The 40 greatest British weekend breaks for 2022

Ah, the “mini break”. That must mean a 1950s headscarf and shades. An overpriced and impractical valise. A picnic hamper in the boot. And a drive to a country house retreat, where you shall waft around in floaty fabrics, and... Read more

Kelmscott: restoring a Pre-Raphaelite love nest

It has been two and a half years since William Morris’s beloved Cotswold home Kelmscott Manor closed its doors to the public. Since then, the beautiful grey gabled house in West Oxfordshire has undergone a £6m renovation, funded partly by... Read more

Inside the Cotswolds country club where horses are just as welcome as humans

Unlike the droves of Londoners who arrived in the Cotswolds in their Range Rovers during lockdown, buying up homes for more than £10 million and riling the locals with their double parking, Ben is a dyed-in-the-wool local. His father was... Read more

Midlifers on tour: why now is the time to holiday with friends again

But the time to do this is not at the end of a boozy meal. Dr Smith suggests discussing such issues before you’ve even gone on holiday.  “Doing it in advance ensures that the conversation goes really well. It’s about... Read more

16 British hotels that are perfect for a cheeky getaway

Stella loves: The moreish Valrhona chocolate mousse with malt ice cream at Plate, the in-house restaurant.  Out and about: Bath really does have something for everyone for every taste. At the Holburne Museum, for instance, which is a four-minute walk... Read more

Jeremy Clarkson asks councils to ‘cut farmers some slack’ after his plan to build a cafe was rejected

As owner of the Diddly Squat farm in Chipping Norton, he has become something of an unexpected champion of rural life after branching out from his career as a television broadcaster and motoring enthusiast. He has recently been refused permission... Read more

15 British hotels that are perfect for a cheeky getaway

Stella loves: The moreish Valrhona chocolate mousse with malt ice cream at Plate, the in-house restaurant.  Out and about: Bath really does have something for everyone for every taste. At the Holburne Museum, for instance, which is a four-minute walk... Read more

Why you shouldn’t move to the Cotswolds if you want the quiet life

I wonder if local aristocrat and old Etonian Robin Smith-Ryland, who hosted the annual Effrenata Lifestyle Festival for couples on his estate a few years ago, ever went along. He was Master of the Warwickshire Hunt when I was in... Read more

Meet the new ‘Londonshire’ set taking over the Cotswolds

Things have got so bad in Londonshire – as we now call my area of the Cotswolds – that frantic house-hunters have been reduced to dropping leaflets through letterboxes. This desperate exercise is generally met with the wrong side of... Read more

The Cotswolds will be declared full and we will run out of gin – here are my predictions for 2022

I chuckle to myself at the prophesied trends one reads about at this time of year. You know the sort of thing: in 2022, we should all paint our bathrooms magenta and the hottest holiday destination will be a small... Read more

At home with the mother-daughter duo behind cult Cotswolds style brand Thyme

The business has been built up slowly. Caryn, a former doctor, bought Southrop and its surrounding farmland and buildings with her husband, Jerry, 20 years ago, followed by the farm buildings a few years later, and began a gentle restoration.... Read more