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Very much on song

The reimagined gardens at Nevill Holt, Leicestershire, have stepped into the limelight to offer a powerful overture to the summer opera festival, explains Kendra Wilson

5 mins read
Country Life UK
March 24, 2021

Window on the world

Ceramic artist Saskia Spender reflects on a life of rich experiences across borders

3 mins read
Country Life UK
March 24, 2021

Flame throwers

The trial currently being held at RHS Wisley is testing 100 different crocosmia to see how they perform. Val Bourne reports on its findings to date

5 mins read
Country Life UK
March 24, 2021

In the round

This week, the Royal Albert Hall celebrates its 150th anniversary. With photographs taken during the unnatural quiet of lockdown, John Goodall looks at the remarkable story behind the creation of this world-famous venue

8 mins read
Country Life UK
March 24, 2021

Between sea and sky

James Fisher revels in the history, culture and sheer beauty of Italy’s Amalfi Coast

3 mins read
Country Life UK
March 24, 2021

A celebration of life

Charles Quest-Ritson watches the leaves unfurl in one of spring’s most glorious sights–the reawakening of Japanese maples in all their infinite variety

6 mins read
Country Life UK
March 24, 2021

My Favourite Painting Skye McAlpine

The San Zaccaria Altarpiece (Madonna Enthroned with Child and Saints) by Giovanni Bellini

2 mins read
Country Life UK
March 24, 2021

Where Fairy Tales Come True

Buyers on the hunt for history and drama need look no further than Holly Kirkwood’s selection of the finest castles on the market across the world

4 mins read
Country Life UK
March 24, 2021

Their Green And Pleasant Land

From bluebell woods to crystalline lakes and winding river valleys, the countryside in Europe is a joy to behold, reveals Carla Passino

10 mins read
Country Life UK
March 24, 2021

Around The World In British Plates

It’s often the butt of jokes, but British food’s reach is more global than you might think, reveals Emma Hughes

4 mins read
Country Life UK
March 24, 2021

Day and night, night and day

The Radio 3 anchors on the values of silence and patience

5 mins read
Country Life UK
March 10, 2021

The female of the species

They may be championed by Sir David Attenborough now, but the first women entomologists had to overcome great prejudice to study insects, reports Ian Morton

6 mins read
Country Life UK
March 10, 2021

Pretty in pink

Only available for a fleeting moment, rose-hued forced rhubarb–grown in the dark and harvested by candlelight in Yorkshire’s ‘tusky triangle’–is an ephemeral vegetable with a muted, yet distinct, lip-smacking tartness.

3 mins read
Country Life UK
March 10, 2021

Sussex secrets

A manor and a villa on the site of a lost mill are two examples of the fine country houses in this home county

4 mins read
Country Life UK
March 10, 2021

The plants are the thing

The garden of the eminent plantsman John d’Arcy, The Old Vicarage, Edington, Wiltshire, is home to an astonishing collection of plants, finds Charles Quest-Ritson

8 mins read
Country Life UK
March 10, 2021

Improving on history

A beautifully preserved Georgian house reveals the influence of pattern books in the practice of English architecture. John Goodall admires its revival and the addition to it of two well-judged new wings

8 mins read
Country Life UK
March 10, 2021

It's simply pure racing

The Cheltenham Festival will be a strangely silent affair, with no Guinness, no Irish punters and no amateurs, but that won’t detract from the quality of racing, which is set to be as illustrious as ever, says Marcus Armytage

6 mins read
Country Life UK
March 10, 2021

Why is a raven like a writing desk?

IF you stand on Horse Guards Parade and look up, you might see a figure surveying St James’s Park from his window, one of the British Army’s heirlooms next to him—the Duke of Wellington’s desk.

8 mins read
Country Life UK
February 17, 2021

Thelwell: more than a one-trick pony

Sixty years after Penelope and Kipper rode into our lives, Alice Wright explores Norman Thelwell’s expert touch in capturing all aspects of country life

5 mins read
Country Life UK
March 10, 2021

Gardens Are Like People– Most Don't Age Well

When I was 18 and waiting to go up to the Varsity (as my grandmother called it), I hitchhiked out to Italy in search of all those new excitements that young men hope to experience. Culture, mainly, in my case—the girls were unassailable in those days. It was my first solo trip abroad and I fell deeply in love with Baroque churches, olive landscapes and classical gardens.

4 mins read
Country Life UK
March 10, 2021

Let Them Make Furniture

Once the height of fashion among collectors, including George IV, pieces by Marie-Antoinette’s favourite cabinetmaker Jean-Henri Riesener are back in the spotlight, reports Rufus Bird

7 mins read
Country Life UK
March 10, 2021

Taking it on the chin

From how to wear red trousers with aplomb to always ‘going to the loo’, The Chin Dictionary is a self-deprecating and witty guide to being ‘posh’, observes Joe Gibbs

6 mins read
Country Life UK
March 03, 2021

Circles of life

Shrouded in mystery and once believed to replenish themselves magically at night from condensation in the air, spherical dew ponds are often manmade and fed by rainfall, explains Simon Lester

4 mins read
Country Life UK
March 03, 2021

Georgian grace

The late 18th century saw a wealth of fine country houses spring up in the county of Somerset

4 mins read
Country Life UK
March 03, 2021

A minister for all seasons

The Defra Secretary on badgers, Brexit and other burning topics

5 mins read
Country Life UK
March 03, 2021

Affairs of the heart

Romance–as well as scientific and artistic endeavour–was synonymous with Mayfair long before Bridgerton appeared on our screens, discovers Carla Passino

7 mins read
Country Life UK
March 03, 2021

Brilliant blossoms

The collection of magnolias begun by a former president of the RHS is being continued by his daughter in the arboretum at Llanover in Monmouthshire, reveals Stephen Anderton

5 mins read
Country Life UK
March 03, 2021

The land is yours

Official War Artist Thomas Hennell, who struggled with schizophrenia throughout his short life, should be better appreciated for both his shocking portrayals of conflict and his fine watercolours of pastoral life, says Peyton Skipwith

5 mins read
Country Life UK
March 03, 2021

The right trousers

Once frowned upon, now a staple of the female wardrobe, trousers have come a long way. Emma Hughes charts the journey of this favourite garment

7 mins read
Country Life UK
March 03, 2021

A Kerr-handed castle

Ferniehirst Castle, Roxburghshire A seat of Lord Ralph Kerr Rebuilt in 1598, this delightful Borders castle, built for left-handed people, was revived by bursts of sensitive restoration, as John Martin Robinson explains

8 mins read
Country Life UK
March 03, 2021

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