Safe as houses: areas where property prices will hold

As buyers look to protect the value of their investment in uncertain times, Carla Passino finds the most resilient locations in the English countryside. Stockbridge on the Test is a solid option for Hampshire buyers, with its pretty pubs and high street. When the future looks uncertain, property buyers often worry about protecting the value of their investment. Consequently, says Lucian Cook of Savills Research: ‘You tend to find a flight to quality every time there’s market stress, so properties that are free of blights and are situated in established locations are going to be more robust. The Cotswolds is

Guide to the Cotswolds

Escape the city and relax in the idyllic beauty of the Cotswolds. Early morning in Castle Combe, WiltshireJust two hours’ drive from London, the quintessential market towns of the Cotswolds, with their honey-colored cottages with rose climbers and wisterias, and traditional customs, will give you an insight into true English country life. With plenty of country houses, outdoor attractions, and shopping opportunities, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Lords of the Manor Hotel, Upper SlaughterNested in the rolling Cotswold Hills, near the ancient town of Upper Slaughter, Lords of the Manor Hotel promises a luxurious weekend away. Good Hotel

Extreme eating: remote restaurants worth the journey

You’ll have worked up an appetite by the time you find our selection of remote places to eat. Whether reached by foot, ferry or clever map-reading, they’re all well worth the trek. Corrour Station House, Fort WilliamHEBRIDES
Scarista House Hotel, Isle of Harris (01859 550 238;
This whitewashed late Georgian manse overlooks the flower-strewn machair leading to one of Britain’s most beautiful beaches. It was made famous by Alison Johnson’s A House by the Shore, the story of how she and her husband rescued it from dereliction in the 1990s. Now in different ownership, it preserves its old-fashioned, comfortable atmosphere infused

My favourite painting: Martyn Rix

‘I remembered this painting when planning to go to the Peloponnese in March. We went to see the temple and hoped to find Lear’s view’The Temple of Apollo at Bassae, 1854– 55, by Edward Lear (1812–88), 4¾ft by 7½ft, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Martin Rix says:
Edward Lear’s watercolours of the East are very atmospheric, especially when they combine a group of nomads or camels with a view of distant mountains. He painted many famous sites when they were wild and abandoned and I remembered this painting when planning to go to the Peloponnese in March. We went to see the temple and

Hotel Cap Estel, Eze: ‘heaven on earth’

Hetty Chidwick hits the French Riviera to sample a luxury five-star hotel in Eze, near Monaco.Hotel Cap Estel, Eze near Monaco.
Who, what, where
A five-star luxury hotel in every sense of the phrase. ‘Five-Star’ and ‘Luxury Hotel’ is bandied around so often that it can lose much of it’s meaning—but Cap Estel has impact, that is for sure. Perched on the end of it’s own peninsula near Eze, a short drive from Monaco, at times it feels almost like you are on a gigantic ship, as you really are at one with the ocean.
Step through the vast, cool entrance hall—all white

A bluffer’s guide to the Rio 2016 Olympics

The XXXl Olympiad opens on Friday and Olympic fever is about to sweep the nation. We have produced a bluffer’s guide to get you in the mood for the next fortnight’s inevitable sporting takeover. ATHLETICS August 12–20
Dead cert Usain Bolt in the 100m. Obviously.
Best of British Mo Farah is still the man to catch in the 5,000m and 10,000m; Jessica Ennis-Hill will make Olympic history if she can defend her heptathlon title.
Corinthian contender Long-jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford could have been lost to Aston Villa as a teenager and he recently mooted the idea of qualifying for bobsleigh in the

Peluso and Manna : Two Neapolitan Gems you should Know

My upcoming book The Italian Gentleman, slated for release September, 2017, will be similar in format to The Parisian Gentleman but will reach more than 300 pages (versus 256) and 500 original photos (versus 350). Producing The Italian Gentleman has been a monumental endeavor from the get-go and the reason for the increase in the number of pages is simple :  This slightly insane project, which is a unique attempt to report precisely and genuinely on the Italian sartorial scene, …

Top places to propose

Let’s face it: if all goes well it’s the last big decision you’ll get to make, so make it count.. Top places in the world to propose
Proposals very rarely run smoothly, but there is something charming about a few (minor) hiccups along the way, whether there’s a delay while the chap panics to find the perfect secluded spot, or even a bended knee straight into a cow pat (yes, this happened), it all adds to the fun of the story telling after the event.
We recommend steering clear of crowded restaurants, or restaurants at all in fact: this isn’t a

10 best country house hotel restaurants

We reveal the top places to stay for first class dining and elegant, rural surroundings. André Garrett at Cliveden House1. The Tudor Room, Great Fosters, Surrey
This immaculately preserved former Tudor hunting lodge is rumoured to be the very first country house hotel in England and is now home to the Tudor Room restaurant. Headed up by Douglas Balish, the restaurant is an intimate, decadent space with 16th century tapestries, silk lined walls and deep velvet chairs. Serving classic food with a modern twist, many of the ingredients are provided by the estate and kitchen garden. With Balish’s eye firmly fixed

Building for life in the Cotswolds

Despite Brexit and Stamp Duty jitters, life goes on in this sought-after area. Fig 1: Arts-and-Crafts Fosse Hill is in the rural village of Coates, Gloucestershire. £3.25mWhenever the dreaded ‘uncertainty’ threatens to derail the smooth workings of the country-house market, there’s usually a crumb or two of comfort to be gleaned in the Cotswolds. Happily, that still appears to be the case. Although recognising that Brexit has resulted in a ‘patchy’ market across the country as a whole, in the past few weeks, Atty Beor-Roberts of Knight Frank in Cirencester has seen an encouraging number of deals being done on