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  • Lush green scenery and a thatched roof hotel with a swimming pool in the foreground

    Gadzooks – grab up to 40% off Turquoise Family Holidays!

    Was summer a staycation washout? In that case you may want to feast your eyes on Turquoise Holiday's Family Sale - up to 40% (yes, you read that right) off stunning holidays in the Maldives, Mauritius and South East Asia. See you on the sun lounger!

  • Stay here: The Inn @ West End

    Take an award-winning pub in a pretty village, add stylish rooms and fab food. Add gin (easy when there's a comprehensive gin menu) and book up.

  • blue and grey elegant sofas glass coffee tables tall wooden archway

    The secret’s out!

    The secret's out! Once a WW2 secret service centre, this stunning Victorian hotel in leafy Bucks has had a game-changing £7m boutique makeover. Filing my dosier now, sir.

  • Pick of Edinburgh Fringe

    Heading to Edinburgh Festival? Overwhelmed by the brochure? Get a shortcut with my picks of the Fringe

  • Say namaste to an Asian hotel in Alicante

    An Asian-themed hotel right in the centre of Alicante? Meet Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa

  • Edinburgh Fringe tips

    Get the best from the fest with my handy guide to how to plan your gig-going

  • Forest Holidays

    Beautifully-appointed, luxury cabins for families set in stunning Forestry Commission woodland in the most stunning parts of the UK. And... *breathe*.

  • Romantic getaway

    Looking to rekindle the fires? Stoke the iron of hot-rod passion? Er, get away from the kids and sleep for 14 hours solid? Then this is the feature for you. The most romantic stays across 16 counties, and all in the name of love.

  • Holiday Glamping

    This bijou glamping site on the Surrey-Sussex border is the perfect place enjoy the natural charms of the English countryside and satisfy your kids with a cool camping fix

  • Muddy’s ultimate travel guide: New Zealand

    Two islands, four million people, one incredible destination. I used to live in New Zealand and Mr Muddy is a Kiwi, so this is a proper Insider's Guide!

  • RED (CAMPER) VAN WOMAN

    This baby's got everything you need to be pretty much self-contained. It's fab to drive and when you park up you can be cooking up dinner, knocking back wine and/or be cosy in bed within minutes.

  • 24 Hours at Stonehenge

    24 hours bang slap in the centre of Wilts with a bunch of ancient stones and uh...not much else. Can you really spend a whole 24 hours there? 'Course you can!

  • THE WOBURN HOTEL

    This refurbed hotel in the middle of the pretty Georgian town of Woburn offers fine dining and a family-friendly vibe to keep you happy after you've had your fill of the Safari Park and Abbey Gardens.

  • NORTH DEVON WEEKENDER

    Closer than Cornwall and as sunny as Salcombe, put North Devon on your getaway list with our insider guide to where, what and how

  • Cornwall Weekender: A Muddy Guide to Bude

    With its spectacular beaches, foodie haunts and contemporary holiday rentals, Bude is a Cornish destination on the up. Here are my highlights...

  • My Favourite Places: Sue Bell, Turquoise Holidays

    If you’re going to ask someone about their favourite places to stay in the world it sure as damn it should be someone who owns a luxury travel company! So it’s kia ora, bula and jambo to Sue Bell of the awesome Turquoise Holiday Company, specialists in luxury long-haul and exotic destinations, beloved of top travel editors and savvy travelers and – lucky us – local to the area in Beaconsfield...

  • 50 shades of Hurley House

    Pack your best knickers for a naughty weekend away in a beautiful boutique bolthole in Berkshire.

  • Breakfast in ‘Broadchurch’

    The first award-winning series of Broadchurch opened with a shot of distinctive honeycombed sandstone cliffs with a child’s body at the bottom. I may not have guessed who done it, even by the final episode, but I immediately recognised where.  Broadchurch is largely shot in West Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic coast, a few bays down from Lyme Regis […]

  • New spa & afternoon tea

    Brighton’s lovely seafront Harbour Hotel and its Jetty Restaurant have been open a few months now but a couple of new additions have just made it a top place to hang out and enjoy a bit of pampering, even if you’re not staying – namely a spa in a grotto and a colourful afternoon tea. Unusually, the hotel […]

  • And The Winner Is…

    Happy days to one very lucky Muddy reader who is about to float off with a luxury weekend at Another Place, The Lake in Ullswater, The Lake District. Thousands of you entered this one – I guess everyone needs a holiday! – but the winner is (*drum roll*)… Michelle Tebbutt. Congratulations to you lady. I’m […]

  • The 16 best riverside holiday cottages

    Beach holidays in Britain always come with that anxious niggle at the back of your head – will it tank down for the whole week? Well, how about an inland lake or river holiday as an alternative? The Muddy editors who happen go to be landlocked (*sob**) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental […]

  • Best UK beach cottages

    Tired. Sick of working. Dreaming of the beach. Yup, it's time to book the Great British Coastal Escape and we've done all the hard work for you.

