Country Life

Looking beyond the headlines

AMID all the present difficulties within the cultural sector, the plight of independently run country houses has not received much attention. That’s partly because it’s hard to generalise about these properties and their circumstances, and partly due to the fact that their individual difficulties are necessarily eclipsed in the

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