The Home Counties

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See Our Guide to Great Britain The English may or may not have invented the countryside, but they damn well near perfected it. When we imagine some bright-green Arcadian idyll, this, so often, is the landscape we picture: the sylvan expanses of t...
See the London Insider’s Guide. At the Sportsman, a seaside pub on the pebbly Kent coast, I recently ate the best lamb I’ve ever tasted. A pale pink chop, a hunk of crisped shoulder confit. Outside the window the animal’s brethren grazed in the m...
The Bedford Post Inn, hotel, inn, New York, Richard Gere, Cary Lowell
Richard Gere: My wife said no, absolutely not. Carey Lowell: I didn’t exactly say no. Gere: Yes, you did. Lowell: Richard has what his mother calls an edifice complex. He has to build and improve on what he sees. Gere: When I first moved to Be...
Just when it seemed like the English countryside couldn’t be more appealing, a trio of properties (all within an hour’s drive of London) is opening to lure the most discerning of travelers. Situated on 240 acres near Ascot, the Dorchester Collecti...
When my husband, George, and I decided to take a holiday house at Berrington Hall, a Neoclassical mansion in England’s West Midlands owned by the National Trust, we blithely ignored a warning note that appeared on the trust’s website. About our...
When Helena Bonham Carter and her partner, director Tim Burton, decided to go away for a weekend, my husband and I came along. Helena and I have been friends since we were schoolgirls, and our children—her son and my two daughters—are toddlers tog...
In his junior year of high school, my son Frank, then 17, was invited with his crew team to row in the annual regatta at Henley-on-Thames in England. The Henley Regatta is more or less the World Series of rowing, and St. Andrew's, Frank's team, ...
What country-house hotels are in close proximity to Heathrow?We have a one-night layover, and we want to be pampered on our last night in Europe. —K.L., Calabasas, Calif. Is there a better way to end a trip than with a world-class meal, an Englis...
London-based accessories designer Anya Hindmarch made headlines last year when she introduced an eco-friendly tote emblazoned with the message I’m not a plastic bag. It sold out everywhere and brought attention to the impact shopping can have on t...