Country life january 13 2016

This week’s issue of Country Life takes us from the delightful shores of Lake Maggiore to Monet’s gardens in France, via Iceland and the Oxford Farming Conference.

** Kate Green reports from the Oxford Farming Conference where debating the Brexit was a top priority for debate

** Geoffrey Tyack explores the insights into Oxford’s changing architectural tastes offered by Worcester College.

** Moving further afield Steven Desmond applauds the lush spring displays of Villa Táranto on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Italy, while Paula Lester has a true off-roading experience in Iceland, as she puts a Toyota to the test.

** It’s said that Monet thought his garden at Giverny was his ‘most beautiful work of art’. Tim Richardson charts the artist’s interest in contemporary horticulture

** Simon Hopkinson offers variants on the silky baked egg for your delectation