We look back at some of the finest homes to appear in Country Life over the past week or so.
A forest of star-spangled Christmas trees lines the carriageway to the swagged and beribboned entrance of 17th-century Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte which hosts an annual festive extravaganza, finds Jacky Hobbs.
Tessa Waugh explains why Bettys, a Yorkshire institution founded in 1919, is the finest baker and confectioner in Britain.
The Grange is an early 18th century house which was remodelled by the master himself: Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows, on sparing walnut trees, freeing sheep and a very special Christmas Day breakfast.
Something magical is happening at the Royal Mail in Belfast. Strolling past rows of high-tech machinery, which sift and categorise mountains of letters at mind-blowing speed, you might be fooled…
Collin House lies a few miles away from Chipping Campden on the edge of the idyllic village of Broadway.
For book lovers who never get the time to read, audiobooks can make a great present. We've picked out five fine options.
Each December, a newborn baby takes centre stage in Nativity scenes throughout the land. Julie Harding meets those responsible for bringing the Christmas story to life.
We take a look at the finest country houses, castles and estates for sale in Scotland
With a low mist hanging over the backs of his cows like a white shroud, John Lewis-Stempel frets as his vet tests his treasured herd for dreaded bovine tuberculosis on…
Nothing says Christmas like a side of smoked salmon. This year, try it on pancakes.
This beautiful stretch of Scotland has just come to the market, but with sales of such properties buoyant you might have to act quickly.
Handel's Messiah is more than just a wonderful piece of music: it's a Christmas tradition in Britain. Ysenda Maxtone-Graham takes a look at the story behind it and picks some…
Our favourite hot chocolates: delicious, rich and perfect for sipping by the fire.
Missed last week's issue? You can still view its magnificent property pages and articles here.
Country Life rounds up the best things to see, do and book this week.
Christmas Double Issue: panto perils, real elves and crib makers.
Ford Farm is a handsome grade II listed country house standing in the centre of its own land.
Amelia Thorpe selects finishing touches for tree and table.