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“Poor cafe”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Snowshill Manor

Snowshill Manor
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Snowshill
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Poor cafe”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

We returned to this venue for a wander round the gardens and cafe mainly, as we'd been to the house before and it wasn't to our taste (clearly, modern psychiatry would have something to say about Charles Wade's penchant for collecting). The gardens are lovely, but the cafe needs to improve its offer, hence this review.

My tiny square of banana cake cost £2.60 and was both overbaked and tasted strongly of baking powder. The brownies were a similar price and ungenerous in size. Also, the selection of cake was very limited, with not a whiff of that National Trust staple, Victoria sponge, in sight. The National Trust (of which I am a proud member) has a well-deserved and happy reputation for excellent afternoon tea and cake, and Snowshill is, quite frankly, letting the side down. If you can't get a decent afternoon tea on a weekend at a beautiful country house, when can you get one?

My advice? By all means see the house if you want, but give the cafe a swerve (unless you only want a sit down and something to drink), and go instead to Tisanes in Broadway, where you'll get a great choice of tea and cake at a far more reasonable price.

I genuinely hate to dissuade anyone from giving their hard-earned to such a worthy cause, but equally I don't expect to pay over-inflated prices for an offer which other NT venues in the Cotswolds (and indeed elsewhere) do manage to get right.

Visited July 2014
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“Fascinating Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

Absolutely loved the visit to Snowshill. Thank goodness for the great British eccentric, and for the National Trust for doing such a great job to preserve and present it all so authentically! I especially enjoyed the Priests house- couldn't quite believe my eyes! Gardens were beautiful at this time of year. Well worth a visit!

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Evesham, United Kingdom
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“So much of interest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

This has to be one of the best National Trust properties in the whole country! Not only is it set in an amazing part of the Cotswolds and is really picturesque, but it has a collection of such diversity and interest that you could spend absolutely ages here. We've been back several times and always find something we hadn't noticed before. If you're into interesting historical anythings you'll find something related to it here! The house is a little walk from the car park and the cafe but the views are just stunning. Great for kids too - the staff in each room always have an interesting fact or trinket to amuse them (and you!) with.

Visited April 2014
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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“Look back in time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

National trust property of guy who saved many times from his era plus made loads of toys etc. an old manor house in a picturesque village stuffed with interesting items. If visiting Cotswold area a not to be missed attraction.
Pub almost next to it in village is small, good food though limited menu but at time of visiting (twice in a week) was excellent fare with happy and friendly service and staff.
Almost directly opposite is an old church with red telephone box very tidy and whole village is a magnet for tourists . Worth visiting though gardens of manor itself are not as special as say Didcot which is a days visit in itself and not that far away.
If planning visiting area add Didcote which is another national trust property to list as a must see. Manor house nowhere near as interesting as Snowshill but grounds are possibly best in uk to see.
Car parking at Snowshill is small but in my the real visits over two years never had any issues parking. .limited spaces in village itself. Pub has own car park but on a slope and smallish but manor has public free car park just hundred yards along as we enter village from one end.

Visited June 2014
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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“A Unique Attraction!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

How Amazing!!
This wonderful Nation Trust venue, is just unique. The main house is an architectural gem in itself but the collection of artefacts and memorabilia make the visit enthralling. On top of that the cottage that was use for residential purposes is charming, and the garden a treat, complete with the, soon to be refurbished, model port and harbourside village.
The restaurant building close to the car park is in a delightful setting that means a pleasant beginning or end to a special visit to a Cotswold Gem.

Visited June 2014
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