best building firms in Britain

The best builders in Britain

Whether you're embarking on a new-build or painstakingly restoring a listed building, here are the craftsmen with excellent foundations.

Smoking rooms in country houses

The rise and fall of the smoking room

By the 1880s, the smoking room had become an essential feature of the country house - Michael Hall examines the rise and fall of this masculine space

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Kinross House, Kinross-shire

The restoration of the wonderful Kinross House was very much informed by the spirit of its original owner, finds Clive Aslet.