Exploring Snowshill Manor & Taking Time to Sniff the Lavender

While I was driving around the tiny villages in the Cotswolds including Great Tew, Broadway, Stow on the Wold and Bibury, I saw a little brown sign indicating a National Trust property so I thought hells bells why not stop and explore Snowshill Manor as I’m a National Trust member.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of artefacts collected over the years. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

I didn’t know what to expect when I pulled into the car park so I was happy to receive the information booklet on the property which proved to be a fascinating read.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of artefacts collected over the years. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

To get to the manor you need to walk past fields of sheep…well it is the Cotswolds isn’t it!  Thankfully it was a rather warm day so of the sheep were sitting under a tree keeping cool or scoffing grass…rather than getting frisky and trying to scare a certain Kiwi.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of artefacts collected over the years. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

Snowshill Manor is a large manor that was purchased by Charles Wade to house his treasures from around the globe, kinda like a shoe room but just bigger and it was never lived in…

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…the treasures are slightly eccentric…

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…but a total feast for the eyes…

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…and something new to discover in every room.

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Leaving the house to discover the gardens which included a cute little honesty box for the lillies in the garden…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…to hidden gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…rambling roses…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…men in tights, seriously it’s not a proper English garden until someone either puts on this tightest tights or gets totally naked…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…to the sweetest smelling flowers…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…to some prickly customers…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…and gorgeous views over the Cotswolds.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

After exploring Snowshill Manor I decided to head to Cotswold Lavender after an earlier tip off on instagram and I wasn’t disappointed!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

Rows upon rows of beautiful lavender…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…but the best bit was watching the tourists going mad with their lavender photos and posing; seriously how sweet are these two!  I took photos of them together a bit later on with their own camera…they were super cute little couple.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

As much as I love lavender, the wild flowers were the winner of the day…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…I…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…just…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…couldn’t…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

….get enough of them; to the point that I may have become slightly obsessed!

Sometimes the greatest pleasure in life is just taking time to sniff the lavender.  We all rush around in this world and I personally feel that we don’t take the time to really enjoy people’s company properly anymore (this is where quality and quantity go hand in hand…I would never double book myself or jam in three catch ups in one day…I want to savour my time with a loved one), we don’t really appreciate our gorgeous surroundings or just simply take the time to relax as we suffer from the “fear of missing out” syndrome…I’m happy to miss out on things now if it means that I get to spend quality time with the people that I love….time is something that you will never get back!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

Travel Tips for Snowshill Manor and Gardens

  • Snowshill Manor and Gardens is a National Trust property so it’s free entry if you’re a member otherwise it’s £10.40 per adult – you can read more here about joining up.  Post Code – WR12 7JU
  • There is a bit of a walk to the manor house however they do offer a buggy for those with less mobility, you will still need to walk through the orchard and gardens to get to the manor.
  • It’s a lovely spot for a picnic…something that I’ve found out recently that National Trust properties rock at especially Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire.
  • Cotswold Lavender is close by the Snowshill Manor, entry is payable in cash and there is a cafe on site…it is now closed for the summer but check out their opening times on the website.
  • A perfect day trip would be to combine the above two activities with a visit to Broadway…it would make a lovely day trip in the Cotwolds
  • Snowshill featured in the first Bridget Jones’s Diary movie…the church scene…I didn’t get a photo…bugger but I did see it as I drove around slightly lost.
  • You will need to have a car to visit Snowshill Manor and Cotswold Lavender however there are so many lovely walks in the area.
  • All the photos were taken on my Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

xx

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10 Comments

  1. Jayne
    August 22, 2016 / 5:42 PM

    I love the eccentricity of snowshill. Nearby is hidcote manor gardens (another NT property) with amazing gluten free cakes in the cafe (and equally wonderful gardens).
    There is also Chastleton house (NT featured in wolf hall) where there is no tea rooms but the locals serve tea and homemade cakes in the neighbouring church. The gluten free cake is a regular sell out

    • August 22, 2016 / 6:47 PM

      I seriously need to head back to do a NT Cotswold road trip don’t I! I don’t think I even scratched the surface of the area xx

  2. August 23, 2016 / 8:08 AM

    Gorgeous photos! I love love love Snowshill, it’s so pretty, I think it’s my favourite NT place :)

    • August 23, 2016 / 12:09 PM

      Thanks Sarah! It was a little surprise in such a lovely spot. Xx

    • January 15, 2017 / 7:21 PM

      Yep just for storage so he could visit and look at his collection whenever he wanted too! There was so much stuff in there! The wild flowers were my favourite xx

  3. August 25, 2016 / 5:22 PM

    I’ve still not made it to Hitchin Lavender, and I doubt I will before it’s all over. I’ll just have to go and get my garden fix elsewhere! Jayne is right, Hidcote is absolutely beautiful. I think they’re some of my favourite gardens. The principle is that the gardens are divided up into ‘rooms’, and are decorated with plants, ponds, statues etc just like you’d decorate a house. Pretty cool.

    Hope your whiplash is feeling a bit better!
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    • August 25, 2016 / 5:30 PM

      I totally ned to visit Hidcote then as it sounds wonderful!
      xx

    • September 3, 2016 / 6:13 AM

      Haha isn’t that always the way Keri! You definitely should drag your other half out for a drive to Bibury as it’s adorable but can be rather busy xx

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