Your May/June issue

This May marks 200 years since Queen Victoria’s birth. Much has been written about her extraordinary reign, but less is known about Victoria’s unusual path to the throne: we explore the history in our latest issue.

This month, take advantage of the arrival of spring by enjoying some country-house opera, going cider-tasting in Somerset  or wandering a flower-filled garden.

We’re also excitedly awaiting the return of Downton Abbey. Our editor Natasha visits Highclere Castle to meet its chatelaine, Lady Carnarvon, to find out what it’s really like to live in one of the world’s most famous historic houses.

Summer of song

In the warmer months, some of the country’s finest houses and gardens host dazzling opera performances. So pack those picnic hampers: here’s our pick of the best opera festivals.

Sweet on Somerset

With dramatic landscapes and ancient sites, cider farms and timewarp villages, a tour of rural Somerset is a true delight.

Green and Pleasant

What better view can there be than over an idyllic garden in full bloom? We take a look at some of the most verdant places to stay this summer.

Plus, we have a brilliant competition:

  • Enter for your chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Britain, including flights.

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