Country Life 18-Aug-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
51 期号


strange, but true

• Guernsey is using beer mats to help fight Asian hornets. The mats show a life-size picture of the invasive insect and explain what people need to do if they spot one • Until the early 19th century, the island was split into two at high tide, as water flooded a low-lying area called Braye du Valle. Engineering work at both ends of the area (Grande Havre and St Sampson) solved the problem in 1808 • One of the most popular dolls in Victorian Guernsey was Cobo Alice, a rag doll originally made from sailcloth and sawdust by the wife of a fisherman from Cobo, on Guernsey’s western shore. The originals are still sought after today and there are knitting patterns available online for those who would like to make their own •…

international news

True blue GUERNSEY celebrates a marine-protection milestone this year—the 15th anniversary of its first Ramsar site. In 2006, 35 years after the convention to recognise and protect wetlands of international importance was signed in the Iranian city of Ramsar, Guernsey designated L’Erée headland and the island of Lihou as its first protected wetland under the treaty (Alderney beat its larger neighbour by one year, naming its own west coast and the Burhou islands in 2005). A great spot for birdwatchers, the area, which has a wide range of habitats in a relatively small stretch, teems with oystercatchers, seals, basking sharks and rare seaweed—the Lihou shoreline alone (above) has 214 different species. With Sark designating the Gouliot caves and headland in 2007 and Guernsey naming a second wetland, Herm, Jethou and The…

little black book

Ben Le Prevost Chocolatier, St Peter Port Whether salted caramel or more unusual flavours such as mango or pineapple and fennel, the chocolates by this award-winning chocolatier are as beautiful as they are delicious Bruce Russell, St Saviour Have a bite to eat before perusing necklaces, rings and silverware at this jewellers and restaurant set in lush, stream-coursed grounds Octopus, St Peter Port Named after the villain in Victor Hugo’s The Toilers of the Sea, this international restaurant looks out towards Castle Cornet, Herm, Jethou and Sark Le Gouffre Café and Restaurant, Rue de Gouffre Enjoy fresh seafood and spectacular views at this clifftop eatery The Juggling King, St Peter Port Try seed-to-bottle rum made by this company, which takes inspiration from Guernsey’s privateering history 26, Cornet Street, St Peter Port The oldest townhouse in the capital is now a Victorian…

don’t miss

Sark’s Museum Retrace the island’s history and learn about the attempted invasion by a lone Frenchman in 1990 Seeing Guernsey from a different angle Take a TukTuk tour on land ( or explore the sea by jet ski (, rib (, paddleboard or kayak ( Candle-making with the children Guernsey Candles ( runs a workshop where children can make or carve their own candles. If you’d rather buy them readymade, Guernsey Candles sells a selection or you can try Wined Down Candles, a little stall that offers soy candles handcrafted using old wine bottles Fort Grey Shipwreck Museum Find out about the most dramatic or the weirdest shipwrecks off the coast and take in spectacular views of Les Hanois Lighthouse Guernsey Hedge Veg Use this website to discover fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and food and product stalls around the…

a sailor’s playground

WITH its steady winds blowing across crystal-clear waters and endless supply of dramatic, craggy-cliffed coves that harbour secret beaches, Guernsey is a sailor’s dream. The Bailiwick has a seafaring heritage that goes back almost as far as human history-it is believed that people first travelled here by boat, possibly as early as 4000BC. Guernsey’s strategic position in the English Channel, less than 30 miles from Normandy, allowed it to benefit from seaborne trade—in the 17th century, privateering became a key source of income. Today, the boating scene is, thankfully, less bloodthirsty. The Bailiwick is made up of eight islands, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, and the smaller islets of Brecqhou, Jethou, Burhou and Lihou. Archipelagos make the best destinations for boating holidays, providing a menu of islands to explore, anchorages to suit…

tides and moorings

The Channel Islands are famous for their rocky approaches, massive tidal ranges and fierce tidal races of up to six knots through the channels. ‘We know that the tidal range can be off-putting, but it has so many benefits,’ Mrs Rivers says, citing the clear water and range of aquatic wildlife. ‘The Guernsey Yacht Club offers advice to anybody thinking of visiting the islands and we’re happy to help with any navigation or pilotage once they are here.’ The main visitor marina in Guernsey, Victoria Marina, is in St Peter Port, ( Beaucette marina in the north will accept visitors, but be sure to make contact in advance (01481 245000; Around the islands there are visitor moorings and multiple anchorages (see for more information). Covid-related issues are affecting charter offerings…