  • Sundays At The Star & Garter

    An amazing slow-cooked Sunday roast and stunning waterside views await at this gastro pub on Falmouth's old high street.

  • Chic sleeps and Sunday roasts at Rathfinny Wine Estate

    Ever keeled over on a settee hugging a bottle of Pinot Noir? No, me neither <cough>. Anyway, here’s a much more sophisticated way to sleep with wine. Rathfinny vineyard perched in the South Downs has some gorgeous cosy-yet-stylish accommodation in the Flint Barns on site. It’s perfect for either a house party, or a rejuvinating […]

  • Vegas, Baby! New flights from Gatwick

    When I travel I love to experience another culture. I prefer boutique hotels and if there’s great local food as well then I’m one happy bunny. So Vegas with its crass fakery, giant accommodation and all-you-can-eat buffets should be my idea of holiday hell… yet somehow it isn’t. I’ve been there a couple of times and found […]

  • Muddying around in Toronto the Good

    Toronto might not be top of the list for North American city breaks – I mean, there’s New York just down the coast (well, quite a way down but, y’know), or DC with its museums a bit further down still. And there are West Coast cities like Seattle and Vancouver with the ocean and the mountains. There’s Montreal with its French vibe and nightlife. And then there’s Toronto, with its CN Tower – tallest freestanding structure in the world, doncha know – and … well, and… um…

  • Muddy Stays: The Barn at Roundhurst

    Remember that dramatic wedding scene at the end of The Graduate when Dustin Hoffman bangs on the glass at the top of the church? I had to fight the urge not to recreate it when I stayed over at The Barn at Roundhurst recently. Just look at this epic lounge/restaurant space with a glass-fronted snug […]

  • My fave places: Somerset crime queen Clare Donoghue

    Crime novelist Clare Donoghue was brought up in Somerset and spent the obligatory ten years in London before moving back to the West Country to do an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa. By the end of the year she had her first novel – Never Look Back – and her main characters DI […]

  • Stay here: The Castle Hotel, Windsor

    And so it came to pass that the mudlets were gently but firmly pushed into the loving arms of their doting Auntie while Mr Muddy B and I hopped into the car and floored it. Yes, we had escaped to Windsor for 24 hours… no kids to harrass us, nothing to do but browse in shops (yes, […]

  • It’s a family affair

    The Hornbys are a talented bunch. Author Gill Hornby, sister of Nick, shares her favourite places.

  • Perfect Stays in Devon and Cornwall? Yes please!

    With half term on the horizon, thoughts are inevitably turning to getting away and having a jolly good break from it all. In her unrelenting search for the perfect hollibobs, Hero over at Muddy Bucks and Oxon has been searching out some of the loveliest places to spend a week or so in this country. Let's check them out, Herts'ters. There are some absolute beauties...

  • Stay in actual Night Manager locations

    It wasn’t only Tom Hiddleston’s lovely form that caused some wistful sighing from those of us watching the BBC’s The Night Manager; there were also those glorious backdrops. The good news is that you can sashay in Tom’s footsteps and stay and eat in some of the actual locations from the series. OK, Roper’s gorgeous Mallorcan pad […]

  • Quirky, romantic bolthole – The Bell Inn, Ticehurst

      At the start of November I spent a week living in a shoebox of a hotel room with a plastic shower ‘pod’ in London’s Docklands while I, somewhat ironically, reported on a travel show. After days living out of a suitcase I decided it’d be great to do it all again… well, for one more […]

  • Get away: The perfect hotel for R&R

      Howard’s House is a very sweet hotel in a tiny Wiltshire village called Teffont Evias (and no, I don’t know how to pronounce it either), not far from Salisbury. The village is mostly a church, a stream, lots of cows, and the hotel, but that’s sort of the point. It’s the kind of place […]

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