks were very clear, we managed to fit a couple in weather permitting. The cottage was very clean and it was nice to get away from busy London life. Thanks so much again we definitely will recommend this cottage and will hopefully be back soon!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a quiet, peaceful setting."

    Well equipped and immaculately clean. Ideally situated for visiting places of interest. Good walks straight from the cottage. Would definitely visit again

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent place to stay,comfortable,clean and ideal location to visit places."

    The low garden fence may be an issue for some but the owners have bushes,shrubs growing that help. Laying in a hot tub watching and hearing the birds was a great experience!

    Thank you for your review Paul. We are so pleased you had a lovely time especially in the hot tub! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage ."

    Great location and the hot tub is great . Garden perfect for the dogs and lots to do in the area . Highly recommend Stratford upon Avon . Hope to 1 day come back .

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2023

  • "I had a wonderful stay!"

    The cottage was really cute & comfortable and it was really well placed to go out & explore from, while being really beautiful & tranquil. We will definitely stay again it was a lovely break!

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic, comfortable and well equipped cottage."

    The welcome gifts were an added bonus and the hot tub is a great to ease your achey legs after a long day walking round. Perfect location for exploring the Cotswolds and a wonderful relaxing environment. Most Cotswold tourist hotspots within 40 mins drive. Would definitely book again.

    Thank you Joe for your lovely review. We are so pleased you had a lovely time here. Please do visit us again one day. Many thanks Julie and Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joe5.0Jul 2023

  • "Wonderful place to stay."

    Spotless accommodation, well equipped kitchen and hot tub was great. Very peaceful location. Owners nearby if needed but not intrusive. Lovely welcome gift of wine and crisps. Will definitely book again

    Thank you for your lovely review Dianna. We are so pleased you had a lovely time here. We will look forward to welcoming you back again. Many thanks Julie and Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dianna5.0Jun 2023

  • "Very well insulated but made it very warm in the bedrooms at night."

    Also, some cushions for outside furniture would have been good. Lovely to receive bottle of fizz and eggs on arrival. Good information available on surrounding areas. Provision of EV charger an added bonus. Overall, a great place to stay.

    Hello Nicola thank you for your feedback. We are pleased you had a lovely time and yes the EV charger is a great new added bonus. We now have a brand new ratten seating area with cushions here at The Cow Byre, just the order didn’t arrive in time for your stay it came the day of your departure! Re the warm bedrooms, it was a very hot week that you came. There are fans upstairs for guests to use. Unfortunately we can’t help the insulation, it’s a very well built 200+ year old building! Many thanks Julie and Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola4.1Jun 2023

  • "Property feels really well cared for."

    The hot tub was an added bonus. Excellent facilities with safe, enclosed garden which suited the dog. House and garden beautifully maintained. Thank you.

    Thank you for your lovely review Philippa, we are so pleased you had a lovely time here at The Cow Byre. Many thanks Julie and Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philippa5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a very quiet, peaceful area."

    Extremely clean inside and all the essentials needed for a break away. You would never know pets can stay here as it was so clean inside and fresh smelling. The hot tub was lovely and the owners super friendly. Highly recommended.

    Thank you for your lovely review Peter it’s much appreciated. We are so pleased you all had a lovely time here with us at The Cow Byre. Julie and Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2023

  • "Broadly a good stay in a lovely cottage."

    A couple of areas where things could have been better; the first being the kettle which was encrusted with limescale and upon reporting this, a new was delivered by the owners (at least we think it was as no introductions were made), we were annoyed as we were made to feel like we were an inconvenience and the owners had to go ‘into town’ and out of their way to get one. Secondly, the high chair was absolutely filthy and not clear when the last time it was cleaned properly. Finally, there was a large overhanging palm tree in the garden next door which almost completely blocked the path to the cottage, not easy to navigate carrying a 17 month old and all of the necessary equipment.

    Hello, the kettle was replaced and sorted as soon as it was reported, unfortunately we have hard water in this area and keeping up with the limescale is a nightmare! When brought over there was no answer at the door, as you was in the car ready to go out for the day. Sorry if I didn’t introduce my self and believe us nothing is an inconvenience. Re the high chair, sometimes people use it without telling us and then put it away under the stairs so it looks like it hasn’t been used. Re the tree, we are fully aware it needs trimming etc and will be in hand. Many thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stewart3.8Apr 2023

  • "We were expecting basic essentials such as a few pots, pans and dishes but wow, so much more than i expected, you had everything we needed and more."

    freezer is so handy , fridge perfect size even a slow cooker! The place was soooo clean and there was so much space in the barn conversion for me , partner and dog. You can hardly hear traffic the location is lovely, yes it sfurther away from places we visited but, it was nice to get away from everything for the week

    Hi Sarah, we are so pleased you had a lovely time and thank you for a lovely review it’s much appreciated. Julie and Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely best to stay"

    Thank you Alison for your review, so pleased you had a lovely time. Many thanks Julie and Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in a peaceful setting."

