The hidden south of France

Off the well-trodden track of the Cote d'Azur and Provence, France still has plenty to offer in terms of lovely locations for second homes, finds Charlotte Cubitt

Restoring a Georgian townhouse

In the first of a new series, William Palin describes the principles behind the restoration of his 1717 Georgian town house

Improving wood and wood graining

Improving woods like pine to make them seem like other, rarer hard woods, the Georgians used wood graining as a technique and now a modern master is at work everywhere…

How to perfect a Georgian exterior

William Palin wonders whether the renovation of his Georgian townhouse will be copied by others looking for perfect examples of restoration in the late 20th century

Restoring a Georgian kitchen

William Palin finds that restoring his Georgian kitchen is not as easy as one might expect, and in fact the one he ends up designing leaves much to be desired

Expert advice for first-time property buyers

First-time-buyers prop up a healthy property market, so how can we encourage them to jump onto the property ladder? We talk to some experts with interesting ideas for how the…

Top tips on moving to the country

Top tips on moving to the country

After years of helping clients fulfill their rural dream, Phil Spencer offers some candid advice on the unwelcome truth that lies behind the idyll

Reeds for thatching

Thatched cottage owners beware: you could face of fine of up to £20,000 if discovered replacing thatch with anything other than the less efficient 'traditional' local material