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It’s in the Stars: Inside Our Christmas Wish List Issue

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Your November/December issue of Country & Town House is out this Friday 6 November. It stars Christmas cover girl Gabriella Wilde, designer Paul Smith, celebrity stylist Elizabeth Saltzman, Countess Alexandra Tolstoy and many more. Plus, there’s our zodiac gift guide, stuffed with covetable pieces chosen for your star sign, and our glittering watches and jewellery wish list special. Want to make sure you get your new issue before anyone else? Subscribe to Country & Town House here.


Inside the Wish List special, you’ll find…

The Rurbanist: Fashion designer Paul Smith talks daily rituals, his best accomplishment and his signature dish – baked beans on toast.

All That Glitters: Jewellery & watches editor Avril Groom shares her bijouterie wish list, from coveted amulets to contemporary watches to ‘rich pickings’: jewellery that is always in season.

Conversations at Scarfes Bar: ‘Sure, there’s glamour but there’s a lot of sleep loss too.’ Celebrity stylist Elizabeth Saltzman on A-list dressing and reassessing her life in lockdown.

Call of the Wilde: Nov/Dec cover girl Gabriella Wilde dazzles in the likes of Preen, Chanel and Simone Rocha at London’s The Ritz Hotel. The model and actress shares her most challenging moments, thoughts on motherhood, and secret to a happy marriage.

‘I danced all night and still wanted more’: Dave Benett, Jilly Cooper, Nicholas Coleridge and more share their most memorable party ahead of the festive season.

A Land of Plenty: Michael Moritz on his tranquil and eco-friendly Tuscan country estate.

Leave it to the Stars: Your guide to Christmas gifting, according to astrology.

Some of our contributors share their hopes for Christmas 2020…

Avril Groom

All I’m hoping for Christmas is… The chance for all my family to be together – there are eight of us.

One thing we can all do to live a greener life: Walk more. I started during lockdown and haven’t stopped. It’s the quickest way to get around London, and healthy.

The most exciting thing about next year is… The tantalising goal of being able to travel again, in an eco-friendly way.

Best gift I’ve ever given: The vintage Rolex my husband inherited and ruined in a swimming pool (old Oysters are not waterproof) the week I met him. I found it in a drawer and secretly got it restored for a special wedding anniversary.

Harriet Compston

All I’m hoping for Christmas is… A trip to either the North or South Pole – a life-long dream ever since I saw David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet.

One thing we can all do to live a greener life: Walk, walk, walk – particularly in London. I used
to live in the Middle Temple and the streets surrounding the Inns of Court are so fascinating.

The most exciting thing about next year is… Getting started on my next book, Glorious Hotels of Sri Lanka.

Best gift I’ve ever given: A tsatsal (Mongolian milk spoon).

Ticky Hendley-Dent

All I’m hoping for Christmas is… Not to be woken before 6am by the children! Joking aside I hope we get to celebrate with our extended family but if not we’ll have a fabulous day with our two boys and our miniature schnauzer, Agatha.

One thing we can all do to live a greener life: Order milk from the milk man.

The most exciting thing about next year is… It’s not 2020! Let’s hope we can return to normality reflecting on what we have learnt during the pandemic.

Best gift I’ve ever given: A Donald Trump loo brush to my brother-in-law for Secret Santa. And I’ll never forget the look of pure joy on my son’s face, aged three, when we gave him a Buzz Lightyear.

Lisa Grainger

All I’m hoping for Christmas is… A vaccine: worldwide, for everyone. A hug from my mum, in Africa. And a never-ending supply of dark Pierre Marcolini chocolates.

One thing we can all do to live a greener life: Become more like the post-war generation, who had so little, and so treasured and re- used everything.

The most exciting thing about next year is… That nature has had time to replenish itself during lockdown.

Best gift I’ve ever given: Four sets of theatre tickets, to my boyfriend, for spring, summer, autumn and winter.


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