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How I recovered, by the people who did

Addiction, mental illness, bereavement, cancer, debt: there is no shortage of afflictions that can beset a human life. But how do you recover?

Winter weekends away: 10 of the best country house hotels

Now’s the time to hunker down in a cosy but luxurious room. From castles to a smuggler’s inn, here’s our pick of the best winter boltholes

How one woman's closet became an art sensation

How Sara Berman’s wardrobe became a loved exhibition piece, with lessons for us all in the joy of simple living

25 holidays to reboot your life

From yoga to surfing to pool therapy, Yorkshire to Sardinia to Poland, find yourself on an amazing retreat

Remember the bad and the good times to build your future

A painful childhood can mean avoiding the past. But the act of remembering can be a force for good

Meet the neuroscientist shattering the myth of the gendered brain

Why asking whether your brain is male or female is the wrong question

Room with a bloom: 10 beautiful garden getaways in the UK

These splendid hotels and cottages sit in some of the country’s finest gardens ands estates, offering relaxation and a riot of colour

Highland spring: escaping to an art hotel in the Cairngorms

Taxidermy, tartan walls and modern art give the revamped Fife Arms hotel, in Aberdeenshire, a shot of wild drama

The 10 best long-distance walks with overnight stays in Britain

With scenery to make the heart soar and handpicked places to stay overnight en route

Front doors: the key looks

How does your home make an entrance? Here’s our guide to creating the perfect portal – without letting the neighbours down

Plunge into a new pastime: 10 of the best creative breaks

From an art workshop in Tuscany and a sculpture course in Wales to crime writing in the Highlands, we pick our favourite learning retreats

Britain’s top 10 coastal retreats

These winter winners offer great stays for an off-season break – of windswept walks or just being cosy – and feature lighthouses, inns, forts and crofters’ cottages