Country Life November 22 2017

Country Life November 22 2017 is our sensational restoration number featuring 70 years of listings; perfect picture hanging; plus Nature’s big sleep. Find out more here:

ARCHITECTURE: Shanks, a magnificent Somerset house, has been reintegrated to become a coherent modern home, finds John Martin Robinson

GARDENS: A former Hampshire stockyard, with interesting historical references, is now the setting for a fine contemporary garden, finds Kathryn Bradley-Hole

CRICKET: Roderick Easdale explains the significance of the first match in the new Ashes series

THE BIG SLEEP: Ian Morton wonders whether humans can learn anything from animal hibernation

COUNTRY HOUSES FOUNDATION AWARD: John Goodall meets grateful recipients of a Country Houses Foundation award

LISTED BUILDINGS: Roger Bowdler charts the 70-ear history of listing buildings

THE PRICE OF PERFECTION: Pippa Cuckson finds out what it’s like to play a million-pound violin

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LIVING NATIONAL TREASURE: The cricket-bat maker

FAVOURITE PAINTING: Xavier Bray, the director of the Wallace Collection chooses a tiny work that transports him to an enchanting Italian landscape

BEDTIME LUXURY: A duck-feather-filled eiderdown is the height of bedtime luxury, says Tessa Waugh

INTERIORS: Bunny Turner turns a bedroom into a private gallery and framing consultant Marcus Wells advises on the perfect hang, plus Giles Kime on the new country-house paint palette

TRAVEL: New York and Lech

COOKING: Simon Hopkinson does some delicious things with duck pâté

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