Matthew Festing, of the Knights of Malta

The ex-soldier is Grand Master of a Catholic fraternity that was founded in the 11th century and carries out aid work in 120 countries

The Catskill Mountains in New York State
©Michael Marquand/Getty Images

Far out: Ulster County, New York

Near the site of the 1960s rock festival Woodstock, this peaceful haven 100 miles from Manhattan attracts wealthy artistic types

Robin Lane Fox

David Austin’s Renaissance Garden of English roses at Albrighton ©David Austin Roses
A visit to the master English rose breeder is an education in the principles of how to produce healthy and vigorous plants

Five homes perfect for tennis fans

From a Victorian house near the home of Wimbledon to a property in New York with a tennis court on its roof

Canonbury Square, where a five-bedroom home is on sale for £5.5m
©Charlotte Machin/Alamy

Is this the peak of Islington, London?

Canonbury and Barnsbury are among the borough’s most desirable areas — but agents warn price rises could be slowing

Matthew Wilson at home in Rutland, England, with his grandfather’s pitchfork
©Tom Jamieson

Treasure in the tool shed

The company devoted to collecting and restoring horticulture ephemera — from niblicks to 19th-century flower pickers

UK property law

Can I open my garden to the public?

It could be a great way to get to know your neighbours, but there are issues surrounding insurance and health and safety

A golfer at Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula
©Tony Roberts/Getty Images

Monterey, California: on course for growth

Interest from Silicon Valley executives is helping to push up prices on peninsula known for its annual PGA golf tournament

Willy Lott’s House in Flatford
©Leo Goddard

Picture-perfect homes in Constable Country

Time appears to stand still in the Stour Valley but homes in this part of Essex and Suffolk come at a premium

Sails pitch: five yachts available to buy

From a 90-metre schooner with a crow’s nest to a refitted boat with a cinema and Jacuzzi big enough for 12 people

©Robert Ayton/Bridgeman Images

Why Britons aspire to be semi-detached

While urban continentals live cheek by jowl, Britons prefer suburban comfort, near but not too near the neighbours

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