A Visit to Snowshill Manor
It’s coming up to Lavender Field time, and this reminded me that I haven’t share our visit to Snowshill Manor. We visited this National Trust property back at the end of May. The Cotswold manor house was built in the sixteenth century and bought by Charles Wade in 1919 in order to house his collection of objects.
The gardens at Snowshill don’t disappoint. There are two acres including lawns, water features and borders of beautiful flowers. There are lots to fascinate within the gardens too including a garden clock, dovecote and an interesting sphere atop a stone pillar.
For me, the most fascinating part of the garden was “Wolf’s Cove”. This is a model Cornish Fishing Village which Charles Wade designed himself. The model village is currently being reinstated in the garden. When it has been completes, it will include a fully operational railway and canal system; winding streets full of houses and other tiny buildings as well as figurines. It is being installed in phases, with the pool, quayside and breakwater already in place.
As most National Trust properties do now, there were trails to complete both in the garden and inside the house for the kids. The girls really enjoy these and it is a great way for them to explore a property.
The inside of the house is all about Charles Wade’s eclectic collection. There are thousands of objects, all reflecting Wade’s interest in craftmanship. Wade gave each room a name, a theme and a certain purpose to house his collection in. There are no labels to any of the items, but lots of volunteers to talk to about them. In some ways it is really nice not to have them labelled as it leads to lots of questions and discussion about the objects. The collection includes musical instruments, bicycles, toys and Samurai armour.
Snowshill Manor was a very different property to the other National Trust properties we have visited, but I am really glad we did.