The Ruined Abbey on the edge of Painshill lake
©Fred Holmes

The restoration of Painshill’s English landscape garden

How Charles Hamilton’s 18th-century masterpiece in Surrey regained its former glory

RichardNeedham, the Earl of Kilmorey
©Sam Frost

Inside the home of Richard Needham, the Earl of Kilmorey

The former Tory minister on why he is filling his house with heirlooms disposed of by his spendthrift ancestors


snail ©INSADCO Photography/Alamy
There is another way of dealing with uninvited visitors – put them on the dinner menu
Toad Hall, Royal Westmoreland golf development, Barbados

Bunker mentality: the future of golf property projects

The sport may be losing popularity in some countries but buyers still have a range of options to stay on course

Harlem in Upper Manhattan
©Tim Clayton/Corbis

New York’s Harlem enjoys real estate renaissance

Home prices in the district are outpacing the rest of Manhattan but agents insist it is sustained growth

Exmouth Market, a semi-pedestrianised street in Clerkenwell
©Fabio Lugaro

London’s Clerkenwell in new buying cycle

The historic central district is attracting investors drawn by the expected boost of Crossrail

The wall of a church building in Taos Pueblo, New Mexico
©Thomas Hoepker

Native American design skills revitalised

Tribal crafts developed in New Mexico in the 11th century are being brought back to life in pueblo communities

Raw concrete surfaces in an apartment in Nagoya, Japan
©Airhouse Design Office

Concrete: a firm favourite in home design

Designers are using the material more prominently and building on the foundations of the Modernist movement

Château Soligny

Six homes with stylish wine cellars

From a 19th-century château on the French Riviera to a renovated family home in a suburb of Cape Town

Designs on show at Tent London
©Sophie Mutevelian

London Design Festival: highlights and trends

A round-up of the best and emerging designs at this month’s art event, from origami and lighting to raw materials

Edwin Hillier’s flower shop in Winchester, Hampshire, in the mid-1880s
©Hillier Nurseries

The horticultural dynasties of Victorian Britain

In the 19th century many garden nurseries were founded as family businesses – but few have survived