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Britain September/October 2017

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

This issue I was lucky enough to venture out in the summer sunshine (yes, really) to explore the houses and gardens of Shakespeare’s England. Read about some of my delightful discoveries in For Leisure & Pleasure (p14)– I’m fairly confident there are at least one or two places you won’t have read about before. As a city dweller, it’s sometimes all too easy to take for granted the culture and heritage on my doorstep so this issue it was nice to be reminded of some of the stunning stately homes we have right here in the capital in London’s Great Houses (p37). Talking of grand properties, our photographer was blown away on his visit to West Sussex’s Arundel Castle (p24), which this year celebrates its 950th anniversary, and we’re pretty…

1 min
your letters

GIVE US FULL DISCLOSURE, PLEASE I always enjoy the Letters column but could you please include the town or city as well as the state in letters from readers in the USA? This is a very big country, as you know. The reason I ask is that years ago in another UK magazine (the former Realm, I believe) I recognised the name of a woman in New Jersey who I hadn’t seen for years and it was only because the magazine’s letters page gave the name of the town she lived in that I was able to contact her and we became reacquainted. Thank you. Janet Schmeizer, New Berlin, NY, USA THE SAVOY: AN ENCORE I was reading an article in the March 2017 issue (Volume 85 Issue 1) about the Savoy Hotel. I don’t…

1 min
letter of the month you rule, britannia

I was 13 when I went to Britain for the first time. As soon as I set foot on its soil, I fell in love with this country and immediately felt at home. Now I am 61 and the love remains as deep as ever. When asked: “ What do you like in Britain? ” all I can say is: “ Everything. ” I cannot choose from the magic of London, the dramatic scenery of Scotland, the charms of Cornwall, or the chocolate-box villages of the Cotswolds – I could go on for hours. I love the British people, the food and even the British weather. You could not find someone more Anglophile than me. The proof is that I am very seriously considering settling down in Britain when I retire next year. But,…

5 min
the bulletin

TRAVEL Britain’s great lakes The Lake District has been designated a World Heritage Site, making it Britain’s first national park to be granted such status. Often described as Beatrix Potter Country, due to its connection to the beloved children’s author who wrote prolifically here, the Lake District, in Cumbria, is one of Britain’s most famous areas of natural beauty. The designation by UNESCO recognises the Lake District as a cultural landscape of international significance. Its inclusion as a World Heritage Site is due to its dramatic farmed landscape; the part it played in inspiring great works of art and literature, such as Wordsworth’s ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ poem Daffodils; and its role in the birth of conservation, thanks in no small part to Beatrix Potter.www.lakedistrict.gov.uk HISTORY The Bigger Picture The National Portrait Gallery is to undergo…

1 min
reading corner

A Brush with Anglesey by Sarah Harding (£20, Booths Print) A charming depiction of the Welsh island through drawings and paintings Tales From The Big House: Temple Newsam by Steve Ward (£12.99, Pen & Sword) Hear hidden stories of the stately home once considered the Hampton Court of the North A Century of Prints in Britain from the Arts Council’s Collection (£22.50, Hayward Publishing) This book charts the history of prints, from Edwardian woodcuts through the pop artists of the 1960s What the Suffragists Did Next by Mavis Curtis (£20, Amberley) This book examines how eight women continued to fight for women’s rights after the Representation of the People Act The Mile End Murder: The Case Conan Doyle Couldn’t Solve by Sinclair McKay (£20, Aurum Press) McKay follows a case that gripped and baffled…

8 min
for leisure & pleasure

Set in a ‘Capability’ Brown-designed landscape, Compton Verney is also home to an acclaimed art gallery Every now and then in this job we come across a place that astounds us and makes us ask: why haven’t we been here before? This is exactly how we feel when we arrive at Compton Verney, a stately home set amid an impressive Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown-designed landscape in Warwickshire, which also happens to be home to a nationally-acclaimed art galley. It’s hard to believe when you look at the impeccable neoclassical facade of the Georgian house, remodelled by Robert Adam from its previous formal baroque appearance, that less than 25 years ago the house and its grounds stood in ruin. For centuries Compton Verney was the family seat of the Barons Willoughby de Broke – it…