    Very close to Chipping Norton, & very convenient for exploring the beautiful Cotswolds. The hot tub was wonderful. Owners live very close by, but were not intrusive at all. Would definitely visit again!

    Thank you Mary, we are so pleased you had a lovely time and of course enjoyed the hot tub! We hope you visit us again soon. Julie and Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jan 2023

  • "Amazing stay in a beautiful cottage!"

    Location great for exploring the Cotswolds. Would visit again!

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, well maintained, well equipped lovely and clean, would book again."


    Thank you Trevor, we would look forward to welcoming you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a great time at cow byre."

    Lovely place with everything you needed in it. Couldn’t fault anything. Will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Oct 2022

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay, we really enjoyed the location and the cottage, it had every thing we needed."

    It was exceptionally hot during our stay, which meant the bedrooms were really hot. Thank you for use of a fan for the room, we could have done with another really. Many thanks Louise and Lee

    Reviewed by Louise4.1Aug 2022

  • "Hi. A shower mat would be helpful as I found it quite slippery"

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay here!"

    We visited so many places in the surrounding areas. When we first arrived we noticed the cottage was on a country lane a bit further out from the centre of the village but this wasn’t a problem! We visited Chipping Norton a few times where there’s some lovely restaurants and free parking. We would definitely stay again! Thank you

    Reviewed by Abi5.0Apr 2022

  • "The house was lovely clean and welcoming and very well equipped."

    However it’s worth considering the height of the fences between the garden. They are very low - even by the entrance to the properties and by the hot tub leaving no privacy at all - clear uncovered trellis did little to alleviate this. This left us unwilling to use the garden when other guests were around. One of our dogs doesn’t like strangers and found being able to see people over the the low fences very anxiety inducing and our other dog who is calm and chilled also found the comings and goings of strangers very over stimulating. A higher fence would have avoided a lot of this. It’s a real shame as the property is really lovely but the inability of relax in the garden being so overlooked affected our inability to enjoy the weekend fully.

    This is very unusual to hear as all our gardens are enclosed with a 4ft fences which our guests new and serial returners love the safe gardens for their four legged family and all dogs seem to settle in really well. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dean4.4Apr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful weekend away."

    We will be booking again

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Mar 2022

  • "A beautifully clean cottage, excellently situated to explore the Cotswolds."

    Very comfortable with everything you need provided. Our dogs loved the enclosed lawned garden, and we enjoyed the hot tub. Perfect!

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely relaxing holiday, house very clean, and very warm, didn't need to use the log burner."

    Excellent host with a lovely welcome gift

    Reviewed by Debra4.4Mar 2022

  • "Property was excellent hosts were very friendly and helpful location superb."

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a peaceful part of Cotswold."

    The owners were very helpful in assisting us when we had issues or any questions. I would definitely recommend anyone to stay here if they plan on exploring the Cotswolds.

    Reviewed by Gary4.1Nov 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage which has been kept immaculately."

    We really enjoyed our stay in a very lovely part of the country.

    Reviewed by Anjali5.0Oct 2021

  • "Great cottage , with everything you could need plus a little treat left by the ..."

    Great cottage , with everything you could need plus a little treat left by the owners , had a lovely time and would highly recommend it

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Oct 2021

  • "They should have a soft brush so u can sweep the floors and mop"

    Reviewed by Andrea4.4Aug 2021

  • "Do not book if you have kids!"

    ! Absolutely wonderful cottage, very well equipped, very clean, lovely enclosed garden, lovely welcome pack. Very comfortable beds, brilliant hot tub BUT OWNERS WATCH EVERY MOVE!! Some sort of family feud!! Unsuspecting holiday makers caught up in it. Told we can't socialize with neighbours ( they are not welcome in our garden) such an uncomfortable atmosphere!!! holidays should be nice and relaxing!! I felt watched and judged the whole week. I just thank God we had such lovely neighbours, they made our holiday. Friends for life. Unlike the owners of these cottages. If they don't want children, say "adults only" probably the worst place we have ever stayed for hospitality! Felt completely spied on all week, they live very close opposite!! I would never, ever, stay with owners on site again. We left the cottage spotless, beds stripped, bleach down toilet. Unfairly treated!! Jen, nick immy, Amelie and patchy the dog. Xx

    We've had many families with kids over the years that we've been open, we've never had problem and think it's lovely when they all socialise and get along. We never said you can't socialise with guests (from either side) we just asked for the guest/young boy from next door (not from one of our cottages) not to use the tub as he won't be under our insurance to use it. Each tub is for the cottage guests use only. We also showed the guests how to take the hot tub lid off properly so it doesn't get damaged (all this is in the manual in each property for guests to read on arrival before using the hot tub) it also says in the manual the tubs are checked everyday for your safety (chemicals) and water level which is usually done when guests are out for the day. We also do not spy or watch guests nor is there any family feuds going on. All owners of the three holiday cottages live together in the main farmhouse and we can assure you we get along here and we all happily run the three cottages together here. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jen4.1Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful accommodation, very well equipped and welcoming."

