Country Life November 22 2017 is our sensational restoration number featuring 70 years of listings; perfect picture hanging; plus Nature’s big sleep. Find out more here:
ARCHITECTURE: Shanks, a magnificent Somerset house, has been reintegrated to become a coherent modern home, finds John Martin Robinson
GARDENS: A former Hampshire stockyard, with interesting historical references, is now the setting for a fine contemporary garden, finds Kathryn Bradley-Hole
CRICKET: Roderick Easdale explains the significance of the first match in the new Ashes series
THE BIG SLEEP: Ian Morton wonders whether humans can learn anything from animal hibernation
COUNTRY HOUSES FOUNDATION AWARD: John Goodall meets grateful recipients of a Country Houses Foundation award
LISTED BUILDINGS: Roger Bowdler charts the 70-ear history of listing buildings
THE PRICE OF PERFECTION: Pippa Cuckson finds out what it’s like to play a million-pound violin
LIVING NATIONAL TREASURE: The cricket-bat maker
FAVOURITE PAINTING: Xavier Bray, the director of the Wallace Collection chooses a tiny work that transports him to an enchanting Italian landscape
BEDTIME LUXURY: A duck-feather-filled eiderdown is the height of bedtime luxury, says Tessa Waugh
INTERIORS: Bunny Turner turns a bedroom into a private gallery and framing consultant Marcus Wells advises on the perfect hang, plus Giles Kime on the new country-house paint palette
TRAVEL: New York and Lech
COOKING: Simon Hopkinson does some delicious things with duck pâté
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