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Country Life September 21 2016 is our Cotswolds issue featuring hunts, booze, rocks, carpenters and cows; plus vodka-fuelled salmon fishing in Russia. Find out more here:

ARCHITECTURE: The marriage of one of Charles II’s illegitimate daughters indirectly brought into being one of Oxfordshire’s greatest country houses, Ditchley Park. In the first of two articles, John Goodall looks at its creation

GARDENS: Roel Farmhouse in Gloucestershire is at the heart of a new garden carefully created over the past two decades, finds George Plumptre

THE GLOUCESTER COW: The tale of this magnificent beast is one of triumph and trouble. Kate Green finds out why it’s worth rescuing

CRAFT BEER: Wine drinkers should be astonished by the variety and complexity of modern craft beers. Rupert Ponsonby hones his beer nose

COOKING: Simon Hopkinson shares his tempting tomato recipes

FURNITURE: Traditional Cotswold furniture-making owes much to the legacy of the Arts-and-Crafts movement, finds Jane Wheatley

FARMING: Lord Plumb of Coleshill talks to Clive Aslet about the EU and helping the current farming generation

REEL LIFE: David Profumo ventures to Russia, where he enjoys some of the best salmon fishing in the world and ‘many vodka’

HUNTING: Some of the most unspoilt hunting in England is to be had with the Cotswold packs. Catherine Austen is your guide

MOTORING: The smart new Skoda Superb offers quality and looks at a bargain price, says Charles Rangeley-Wilson

PROPERTY: Penny Churchill heads to the Cotswolds for two of the biggest estate sales of the year and Arabella Youens discovers canny Cotswold buyers are heading to Warwickshire

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