Country Life 24-Mar-2021

Published by TI Media Limited 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
4,85 €(IVA inc.)
151,54 €(IVA inc.)
51 Números

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5 min.
cli news

Darkness in Denmark EVERY spring and autumn, the sky turns dark in Denmark—all because of birds. Hundreds of thousands of starlings gather above the salt marshes of the Wadden Sea National Park, in the Jutland peninsula, and dance together across the evening sky, often blocking out the sun. Their mesmerising movement is a very effective survival strategy, confusing birds of prey until night falls and the starlings can take refuge among the marshes’ reed forests. The birds visit the food-rich Wadden Sea twice a year: between March and mid April, ahead of the breeding season, and from September to the end of October, when they need nourishment to brave winter. Although they mostly eat larvae, they are also partial to berries, which can sometimes ferment in the summer and early autumn heat.…

5 min.
around the world in british plates

BRITAIN has always been a culinary melting pot. From the fish and chips brought by Jewish immigrants to the East End of London to the tikka masala that is now widely held to be the country’s favourite meal, our island’s cuisine has been shaped and vastly enriched by centuries of newcomers. The Romans brought cabbages, peas and, of course, wine, the Vikings arrived with fish-smoking techniques and the Normans bequeathed us a dictionary’s worth of food names (anyone for mouton?). Kedgeree, now thought of as the most quintessentially British of breakfasts, came home with members of the East India Company in the 18th century. But of course, that isn’t always the direction of travel. As a former Empire with colonies all over the globe, Britain has exported its favourite foods worldwide.…

11 min.
their green and pleasant land

Selva de Irati, Pyrenees, Spain PEER among the massive beech trees and the silver firs that make up the Selva de Irati and you might catch a glimpse of movement among the leaves. A deer, perhaps. Or Basajaun, Lord of the Woods, a giant, shaggy creature, as fast as a deer, but as strong as a boar. Despite its rather frightful appearance, the Basque answer to the Yeti is a gentle soul that watches over sheep and alerts shepherds to approaching danger, all for a slice of bread that he collects when people are asleep. Better meet him than the ghost of Jeanne d’Albret, the last Queen of Navarre, who, rumour has it, was poisoned in 1572 with a pair of scented gloves by France’s Catherine de’Medici. Now, Jeanne roams the dense…

5 min.
where fairy tales come true

IN the Sherlock Holmes novel The Valley of Fear, John Douglas finds himself fleeing some of the most dangerous men in America. On arrival in England, his first move is to invest in a fortified property, complete with a moat and a drawbridge, from which to defend himself. Back in the real world, the factors of privacy and security are still an important part of a castle’s appeal, but buyers also yearn for the romance of owning a home that has survived—or, indeed, played a role in—hundreds or even thousands of years of history. Happily, these properties aren’t only ideal for keeping people at bay, they also lend themselves to entertaining on a grand scale. And there’s always the comfort that, should one attract the attention of an evil secret society,…

1 min.
how to make the most of a virtual viewing

Jelena Cvjetkovic, director at Savills International (020–7016 3754), and Jack Harris, Knight Frank associate (020–7861 1139), share their tips on how to navigate the world of remote property-buying • Do your research. Ideally, you'll already know your chosen area well and have narrowed your selection down to a few key locations or even properties• Carefully look at all the information that is already available online, from photographs to pre-recorded video tours• Research Streetview and get to know the immediate area around the property. Check online maps to scout for railway lines, stations, major roads or other buildings for potential sources of noise• Talk to the agent to ascertain whether you and the property are a good fit• Prepare all your questions beforehand-what do you really want to see up close?• Make…

4 min.
between sea and sky

WHEN St Andrew was martyred by crucifixion in the city of Patras, Greece, he likely believed that he would reach Heaven. His spirit may have ascended to the clouds, but his body made it to the Amalfi Coast, so whichever way you look at it, he was right. Andrew arrived by boat, but it is more customary these days to approach this shattered shore on the shin of Italy’s boot by car from Naples. It’s not a trip for the faint-hearted: twisting single roads wind their way over and around sharp cliff faces, with nothing but the amethyst water of the Mediterranean ready to catch you. There is a reason that this coast featured in the driving video games Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo; it’s more than likely that the taxi…