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Country Life 02-Oct-2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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.

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Editor: Annunciata Elwes Sub-editor: Octavia Pollock Design: Sarah Readman, Ben Harris and Heather Clark Picture Editor: Emily Anderson Editor-in-chief: Mark Hedges Advertising: Oliver Pearson Editor Mark Hedges Editor’s PA/Travel Rosie Paterson 555062 Deputy Editor Kate Green 555063 Architectural Editor John Goodall 555064 Gardens Editor Tiffany Daneff 555067 Fine Arts & Books Editor Mary Miers 555066 Interiors Editor Giles Kime 555083 Managing & Features Editor Paula Lester 555068 Deputy Features Editor Victoria Marston 555079 News & Property Editor Annunciata Elwes 555078 Luxury Editor Hetty Lintell 555071 Acting Art Editor Sarah Readman 555080 Deputy Art Editor Heather Clark Designer Ben Harris 555245 Picture Editor Lucy Ford 555075 Deputy Picture Editor Emily Anderson 555076 Senior Sub-Editor James Fisher 555089 Senior Sub-Editor Octavia Pollock 555082 Digital Editor Toby Keel 555086 Property Correspondent Penny Churchill Group Managing DirectorAndrea Davies Managing Director Steve Prentice Assistant Business DirectorKirsty Setchell 551111 Group Art Director Dean Usher Photographic Library Manager Melanie Bryan 555090 Photographic Library Assistant Paula Fahey 555092 Marketing…

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on the up and up

PORTUGAL is enjoying a streak of luck. Two of its landmarks have been granted UNESCO status—the Palácio de Mafra ( above ) and the Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga—and its government has a strategy to make it one of the world’s most sustainable destinations by 2027. The capital, Lisbon, has been named the most travel-friendly European city with the cheapest airport transfers to the centre (£5.25). Heathrow’s taxi fare is the second most expensive (£45.87), after Amsterdam (£47.13). New and tempting property offerings in Portugal include boutique, sustainable wellness resort Quinta da Comporta, one of only two five-star resorts in the area, an hour from Lisbon. There are 20 townhouses and pool villas for sale, all of which are turn-key and ready to be rented now—prices have already risen from €…

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the sun rises in the east

AFTER a decade of planning, Soho House Hong Kong finally opened last month in Sheung Wan—the latest and biggest yet of the exclusive brand’s now 24 private members’ clubs worldwide. This ‘home-fromhome’ for ‘like-minded people’ is adorned with more than 100 pieces by local artists, from Tsang Kin Wah and Ho Fan to Firenze Lai. ‘We’ve properly integrated the work space, the gym space and the house space into one [28-storey] building,’ explains founder and CEO Nick Jones. ‘It’s a superb location.’ Visit for more. Further enticement to invest in Asia’s World City—which saw 1.3% property growth in the first half of 2019 and contains the world’s most expensive residential property, say Savills—comes in the form of a new cultural and retail destination in the $2.6 billion Victoria Dockside development, K11…

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spanish serenade

THE speed with which properties of the Abama Resort are being snapped up is testament to the fact that Tenerife has well and truly shaken off its Brits-abroad reputation. Since the launch five years ago, sales have continued to accelerate at the luxe branded-residence development in the south-west part of the island, 30 minutes from the airport. This year’s phase of Bellevue residences sold out in record time and more than 50% of the freshly launched Las Villas del Tenis had sold before construction began this summer. With an enviable spa, tennis courts, a private, sheltered beach with a pier for boating excursions, 18-hole golf course, two Michelin-starred restaurants and 400 acres sloping up the Teide volcano, offering far-reaching views over the Atlantic—not to mention the connecting Ritz-Carlton, Abama—there’s plenty to enjoy.…

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who’s having a good year?

La Serenissima After collisions, protests and environmental damage, the Italian government has announced a ban on large cruise ships in Venice’s Giudecca canal and lagoon Slovenia The lake-peppered country is home to the world’s fastest-rising house prices, going up by 18.2% a year, say Knight Frank China Within 10 years, China will occupy 43 spots in Savills Top 100 Resilient Cities rankings, say agents, with the best longterm investment opportunities to be found in ‘challenger cities’, such as Hangzhou, Nanjing and Ningbo Croatia The Adriatic country saw a 6% increase in visitors in the first half of 2019, with Istria taking the most overnight stays…

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good day, vienna

FOR the second year in a row, coffee-, culture- and Klimt-friendly Vienna ranks as the world’s most liveable city in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index. ‘It’s clean, well-preserved, green, convenient and safe,’ explains Roland Neuhauser of Austria Sotheby’s International Realty (00 43 1343 1000). The property market’s stable, too, with prices still growing annually, he adds. Investors should seek out apartments in post-1945 properties that aren’t rent-protected, suggests Engel & Völkers’ Christian Sommer (00 43 1961 5000). Prices are high in the historic 1st district, says Richard Buxbaum of Knight Frank partner Otto Immobilien (00 43 1512 777 7300), ‘try areas such as the 3rd and 22nd districts near new metro stations for better value’. CM…