Architect and broadcaster Ptolemy Dean pipes up in favour of traditional, cast-iron downpipes

As her car fails on the motorway Carla Carlisle sees it as both a blessing and a warning, to stop and be calm, and to be more prepared.

Whilst farmers struggle to make a profit, farmland value is increasing, according to Savills

Sandy's house renovation is going well, apart from the neverending ranks the mice send forth in an attempt to conquer the kitchen, and, of course, the chimney

This idyllic Staffordshire country house with gardens by Thomas Mawson is on the market for only the third time in its history

Carla Carlisle thinks back to last advent, when upon asking for only presents which could be eaten or read, she received four copies of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, and was…

The month of December in the walled garden of Swinton Park brings Jerusalem artichokes, brussels sprouts, forced rhubarb and Christmas decorations.

Pre Budget Report Packs a Punch

The Chancellor had some surprises in the Pre Budget Report for those who expected to be able to invest in property and fine wines to put towards their pensions

Carla Passino recommends some favourite wines to overcome the delicate minefield of wines for the Christmas table.

From innovative ways of hanging your Christmas cards, to grown up Christmas decorations, Mrs Danvers hurdles some potential of the potential style obstacles that challenge many at this time of…

After studying the contents of many candidates from the burgeoning Christmas hamper sector, Countrylife.co.uk is delighted to announce our 10 favourites. Selected for the sheer quality of their produce, they…

Carla Carlisle's memories of Christmas in the deep south flood back again this year, as she wishes her son could be given similarly powerful recollections to dwell on when he…

Ptolemy Dean exhorts us to look beneath the layers and celebrate diversity in colour choices in exterior woodwork

Two new developments have more claim than most to the description ‘divine’

It’s not just racing drivers and film starts who move to Monaco. Tessa Reading meets some of the new breed of residents attracted by the quality of life.

Nationwide’s report on the housing market for November has found very little change in prices, in the context of what it terms ‘a benign economic environment.’

The latest survey by Hometrack suggests that the seasonal dip in sales has failed to take place so far, although prices have remained unchanged in November