Winter at Snowshill Manor
Snowshill Manor is closed for the winter to allow us to look after the garden, the manor and its collection. We'll be open again in the spring.
We are now closed until Monday 18 March 2019. This closed season means vital conservation work can be carried out in both the manor and garden.
Caring for the collection and garden
Over the winter our volunteers and staff put the manor 'to bed'. Over the next few months they will spend time giving the whole manor a deep clean. Objects from the collection are checked, and their condition reports updated, before they are covered up for the winter. The team will then begin to prepare the manor for the new season.
In the garden the team spend the winter preparing for the spring. Borders are cleared, climbers pruned and tied in, hedges cut and over five thousand bulbs will be planted.
2019: centenary year
2019 will see Snowshill celebrate 100 years since Charles Wade purchased Snowshill Manor and began to create his vision.
Whilst serving as a sapper in the Royal Engineers during the First World War, Charles Wade came across an advert in Country Life for Snowshill Manor. He was captivated by this ‘beautiful medley of Tudor stone’ and determined to make the manor his own. Here Charles Wade could see, was an opportunity to create the world of his imagination, a dream that had sustained him throughout the war.
In June 1919 he became the new owner of Snowshill and began the work of restoring and transforming the manor. He delighted in sharing with them his extraordinary house and remarkable collection with his visitors. In 2019 we will be marking this centenary with events and activities which celebrate the unique qualities of this special place and the remarkable man who created it. Please check back on this website for details.
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