    Lovely gifts left by the hosts for us and the dog which was very much appreciated. Would highly recommend and we would stay here again.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Jul 2021

  • "The most well equipped cottage we have stayed in."

    It was really clean and we had no concerns during our first post lockdown trip away. We loved the treats left for us on arrival including the dog biscuits for our four legged guest. Great location with plenty to do in the area but also lovely to come back on a night and have a soak in the hot tub.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0May 2021

  • "We have stayed here before."

    The owners are very thoughtful with a great eye for detail. The cottage was spotlessly clean. We felt confident staying there.

    Reviewed by Philp5.0Sep 2020

  • "We had a fantastic week at the Cow Byre."

    Wonderful cottage with everything you need in a central but peaceful location & the hot tub was a relaxing luxury. Fantastic hosts who left a welcome present for us and the dogs. Highly recommended & we would love to return.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Immaculately clean. Lovely location. Fantastic hot tub. Will be coming back!

    Reviewed by Kat5.0Aug 2020

  • "Excellent cottage, well equipped and very comfortable - it's our 3rd stay at The Meetings, thank you Jo & Julie."

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2020

  • "Excellent quality Cottage with the experience supplemented by the hosts added extras to make the stay outstanding."

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jan 2020

  • "Your photos do not do this property justice."

    In particular they don't mirror accurately the great space in the lounge/diner. The log burner was not necessary as the central heating was more than adequate. One point on the downside I think the fact that the roomstat is on the top landing makes it probable that the ground floor will be rather hot. We turned down most radiator thermostats. The table might be a bit small for families with two or more children. It was more than adequate for two.

    Reviewed by Bill4.7Oct 2019

  • "As usual great little cottage!"


    Reviewed by Benice5.0Sep 2019

  • "Loveliest cottage we have ever stayed in."

    Reviewed by Ray4.4Sep 2019

  • "We loved this little cottage especially the enclosed garden which was great for our cockapoo."

    The cottage had everything we needed and was lovely and clean. The welcome gifts were also very much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jul 2019

  • "The owners kept us informed all the way and even said we could arrive early as ..."

    The owners kept us informed all the way and even said we could arrive early as the cottage was ready before 3pm There was a lovely welcome pack and the cottage was very clean and had all we needed with an ideal enclosed garden for the dogs We could have done with a non slip shower mat and the stairs we're a little on the steep side for us

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2019

  • "As always our holiday was amazing you never fail to meet our expections ."

    Thank you sykes keep up the good work .

    Reviewed by Angela5.0May 2019

  • "A very comfortable cottage in a beautiful location."

    Couldn’t fault the facilities provided. Garden, although small was pretty and a sun trap and secure for the dogs. Lovely hosts. Many nice places to visit within easy reach. Would highly recommend and would book again.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2019

  • "We had everything we needed for a comfortable holiday."

    The cottage was clean, bright and fully equipped. Definitely the best cottage we have stayed in over the years.

    Reviewed by Sian5.0Mar 2019

  • "Cottage was lovely ."

    .had everything we needed ...would go back

    Reviewed by Kellie5.0Feb 2019

  • "The location and accommodation are both exceptional."

    Julie and Jo the owners of the property both made us feel very welcome. A little gem of a place

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Jan 2019

  • "This is a great cottage - the only things that could be improved are 1) providing more firelighters and ensuring the lighter has enough lighter fluid, 2) providing a sponge to do the washing up (when not needing the dishwasher) and 3) considering a slightly longer double bed (my other half is over six feet tall)."

    All in all though a lovely stay, loved the wood burner and the kitchen is incredibly well equipped. Also liked that the plug sockets in the kitchen had USB chargers, really handy! Finally, the welcome gift of chocolates and wine was much appreciated :) We'd happily stay again!

    Reviewed by Hayley4.4Nov 2018

  • "The property was clean and welcoming, nice treats, pretty rural village with nice walks."

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Oct 2018

  • "Undoubtedly the best designed and equipped cottage in my experience."

