Country Life September 27 2017

Country Life September 27 2017 reveals our guide to the most ghostly nocturnal predator – the owl – plus alliums, boat-building and the rise of the super larder. Find out more:

ARCHITECTURE: In the second of two articles, Gavin Stamp explores the remarkable story of how the ruins at Mount Grace Priory in North Yorkshire were saved in the 20th century

GARDENS: Alliums, the now fashionable ornamental onion tribe, must be planted in the coming weeks if a show is to be put on for next year. Mark Griffiths and Jacky Hobbs report

OWLS: Spectral and cryptic, owls have long exerted a powerful pull on Man, says Simon Lester

BOAT-BUILDING: Clive Aslet joins three men learning how to build a boat in Lyme Regis

INTERIORS: All-singing, all-dancing larders are the secret of kitchen sanity, says Amelia Thorpe

PROPERTY: Penny Churchill finds splendid sporting properties in Yorkshire and Eleanor Doughty finds reason, in moor, mountain and coast, to go and live in the north of England

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LIVING NATIONAL TREASURE: The coach-builder and wagon-maker

INTERVIEW: Charles Spencer talks to Giles Kime about the importance of popular history and his new book about Charles ll

FAVOURITE PAINTING: Lucinda Compton, the chatelaine of Newby Hall chooses a portrait of the taste-maker who transformed her home

REEL LIFE: David Profumo tallies up a successful chalkstream season

COOKING: Melanie Johnson bakes a plum cake with olive oil

LUXURY: Hetty Chidwick visits cufflink makers Deakin & Francis and actor Douglas Booth reveals his life essentials

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