The urge to collect is keenly felt by many of us. Whatever your lodestone happens to be, it’s often the thrill of the chase that drives us to want to acquire better and rarer examples. This month we celebrate this universal passion and meet six collectors whose delights range from antique porcelain to typewriters via vintage garden tools, taxidermy and jelly moulds. We also track the sale of exquisitely crafted pieces belonging to a keen appreciator of ‘extreme Georgian’. After running out of room in his Spitalfields home, he had no alternative but to sell 332 items of period furniture, art and objets. Our five houses this month are all beautiful in their individual ways, from a chateau in the Loire to a Georgian manor in Somerset. And, if you’re dreaming of tropical climes, we take you on a virtual sun-soaked tour of the Isles of Scilly.