Whether twining over a panther-drawn chariot or feeding an exclusive species of bee, ivy, a dominant Christmas evergreen, has virtues we should all celebrate, says Steven Desmond.
What does it take to be a modern-day magician? Emma Hughes finds out. Main photograph by Richard Cannon.
We've picked out four of the most beautiful overseas homes recently on the market, as seen in Country Life.
The RNLI and Coastguard were called to assist Father Christmas in Porthcawl after he fell from his sleigh and was found clinging to a green marker pole. Stef Bottinelli of…
Those who long for a racy motor combined with the comfort and practicality of a 4x4 can tick all the boxes with Maserati’s new Levante, says Charles Rangeley-Wilson.
The musician and TV presenter shares a few of his favourite things with Hetty Chidwick.
Holystreet Manor lies in a sweep of the River Teign and some magnificent ancient woodland.
Bobbles offer an opportunity to create a discreetly decorative look which is bang on trend this Christmas.
'I asked him to create a simple, uncomplicated image depicting God’s unconditional love and mercy offered to all'
We look back at some of the finest homes to appear in Country Life over the past week or so.
A forest of star-spangled Christmas trees lines the carriageway to the swagged and beribboned entrance of 17th-century Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte which hosts an annual festive extravaganza, finds Jacky Hobbs.
Tessa Waugh explains why Bettys, a Yorkshire institution founded in 1919, is the finest baker and confectioner in Britain.
The Grange is an early 18th century house which was remodelled by the master himself: Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows, on sparing walnut trees, freeing sheep and a very special Christmas Day breakfast.
Something magical is happening at the Royal Mail in Belfast. Strolling past rows of high-tech machinery, which sift and categorise mountains of letters at mind-blowing speed, you might be fooled…
Collin House lies a few miles away from Chipping Campden on the edge of the idyllic village of Broadway.
For book lovers who never get the time to read, audiobooks can make a great present. We've picked out five fine options.
Each December, a newborn baby takes centre stage in Nativity scenes throughout the land. Julie Harding meets those responsible for bringing the Christmas story to life.
We take a look at the finest country houses, castles and estates for sale in Scotland
With a low mist hanging over the backs of his cows like a white shroud, John Lewis-Stempel frets as his vet tests his treasured herd for dreaded bovine tuberculosis on…