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  • 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?

  • 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

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The most spectacular afternoon tea in Somerset?

    Cross Lane House is a beautifully preserved Medieval house turned boutique hotel  and restaurant on Exmoor, where you can enjoy a luxurious, tranquil weekend away, dinner – and what must be the most spectacular afternoon tea in Somerset. The hotel, recently listed in The Telegraph‘s Top 10 Hotels for 2015 as well as winning a […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Horse & Groom, Bourton-on-the-Hill

    This inn has now changed ownership. New review to come in a few weeks! Hero (23 April 17) Did it have you at ‘Horse’? ‘Groom?’ Or just ‘handsome Cotswold sun drenched honeyed stone’? Increasingly I zip out to the Cotswolds on Muddy business, mostly to look at the pubs and restaurants, because frankly they’re outstanding. […]

  • 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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