Britain March/April 2020

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
6 期号


editor's letter

Which would you rather visit, Jane Austen’s humble Hampshire cottage with its rose-wreathed doorway, or stately Belvoir Castle, so regal that it stands in for Windsor Castle in The Crown? Well, luckily you don’t have to choose, as this issue we take you round both Austen’s home (Jane Austen’s Hampshire, p14) and the rather grander residence of Her Grace, The Duchess of Rutland the castle 32 . Whether you’re planning a trip or simply dreaming of Britain from afar, you’ll love Heritage stays (p61), our cherry-picked selection of places to stay with history. Be lord or lady of a castle for the night, or turn the key of your very own English country cottage. As my own , UNESCO recognition for the Isle of Wight gave me an excuse to return to…

your letters

PRETTY AS A PICTURE We were happy to receive your 2020 calendar today. The pictures for the upcoming months are beautiful, as always. The cover picture of the ruins along the coast was also fantastic. Would you please let me know where that photo was taken? My wife and I take 3/4-week trips to the UK every other year and we are planning our next trip in 2020. This looks like a great place to visit. Chester E. Balut, via email BRITAIN replies: This beautiful shot is of the Crowns tin mine engine houses on the Atlantic coast in Cornwall, near Botallack. Other readers still looking for a 2020 calendar can purchase one through WRITE TO US! By post: Letters, BRITAIN, The Chelsea Magazine Company, Jubilee House, 2 Jubilee Place, London, SW3 3TQ…

star letter memories of cornwall

After seeing Mont-Saint-Michel about 20 years ago with an aunt and uncle I was delighted to journey to Cornwall last spring with the same aunt and uncle and another aunt to explore the English island and it did not disappoint. Less touristy than its French counterpart, St Michael’s Mount offers fantastic views from the castle – well worth the climb up – and the gardens were a riot of colour despite the heavy snow earlier in the year. We ended our day in St Ives for dinner – delicious pasties which we managed to eat without the gulls getting any! Although we saw many destinations in the county from our rented cottage in Looe, such as Port Isaac, The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Fowey and Polperro to…

the bulletin

PREMIERE Yorkshire on the big screen A new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden is set to hit the silver screen on 17 April. Alongside stars Colin Firth and Julie Walters, various locations in the North York Moors will also be in the spotlight, such as the pretty five-acre Helmsley Walled Garden. If you visit in May (it's open April to October), you can enjoy the romantic laburnum arch in full bloom. Other nearby locations featured in the film are Duncombe Park, one of Yorkshire’s finest estates, and the moody moorland of Farndale, famous for its wild daffodils. ANNIVERSARY Freedom fighters 700 years ago the Declaration of Arbroath travelled up to the small town in Angus. A historic letter calling for the Pope to recognise Scotland as an independent nation, it was sealed…

reading corner

Eleanor of Aquitaine by Sarah Cockerill (Amberley, £25). Possibly the most remarkable Queen of France and England, Eleanor of Aquitaine was also an orphan, crusader and prisoner. Providence Lost: Cromwell’s Last Year by Paul Lay (Head of Zeus, £30). A compelling account of the Interregnum, one of the most intellectually thrilling times in British history. Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem (Bloomsbury, £18.99). Scouring the banks of the Thames for over fifteen years unearthed some unlikely finds – and thousands of years of London history. Lady in Waiting: My extraordinary life in the shadow of the crown by Anne Glenconner (Hodder & Stoughton, £20). This insider memoir by Princess Margaret’s Lady in Waiting is a fascinating tale. The Staffordshire Hoard: An Anglo-Saxon Treasure (Society of Antiquaries of London, £45). The experts' account of this invaluable discovery.…

jane austen’s hampshire

A lofty lime tree marks the spot where Steventon Rectory once stood – the place where the country’s favourite author, second only to Shakespeare, spent the first 25 years of her life. Jane Austen’s roots run deep in this pretty part of the world, known for its traditional thatched cottages, gently rolling hills and chalk streams. It was in Chawton, a small, picturesque village in east Hampshire, that Jane was happiest, and most prolific. She was proud to call herself “a Hampshire-born Austen”, and the county shares its pride in its literary daughter with a host of sights, attractions and trails. Of course, Jane Austen’s six novels (seven, if you count the unfinished Sanditon) are cherished the world over, and each new film or TV adaptation introduces her work to a…