Snowshill Manor, located in the Cotswolds, is made from local stone; the main part of the house dates from the 16th century. Snowshill Manor was the property of Winchcombe Abbey from 821 until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 when the Abbey was confiscated by King Henry VIII. Between 1539 and 1919 it had a number of tenants and owners until it was purchased by Charles Paget Wade, an architect, artist-craftsman, collector, poet and heir to the family fortune. The house contains the collection of thousands of objects, collated by Charles Paget Wade, whose motto was "Let nothing perish". From 1900 until 1951, when he gave the Manor to the National Trust, Wade amassed an enormous and eclectic collection of objects reflecting his interest in craftsmanship. The objects in the collection include 26 suits of Japanese samurai armour dating from the 17th and 19th centuries; bicycles; toys; musical instruments and much, much more.
Charles Wade lived in the Priest's House nearby. The garden at Snowshill was laid out by Wade, in collaboration with Arts and Crafts movement architect, M. H. Baillie Scott, between 1920 and 1923 as a series of outside rooms seen as an extension to the house. Features include terraces and ponds. They have designated disabled parking in the main car park. The Manor and Garden are a 500 yard hilly walk from the reception, shop and restaurant. A volunteer-driven buggy is available by request on every open day. Two manual wheelchairs are available for loan from reception – these can be transported around the site on the buggy. Reception, restaurant and shop are fully accessible to wheelchairs. Accessible toilet available near reception. Braille and large print guides available from visitor reception. Manor - Three steps the to main entrance. Unfortunately no ramp or lift available. Garden - Undulating paths and some steep slopes. Garden is terraced with many steps. Assistance dogs are welcome. Visitors arriving by bicycle or on foot receive a £1 voucher redeemable at Snowshill Trust shop or restaurant.
Location : Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire GL12 7PZ
Transport: Moreton-in-Marsh (National Rail) then bus or taxi. Bus Routes : Castleways 606 and Johnson’s 21 service stop in Broadway 2.5 miles taxi available (Broadway Tourist Information Centre on 01386 852937).
Opening Times : Wednesday to Monday 12:00 to 17:00. Guided Tours only Mondays & Tuesdays.
Tickets : Adults £10.40; Children £5.40
Tickets Gardens Only: Adults £5.90; Children £2.70
Tel: 01386 852410