The best places to invest in student property

With Britain’s top universities performing better than ever, Carla Passino discovers the best places to invest in student property.Oxford took first place in this year’s Times Higher Education world rankings, boosting the international appeal of British universitiesOxford University rocked the academic world last month, when it wrestled the top spot of the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings away from America’s Caltech, the five-consecutive-year champion. This is the first time in the 12-year history of the prestigious league table that a British university has taken the lead. Oxford’s success looks set to further boost the international appeal of British higher education,

Mushroom, ham and spinach lasagne

Layers of flavour: Parma ham, spinach and chestnut mushrooms give this lasagne dish a lift. Franco and Ann Taruschio’s most delicious version of vincisgrassi (an 18th-century pasta dish, especially of the province of Macerata, in the Marche region of Italy) most certainly eschewed some other ingredients listed in other, how shall we say, more exotic recipes: sweetbreads, brains and, in some cases, chicken giblets.
At The Walnut Tree, the layers of lasagne were simply interspersed with Parma ham and porcini and, in season, shavings of white truffle upon each bubbling and crusted serving. However, it is always that molten strata of

Country Life International Autumn 2016

From America’s prime vineyards to the best places to invest post-Brexit, Country Life International Autumn 2016 is jammed full of amazing ideas for your next holiday home. Slope off to the Alps; Mallorca’s year-round appeal; and steal a march on unspoilt Croatia – Country Life International Autumn 2016 is full of beautiful property ideas.
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Property newsSan Francisco booms, live like a film director and Venice in style
Brexit winners
Which cities stand to benefit from the UK’s decision, asks Carla Passino
Florence reborn
Property buyers are flocking to the city’s former artisan quarter, says Liz Rowlinson
The magic of Modena
Carla Capalbo

Historic country houses for sale

Join the illustrious ranks of owners of these three houses with an intriguing past. Fig 1a: Imposing Grevel House is one of the jewels of Chipping Campden’s High Street in Gloucestershire. £2.5mDescribed by the historian G. M. Trevelyan as ‘the most beautiful village street now left in the island’, Chipping Campden’s elegant curving High Street encapsulates, in honey-tinted Cotswold stone, many of the great classic styles of English architecture: houses and cottages from the Elizabethan, Jacobean, Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods.
This week, however, all of these are eclipsed by the Gloucestershire market town’s s oldest building, the imposing, Grade I-listed

My favourite painting: John Blashford-Snell

‘This inspiring painting reminds me of our patriotic island and its close links with Britain.’The Death of Major Peirson, 6 January 1781, 1783, by John Singleton Copley RA (1738–1815), 8¼ft by 12ft, Tate Britain, London
John Blashford-Snell says:
As a small boy, my father took me to the Royal Square in St Helier, Jersey, and pointed out where the climax of the Battle of Jersey was fought. Apparently, one of my ancestors took part and I have his sword. For years, a sign outside the pub in the Square said “Here Peirson fell”. Ignorant visitors assumed it was a memorial to a

Country Life’s guide to New York

Rosie Paterson visits the Big Apple and reveals the best places, to eat, drink, stay and enjoy. The skyline of lower downtown Manhattan, New York City, featuring the new One World Trade Center by architect David Childs.Where to stay:Situated in the former tenement district of the Lower East Side, The Ludlow is our top pick if you want to experience some of New York’s characteristic gritty glamour. It’s proximity to Williamsburg Bridge, music venues and independent shops and restaurants should delight families travelling with even the most hard-to-impress teenager, and solo travellers and couples will appreciate its laid-back charm and

Winter in Mallorca

Mallorca has succeeded in establishing itself as a year-round destination and this is opening up international interest in the unspoilt north-east of the island, finds Arabella Youens. The great outdoors: don’t miss the amazing view from Castell d’AlaroAccording to the local tourist board, keen to promote the island’s charms beyond the summer months, Mallorca enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. George Sand, who spent a winter in the hill town of Valldemossa with Frederic Chopin in 1838 and wrote disparagingly of the weather, would disagree, but residents of the capital, Palma, report that the latest Christmas Day was so

Book of the week: London in Fragments

The River Thames throws up treasure and trinkets with delightful regularity, each telling a little bit more about the history of London. London in Fragments by Ted Sandling
(Frances Lincoln, £16.99)
I found a distinct frisson running through me as I read this book. Its subject is mudlarking by the Thames. A mudlark is someone who searches the shores of the river for the unconsidered trifles that wash up there, edges worn smooth by the washing of many tides; every day yields a different haul, as the treasures displayed to view at one low water are snatched away, ret- urned to the

The best restaurants in London

Rosie Paterson finds the 71 best restaurants in town and gives advice for everything from work lunches to godchild treats. FOR BRUNCH
The Ivy Chelsea Garden (left)
Has shown no sign of slowing down since opening in early 2015. Booking is essential—opt for a table in the winter conservatory.Order: The sesame-seasoned avocado-and-spinach Benedict.King’s Road, SW3 (020–3301 0300;
Grain Store
Vegetables receive equal billing on each of the artfully presented plates. Kick-start your morning with a brunch cocktail at the equally enticing bar.Order: The kimchi and minced-pork Chinese pancake.Granary Square, N1 (020–7324 4466;
A modern-day institution, where the pasta-heavy brunch menu is too often

A Look at 11 Pairs of Classic Shoes Every Man Should Own

Enzo Bonafè shoes, this photo by Lyle Roblin is a preview of Hugo’s upcoming book “The Italian Gentleman” Robert W. Service (1874-1958), nicknamed the Bard of Yukon, once said “it’s not the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the grain of sand in your shoe”.  While Mr. Service does a sound job explaining that it can be the small things in life which prevent us from achieving great things in life, his reference to the sensitivity of our feet is notable. We indeed are sensitive when it comes …