To be in the country is to escape to the present where a new kind of acuity sets in. Distractions fall away, noises fade, relationships grow and imagination reawakens. It’s a purposeful existence, but it isn’t purpose-driven. It takes restraint to preserve the untamed, but when you connect with and create from the land, or make art from its elements, you experience a place on the deepest level.
For Nick Ashley-Cooper, the 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, an unexpected twist of fate led to a commitment to reviving and sustaining his ancestral estate. With the help of a merry and talented band of kindred craftsmen and creatives, he continues to transform his family’s house into a home.