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Hampshire, Winchester
Hampshire, Winchester. Credit: Justin Foulkes/4Corners Images

From the rural charm in the heart of London to Tudor houses across the country, we rejoice in the glories of Britain, even in a heatwave

Britain has sweltered in a heatwave this summer – and we’ve made the most of the sun. For the this issue, we’ve whizzed back to Georgian times to trace the origins of the staycation. We’ve also explored sumptuous Tudor houses impeccably preserved by the National Trust, as well as an array of splendid country estates in the beautiful county of Buckinghamshire. Here are some of the highlights.

Great Estates

Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor. Credit: SCFotos – Stuart Crump Visuals/Alamy

We explore beautiful Buckinghamshire, a county blessed with grand country estates and gardens

Magnificent Manors

The drawing room at Baddesley Clinton
The drawing room at Baddesley Clinton. Credit: National Trust Images/Nadia Mackenzie

We tour four Tudor houses in the care of the National Trust: Cotehele, Cornwall; Montacute House, Somerset; Knole, Kent; Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall
The architecture of the Royal Albert Hall was inspired by amphitheatres. Credit: David Iliff

Prince Albert’s amphitheatre is an atmospheric concert venue and the site of the annual Proms

Plus, we have two competitions…

  • Enter for your chance to win a Champagne afternoon tea at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Win a two-night gourmet stay at a luxury spa hotel in the beautiful Lake District

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