Snowshill Manor

Snowshill 

Snowshill Manor is a Cotswold manor house packed with extraordinary treasures collected over a life time by Charles Wade.

A House Like No Other

 

Bought in 1919 by Charles Wade, he restored and renovated it for just one purpose, to house his wonderful and wondrous collection which was his life long passion and joy.

Every room in Snowshill Manor is filled with hundreds of objects, from model boats and scary Samurais, to toys and an attic filled with bicycles.

Wade gave each room a name, a theme and a certain purpose, without ever taking away from the interesting architectural details and features of this three-story manor – being a trained, well-regarded architect himself.

Snowshill Manor and Gardens 1
Snowshill Manor and Gardens 2

An Eclectic Collection 

 

The Manor is to this day presented as Wade arranged it, a treasure trove of curiosities. There are no labels or spotlights – but don’t worry, our friendly room guides have heads filled with knowledge, and will happily tell you more, point out their favourite items and be on hand if you need any help.

Inside the rooms you can discover this eclectic collection that he restored and displayed. We have maintained the atmospheric settings he created with low lighting and few labels. From tiny toys to Samurai armour, musical instruments to fine clocks, thousands of objects are laid out for you to see just as Mr Wade intended.

The Priests House

With a sense of fun and theatre, Charles Wade took great pleasure in turning the manor into a stage his collection of varied and curious finds. Next to the manor house is the Priest’s House, the small cottage where Charles Wade lived.

Charles Wade opted to live in the modest-sized outbuildings opposite the manor. He named them the Priest’s House, in honour of the days when the manor belonged to Winchcombe Abbey.
 
The Priest’s House was also home to Wade’s workshop, where he repaired and resroted many of the items in his collection. Mrs Hands, a lady who lived in the nearby cottages, would sometimes use the workshop space to cook for Charles. 
 
Today, the Priest’s House gives you a glimpse into the homelife of Charles Wade – and later his wife, Mary. It’s dark and full of weird and wonderful items, exactly what you’d expect of Charles.
Snowshill Manor and Gardens 3

For full details on this amazing Manor House, opening times, shopping and cafe information visit the website at

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshill-manor-and-garden

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