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Britain November/December 2015

Packed with 196-pages of the best attractions, days out, places to stay and food and drink destinations, the 2015 BRITAIN Guide is your definitive companion to getting the best out of your holiday. From forgotten medieval villages, to country houses within easy access of London and shopping areas for picking up quintessential gifts, you won’t want to leave home without it.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
$9.11(Incl. tax)
$36.50(Incl. tax)
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

No visit to Britain is complete without a trip to Windsor Castle, the weekend home of HM The Queen who recently celebrated becoming our longest-reigning monarch, but as we discover, there’s so much more to Royal Berkshire (p6) besides its riverside palace. Talking of impressive buildings, in Grand Designs (p22) we celebrate some of our nation’s most fascinating and beautiful stately homes and we promise you, you’re in for a treat. As the cold nights draw in there’s nothing we like better than escaping to an old inn with a roaring fire, comfy armchair and winter warmer, and we have some gorgeously tempting places for you to choose from in Cosy Cotswold Hideaways (p43) that are perfect for a weekend escape. This month we’re delighted to say that author and historian…

6 min
royal berkshire

Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement. The whole world before you, and a horizon that’s always changing!” What better words to hasten you to Berkshire than those of Mr Toad? For the county that inspired The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame’s classic riverbank tale of 1908, offers its own realm of adventure, discovery and contrast, whether approached by water, rail or road. Tranquil riverside, scenic hills, romantic woodland and historic villages characterise this attractive and prosperous county. As you head out west from London, few sights can compare with the majestic outline of Windsor Castle, silhouetted against the sky. From its eastern edge, at the Royal Borough of Windsor, to its most westerly town, Hungerford, is only an hour’s drive, with the M4…

1 min
the planner

GETTING THERE There are two railway stations in Windsor: Windsor Riverside, which is less than an hour from London Waterloo, and Windsor and Eton Central, which runs to Slough station, where there are many rail links. Trains leave for Hungerford and Reading regularly from London Paddington. www.nationalrail.co.uk THE THAMES RIVERCRUISE COMPANY, READING Appreciate stunning scenery, watery wildlife and the glamorous Thames riverside properties on board these cruises, which depart from Caversham Bridge, while enjoying a full English tea, live music, fine dining or a 1940s theme on board.www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk RIVER & ROWING MUSEUM, HENLEY Find out how Kenneth Grahame's classic tale came to be written by crossing into Henley-on-Thames, up river, to the Rowing and River Museum, which has a magical Wind in the Willows exhibition. www.rrm.co.uk MONKEY ISLAND HOTEL, BRAY Made fashionable after King Edward VII and…

5 min
the bulletin

NEWS Our record-breaking Queen On 9 September HM The Queen passed the record of 63 years, seven months and two days, held for more than a century by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, to become Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. In typical style, it was business as usual for Her Majesty but that didn’t stop an outpouring of affection from all over the world from people eager to celebrate our monarch, who embodies British values of dignity, quiet resolve and selfless service. Having reigned over a period of tumultuous change, Queen Elizabeth II has managed to be both a bastion of calm and continuity, and a deft navigator of change and progress. To mark the milestone, visitors to three royal residences – Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse – can see Long To Reign Over…

1 min
reading corner

Landmark: A History of Britain in 50 Buildings by Anna Keay and Caroline Stanford (Francis Lincoln Ltd, £25). This illustrated book celebrates the Landmark Trust’s unique buildings. The Seymours of Wolf Hall – A Tudor Family Story, by David Loades (Amberley, £20), charts the rise to prominence of the infamous Seymour family in the court of King Henry VIII and their later epic fall from grace. Beda by Henrietta Leyser (Head Zeus, £20). Beda (Bede) is our most valuable historical source on Anglo-Saxon England, and this is a perfect introduction to the man, his work and the world in which he lived. Treasured Island by Frank Barrett (AA, £16.99). The Mail on Sunday's travel editor Frank Barrett embarks on a literary tour around the country, which becomes a personal odyssey. The Good Hotel Guide…

14 min
grand designs

Here at BRITAIN magazine the number of heritage buildings still standing proudly across our land never fails to amaze us. Many are ancestral seats that have stayed in the same family for centuries – though some may be showing signs of faded grandeur and the fall in fortunes of their owners – others are ostentatious declarations of wealth, and most have hosted kings and queens, prime ministers, actors, poets – all manner of illustrious guests. Over the next 13 pages we will bring you some of the most fascinating of these buildings, from examples of architectural brilliance surrounded by acres of grounds, to lesser-known places that hide unbelievable stories. So read on, enjoy, and start planning your next trip. With the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth in 2016, it’s a fantastic…