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  • Italy, Mr Bond? 24 hours in Matera

    Make mine a martini, shaken not stirred while we tell you our insider tips on how to best experience the coolest city you've probably never heard of.

  • Ready, aim, fire? Let’s go shooting

    More women and children than ever are taking up shooting, so Muddy takes her teenager along to Bisley Shooting Ground and gives it two smoking barrels. Boom!

  • SWAN AT STREATLEY EXT RIVER

    Muddy reviews: The Swan at Streatley

    This boutique hotel in the village of Streatley, West Berkshire, with its slick styling and stunning riverside location is the ultimate weekend escape.

  • 65 paw-fect dog-friendly stays

    Have pooch, will travel? You betcha! Here are 65 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly, from stunning stately homes to rural cottage staycations.

  • The Muddy insider guide to Norfolk

    Stunning beaches, beautiful broads and bijou boltholes plus a vibrant capital city – Norfolk is one of our favourite year-round staycation destinations. Ready to 'Do Different'?

  • Browns Hotel front hall

    Muddy stays: Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair

    Elegant, oozing with history and slap-bang in central Mayfair - this impressive five star hotel is a dead cert for a special occasion stay in the Big Smoke.

  • Insider guide to Cambridge

    This university city with a whole lotta history, fantastic architecture, excellent restaurants and plenty of green space is SO deserving of your next weekend break.

  • 16 of the best places to holiday in the UK

    Choosing a UK holiday? Then you're going to want to check out our bang-up-to-date insider guides to these top towns and cities across the Muddy counties.

  • Muddy’s insider guide to Devon

    With 200 miles of SW Coast Path, two vibrant cities, a national park, gorgeous beaches and lush cream teas, why go anywhere else?

  • Muddy reviews: The Star Inn, Alfriston

    A triple treat of sleepy rural peace, local culture creds and stylish Tudor charm, The Star Inn in Alfriston, East Sussex opened in June to acclaim. Only thing is, does it pass the Muddy test?

  • Insider guide to Bury St Edmunds

    Staycation alert! If you’re looking to discover somewhere a little bit under the radar this summer, check our up-to-date guide to Suffolk’s historic market town, including where to scoff, shop, sleep, drink and hangout

  • Insider Guide: Canterbury

    Perfect for culture vultures, food fanatics, shoppers and families - here's the top things to do whether you're capering around those cobbled streets or relaxing on the river...

  • Make your holidays count: 13 trips of a lifetime

    Splashing out on a big celebration holiday? Have we got some travel inspo for you, featuring palm trees, tropical islands, star-gazing, sundowners and private butlers. Bring it on.

  • Long-haul holiday inspo for 2022

    Where will 2022 take you?  We're all itching to travel overseas once more, so here is some early inspiration in preparation for January's booking frenzy. 

  • Muddy Insider Guide: The Caribbean

    For those dreaming of escaping to the sun in 2022 (me, me!), here's an expert guide to the loveliest islands in the Caribbbean to visit, with the how, where and why.

  • The Muddy Insider Guide to Cornwall

    Planning to staycay this summer? Our curated guide to Cornwall is packed with our in-the-know tips and up to date openings. Just add flipflops and sunshine.

  • Best beaches in the South & South West

    Heading south for the summer? Then you'll be needing our guide to the 18 best beaches including the inside line on the best activities, foodie joints and sundowner spots.

  • The Muddy insider guide to The Cotswolds

    Plotting a UK staycay this year? Head to the Cotswolds - the honey-tinged heart of England. Curate your summer holiday in this glorious AONB with our bang-up-to-date, in-the-know guide on where to head.

  • Day at the beach, anyone?

    The sun's making an appearance this weekend (at long last) so we're thinking impromptu, socially-distanced daytrip to the coast. Who's in?

  • The best places to fly long haul

    Thinking of winter sun but can't bear the idea of long haul? Think again lady - get ready to have your preconceptions dispelled with your expert tips on where, how and why

  • Coworth Park Hunter wellies green and one pair of leopard wellies

    Is this the ultimate family escape?

    A five star hotel so fab you and your kids will never want to leave. Pack your bags, Coworth Park is calling for fresh air, great food and post-lockdown fun on tap.

  • Muddy review: Alexander House, West Sussex

    With a stunning spa and newly launched fine dining restaurant, this five-star country manor house should be at the top of your list for a luxe post-lockdown escape.

  • Holiday in the hills: Muddy reviews Barnett Hill

    As holidays abroad are seemingly off the agenda - a staycation has never looked so good. And this country house hotel in the gorgeous Surrey Hills is the perfect getaway for couples and families.

  • Escape to Great Fosters for a fairy tale fantasy

    If ever a getaway was needed, it's now. For a fairy tale fantasy, head to Great Fosters in north Surrey, where there's plenty to keep kids and parents happy.

  • Insider’s guide to Reigate

    This medieval market town is bursting at the seam with independent shops, pubs and restaurants, beautiful green spaces and annual events you'll be desperate to attend. 

  • Muddy reviews: Artist Residence

    This boutique masterpiece in the hamlet of South Leigh, Oxfordshire with its slick styling and cleverly chosen art, is a welcome antidote to traditional Cotswolds inns.

  • California Dreaming

    If you’re anything like me you’ll have spent your twenties seeing yourself as a groovy, bohemian, independent traveller, floating around far-flung spots and believing that having an itinerary was ‘cheating’. Well, those carefree days are long gone, girlfriend. With three children to herd, a business to run, and barely enough time to indulge in an […]

  • Is this the most elegant B&B in Sussex?

