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Snowshill Manor, Snowshill

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Filled to bursting with eclectic items collected by architect Charles Wade, Snowshill Manor stands as one of the Cotswolds' little-known but remarkably rewarding tourist attractions. Interested in every object that shows outstanding craftsmanship, Wade lived by the motto "Let nothing perish." He filled the house with antique clocks, rare musical instruments, small toys, old bicycles and more. Among thousands of items amassed during Wade's life, you can see 26 suits of samurai armor, the manor's most famous possessions. The grounds include a typical English garden, restaurant, and a gift shop, where you can pick up handmade souvenirs and second-hand books. With our international travel planner, Snowshill attractions like Snowshill Manor can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Within a radius of 100 kilometers around there is nothing comparable, normal, it is incomparable and its inventor, because it is the invention of a world, his world is a poet-architect who answers to the name Charles Wade. Her house is a book whose chapters are the parts that you can visit, and his style, a free man who is afraid of nothing and does not fear the faults of taste. It accumulates, it stacks up, he mixes, he adds, he mixes, he diverts and assemble, without that never it seems too. Yet the pieces are filled from floor to ceiling, carpets for tapestries, cabinets in the attic, but each object finds its place, as if Charles Wade was able to find the object that should be, over centuries, beyond reasonable. And his passion runs from room to room like a WISP, one who had to live in it all his life and continues to feed its walls. It's a great adventure to share in a world that today would standardize, streamline everything. Mr Wade is an example, perhaps not to follow because it seems unique on the subject, but in any case he responded affirmatively to the question asked Lamartine: "Inanimate objects you have a soul?". His answer is clear and enlightening. And it is same "which attaches to our soul and the strength to love".
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  • August 18, 2017
    As a National Trust member this was an addition to our regular visits to local sites.The Centre is really for adults or teenagers as its very much about gardens and interesting artifacts throughout th...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    I have just been to visit with my two girls age 3.5 and 6.5 and we all had a wonderful time! We are NT members and both girls love visiting the different places and this one we felt was really special...  more »
  • National Trust... automatically a 5☆. Staff good, and informative. Light meals and teas and cake good. Fantastic collections of STUFF, in a great building. Lovely gardens and out buildings. Special day out.
  • What Snowshill lacks in acres in makes up for in sheer overwhelming eccentricity. There is no house in the world with a collection anything like this. Nice tea room with friendly staff too.
  • Staff was lovely and offered loads of info and tidbits.... But it's not a historically significant place, which tainted my experience there. Not really my cuppa tea! Give me cannonballs in Walls and family heirlooms! Not 200 metallic bicycles stored in a creaky old attic.....
  • Lovely gardens, and more than expected to see in the house. Great dressing up section for my daughter.
  • Interesting old house and gardens of an eccentric early-20th-C architect and sugar heir who was clearly bonkers. Basically the house is a collection of thousands of historic, anthropological and artistic bits of stuff, which was interesting to look at for an hour or so - there was enough variety to interest our kids (10 and 8) including old clothes for dressing up and pieces of armour to try on. An Easter egg hunt added to the fun. The grounds have lots of exciting twists and turns and out-buildings to explore. Beautiful views of the rolling Cotswolds countryside. It is quirky and makes a nice change from the usual NT posh old mansions.

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