Country Life November 29 2017

Country Life November 29 2017 is our stunning Christmas special featuring our annual advent calendar, present ideas for everyone, the best canapés and how to compose a carol. Find out more here:

GIFT GUIDE: Victoria Marston and Rosie Paterson find present ideas for indoors and outdoors, ladies, gentlemen and smalls

STILTON: Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a pungent Stilton. Nick Hammond finds out more about this very British cheese

CANAPÉ COMPETITION: We reveal the results of the Country Life and Plain English contest to find the best party food in London, plus essential canapé etiquette

LIVING NATIONAL TREASURE: Trombone maker

INTERVIEW: Simon Berry, scion of the wine merchant dynasty, talks to Harry Eyres about an ancient tradition and what he’s going to do next

FAVOURITE PAINTING: 
The designer and author Stephen Bayley chooses an erotic 19th-century work he discovered during his student days in Liverpool

GARDENS: Jacky Hobbs visits Highfield Hollies in Hampshire, where hundreds of sculpted trees have been trained over 25 years

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ARCHITECTURE: Cesky Krumlov Castle in the Czech Republic was extravagantly remodelled in the 18th century. John Goodall pays a visit

LUXURY: Hetty Chidwick goes backstage at Favourbrook and finds out what essentials bestselling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford can’t live without

INTERIORS: Amelia Thorpe finds out how to design a wine cellar

MOTORING: Charles Rangeley-Wilson test drives the Volkswagen Amarok, the poshest of pick-ups

WILDLIFE: Ian Morton admires the much-reviled amphibian – the toad

COOKING: Melanie Johnson finds surprising ways to use hazelnuts

CHRISTMAS CAROLLING: How do you introduce new Christmas carols? John Goodall gets a tune a day

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