After a quaint and cosy mid-week stay at Colwall Park Hotel last week, the long and winding roads were calling for an afternoon with the windows down. Surprisingly, I've never before visited the picturesque area, and so the journey was packed full with 'oohs' and 'aahs'. Colwall is a village on the west outskirts of the Malvern Hills and though I may not know what it looks like through a downpour, I can certainly vouch for its beauty on a warm, sunny day! Juice stations and bluebell fields were on the cards before reaching Snowshill Manor, a Cotswold manor full with treasures collected over a lifetime by Charles Wade...
There's something about seeing walkers traipse over hills and alongside roads that instantly puts me in a really good mood. Perhaps it's because it reminds me of past travels, or maybe because it's reassuring to know people are exploring the world around them? Either way, the area was swarming with walkers - and with very good reason. The Malvern Hills attracts people from across England to 'enjoy the natural and cultural delights of the countryside and towns' and it's because of this that juice stations such as this b&b's exist! Featuring an honesty-box policy, springtime wreath, slate signs and more juice options than you can shake a stick at, it was the perfect opportunity for some roadside refreshment - just don't tell the walkers why there was no apple juice left when they arrived...
Snowshill Manor is neither a museum or a home, at Charles Wade's request - the man who bought, restored and renovated the place in 1919. His purpose was to transform it into a location to house his extensive collection of things. I say 'things' because his collection seems to cover absolutely everything and anything, from harps to unicycles and from children's toys to framed bugs! He was clearly a rather eccentric man and one who left behind an incredible assortment of treasures.
Of all the rooms, my favourites included Seventh Heaven (a room full of children's old toys) and the Music Room - which pretty much does what it says on the tin. The room is full to the brim with musical instruments that had me wanting to sprint home and play the piano! I've also noticed I've got a bit of a thing for stairways, because on yet another occasion I could be found holding up those behind me as I imagined who had climbed them before me...
Interestingly, Charles Wade chose not to live in the spectacular manor and instead kept to a much, much smaller building beside it with his wife. Needless to say, that too was bursting with more of his discovered treasures, though was considerably less luxurious in appearance. Before exiting to begin exploring the gardens, a volunteer explained to a group of us that Charles Wade used the manor mainly for entertaining and for housing his finds, rather than as living quarters. This is undoubtedly the first time I've ever heard of such a setup while exploring a manor and/or historic house, making Snowshill Manor one of my all-time favourite discoveries.
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Snowshill Manor and Gardens
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