Land of Hope and Glory: British Country Life Episode 2

For almost 120 years, Country Life magazine has been the property bible for anyone looking to buy a grand country house. Jane Treays, (Inside Claridge’s), spent a year visiting cottages, manor houses and castles through the eyes of the magazine – and seeing how people  live in them – from a crumbling historic mansion in Oxfordshire and a glorious Scottish estate basking in it’s £13 million refurbishment to the inherited turrets of Picton Castle in Wales, and the noisy environment of the huntsman’s 18th century kennels and cottage.

Our obsession with the rural dream – if money were no object, what sort of house would we have … However, only 18% of us live in the country and many of us are divorced from a rural way of life… What is the reality of the rural dream?

** Milton Manor, Oxon  – Anthony Mockler Barratt and Gwenda, ancestral inheritors, John Goodall

** Nicky Haslam – renting the hunting lodge – Arabella Youens

** Kinross – Donald Fothergill, millionaire owner- Clive Aslet

** Nicky Philipps – Picton Castle, descendant and artist

** Chiddingfold, Leckonfield and Cowdray hunt – Sage Thompson, huntsman, Rupert Uloth

** Annie Tempest, cartoonist, Norfolk

** Wardington Manor, Molly Walters, amazing plasterwork, Mary Miers

** Sir Roy Strong

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