Tapeley Park: A Devonshire garden filled with dramatic flourishes at every turn

Non Morris discovers that experimentation, environmentalism and numerous dramatic flourishes invigorate this unusual Devonshire garden at every turn. Photographs by Val Corbett. Steps lushly margined with Chusan palms Trachycarpus fortunei, cabbage palms Cordyline australis, Echium pininana, blue-flowered agapanthus and pink wands of Dierama pulcherrimum lead from the Shepherd’s Shed on the Top Terrace to the Shell HouseFew houses can have been built with such tantalising views. Grade II*-listed Tapeley Park, built in 1702 and remodelled in the 19th and early 20th centuries, sits in a commanding position looking down onto Devon’s Torridge Estuary, the pretty town of Bideford and out

9 new cookery books to inspire a creative kitchen

This summer’s harvest of cookery books is satisfyingly unpredictable, but all the better for that, says Leslie Geddes-Brown.
The Magic Fridge
Alex Mackay (Bloomsbury, £26)

I like Alex Mackay’s unexpected take on recipes, probably because I’m an ingredient-based cook. His method in The Magic Fridge is to take one basic food – cheese sauce, ratatouille, baked beans or soy-and-honey glaze, for example – and suggest ways of using it, either with brief suggestions or full-length recipes. Croque Madame for cheese, cassoulet for baked beans and so on. I’ll certainly put this on my shelf.

Home Cook
Thomasina Miers (Guardian Faber, £25)

With her background as

Africa’s greatest watering holes: Top 10 tubs with a view

What could be better than sinking into the ultimate bath after a day of wine tasting, walking or wildlife spotting?Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, South Africa
Nestled between boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, the only thing disturbing your perfect private bubble bath in the Madikwe Reserve will be some ellies strolling along.
From £440 per person, per night

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, Namibia

Enjoy an al fresco bath overlooking the oldest desert in the world… Sink into the suds as dusk falls and watch a billion twinkling stars emerge over the never-ending desert landscape. Magical.
From £295 per person, per night

Baines Camp, Botswana

Each of the five

A riot of colour: Boats in Bloom shortlist announced

The shortlist of the inaugural Boats in Bloom has been revealed and there seem to be no end to the imagination of boaters when it comes to their gardens. Yachting & Boating World’s Katy Stickland reports. It would appear that some boaters will go to any lengths to make their narrowboats as bright and colourful as possible.
To celebrate the people whose green fingers and gardening achievements help make Britain’s waterways such pleasant places to visit, the Canal & River Trust launched Boats in Bloom.

Held for the first tie this year, it has been asking people to send in their nominations,

The quintessential Georgian farmhouse owned by a make-up artist to the stars

Watkins Farm was bought in the 1990s by Amanda Jackson Sytner and James Wedge and has undergone an extensive refurbishment. With its classic Georgian home and colourful Italianate garden, Watkins Farm is the epitome of rural tranquillity.

The property was acquired by make-up artist Amanda Jackson Sytner and her husband, artist James Wedge in the 1990s and has benefited from their good taste and keen eye for design. Amanda boasts a portfolio of high profile clients including Dame Helen Mirren, Jerry Hall, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Jane Seymour and has based in Dorset since she moved from London. Watkins Farm is

Let sleeping dogs lie: 8 stylish dog beds for cool canines

A new generation of beds and accessories offers the ultimate in canine chic.What do The Fuzzy Duck, The Kingham Plough and The Wild Rabbit Inn have in common? They’re all restaurants and pubs in the Cotswolds that allow you to dine with your dog. This is the sort of invaluable information that delights the canine-loving visitors to www.petspyjamas.com and probably drives the dog-less mad. As will the personalised puppy towels and the choice of more than 100 doggy bandanas.
Canine indulgence is nothing new (in the 1920s, the Nawab of Junagadh is rumoured to have laid on lavish nuptials for his

Seven stunning pieces of jewellery that will delight horse lovers

Lucy Pearson of Horse & Hound picks out equestrian jewellery that could be perfect for the horse-lover in your life.1. Pégase Diamond ring

This ring is made with pavé diamonds and two cabochon sapphires set in white gold, expertly crafted into the shape of Pegasus, the mythical winged horse. The ring wraps around the finger with the white gold mane falling around it.
RRP: £31,200
Visit: uk.boucheron.com
2. Roberto Coin Flexible Horse cuff bracelet

This 18 caret rose gold flexible cuff bracelet features a stunning horse head, sculpted with an enamel finish, and adorned with diamond accents in white gold — with a price tag to

Northamptonshire: Why this county of spires and squires is more than just a backdrop to the M1

There’s much more 
to Northamptonshire – including the great houses of Althorp, Boughton and Easton Neston – than meets the eye of drivers on the M1, discovers Rupert Uloth.Deene Park near Corby, NorthamptonshireIt’s so easy to miss Northamptonshire, but what a pity that would be. It sounds like it must be touching cousins with Scotland, but sits much further south, right in the middle of England, an easy train ride from London Euston. The M1 roars through, bisected by the rushing A14, millions of drivers’ eyes every year fixed on the white lines.
Those who do stray off even just a

19 delightful properties, as seen in the pages of Country Life

Our regular selection of some of the properties launched via Country Life in the last week or so includes a Lake District dream cottage and a hopelessly romantic manor house in Suffolk.Suffolk – £1,500,000

An exceptional timber-framed Tudor farmhouse and converted barn, presented to a high standard and peacefully located in a wonderful rural setting with easy access to Bury St Edmunds.

On the market with Jackson-Stops & Staff. See more details about this property.

Devon – £3,000,000

Delightful residential farm close to the Dartmoor National Park.
On the market with Knight Frank. See more details about this property.

Berkshire – £7,950,000

Recently renovated, historic riverside residence.
On

Lady Emma’s afternoon tea in The Orangery review: Longleat’s latest attraction

One of Britain’s best-loved attractions now has a fantastic extra string to its bow: an afternoon tea served in the Orangery that has been put together by Lady Emma herself. But is it as good as it sounds? We went along to find out.A big day out with the children in the summer holidays is always a joy.
Okay, so that’s a bare-faced lie. Anybody who has spent an hour and a half queuing for a minute and a half’s thrill ride at a theme park will know all about the down-side of some of Britain’s most well-known  attractions.

And as for