Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.
Miss Honour Wainwright • Honour is head of communications at family-run jewellers Boodles. She is the sixth generation of her family to work for the company and is the daughter of Michael Wainwright of Hampshire.
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Turkeys beat flu for Christmas
Could we try a little harder with names?
The way we were Photographs from the COUNTRY LIFE archive
My favourite painting Nick Trend • Portrait of a Man by Jan van Eyck
At Canaan’s Edge • What comes next?
A local revival • Lytham Hall, Lancashire A property of the Heritage Trust for the North West A local initiative has returned a major country house from a building in danger to a well-loved and intensively used property. John Martin Robinson reports
Native breeds Lincoln Red
Stranger things • Burning barrels, hare-pie scrambles, bottle kicking and horn dances: no one does eccentric quite like the English. Harry Pearson explores our weird, wonderful and sometimes distinctly dangerous folk festivals
You’re a dark horse • The desired steed of great conquerors, as well as a symbol of strength and courage, the black horse–whether mythological, literary or real-has long galloped across our minds, says Celia Brayfield
An ode to winter • The silence, subtle beauty and certainties of a British winter combine to make it a breathtaking season of cold and cosiness, says Patrick Galbraith
The comforts of the kitchen • The onset of winter has its compensations, not least the chance to indulge in the flavoursome indulgence that is slow cooking, says Tom Parker Bowles
10 ways to insulate a period property • Modern technology might offer sustainable, cost-effective heat sources, but the best-value unit of energy is the one you don’t lose through your roof, floors, walls and windows. Tim Moulding, a eighth-generation builder, suggests ways to keep an old building warm
Burning desires • Stoves, fireplaces and range cookers to warm your cockles, with Amelia Thorpe
Whatever the weather • Sometimes, it’s best to forget all about the warm embrace of a winter-sun holiday, argues Emma Love, and cuddle up in the cold, at home and abroad
Softly, softly • Winter attire is surely the most luxurious, with layers of delicious knitwear, says Hetty Lintell, who suggests The Cashmere Circle for mending much-loved pieces (www.cashmere-circle.co.uk)
County of contrasts • The Garden of England provides the ideal backdrop for three beautiful country homes
Anything but flat • The appetite for apartment living is on the up. Here are some of the capital’s best new-builds
Your indispensable guide to the capital
London Life Need to Know
Defying gravity • Norman Foster gave London dizzying skyscrapers, head-turning apartment blocks and a bridge of light, as well as championing compact city living and piloting aeroplanes. Carla Passino meets the man with his head in the clouds
America’s 51st state • Glamorous American bars were once a familiar sight in London, catering to US and British citizens alike, but only two of the historic ones remain. On the eve...