Snowshill is a lovely quaint village in Gloucestershire and whilst it often goes unvisited in favour of more popular destination, its golden cottages and medieval church make it one of the prettiest places in the Cotswolds. In fact, it’s so picturesque that it was chosen as a filming location for Bridget Jones’ Diary! Its close proximity to the larger town of Broadway also makes it one of the easiest villages to access for those who don’t have access to a car. The beautiful countryside walk from one place to the other takes only an hour or so! Here’s how to spend a day in this charming little village!
Snowshill Manor House
Snowshill’s main attraction is its manor house. This 16th century building is famous for its previous owner, Charles Paget Wade, whose life motto was ‘let nothing perish’! This unusual philosophy led him to collect a number of weird and wonderful objects. His collection includes everything from clocks to Samurai armour and was housed in the main manor whilst Wade himself lived in the Priest’s House! The property now belongs to the National Trust, who have preserved both the building and its contents. You can find more information as to visiting hours and ticket prices at the National Trust website (don’t forget that it may be cheaper for you to purchase a National Trust membership if you plan on visiting a number of properties!).
One of my personal favourite things to do in Snowshill is visit the Cotswold Lavender farm. Walking through these lovely fields isn’t too dissimilar to strolling through Provence (perfect if you’re looking for a little glamour on your staycation!). Generally, the lavender begins to flower in mid June and is harvested between the late July and early August – so the window of opportunity to visit is fairly small! If you’re in the area at the right time however, it’s definitely worth a visit! Wandering through the purple fields certainly makes for a lovely way to spend a summers day. Tickets cost £4 for adults.
Cotswold Lavender Farm
This 15th Century local inn is the classic Cotswold pub – serving up just the right amount of old-fashioned cosiness. It’s particularly lovely in the winter time, when you can warm up inside with some delicious food and watch as the village outside is blanketed in snow. This is the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat after all of your exploring!
The church at Snowshill is often regarded as one of the prettiest in the Cotswolds and it’s definitely one of my favourites! You’ve likely seen plenty of Instagram photos of the little red phone box that sits just outside its parameters.
One of the greatest joys of visiting anywhere in the Cotswolds is simply to wander its streets and appreciate the understated beauty of the place. Rambling around the little streets of Snowshill and looking at the sweet cottages in their golden bricks is definitely an exercise in appreciating the little things!