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Ten of the Best Father's Day Gifts

Step away from the socks. Yes, dads can be a nightmare to buy for, but why not up the ante this Father's Day and spoil yours with a day to remember? From clay pigeon shooting in the Hampshire countryside; to honing his swirl,...

Ten Gardens to Visit during Summer

When the summer sun sits high in the sky, is there anywhere better to be than in the bucolic surroundings of a beautiful garden? Perhaps you just fancy nosing around someone else's flowerbeds in search of inspiration for your...

Enjoy the Autumn colours - our top UK garden walks

Sun tans have faded (along with all those holiday memories) and the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us. It's time to pull on the walking boots, dive into your favourite woolly jumper and go on an autumn walk....

Britain's Finest Gardens - Celebrating Capability Brown

This year we are celebrating the tercentenary of the world's most famous landscape gardener (no, not Alan Titchmarsh) and here at Britain's Finest we can think of no better way to mark the genius of Capability Brown than to s...

Ten Beautiful Gardens to Visit While it's Still Winter

At this time of year the last thing you might want do is visit a garden – there will be nothing to see, surely? But make the effort and you'll be surprised. There's much more to gardens in winter than snowdrops, lovely as the...

Ten of the Best Kitchen Gardens

In days gone by, most grand houses had a kitchen garden, which supplied the household with veg, herbs, fruit and cut flowers. Many of them are still in existence, although they're more likely to supply the cafe or farm shop t...

Fifteen of the Best Spring Gardens

There are hints of spring for ages – a snowdrop here, a crocus there... And then - whoosh! - It all finally happens. Seemingly overnight, trees are dripping in blossom, gardens are awash with daffodils and tulips, and every s...

Ten Famous TV and Film Gardens

Britain's gardens frequently play host to film makers – not only do they usually have a splendid house attached, but they offer stunning backdrops too. Historic gardens and period dramas go together like scones and jam, a...

Ten of the Best Autumnal Gardens

As I'm sure you don't need reminding, summer in Britain can be rather hit and miss. Autumn, however, often brings some of our best weather, and as the leaves turn, it's reliably spectacular too. It's the ideal time to get out...

10 Places for a Romantic Rendezvous in Edinburgh

If you're in search of a weekend destination for lusty debauchery and, perhaps even the first flutters of love – Edinburgh can provide. This city is sexy: from the dramatic silhouette of the old town dotted with medieval turr...

The Top Twenty Places to see Snowdrops

Come February 2014, that first soul-reviving, glimpse of spring can be galvanised by a delicate snowdrop - transforming a sparse winter woodland floor into a beautiful sea of white. Dusk and dawn create the perfect light to s...

Five of the best late summer walks

As British summers go – this one has been pretty epic! Without the torment of torrential rain, the whole country has been basking in blue skies and glorious sunshine. It's only natural for us to want to eke out every last dro...

Ten of the best autumn walks

You can't beat an autumn walk. Pull on your boots, throw on a big chunky scarf and escape outside to watch the sun dance across a kaleidoscope of scarlet reds, burnt orange and golden hues. Whether you want to wander beneath...

5 of the best winter gardens

If you think winter gardens are all bleak, barren and lifeless, think again. Those who brave the cold conditions are rewarded with ruby red berries, exquisite white birch and, as winter unfolds, the first glimpse of the delic...

Top Ten Family-Friendly Historic Houses

Take the kids to a historic house? Are we insane? Far from it, for while there may well be stuffy stately homes where children are as welcome as the plague, a new breed of enlightened custodians are doing everything they can...

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