Nestling in the heart of the Cotswolds, 16th-century Snowshill Manor is the former home of architect and artist Charles Wade. A passionate collector of the beautiful and interesting all of his life, he amassed a wonderful treasure trove of ceramics, model ships, furniture, clocks, mousetraps and even Samurai armour – which resided in the main house while he lived in a cottage in the grounds. He restored the house in an Arts and Crafts style with oak panelling; a sympathetic backdrop to his array of precious artefacts. He once said, ‘They are rooms where there is always something to discover – rooms which inspire a thousand fancies’. Open March to October. Weekends only in November. nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshillmanor-and-garden
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE This golden-stone edifice is filled with treasures; Snowshill boasts a notable collection of Japanese Samurai armour; Wade’s bedroom in the Priest’s House within the grounds.