Country Life September 28 2016 is our gorgeous autumn gardens number in which we head backstage at University Challenge; reveal how to reduce your workload; offer tips on cooking wild mushrooms and reveal how to prepare for the shooting season. Find out more here:

ARCHITECTURE: In the second of two articles on Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire, John Goodall explains how an initiative to restore a house associated with Winston Churchill and Nancy Lancaster has got off to an impressive start

GARDENS: A botanical wonderland with its own unique flora is just a shorthaul flight away in the volcanic archipelago of Gran Canaria, writes Kathryn Bradley-Hole

UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE: Old-fashioned and intellectually rigorous, University Challenge
is an unlikely ratings winner with iconic status in British culture, says former contestant Flora Watkins

SHOOTING: When it comes to game shooting, ensuring your shotgun fits correctly is key. Nick Hammond heads to James Purdey & Sons to discover where he’s going wrong

COOKING: Melanie Johnson serves up Scottish girolles with gnocchi

LUXURY: Hetty Chidwick discovers what Kenton Cool and Phillipa Lepley couldn’t live without, how Cassandra Goad approaches jewellery design and the latest news in the world of luxury

HANDKERCHIEFS: Concocted by kings and queens and once used to arrange romantic liaisons, there’s a lot more to handkerchiefs than meets the nose, discovers Victoria Marston

PROPERTY: Penny Churchill surveys four estates that have everything and Arabella Youens profiles likely estate buyers

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