Property guide to Elstead

Freddie Mack shares the secrets of Elstead in Surrey, a prime spot for young families looking for properties outside London near good schools

The best of culture in the countryside

These days, there's so much more than duck-racing and cricket going on across the countryside. Tessa Waugh picks out some of our most culturally inclined village communities

Property guide to Cheriton

If you're considering buying property in or around Cheriton this year, take a look at our property guide which covers where to buy, what prices to expect and where to…

The heritage value of your home

Your period house may have many secrets, and an innate heritage value you'll be able to make the most of if you go about it properly

Caring for stone roofs

This continued wet and stormy weather can be catastrophic for old houses - make sure you care properly for your roof

Improve your period windows

Instead of replacing draughty period windows with double glazing, choosing secondary glazing can improve heat retention and aesthetics

The country house look

Classic country-house style is making a comeback in a sleeker, more pared-back incarnation, says Giles Kime

Discover the history of your house

Discovering the history of the previous owners, and or guests to your property can be fascinating, but also sometimes grisly. Can you handle the truth?

How to move house

Arabella Youens talks to a removals company who temper the pain of moving house

Fireplaces, flues and chimneys

Fireplaces are often the focus of recpetion rooms and bedrooms within period country houses, so make sure you get yours in good working order