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  • We’ll take your advice, Natalie!

    Owner of Cliveden estate, an author in her own right and now the brains behind the first ever Cliveden Literary Festival, Natalie Livingstone knows a thing or two about the local area. Here's where she likes to hang out.

  • Griselda’s Secret Oxford

    Griselda Heppel is an award-winning children’s author, living in Oxford with her husband and four children. Heppel’s book Ante’s Inferno, a modern re-telling of Dante’s journey through Hell, won the Children’s award in the People’s Book Prize 2013. Her second novel The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst was published in 2015.   The Painted Room, Cornmarket Street, […]

  • 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...

  • We love Clover

    She’s lived all over the world, but author Clover Stroud is now back home in Oxfordshire, so we’ve tapped her up for her local recommendations.

  • My Favourite Places

    Opera isn’t just for the elite and nor does it have to be performed in staid, fancy venues, according to Mike Woodward, founder of Opera Anywhere. Since 2000, Mike and his wife Vanessa have sought to ditch the art form’s lofty connotations, producing performances everywhere from an ice cream van to the roof of a […]

  • My favourite places: Republica’s Saffron Sprackling

    Republica frontwoman Saffron Sprackling, most famous for nineties hits Ready to Go and Drop Dead Gorgeous is headlining ISFEST at Isfield in East Sussex this weekend – a fundraising event which features ten singers and bands with local connections. Saffron, who grew up in Sussex, spoke to Muddy Stilettos about her favourite places in the county. […]

  • My Favourite Places: Tricia Stewart

    You might not necessarily recognise the name Tricia Stewart straight away -- but, sure as jam is jam, you'll know about the whole Calendar Girls phenomenon. The original calendar featuring artfully-concealed ladies from the Women's Institute, the hit movie with Helen Mirren, the West End show, and so on...

  • It’s a family affair

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

  • Ahoy Suzy!

    Suzy Hobbs is co-owner of Hobbs of Henley, the family firm that’s been providing boats on the Oxfordshire Thames since 1870. Married with three kids, she knows the area like the back of her hand, so her favourite places are all bang on the money. Read on, and book up! Fluidity, Henley I love this […]

  • My Favourite Places: Freya North

    Today -- publication day for her 14th novel! -- Freya North is sharing her favourite places with us here at Muddy Herts. Most of them are in Herts, too, where she lives out in the countryside with her two children, two dogs, and a horse...

  • Where Emma likes to hang out

    A designer for Burberry and LK Bennett before co-founding Needle cashmere, Emma Rutherford has swapped London for Buckinghamshire's fields with her young family. Here are her favourite haunts, both local and back in the Smoke.

  • My Favourite Places: Felix Camfield-Walker

    Felix Camfield-Walker was born and raised in Hitchin – and he’s got no intention of going anywhere else anytime soon.  Farley’s Hair Emporium is about as relaxed as getting your hair cut is going to get – serious vintage décor, a quirky mix of music, and some properly strong coffee or the offer of a glass […]

  • ‘One Guvnor’ actor Gavin Spokes: My Fave Places

    Gavin Spokes stars in the much-acclaimed ‘One Man Two Guvnors’, currently at the Wycombe Swan until Sat 6 Dec, having previously been in the West End production of the show. Recent credits include She Stoops to Conquer at the National and 1984 at the Almeida and on tour. He lives on the Bucks/Beds borders with […]

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