    Suprisingly roomy---almost Tardis like. Only dislike was that the double bed mattress was too soft and soft edged; but that is my own personal choice. Stairs easy to negotiate and not too steep.Lounge area very comfortable. Enclosed garden small but safe for dogs. Nearest walkable footpaths a little remote and reached along a sometimes busy road with no footpath. Easily found and good off-road parking.

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Oct 2018

  • "The cottage was brilliant and dog friendly with plenty of walks"

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2018

  • "Every comfort and convenience was catered for, even doggie treats on arrival."

    Lovely and clean. Great location for exploring the Cotswolds.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Aug 2018

  • "Lovely break from start to finish great service from you guys , nice touch from the owner she left drink , food and biscuits for Daisy ( the dog ) ."


    Reviewed by Antony5.0Jul 2018

  • "Wonderfully maintained and created Barn conversion with excelent facilities -Ideal quiet location very easy access to eastern cotswolds; local facilities and shops."

    We and our two dogs enjoyed a pefect short break --wondeful weather helped --but in any conditions it would be an ideal retreat we shall, probably, return soon

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2018

  • "Very well equipped, clean and modern accommodation."

    "Treats" on arrival for both the dog and the humans were most welcome. Good TVs, WiFi and even USB charging points. In a relatively remote spot but well placed for visiting much of the Cotswolds, Blenheim, Oxford, Bicester etc. Plenty of local information provided. No major downsides other that the weather wasn't great for April but that's England for you.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2018

  • "Very lovely conversion, very comfortable."

    A few more kitchen bits and pieces eg small glasses / tumblers, storage tins etc. but as the place is very new this is as expected. Bathroom / bedroom / lounge all great. Nice touches around home, very thick walls keep out noise. Unsure what building work is going on next door, had vans parked right outside bedroom window most days so may be a problem when work ramps up.

    Reviewed by John4.7Mar 2018

  • "Our only gripe is that the double bed was only standard size."

    If you were thinking of replacing the bed I suggest you make it king size, at least. The room's big enough!

    Reviewed by Patrick4.2Feb 2018

  • "Immaculate accommodation Dog friendly even left welcome pack of biscuits for our pooches"

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Feb 2018

  • "Fantastic place first class the owners and wonderful A star"

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2017

  • "Highly recommended - dogs loved the secure garden!"

    Reviewed by Laurie5.0Oct 2017

  • "A very comfortable newly converted barn."

    Reviewed by Sally4.4Feb 2017

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  • Two bedrooms with TV: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Air Source Heat Pump heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, 3 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Private Hot Tub
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private enclosed front lawned garden patio and furniture
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.7 miles
  • There is a free car charging point available on site at this property.

The property

Great Tew 1.7 miles.

A quality terraced barn conversion, located in the pretty village of Little Tew near Great Tew, and just a short drive from the ancient town of Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds.

This is a lovely cottage in a quiet location and ideal for those wanting to explore this popular area.

The cottage has an open plan living area with well-equipped kitchen and dining area, with a sitting area having a woodburning stove to snuggle up in front of, if the weather gets colder.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms, both of which have a TV and there is also a family shower room.

Outside, there is a private patio, where you can put your feet up and enjoy this stunning part of the country, ideal for the country loving holiday maker.

Great Tew, often described as one of England's prettiest villages is full of character cottages and has an excellent pub and a village shop.

Chipping Norton is really interesting and has numerous historic buildings.

Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water are all close by.

Alternatively, take a trip to the riverside town of Banbury, Blenheim Palace or the university city of Oxford.

The birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Warwick, with its magnificent castle, also make great family days out.

This cottage can be booked with ref. 929663, together they sleep 8.

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About the location


Chipping Norton 5 miles; Oxford 18 miles.

The picture postcard village of Great Tew, often described as one of the prettiest villages in England is full of attractive cottages, most of them thatched, situated in a delightful landscaped setting. The village is steeped in history, from its Roman origins, through to the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution, and now belongs to the Great Tew Estate. The village is now a lively and welcoming community with a well-known pub, The Falkland Arms, serving excellent food and real ale. There is also a village shop and small café. Great Tew Park hosts various events throughout the year including the well-known Cornbury Music Festival which is held early in July. Nearby Little Tew is an attractive village of traditional Cotswold stone cottages and others built in the local honey coloured ironstone. Five miles away is the ancient town of Chipping Norton, steeped in history and culture, and set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Chipping Norton boasts a popular weekly market, numerous book and antique shops, many cafes, restaurants and pubs serving excellent food and local ales, art galleries, a museum and a thriving theatre. Nearby is Blenheim Palace and Oxford which offers good shopping, riverside walks and guided tours of the magnificent university buildings and historic halls.

There is a free car charging point available on site at this property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas