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In Focus: An ethereal exhibition pushing the boundaries of photography, porcelain and the display space itself

Clare Twomey's new exhibition at the Harley Gallery in Nottinghamshire blurs the lines in a fascinating manner: where does the art stop and the …

National Portrait Gallery

The Kensington hotel review: ‘A charming bolthole that’s just what we’ve been looking for’

West London is full of hotels – does The Kensington deserve to up there with the best of them? Rosie Paterson went along to take a look.<p>I can hardly …

England

The ultimate commuter pad? Interiors by Conran, gardens by a Chelsea award-winner and 18 minutes from London

In the heart of the city of St Albans a new development, Gabriel Square, is aiming to tick all the boxes for well-heeled commuters. Annunciata Walton …

England

Bighton Grange, Hampshire: A Regency revival

A new house in Regency style creates the perfect setting for modern family living. Clive Aslet is impressed by this light, family-friendly and …

Architecture

Toyota Land Cruiser review: Cruising through the Gates of Hell – and ending up wanting more

Toyota's new Land Cruiser is as tough and reliable as 4x4s come – something that Toby Keel was only too grateful about while cruising through the …

Off-roading

Property with potential: Renovation projects for sale

Wanted: brave new owners with patience and imagination.<p>Former church in County Durham – Price on application<p>This Grade II-listed former church dating …

County Durham

Jason Goodwin: It’s high time we had an ‘Old Ladies Day’ for the likes of my Aunt Pooh, the spy from Borneo

Old ladies aren’t what they used to be – they aren’t as old, for starters – but Jason Goodwin is full of praise for them and says they deserve their …

Bank of India

A convent that became a superstar’s mansion, complete with ballroom, helipad and indoor pool

A magnificent country house in Sussex is for sale which has gone from Victorian splendour to Art Deco palace to the home for a group of nuns – and …

Dining Rooms

The robot lawnmower that handles hills, steers around flowerbeds and even charges itself

More and more country house owners are embracing the best that modern technology can bring to their homes – and Viking iMow, made by Stihl, is taking …

List-Worthy

My Favourite Painting: John Brookes

The late garden designer John Brookes chooses a work inspired by the beautiful Sussex countryside.<p>Octob<i>er Earth, 1977, by John Hitchens (b.1940),</i> …

Art

12 wonderful houses for sale, as seen in Country Life

We look back at some of the best houses for sale in Country Life over the past week or so, including a gorgeous castle in Cornwall.<p>Berkshire – …

Housing

Alan Titchmarsh: Losing a plant to frost isn’t a disaster – it’s an opportunity

Writer and broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh talks through the highs and lows of the freezing conditions into which Britain was plunged a few weeks ago.<p>I …

Gardening

Chenies Manor, Buckinghamshire: The Tudor estate that encompasses the ancient oak tree beneath which Elizabeth I lost a piece of jewellery

This Tudor house was the unlikely venue for the first meeting of the founding group of The Arts Society. John Goodall tells its remarkable story. …

tea room

The Stonemason: ‘Working on a cathedral is the pinnacle of architectural stone-masonry’

A team of stonemasons is hard at work restoring Canterbury's magnificent cathedral, employing techniques that have been used since the dawn of …

Glass Art

The magnificent Kent home of the godfather of British children’s illustrators

Penny Churchill takes a look at the former home of Randolph Caldecott, one of Britain's finest-ever children's illustrators, which has come to the …

Dining Rooms

Curious Questions: What is the world’s most painful insect sting – and where would it hurt the most?

Can you calibrate the intensity of different insect stings? Martin Fone, author of 'Fifty Curious Questions', investigates.<p>A little while ago, I was …

Insects

A guide to the native cattle breeds of Britain, from Aberdeen Angus to Jerseys

How many of these native cattle breeds would you recognise from travelling through the British countryside or from the butcher’s shop? If we don’t …

Scotland

Titanic Hotel, Belfast review: A shipyard escape

John Goodall paid a visit to Belfast's recently-opened Titanic Hotel, a place full of clever themed touches to celebrate the ill-fated ocean liner.<p>It …

Titanic

Grand National 2018: The horses tipped for glory

Catherine Austen picks potential winners in the 2018 Grand National.<p>Aintree in April is where National Hunt racing emerges from its muted, wintery …

Horse Racing

In Focus: The paintings which show Monet’s genius for architecture as well as nature

Think of Monet and you think of reflections and nature, but his works included huge amounts of architecture and other elements of the modern, …

Art

Birdsong Barn: A holiday cottage getaway set in its own private nature reserve

Birdsong Barn, in the heart of England's '1066 Country', offers a unique break: a beautifully-converted building with a private 350-acre nature …

Living Rooms

A dream home in Sunningdale designed by a Formula 1 driver comes up for sale

Ex-Formula 1 driver Tony Jardine sketched out this house on a piece of paper – now, he's selling up as he needs more space for his classic cars, as …

Motor Racing

Are you really better off moving out to Surrey, or is it just as cheap now to live in south west London?

There's a well-worn path for those who swap a flat in Wandsworth or Putney to head out to Surrey, but would people be better off staying put? …

Housing

Madresfield Court: A Worcestershire garden where new and old combine in perfect harmony

Steven Desmond visits Madresfield Court in Worcestershire, where high Victorian romanticism has been blended with modern ideas to create a remarkable …

Framing

The amazing tale of the Waterloo Cup, the other event created by the man who invented the Grand National

The Grand National is woven into our collective identity, but few people today know of the other event created by the same man – one which was, in …

Horse Racing

Mercedes All-Terrain E350d review: Speed, luxury, ruggedness – and the best towbar ever

Our correspondent Charles Rangely-Wilson loves his Audi A6 allroad. But can the new Mercedes All-Terrain E350d 4Matic persuade him to change?<p>Hmmm. …

Jaguar XJ

The best things to add to to your house to increase its value, from party barns to dressing rooms

Which does more for your house’s value–a conservatory, dressing room, gym, media room or party barn? Annunciata Elwes calls on the experts.<p>If you’re …

Selling

Jason Goodwin: ‘There was nothing there. The original message from St Petersburg, Sergei’s emails, the thank-you email. All gone.’

Our columnist Jason Goodwin recounts a chilling tale of his own brush with the Russians in Dorset.<p>Russians in Dorset are like fairies – we don’t see …

Stranger Things

How to make rhubarb, raspberry and thyme mille-feuille

Here's how to elevate simple rhubarb and custard to something rather smart.<p>Spring is the time for delicately flavoured forced rhubarb. In the main …

Dessert

A house set in its own stretch of parkland, just a few miles from York and Harrogate

A small country estate with an impressive but eminently manageable house at its heart has come up for sale just a few minutes from the beautiful city …

North Yorkshire