Monastero Santa Rosa, Amalfi: A monastery that’s become a beautiful hotel

Hetty Chidwick visited Monastero Santa Rosa on Italy’s magical Amalfi coast, and didn’t want to leave.Perched majestically on the edge of the jaw-dropping Amalfi coast, this hotel and spa, converted from a 17th-century monastery with many of the original features remaining, has just 20 bedrooms and suites.
The weight of history adds to the romance of the setting – we had big plans to visit many local tourist spots, but couldn’t drag ourselves away from the serenity of the hotel.

It’s set on different levels, with the restaurant on a pretty terrace that’s heated in the chillier months, so there’s no need

The limited edition white shirt by Marol : a rare occasion not to miss

After two years of traveling across Italy to write The Italian Gentleman, I can testify that on many occasions, I needed to get dressed on a moment’s notice–during which times I relied heavily on several go-to items in my wardrobe, like a favorite tie or suit, to be on-the-spot ready. So, my ears perked up when I learned about the new Marol “Go-To” White Shirt, a decidedly minimalistic piece, crafted to the highest level in a quintessential white poplin from …

Emilia Fox on on unexpected success, technophobia and being buried alive

The Silent Witness actress spoke to Country Life’s Jeremy Taylor. Emilia Fox spent much of her early life in a time-warp cottage near the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. There was no television or mobile-phone reception and, even if the worldwide web had been available, her father, the actor Edward Fox, preferred mail that had a stamp on it. It may explain why the Silent Witness star currently has more than 19,000 unopened emails in her inbox. There’s a large pile of post stacked on a chair in her west London home, too.
‘I haven’t touched it for months—it’s like having another

Still on a roll: Fabrics and wallpaper that have stood the test of time

Some of the fabrics and wallpapers that furnished the homes of Country Life’s earliest readers are still in production today. Arabella Youens identifies the patterns that survive from the great flourishing of 19th-century decoration. Document fabrics in the Warner archive (01376 557741;, it’s a busy thoroughfare that’s being excavated in the name of Crossrail, but, in the 1860s and 1870s, Tottenham Court Road was the beating heart of Victorian London’s burgeoning interiors industry. Heal’s, the sole survivor from that era, rubbed shoulders with now long-lost names such as Oetzmann, Shoolbred and Maple & Co, which all had their flagship

Craghoppers NosiLife: Round-the-clock protection for intrepid travellers

Fabric technology that keeps us safe from biting insects, at home and overseas. It’s that time of year again: the sun is shining, the days are long and the breathtaking Scottish scenery is beckoning. Whether you’re fishing, camping, or simply enjoying a walk in the Highlands, the scourge of the Scottish summer lies in wait – the dreaded midge.
There are around 35 species of midge in Scotland, and although only 5 of these will bite humans, this native wee beastie can turn any intrepid traveller into a quivering, itching wreck. It’s by no means a recent phenomenon either; after going

UK Wine Awards: All the winners, and how Coates & Seely took top prize

Time to charge your glasses – the results are in for the inaugural UK Wine Awards, in association with Country Life.The UK Wine Awards, supported by Country Life, Hotel du Vin and Waitrose, bring long-overdue recognition to what Susie Barrie calls ‘one of the most exciting wine regions in the world’.
The 12-strong judging team was co-chaired by Barrie and her fellow TV presenter, broadcaster and wine writer Oz Clarke, with the remaining experts being Masters of Wine David Bird, Richard Hemming, Alex Hunt and Phil Tuck, as well as Christine Parkinson from Hakkasan, Rebecca Hull MW from Waitrose and Hamish

Love letters from our readers: Famous fans of Country Life

We ask friends of the magazine to tell us what keeps them turning our pages.
Jilly Cooper, novelist
‘I adore it all, but particularly the ravishing photographs of gardens and lovely houses, the Arts coverage and, most of all, its huge affection for dogs and the way you campaign for the survival of animal breeds under threat’

Robin Hanbury-Tenison, explorer and writer
‘Country Life consistently amazes and delights me with colourful insights into our glorious green and pleasant land. Between the always enchanting girl of the week, whose mother—or, more frequently now, grandmother—I often find I knew and a quick Tottering uplift, all

The class of 1897: It isn’t just Country Life celebrating a 120th birthday this year

From the wireless to asprin, Kate Green discovers others observing this milestone. Guglielmo Marconi, Italian physicist and radio pioneer. Marconi with typical apparatus, including 10-inch induction coil spark transmitter (right), morse inker and ‘grasshopper’ key in centre. Photograph. (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)The Tate
In 1889, Sir Henry Tate (of sugar fame) offered the nation his art collection of 65 paintings, including Millais’s Ophelia and Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott, but the National Gallery had no space. Instead, a former prison, the Millbank Penitentiary, from which convicts were shipped to Australia, was chosen as the site for a gallery

Smart ideas for your wedding, from fashion to fragrance

Our Luxury Editor makes some savvy suggestions for your big day. At the end of this month, Favourbrook, the go-to destination for wedding attire in Piccadilly, is opening a men’s accessories concession in Fortnum & Mason. Whether it’s something embroidered and fantastical or simple and elegant, with quality like this, you’ll be wearing its waistcoats for decades—particularly thanks to the expanding waistband cinch in the back. Waistcoats from £150(;

Established in 1866 as a small draper’s shop in Donegal Town, Irish tailor Magee 1866 has launched a new Atlantic Horizons collection inspired by the scenery of the area where the

Seaside Resort and SPA, West Liguria, NEW aerial footage – Realitalia in Italy

Watch our aerial clips below: see more, even if you have not been to the Dominio MARE yet
This seaside Holiday Home Resort lies in a secluded four-hectare (9.9-acre) sea-view park, and offers a 900 square meters SPA (and fitness centre) with indoor access to a heated super-panoramic swimming pool. At the Resort you will find also a lounge bar and a professionally organised management service available to owners and guests.
A sandy private beach, co-managed by the Resort, is reached on foot, in season a shuttle bus service is organised by the Comune di Bergeggi.
Bergeggi is easily accessible from the airports