    A top notch dinner and a secluded pool are among surprises at this antique-filled hideaway

  • 5 West Country wellbeing stays

    Looking for a Devon, Cornwall or Somerset escape? Check out these corker properties from Perfect Stays, all with on-site extras you'll love, from yoga and wine tasting to massage.

  • Stay here: One Abbey Lane, Southam

    This beautifully renovated Tudor gem in Warwickshire featured on BBC 2's Restoration Home is now a stylish B&B apartment.

  • What’s on your bucket list?

    Have you got a travel bucket list? Are these fantastic places on it? They should be!

  • 5 Cool things to do in Wales

    Fancy an activity holiday with the kids or an adreneline fuelled weekend with friends? Snowdonia is my new favourite staycation!

  • Fit for a queen?

    Muddy's Georgina Forsythe escapes to the Warwickshire countryside in the school hols for some overnight R&R.

  • Need a spa day? Check out the best ‘Superspas’ across Glos, Somerset and Wilts

    I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want... a massage, mani and Jacuzzi please, and make it snappy. Whether you’re going with your romantic other, bezzie mates or gloriously solo, here’s our pick of the very best spas near you.

  • The Langley is… OPEN!

    Superluxe The Langley in South Buckinghamshire opens its doors for the first time today! Here are 6 reasons why you should put it to the top of your hotel wish list.

  • Beach day trips within two hours of Cambridge

    Pack a picnic and bucket and spade and head to the beach for the day. These are the best seaside stunners within two hours or less of Cambridge.

  • 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!

  • Why travel agents rock

    You get one life - don't waste it - eight reasons to use a boutique travel agent.

  • Hurley House Hotel grey and white bedroom with bath

    Get a room! Hurley House reviewed

    Escape to the country for a luxury overnighter at this relaxing Berkshire bolthole – top nosh and quality starfishing await.

  • Five Super Cool Norfolk Staycations

    Grab a cuppa, snuggle up under a blanket on the sofa and start planning some Norfolk staycations for 2019.

  • Out-of-Season Scilly with Kids

    Cornwall meets the Caribbean on this unspoilt archipelago just 28 miles from Land's End. Here are my top tips for visiting with the family in 2019.

  • The best house party in the mountains

    Ready for more partying after the Xmas season is over? How about heading for the Alps for the best party you can imagine?

  • Four of the best weekend ski resorts

    Looking for inspiration for a weekend away to the slopes? Here are for great getaways that are easy to get to from Surrey.

  • St Lucia, beyond the beaches

    As the nights draw in and the weather gets bloomin' chilly, what's the best thing to do? Book a holiday, of course! Fancy something with loads of adventure for the kids? It's got to be St Lucia, baby!

  • Molunan Beach The Roseland Peninsula Cornwall

    And Relax… we’re on the Roseland

    Four picture-perfect holiday cottages on the Roseland Peninsula offer a change of pace in one of Cornwall’s prettiest and sleepiest corners.

  • Brighton’s Rock ‘n’ Roll hotel

    From silly to sexy, there's plenty of fun to be had at Brighton's unique Hotel Pelirocco

  • The Big Beautiful Beach House

    This impressive family home was the setting for Richard Curtis' film, About Time and now you can rent it out and make your own memories here. Shall we have a snoop around?

  • bedroom double bed fur throw sofa cushions curtains

    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!

  • Guide to Truro Cornwall

    Insider’s Guide To Truro

    Foodie, arty and cultural - Truro is Cornwall's Great Little City and our in-the-know local guide will point you straight to the places to be.

  • 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.

  • The Belfry Hotel & Resort

    Muddy tucks into a 6-course Tasting Evening at this 4* top golf, leisure and spa resort in the North Warwickshire countryside. It was definitely well above par.

  • Cruising with kids

    Cruising is not just for pensioners - some lines go all out to attract families. Find out about typical children's activities onboard and some of the adventurous places you could visit.

  • Riverside luxury

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

  • The perfect honeymoon

    Getting married? Don't leave your honeymoon to the last minute. Here's how to plan the perfect holiday as Mr and Mrs.

  • hot tub sea view

    Stay Here: Cliff House

    One of our fave luxury self-catering stays in South Devon has just re-opened after a snazzy refurb. So what's new? Well, *that* hot tub for starters...

  • Make a dash for the seaside

    You don't have to hop on a plane to enjoy a little beach time this summer. Here are 8 stylish British staycations for inspiration

  • 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...

  • shepherds hut

    Glamp rock

    The West does it best when it comes to camping and glamping! The definitive Muddy guide to campsites and glamp sites in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset

  • Stylish mid-century interior with cowhide rug.

    A Stylish Family Retreat

    Looking for a special, take-a-deep breath space—all Mad Men elegance, oodles of space for kids & a mahoosive dining table? Welcome to Slate Cottage.

  • Tour travel: could it be for you?

    Group touring has come a long way from guides waving umbrellas in the air! Increasing popular, there are now lots of small and perfectly formed far-flung travel options...

  • 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.

  • Caribbean island match

    Budget-conscious or luxe? Romantic or family-friendly? Get the lowdown on the right islands and resorts for you with our handy guide.

  • Thai for beginners

    As the kids go back to school and the nights draw in, what's the best thing to do? Book a holiday, of course! Fancy something a bit further afield this time?

  • Broadway Barn

    Superbly styled, this 200-year-old barn in Ripley is perfect for a romantic or relaxing break.

  • Ski Luxury for Less

    Are you after a luxury ski holiday but want it on a smaller budget? Fear not, Muddy is here to help - check out our top tips for luxe for less!

  • big brass bath

    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?

  • Shakespeare’s Gardens

    Been to visit the stunning contemporary new sculpture garden at Shakespeare's New Place in Stratford yet?

  • 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 planning tips

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

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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, […]

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