Provides an inspirational approach to houses and decorating, gardens, crafts, food, fashion, and health.
I feel so grateful to have discovered this gem!
If that isn't enough, there is a tenderness for both village and countryside that is only surpassed by hearing from their own readers about their lives in the rural parts of the country. My favorite is the double page spread of the wittiest, most endearing blurbs about the reader's own pets. The monthly magazine also includes the realities of small holdings (livestock), and their allotments, and most touching, how their children can be brought into the natural world on a daily basis.
My one wish would be to beg, implore, demand (!) that they publish twice a month! Not a false, trivial, or superflous note from cover to cover. Try it and make room on that bookshelf for all the back issues you too will not part with!
Aside from the preferences mentioned here, I like to look into books that are produced and printed in another country because it's a learning experience about another culture and place.
update: still a great mag, but the second issue never arrived. good customer service, they sent replacement promptly. the problem with imported mags is that you don't know when to expect their arrival.
update2: they answered my email question about when to expect issues (by 15th of month) and the Feb issue arrived promptly on the 11th.
Not necessary to be an Anglophile to enjoy this mag! Though I miss my home away from home, there are reasons other than it being British that make me love CL UK. Don't be fooled by the title - this magazine is SO different from its American counterpart - its ACTUALLY about living in the country - country houses, country recipes, country gardening, ideas for what to do OUTSIDE in the country. Country Living US has become townie/quasi-cottage, but it is not about rural village life at all. Soak up the charm of the British countryside; learn about traditional trades; travel to quaint hotspots; scan the real estate listings like you're actually considering purchasing a second home in the Coswolds!; shop online for great products otherwise available only in the UK; try your hand at everything from putting up your own marmalade or keeping hens to comparative cooker browsing and upscale English Country interior decorating! Absolutely my favorite read!!!