Saturday, 21 May 2016

A Journey to Snowshill Manor

Snowshill Manor and Gardens review
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...
Colwall bluebell fields

Colwall walking trail refreshments
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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...
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Within moments of arriving at Snowshill Manor and Gardens and seeing the gradual incline up to the manor, I was relieved to have brought a pair of flat shoes with me in my overnight bag.  Seriously, after so many months of wearing boots, it feels strangely refreshing to have your feet (kind of) open to the elements!  Automatically, I fell in love with the manor. The views are so, so beautiful and from the very moment you step foot inside, volunteers jump at the chance to provide information on each of the rooms.  
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Charles Wade Collector SnowshillSnowshill 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.
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Snowshill Manor music room
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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...
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Snowshill Manor Charles Wade living quarters Dove photography britain 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 walled garden
London outdoors style and lifestyle blogger The beautifully bright day continued into the afternoon, providing the perfect reason to wander through the small but lovely gardens of Snowshill manor.  It was at this point I experienced my 'favourite moment' of the visit while sitting on a bench beside a small pond filled with fish.  With the sun beating down on my arms, I watched visitors walk around with ice-creams and guides in their hands and bumble bees travelling to and fro between flowers.


T-shirt - Mango

Jeans - Paige Denim

Necklace - Estella Bartlett Wishbone Necklace

Shoes - Monsoon

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Snowshill Manor National TrustIf you ever happen to be in the area, I can definitely recommend exploring Snowshill Manor.  It's amazing to think someone was passionate enough about so many areas to have managed to collect so many treasures in his lifetime.

Snowshill Manor and Gardens
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With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. What a stunning place! It looks so pretty! I love visiting places like this!
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  2. It looks very beautiful there lovely view indeed, I love the decor, amazing photos I also like your polish color.

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  3. I wish there were manors and housings where I lived that I could explore like Snowshill. To discover knic-knacs of what used to be a place people breathed and reasoned in sounds absolutely amazing.

    The Music Room looks like a room I would enjoy immensely, and Charles Wade does sound like he was a rather eccentric man. All the more reason why I want to visit the manor one day.

    Thank you for recounting your visit with us, Gabrielle, I enjoyed it!

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  4. Such a beautiful place. You look so lovely :)

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  5. It's so quaint and beautiful there, I have to say I do LOVE the English countryside! Looks like you were blessed with some good weather, too. That Music Room is incredible - what stories lie behind each instrument, I wonder? Thanks for sharing your beautiful shots as always!

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  6. Wow this place looks incredible. I love looking around other peoples homes and enjoying their collections and styles, it looks incredible!

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  7. You blog the most lovely places!
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  8. Oh my goodness when you said the place was filled with walkers my mind couldn't help but think of The Walking Dead! Haha

    Snowshill Manor looks like a brilliant place to explore, I know I would love to spend a day just wandering and exploring around there.

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  9. Wow that place looks amazing!! Charles Wade seems like he was an interesting man.

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  10. This place looks amazing! So are your photos x

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  11. This place looks awesome - so many treasures! I love that you're always finding new places to explore!

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  12. Ah, I'm so jealous of all of the gorgeous places you get to explore. At least I can live vicariously through your posts! These photos are so lovely, and the manor sounds fascinating!

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  13. The place looks absolutely amazing! So much fun!
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  14. Love the photos, beautiful location <333

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  15. What an absolute treat to be able to explore the gorgeous Snowshill Manor! I am definitely putting it on my list of places to visit next time I visit!

    I hope you've had a lovely weekend Gabrielle :)

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  16. Such a stunning place! Thanks for sharing and have an awesome new week!

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  17. A stroll through the park with the sun shining? Sounds perfect right now.

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  18. Dreamy place! I am a little bit jealous!
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  19. What an idyllic quaint place. Loved this post and learning more about lovely places like this across the UK. Having lived here only for a year we did explore quite a lot but there is always so much more to see. I really like the outfit you picked for the day, hon.
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  20. Such a gorgeous place to visit! I'm definitely putting this on my wish list

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  21. I do love hearing the history behind a place, especially one so beautiful as Snowshill! The juice station is such a brilliant idea! And not one I've actually heard of before, I could do with a cloudy lemonade right now!

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  22. How beautiful! You look stunning as alway, dear! xx

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  23. Another great adventure at a beautiful location Gabrielle! I love the juice stand, such a fab idea and the packaging of them are super cute.


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  24. such a charming place, my dear, like all the places you presented on your blog so far...
    your posts helped me to know better your country
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  25. Beautiful pictures Gabrielle ! That juice stand is super cute girl, I wish i could see it in person :) x
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  26. the photo above Charles Wade of the covered paths has my jaw dropping! and that garden!!
    envieth none... except Gabrielle and her adventures. ;) so glad you had a great time! xX thanks for sharing! you look stunning as always :)

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  27. What an incredible place! The ingredients in the juices, sounds like a delight!

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  28. This was an absolutely worthy read, and I am now putting it on our list to visit. I've not been to Snowshill Manor, but instantly enamoured with its beauty through your images. Thanks for taking us on your journey to visually experience for ourselves. Have a great week, Gabrielle. xx/Madison
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  29. Snowshill Manor certainly looks enchanting both inside and out! How nice that Charles Wade restored the place and opened it up to visitors eventually. Thanks for showing us around Gabrielle!

