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.
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Town & Country Notebook
Letters to the Editor
Woolly thinking won’t cut it
Guide books to enthuse the traveller
The way we were • Photographs from the COUNTRY LIFE archive
My favourite painting Will Fisher • The Hippopotamus and Crocodile Hunt by Peter Paul Rubens
Sprung from the earth • Villa Ventorum The property of a Romano-British gentleman and his family, AD351 The reconstruction of a Romano-British villa at The Newt, Somerset, has prompted a wonderful experiment in living archaeology. Bronwen Riley steps into the past
Native breeds Derbyshire Redcap
Hay, good looking • Sweating under the heat of the June sun, John Lewis-Stempel helps his former neighbour Ian–with the aid of a Massey 135–to gather in hay bales before the rain falls
Nature’s towers of strength • The world’s strongest people have nothing on the horned dung beetle, which can tow the equivalent of six double-decker buses, or the golden eagle, with a grip that could burst a car tyre, says Harry Pearson
Their way to heaven • One hundred years ago, a utopian community of artists, farmers and thinkers sought ‘a country life worth living’ in the heart of West Sussex, finds Russell Higham
Don’t worry, be appy • Agnes Stamp rounds up COUNTRY LIFE’s top 15 life-enhancing phone apps
Open all hours • ‘If we don’t have it, you don’t need it’: an Aladdin’s cave of useful items, the local hardware store is the shop that time forgot, finds Catherine Larner
Finally meeting my Waterloo • As commuters dash to catch their train home from south London and lovers meet under its giant clock, Julie Harding explores Waterloo–Britain’s busiest railway station–on the eve of its 175th anniversary
A few of my favourite things • The British entrepreneur, author and fashion designer Cath Kidston is famed for her nostalgic floral designs. Her first shop opened in 1993 between London’s Holland Park and Notting Hill, selling tea towels and furniture. By 2013, she had gone global and, although she sold the company in 2016, she remains creative director. Inspired by her ever-developing greenhouse at home in Gloucestershire, the designer recently launched a new body-care range, C.Atherley, which captures her love of geraniums.
Sunshine calling • The perfect hand-luggage accessories to see you through check in and beyond
The designer’s room • Lucy Cunningham used a rich mix of patterns in a palette of blues to create a comfortable living room at this riverside house near Marlow
Desert-island blues • Leading interior designers tell Amelia Thorpe the blues they believe to have the most transformative qualities- and suggest colours that make perfect partners
Trailing clouds of glory • The romantic appeal of the past hums through three historic country houses
The western nation • Wales is a jewel in the crown of the United Kingdom. These five properties take full advantage
The best master of Italy • As we celebrate the quincentenary of Perugino, the artist who set the stage...