Snowshill Manor and Garden

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Snowshill Manor and Garden
4.5
Historic Sites • Gardens
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Jacandhow
Bedford, UK1,985 contributions
We visited in September on a beautiful day, we are members and we had pre booked a tour of the house at 11.30, We arrived just before they opened at 11 and queued to get in. We had a 10 minute walk to the house the last bit all up hill, being disabled this was a little hard, but because of Covid no buggy at the moment.

When we got into the house the ground floor rooms were open as were the 1st floor rooms, with guides in each room to explain some of what you were seeing,

Glad that they have been able to re open, but because the rooms are not very big, you feel that you can't really spend much time looking around as there are people waiting to enter.

A lot of items to see our favourite were the Samurai Warriors, will hopefully return when Covid is no longer and hopefully then we will be able to spend much more time looking at all the beautiful items
Written September 20, 2021
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Googly2010
Tonbridge, UK766 contributions
What a strange, interesting collection made by one of the 20th centuries greatest eccentrics and collectors! It was surprising to hear that Charles Wade acquired most of the collection in the UK, taking advantage of low prices forced by death duties levied after WW1. The room guides were brilliant and it is to the visitor’s advantage to spend some time talking to them as they are a font of knowledge! As well as the manor house museum, the adjoining cottage where Wade lived was fascinating and the gardens are very pleasant. The cafe was not too crowded and we enjoyed a snack lunch before leaving.
Written September 21, 2021
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JohnRWebb
Eastbourne, UK1,903 contributions
Tried to visit this in January 22 but found out it was then closed. So booked online to visit on 16th June 2022 instead. This Snowhill Manor House is packed with so many items collected over many years by its eccentric owner before he died. lighting is keep poorly done as it was a request from the owner before he offered it to the National Trust as he lived in the cottage and used the manor house to hold his collection on every space throughout the house.
We found this so interesting to see every space in every room packed with his collections. The cottage was also cluttered up making it difficult to see how he and his wife lived there at all. The gardens are very well designed and laid out both around the Manor house, cottage and out buildings as well as the pathway woodland area and farm land paths taken to reach the manor house.
Being members this was all free for us so we could spend as much time here as we wanted to taking many photos.
Thx for reading John & Sue Eastbourne UK
Written June 26, 2022
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Graham M
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We have lifetime NT membership and wanted somewhere to take my elderly Dad for a day out. Although my wife and I were able to go into the site free, we had to pay in full for my Dad even though we made it clear that he only wanted to sit down in the coffee shop. To add insult to injury when we got to the cafe due to a combination of ‘lack of staff’ and ‘no deliveries’ the cafe had very little food available and the few available hot drinks were ‘served’ in paper cups.
Overall my Dad paid around £15 to sit on a cold bench with a tired sausage roll and a paper cup of tea while we rushed round the house.
Not good enough for an organisation with the resources of the NT.
Written October 21, 2021
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Sotonian
Southampton55 contributions
We visited as a family with friends this last weekend (Sunday 7th November). Local friends who we visited told us it was worth seeing. A family ticket for two adults and two children cost over £21. It only covered the gardens, as the Manor House had to be pre-booked and to see both house and gardens presumably costs more.
The gardens are small and most of the shrubs and flowers were in autumnal mode, past their Summer glory. As such, it was a lot o money to see very little. The Trust should have reduced prices accordingly
Written November 10, 2021
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Ronald D
Shrewsbury, UK723 contributions
This is not a museum it is a place like no other, a world away from the ordinary. The house forms the stage on which Charles Wade's collection of treasures is set. Crated by one man and his 22000 pieces of 'art', displayed throughout intimate rooms.

Charles Wade was both Artist, Architect, Collector and Craftsman.

The garden presents vistas with a hint of something beyond and is full of delights both in floral and kitchen.

ENJOY and take your time.
Written April 11, 2022
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Prairie Sun
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A really lovely house and garden. Quote different to all other NT properties. Eclectic mix of exhibits in the house. Incredibly patient, and helpful volunteers in the house. 10 out of 10 to all of them!

The only negative comment, is after going round, my expectant partner was desperate for refreshments, only to find the cafe closed at 16.00, (when we went into it), and a abrupt/grumpy member of staff shouting “we’re closed”. The web site advertises, and still advertises that it closes at 16.30. Nothing at the estate entrance to advise of different opening times. There were others in front of, and behind us that also wanted the cafe.

The closed cafe did us a favour in the end, as instead, we went into Moreton on Marsh, and had a delightful tea, with cheerful staff, and delicious food - unlike the usual NT dried, crusty scones.
Written April 3, 2022
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paul s
Chesterfield, UK308 contributions
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Very well organised National Trust property. Manor House is small with a fascinating collection put together by Charles Padgett Wade. Cafe is very good. Only concern was that access to the Manor House is by timed ticket not bookable in advance. This is a part of the COVID response. Our entry to site was 11.30, so 1/2 hour after opening but our timed ticket for the house was not until 1.50pm meaning a long time to see the gardens before entry. We went into the village, a 5 minute walk away before returning for our slot. The Snowshill Arms looked very popular.
Written May 27, 2021
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Wanderwoman19
Exeter, UK156 contributions
You can't really stay in Snowshill without going to the manor as you go past it every time you walk into the village (which is also worth a wander around, if you like quintessential Cotswold stone houses and a lovely church at its centre).

We'd visited Snowshill about them years ago, but had not been into the house, so we booked our timed ticket, arrived a bit late and trotted quickly up to the house to join the queue on time, entered the house 15 mins later with all the Covid protocols to observe!

Fascinating collection of bits and pieces by Charles Paget Wade who bought the house solely to store his eclectic mix of oriental cabinets, sextants, other scientific instruments, musical instruments including some of the most unusual 'harp guitars', inlaid and wooden boxes, swords, armour and a huge book, plus much more. Knowledgable room guides doing their best to keep visitors informed and moving at an appropriate pace through the house.

Across the small yard the tiny house where Wade lived (equally packed with more utilitarian bits and pieces) and the small, pretty gardens, the vegetable gardens and orchard all worth a visit.

It is about a 500m walk from the entrance to the house and gardens which takes approx. 10mins if you walk slowly. As we went quite late in the day the cafe had closed by the time we got there (which is 30 mins before the site closes at 5pm).
Written July 10, 2021
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Michael K
London, UK422 contributions
This has to be one of the highlights of any visit to this part of the Cotswolds. Bought by the eccentric architect, Charles Paget Wade in 1919, it was rebuilt and filled with his fascinating collection of - well, its a random collection of all sorts of things! He had been inspired to collect when a boy, living with his grandmother. Once a week she would open "grandma's cabinet" which contained all manner of souvenirs and objets d'art. When his father died in 1911 he inherited wealth from the family's sugar estates in the Caribbean, which gave him the funds to collect for the rest of his life. He gave the property to the NT in 1951. It is currently one of very few NT properties actually open to the public, though sadly only the ground floor. We saw sufficient of character and specialness on the ground floor (including "grandma's cabinet") to give this a 5* rating, based on the descriptions in the guide book which suggest even more exciting treasures and special atmospheres upstairs. Once the covid crisis is over, and the rest of the house is open, we shall return! A not unimportant part of the visit is the chance to walk through the gardens. He conceived these as outdoor "rooms", each with its own character, as the indoor rooms had. He had fixed views on plants and colour schemes, and all the benches are painted in the colour he invented, which he thought best for gardens, Wade Blue.
Written October 2, 2020
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