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  • The Mulberry Inn

    Big flavours and a big friendly welcome is the order of the day at this newly zhushed up Surrey country pub owned by Chris Evans.

  • Bedfordshire bolthole

    We make a break for the border, with Muddy's Sophie checking in to the recently refurbed Woburn Hotel in Beds for a romantic weekend. Ooh la la!

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    The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds

    One night at the Northgate Hotel was the perfect respite to recharge my batteries. Less than one hours drive from Norwich and it felt like a proper luxurious escape!

  • Hurtwood Hotel

    Homespun charm, dreamy rooms to overnight in and a five-star breaky - there's nothing not to like here.

  • Park House Hotel & Spa, Midhurst

    Spa - tick... fab food - tick... rooms with a view - tick... get a relaxing triple whammy at this country house-style getaway with great seasonal promotions. Go on, you deserve it.

  • Five star freebies

    Three weeks to go this summer and it's good news for Staycationers - no charge for kids to eat or stay at superluxe Stoke Park this month. Book up and chill out!

  • Riverside luxury

    Looking for a relaxing spa break that's not going to take hours to get to? I know just the place.

  • Cotswold House Hotel

    This boutique townhouse hotel in Chipping Campden gives its country house cousins a run for their money.

  • The Castle Inn, West Lulworth

    Rustic luxe pub with rooms, food by a Blumenthal protégé and just two minutes walk away from the stunning Jurassic coast. I'd say the dream combo for a weekend away...

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    Helen Browning’s Royal Oak

    Homespun charm, yummy, wholesome food and dreamy rooms to overnight in, there is NOTHING not to like here!

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    Sheep on Sheep Street

    This Stow-on-the-Wold hotel, restaurant and bar looks like a period drama on the outside – and on inside the scene is set for stylish, urbanite fun.

  • WIN: A cosy getaway

    Fancy a sneaky night away at the cosy and stylish Stag on the River near Godalming? Hell yeah! Here's how...

  • Cliff Cottage, Iken

    Heart-stopping views and an open, airy interior make this secret, Suffolk hideaway very special indeed. Perched high above the River Alde, expect big sunsets and endless, estuary horizons.

  • Stay at the Stag

    A relaxed country inn with seven charming rooms for an appealing 30 second stagger to bed after dinner. Shall we?

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    Hotel of the year, you say? Muddy checks in

    The Pointer in Brill is hoovering up awards but what's the Muddy verdict on its new B&B rooms? Kerry Potter goes for a sleepover and fry-up.

  • The Best Pub in England!

    Into the winner's enclosure! A lovely village pub that's only gone and got itself the accolade of AA Best Pub in England

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    Room with a view

    Lavishly decorated, a spectacular view and a whopping great big brass bath at The Swan Hotel in Wells – why wouldn't you?

  • Lake Annecy Talloire

    Holiday in Lake Annecy

    With its clear blue waters and striking mountain backdrops Lake Annecy is simply breathtaking.

  • The Inn @ West End

    Take an award-winning pub in a pretty village, add stylish rooms and fab food. Add gin and book up.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Spread Eagle, Midhurst

    Fancy preparing for layer removal with a spa day, or holing up and fine dining in cosy surrounds? The Spread Eagle Hotel at Midhurst has you covered either way and it's so historic Elizabeth I stayed here!

  • The Stanwick Hotel

    This Muddy is a regular visitor to The Stanwick Hotel, (formerly The Courtyard Hotel), as I have a monthly networking group I go to that's hosted there (never networked? You haven't lived ; ) Also they're a Muddy Award winner, so I thought you guys could probably do with a peek inside too!

  • The Gurnard’s Head

    My ultimate destination pub, in beautiful West Penwith! Go for the fish, go for the wine, go for the scenery. You won’t be disappointed.

  • THE DOG & BADGER

    This slick inn near Henley has added six luxe hotel rooms for an appealing 30 second stagger to bed after dinner. Shall we?

  • New spa & afternoon tea

    A cosy new spa in an old seafront cellar and a show-stopping afternoon tea at the stylish Brighton Harbour Hotel

  • 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.

  • Glazebrook House: A Rabbit Hole You’ll Want To Tumble Down

    New Year New Muddies! You can now, delightfully, receive your Muddy Stilettos fix in 13 counties – the fragrant Muddy Cambridgshire and Muddy Devon have just launched and my, they’re looking pretty. I’ve been writing a bit about potential holidays on the south coast over the last few weeks and so thought I should let […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • All hail The Crown inn, Woodstock

    Cool place to stay alert! Muddy Stilettos recently had the rather preeny pleasure of being the first journo to try out bedrooms in the 18th century former coaching inn of  The Crown in Woodstock (I know, where’s my trophy?). The Crown has given the other pubs and inns in the town a bit of a […]

  • Muddy Eats: The Crab & Lobster, Sidlesham

    The term ‘destination pub’ is made for the Crab and Lobster at Sidlesham and it’s no wonder it was one of our Muddy Awards finalists for that very category. It’s near Pagham Harbour and right beside the pub is wide open marshland with paths around… …yet it’s within easy reach of Petworth and Chichester and well […]

  • The most spectacular afternoon tea in Somerset?

    Cross Lane House is a beautifully preserved Medieval house turned boutique hotel and restaurant on Exmoor. Come on in…   The hotel, recently listed in The Telegraph‘s Top 10 Hotels for 2015 as well as winning a host of other accolades, is just off the A39 in the tiny village of Allerford on the National Trust’s […]

  • 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 […]

  • Muddy stays: The Elms hotel, Worcester

    I used to go on sooooo many short UK breaks when I lived in London – like most city-dwellers I was desperate to escape the smoke and see some sheep. But somehow with kids and school and, er, lack of funds, it’s much more of an occasional treat these days. I took the kids and […]

  • REVIEW: *Brilliant* family getaway near Bath

    I always get a tingle when I find something I know Muddy readers will love too and whoa, I’m feeling it big style on this one. If you’re looking for a family break with younger kids, this is totally it. Last weekend I went down to Woolley Grange, about 6 miles from Bath with the […]

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