The Manor and Priest’s House
What's visiting the Manor like?
No bright lights and labels here but thousands of treasures tucked around every corner for you to discover. Take a journey through the rooms Charles Wade styled. From swashbuckling Admiral to the mysterious Seraphim, every room has its own character.
Why do we issue timed tickets?
The rooms are small and packed full of treasures, and we’d like you to enjoy them without feeling crowded. You can pick up your ticket when you arrive at reception. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and may sell out from early afternoon during school holidays and at weekends and are likely to sell out on Bank Holidays from lunchtime. There may be a wait to head into the Manor on busy days but there's plenty to explore first in the Garden, Priest's House and Turquoise Cellar.
Where did Charles Wade live?
Mr Wade’s home the Priest's House, next to the Manor, is the heart of Snowshill. Once a brew-house and bake-house, Mr Wade converted this building from farm use. He chose to live here, reserving the Manor for his collection and overnight guests. Here you’ll see how he lived a comparatively spartan existence, indulging in his passion for coaxing beautiful things back to life, reorganising his collection as he added to it, and occasionally hosting visitors (a couple of hundred a year).
What's in the collection?
There are over 22,000 objects to explore at Snowshill. Look out for:
- Samurai armour, one of Europe's largest collections
- Bicycles, boneshakers and penny farthings
- Model ships and astronomical instruments
- Strange and familiar musical instruments
- Toys from tiny tin soldiers to a teddy bears' picnic
Described by J B Priestley as 'My eccentric, but charming friend of the fantastic manor house', you’ll hear a lot about Mr Wade whilst you’re with us. He was the unconventional collector, architect and craftsman who created Snowshill as we see it today. His granny’s Chinese cabinet inspired his collection, and you’ll see this in the Manor.
Berrington Hall, Herefordshire, is currently home to Mr Wade’s astonishing collection of clothing, all made by hand and all of them utterly gorgeous. Take your friends and let our lovely curator tell you the stories of these amazing, delicate, beautiful things. To arrange a visit or for more information please call 01568 613720.
Open the hidden wardrobe blog
Open the wardrobe door and step into a word of fabulous 18th and 19th century costume. Our collection features items remarkable enough to have survived the ravages of hundreds of years, including tiny shoes, quirky headdresses, uniforms and corsets.