Snowshill Manor is owned by the National Trust, located in the charming village of Snowshill in the Cotswolds. This beautiful 16th century Tudor manor house in Gloucestershire is most famous for its eccentric owner, Charles Paget Wade. Throughout his life, Charles collected a huge amount of objects, antiques and artefacts which were of great interest to him. He was an English architect, a poet and an artists-craftsman, and his home at Snowshill Manor still shows much of his collection. Charles gave his home to the National Trust in 1951 and died a few years later in 1956. Snowshill Manor is an increasingly popular tourist attraction, showing English eccentricity at its best. The beautiful and majestic manor house stands on the edge of a hill, with acres of perfectly kept gardens all around it. The home is crammed with Charles Page Wade’s life, a wonderful reminder of his obsession with history, antiques and crafts.
Snowshill Manor is one of many manor houses throughout England and the Cotswolds are famous for their magnificent stately homes, castles and palaces. Situated in the South-West of England, The Cotswolds is a large area stretching 1,164km squared with a population of around 139,000 people. It expands across Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and regions of Warwickshire, North East Somerset, Bath and Wiltshire.
Charles Paget Wade
Charles qualified as an architect with the Royal Institute of British Architexcts and worked in various partnerships within the arts and crafts industry. His father died in 1911 and he inherited his share in the family business which were sugar estates based in the West Indies and St Kitts. When Charles came back from serving in France, he bought Snowshill Manor and in 1919 began the restoration of the manor house and landscaping the gardens. Charles had started collecting interesting objects from the age of 7 years old, building up an assortment of around 22,000 pieces of furniture, paintings and items that were interestingly designed or crafted. All of the collection was kept at the manor house but he chose to live in a small cottage in the manor gardens which was known as the priest’s house. The cottage is believed to be haunted by a monk and also by the ghost of a young woman who was supposedly forced to marry in 1604 against her will. Charles eventually got married to Mary McEwan Gore Graham in 1946 who he met when she visited Snowshill during World War II and they started to spend more time at their home in the West Indies.
The Manor House
Snowshill Manor is a beautiful Cotswold manor house built from the famous honey-coloured Cotswold stone. It was designated as a Grade II listed building in 1960, alongside the dovecote, the brewhouse and a few of the garden buildings and manor cottages. It was originally the property of Winchcombe Abbey but since the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 by King Henry VIII, it had several owners until it was purchased by Charles Paget Wade. Many famous and notable people visited and stayed at the manor with Charles, namely Graham Greene, Virginia Woolf, John Betjeman, John Buchan and J B Priestley. Many reported how Charles was a mysterious character, dressing in theatrical outfits and almost performing as the perfect eccentric gentleman around his collection of antiques. Indeed, the famous writer J B Priestley once described Charles as; “My eccentric, but charming friend of the fantastic manor house”.
Snowshill Cotswold Tours
If you are visiting the Cotswolds or thinking of exploring the best places in the area, then Snowshill Manor is a quintessential vision of English aristocracy. If you’re coming to England and staying in London, then the Cotswolds are just one hour and forty-minutes train journey door to door. The Cotswolds Mystery Tour pick you up from Moreton-in-Marsh train station in our luxury 7-seater Mercedes minibus and take you to the best places in region. Discover the perfect daytrip to The Cotswolds where you will be shown stunning market towns, the rolling slopes of the Cotswold hills, picture-perfect river views, majestic stately homes with royal connections, charming Cotswold villages and some of the most beautiful countryside around. We stop at a friendly village café in the morning for a drink and pastry, then when it’s lunchtime we take you to a stunning 16th Century inn for some delicious food. The Cotswold Mystery Tour are passionate about the Cotswolds, relishing in the history. Don’t miss out – book your seat on The Cotswold Mystery Tour today.