The pretty village of Snowshill is located in the Cotswolds, in the county of Gloucestershire. With a population of under 200, it is perfect if you want to experience life in a peaceful, rural community, with the region’s stunning countryside on your doorstep. Thanks to the village’s hillside position, there are spectacular views across the Severn Vale, and, as its name suggests, it tends to be the first place in the area where snow settles. Ancient Buckle Street crosses the parish, and the magnificent National Trust property of Snowshill Manor is a must-see on self-catering holidays in Snowshill, on the northern edge of the village.
Oat House is steeped in tradition. The honey-coloured, stone-built rural cottage boasts many original features and lies in the quaint village of Snowshill in Gloucestershire. Replete with exposed beams and stone fireplace, the cottage also offers a lovely garden and proximity to the Cotswolds.
The manor is open to visitors and houses a fascinating collection of toys, furniture, musical instruments and other items, all of which were collected from 1900 to 1951 by the architect Charles Paget Wade. Several well-known figures stayed at the manor, including John Betjeman, Virginia Woolf, and Graham Greene. The eccentric gardens are laid out as a series of outside rooms, with ponds, a model village and small fields grazed by sheep. The manor has an excellent tearoom where homemade cake or lunch can be enjoyed. A stroll away from self-catering holidays in Snowshill, the lavender farm is a great swathe of purple against the green of the Cotswold hills.
Historic landmarks in the village include the beautiful church of St Barn, overlooking a small green in the centre of Snowshill. Nearby, the Snowshill Arms is a charming pub serving ales from a local Worcestershire brewery, and delicious food prepared with the best-quality ingredients from local farms. From your holiday cottage in Snowshill, you will have easy access to some of the Cotswolds’ most scenic walking routes. Rambling through the region’s gently rolling hills, enjoy far-reaching views across the countryside, which is scattered with villages and market towns, built with the region’s honey-coloured stone.