Country Life 1 February 2023

Country Life 1 February 2023 is our annual travel special, while we also look at wild flowers, Robin Hood and the legendary Flying Scotsman.

Travel — Let Country Life guide you along the paths less travelled

The snapshot

Giardino dell’Iris, Florence, Italy

Keeping up with the dames

Jo Rodgers feels right at home in glamorous Paris, and we pick our favourite European hotels

Sleep like a champion

Here’s where to bed down after watching the Olympics in 2024

The magnificent seven

Seven spectacular islands—from Menorca to Manhattan

The Atlantic’s green lung

Rosalyn Wikeley gets away from it all in the ‘Hawaii of Europe’

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Equatorial eden

Sarah Freeman falls for the allure of remote São Tomé and Príncipe

Raise a dram to Islay

Ben Lerwill savours the three Ws—walking, wildlife and whisky

London Life

Carla Passino sails through the docklands, Harry Mount digs into Roman history and artist LUAP reveals his love of the East End

Aurore Ankarcrona Hennessey’s favourite painting

The Arts Club director chooses an example of abstract beauty

The courage to be happy

Carla Carlisle spares some dos and don’ts for the Sussexes


Flying Scotsman is still the world’s favourite loco, finds Jack Watkins

A picture frame

Jeremy Musson steps into the past at the atmospheric Dennis Severs’ House, London E1

Native breeds

Kate Green on Marsh Daisies

For he’s a jolly good fallow

Simon Lester is drawn to the shy and elusive Dama dama

The luck of the Irish

Can anyone stop Ireland in the Six Nations, asks Owain Jones

Our own prince of thieves

Robin Hood’s legend endures after 900 years, finds Ben Lerwill

The good stuff

Hetty Lintell is playing Cupid


Warm to stylish fireplaces

Petal power

Non Morris is inspired by the rare and flourishing blooms at Stokesay Flowers in Shropshire

Kitchen garden cook

Melanie Johnson looks at leeks

Let the children sing

Ysenda Maxtone Graham sings the praises of Gabrieli Roar

And much more