Your September issue of Country & Town House magazine is hitting newsstands this week, and this month it’s the country sports special featuring cover star Joanne Froggatt…
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Inside the September sporting issue, you’ll find…
Maid Of Steel: As Downton Abbey comes to the silver screen, Lucy Cleland asks Joanne Froggatt about life after Downton on the set of our cover shoot at Heckfield Place.
Reborn To Run: Jeremy Taylor makes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Land Rover in a ‘Reborn’ classic Range Rover.
Don’t Be A Bore: Feel out of your depth outside of the M25? Read Eleanor Doughty’s ultimate countryside A to Z.
Plus: A guide to on-the-field style; the fashion collaborations that perfectly straddle the town/country divide; Teresa Levonian Cole pays a visit to The Prince of Wales’ private gardens to celebrate Highgrove’s 25th year at the forefront of sustainability; a drink with Gabrielle Rifkind; Hugh Bonneville’s travel bucket list and a look at Robert Kime’s home.
Our contributors share their country favourites…
Where do you go to get your boots muddy? Lincolnshire, to relax and see my parents and walk our mad Dalmatian, Pen, who never gets properly tired. She isn’t very relaxing, but she is completely wonderful.
Country uniform? Barbour, jeans and a crumbly old jumper, whatever the weather.
Best weekend in the country? Last summer I had a heavenly weekend in Derbyshire with a big group of friends, eating lots, drinking lots, walking the dogs, rowing around (and falling in) the lake, playing croquet and getting very sunburnt – by accident. The best of weekends. I’ll never forget it.
What’s cooking in the Aga? Lamb, about every other weekend at the moment. I’m always sent back to London from home with cool boxes full of lamb chops and joints, so we eat it a lot.
Where do you go to get your boots muddy? The local pub’s beer garden with, oddly enough, my mate Philip ‘Boot’ Christopherson (honest), whose thinking is pretty muddy.
Country uniform? Dark jeans, desert boots and a tweed gilet.
Best weekend in the country? At home in my Cotswold village with a Sunday lunch party in the offing.
What’s cooking in the Aga? Usually a baked potato that I’ve put in the oven some days ago and forgotten to take out.
Where do you go to get your boots muddy? I am lucky enough to live five minutes from the sea as well as the beautiful South Downs National Park. Walking there is great therapy.
Country uniform? If it’s good weather, solid walking boots. But if the weather is bad, you’ll find me head to toe in Hunter. Wellies, welly socks, yellow raincoat, the lot.
Best weekend in the country? We’re regulars at the Crab & Lobster in Sidlesham, West Sussex. It’s great for exploring the coast, and the food and rooms are fantastic. I love a weekend in a bell tent, too.
What’s cooking in the Aga? I’m really into Moroccan cooking at the moment. I’m vegan, so lots of vegetable tagines, making the most of the courgettes and onions from our allotment.
Where do you go to get your boots muddy? A weekend at Le Manoir is about as much as I can take!
Country uniform? Borrowed Hunters and a Barbour in a vain attempt to look like a seasoned pro, plus something wildly inappropriate that instantly gives me away.
Best weekend in the country? I was dropped off in Naseby to help with lambing in a surprise ‘character building’ exercise. I wasn’t much help, but will forever be grateful to my kidnapper/friend, George – the only person who could ever convince me to put my arm up a ewe’s backside.
What’s cooking in the Aga? Last time it took me three hours to make an English breakfast… So I’ll be at the nearest country pub.