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  30. All the places you visit seems so magical, it certainly have the vintage feel and make it a good location to take all the amazing photos (: x

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  31. this is so pretty must have been fun. Wish I could go there. I loved reading this
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  32. What a quaint and beautiful place! Love that packaging on that country lemonade, so cute and unique! I never heard of this before, i've always found the old properties of the rich so fascinating, Like Toronto's Casa Loma

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  33. I am planning a long weekend in UK this summer.... and yes, if I ever happen to be in the area, I will definitely go to Snowshill Manor. I'm in love with this place. You are really making it difficult for me - so many fabulous spot so short stay...

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  34. Such a charming manor, looks like a beautiful place to explore!

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  35. You look radiant! This is the perfect post to welcome in the new season. It looks like a wonderful, sunny time!

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  36. The manor and the area are really beautiful and peaceful. You look gorgeous in those photos.

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  37. Such a beautiful place! I like the cute bottles there :)
    And you look very happy!!

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  38. This looks like such a wonderful place, you look gorgeous x
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  39. Snowhill Manor looks absolutely gorgeous! I would love to explore the grounds too!

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  40. This is absolutely wonderful!


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  41. Wow this looks like such an amazing place! It looks so gorgeous x
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  42. Wow, this is such a lovely and interesting place to let your imagination run wild! I wonder if the Snowshill Manor was Wilde's place to escape reality, aside from hosting guests. One would think with collecting so many different things that it must have served a deeper purpose for his imagination and emotions, really interesting! The grounds are so lovely, I love to be where the flowers are :) Oh man, all those juices sound extremely delicious, especially the apple and mango, yum! Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!

    XO,

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  44. Wow it's so interesting that he didn't actually live in the manor but used it to store all his finds, that's really unique and cool and I've never visited a house like that. Also it just looks so romantic and lovely - I want to visit! x

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  45. What a lovely place..
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  46. I love to visit places where special people have previously lived and you can go and imagine how it must have been for them to live there and learn about their lives. It's always super inspiring.

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  47. wow what an amazing place dear , Love all the photos
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  48. You always take the most beautiful photographs Gabrielle, they are just stunning! I love the field of Bluebells as they are one of my favourite flowers around this time of year :) x

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  49. This place looks gorgeous! You're so good at capturing the vibe of a place, love it! Xx

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  50. I love how unique your photos are! Stunning! I hope you have a wonderful week, gorgeous!! xx
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  51. Wonderful pics. Love your super cute look.
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  52. Charles seems like a fascinating man! He certainly left an interesting collection. I think I would enjoy 'seventh heaven' the most (when it comes to the rooms you described) because I absolutely love vintage children's toys- they have so much soul in them. Thank you for taking us with you on this journey to snowshill manor.

    You look very fresh and pretty! Lovely blue blouse and shoes (they match the flowers perfectly)! such a lovely casual look!

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  53. There are definitely so many nice places to see in the UK! Blue bell field and really nice vintage hotel, I wouldn't mind spending days there :)

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  54. Wow girl, you always go to the most wonderful places! I always end up daydreaming about traveling after reading your posts! Sending you lots of love!
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  55. I can't even imagine having a place like that. With his collections filling entire manor, he sounds like a very cultured hoarder or packrat. Hahaha but that's just a very blunt way to state it. Regardless, I think that it's really awesome how you got to visit this place and see all of it. The pictures with the gardens and such look so beautiful I wish I were there!

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  56. What a beautiful place! I am a sucker for fresh juice on a sunny day.

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  57. So charming! Amazing photos and an interesting array of items he collected. The field and the buildings are so beautiful!

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  58. The manor looks very beautiful. Looks like you had a lovely time.
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  59. the place looks amazing! it's so dainty! :)

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  60. Such a stunning place! Amazing!

    God bless,

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  61. Amazing photos babe. Love them all.Thanks for sharing! Happy Monday! Miss you :=)
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  62. Amazing photos! The places sounds great :)

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  63. Wow! This looks beautiful! Looks like you had a great time :)

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  64. This place looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  65. Ooh I love Snowshill Manor, I used to live in Broadway! I thought it was quite a way from the Malvern Hills, did it take you long to get there?

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  66. Wow! What a beautiful place to spend the day outside! Looks like you had lovely weather and got to see some incredible landscapes =o)

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  67. Ok, this is my favourite kind of location! I love it so so much :) green, nature, old house <3 amazing.

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  68. What a gorgeous place for a little getaway!

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  69. Oh Gabrielle, what a fantastic place! This has got to be one of my favourite posts of yours ever. The photos are stunning. Gemma x
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  70. The place looks amazing and very interesting.
    You look lovely, btw. :)

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  71. You always go on the most picturesque trips! It sounds like such a wonderful day. And unrelated, but I'm in love with your nail color!

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  72. This place looks amazing! You always visit such cool places! And you always look lovely! :) xx

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  73. Surely look and sounds like a great place to be with the significant other. Very romantic! Ha! You look so effortlessly pretty. Great photos always, Gabrielle. :)

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  74. The place looks absolutely amazing! Beautiful photos Gabrielle! x

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  75. WOWOWO!!! AMAZZZZING babe! Love love love this manor! and you look sooo happy and gorgeous! Stunning hair babe!
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  76. Looks amazing! Great post babe xx

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  77. This place is so beautiful.
    It's remember me fairy tales ☺
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  78. Wow, that place is absolutely gorgeous! It seems like you've had an amazing time there :) I would love to visit once xx

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  79. WOWOOWOOWOWOWOWO!!!! Your pictures and stay looked incredible!!!!!!! Love from Toronto!
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  80. Such a beautiful place!!! Just beautiful.

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