Gran Canaria World Biosphere: The island that’s out of this world

A botanical wonderland with its own uncompromising and unique flora is just a shorthaul flight away in the volcanic archipelago of the Canary Islands, writes Kathryn Bradley-Hole.The botanical garden is spread along this valleyThe sound is like a cat’s purring, set on loudspeaker. It’s coming from high in a tree, where a turtle dove sits on a bare branch, puffs out his chest and softly serenades us through the mid morning. I’m in the heart of the Jardin Botanico Canario Viera y Clavijo, an extraordinary botanical garden laid out along a steep valley in the heart of Gran Canaria. And,

Reel Life: Russia’s Atlantic Salmon Reserve

Our intrepid correspondent ventures to Russia, where he and his guide, Genna, enjoy some of the best salmon fishing in the world and indulge in ‘many vodka’. More line. Mend up. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait—hotspot. Now, stripping!’ Yesterday morning I was at my desk; this evening, I am running a conehead tube down the tail of the Home Pool, with Genna the Russian guide at my elbow. There is a silver flare in the stream and I’m into my first ever Rynda salmon. ‘My friend, you are very lucky fisher,’ he declares. Well, just being here is a stroke

Country houses for sale in the Cotswolds

Will the region be revitalised by two of the biggest estate sales of the year?Bibury Court, £17.5m. With no major political events blighting the landscape for the first time in three years, this is as good a time as any to launch the biggest estate sales of the year in the Cotswolds, says Clive Hopkins of Knight Frank, who is testing the water with not one, but two of the region’s most prestigious country estates in this week’s COUNTRY LIFE.
The first of these is the historic, 762-acre Bibury Court estate on the banks of the River Coln at Bibury, seven

WIN a Cornish break and wine-club membership for a year

Your chance to win a short break in one of the country’s finest hotels plus a wine club subscription. Auriens, the later-lifestyle specialist, has teamed up with COUNTRY LIFE to offer readers the chance to win a short break in one of the country’s finest hotels, The Nare, and a year’s subscription to the Berry Bros. & Rudd Wine Club.
Welcome to vintage vitality
Auriens is redefining later-life care with its state-of-the- art residential property in the heart of the King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3. Blending the best in hospitality with world-class healthcare, Auriens is soon to release a limited number of

Belvest Jacket-in-the-Box

We’ve been keeping a watchful eye on the varied Belvest collections throughout the years, and recently have added the Belvest 2016/2017 collection to the PG Guide (found Here). In case you’re not familiar with the name, Belvest is one of the better Italian sartoria which makes on a large-scale some of the best high-end ready-to-wear available, with made-to-measure also accessible during trunk shows organized by brands around the world. The company operates in Piazzola Sul Brenta near the city of Padova, where it employs around …

Made in Britain: Charles Edwards

Charles Edwards in a lighting manufacturer. Prior to the advent of low-energy lightbulbs, anyone travelling down the King’s road in London SW6 might have been forgiven for thinking that Charles Edwards was consuming more than his fair share of the National Grid’s output in the two shops ablaze with his creations. An antiques dealer since leaving university, he was inspired by his mother, who used to cater largely to Americans (‘at that time, they were better at paying than British clients’). ‘I absorbed a lot of knowledge from her without really realising it.’
However, it was a conversation with the American

My favourite painting: Bendor Grosvenor

‘This penetrating depiction of triumph over adversity never fails to move me.’The painter Martin Ryckaert, about 1631, by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), 58¼in by 44½in, Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Bender Grosvenor says:
This portrait by van Dyck, one of the best portraitists who ever lived, shows his friend and fellow artist, Martin Ryckaert. As is made clear in the painting, Ryckaert had only one arm. Despite the flamboyant dress, the sitter’s face appears to carry an air of melancholy. Emphasis is placed on Ryckaert’s right hand, which grips the chair. This penetrating depiction of triumph over adversity never fails to

My favourite painting: Nicole Farhi

‘Happiness, in all art, is harder to catch than unhappiness.’Two Women Running on the Beach, 1922, by Pablo Picasso (1881– 1973), 13½in by 16¾in, Musée Picasso, Paris
Nicole Farhi says:
I love this early Picasso painting because there is something in the feeling of joy and friendship between the two women that strongly calls to mind my own friend Mireille in the South of France when we were both young so many years ago. The abandon and happiness in the Picasso inspired me to sculpt Two Friends as a sort of tribute. It has remained one of my favourite of all my

Sweetcorn-and-seafood chowder in garlic-butter bread bowls

This delicious chowder recipe is summery in flavour, yet warming within. I devised this delicious recipe—summery in flavour, yet warming within—after a recent trip to visit friends in Norfolk. One evening, having enjoyed a long, sunny, bucket-and-spade day at the beach, we sat outside—tired and covered in salt and sand—and watched the sun go down, eating bowls of delicious chowder. Fresh sweetcorn is heaven!
Sweetcorn-and-seafood chowder in garlic-butter bread bowls (serves 4)
For the chowder
Splash of olive oil
1 red onion, diced
2 celery stalks, finely chopped 2 red chillies, sliced
3 corn on the cob
1 large potato, peeled and diced
1.75 pints (1 litre) hot

A wild place in the Highlands

Glentruim House near Laggan has been comprehensively restored. A former seat of the Clan Macpherson, secluded Glentruim House near Laggan in Inverness-shire is for sale through the Inverness office of Strutt & Parker (01463 719171) for ‘offers over £3m’. In her book A Strange and Wild Place, Sandra Macpherson describes her family’s time at Glentruim, which has since been comprehensively restored and refurbished by its present owners, Gordon and Sydney Ingram, who bought the house with 53 acres as a holiday home in 2008. Mr and Mrs Ingram have renovated the house and cottages from top to bottom. The interiors,