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  • 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.

  • Muddy reviews One Aldwych: London

    Overnighter in the Big Smoke or planning a post-pandemic theatre jaunt? Treat yourself with a stay at this stunning, super-luxe hotel, just a stone's throw from the West End.

  • 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.

  • Launch review: The Pig, Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

    On its opening day, Muddy's ed-in-chief Hero Brown was the first to eat lunch at the brand new Pig hotel in Harlyn Bay (what a trooper!). So what was the verdict - and is it worth a trip to North Cornwall?

  • Mini break anyone? The best hotel deals to book now

    If you're hankering for a few days away from your own four walls, then you'll need these mini break deals from hotels across the Muddy counties. Race you to check in.

  • Restaurants with rooms

    Dreaming of a foodie getaway? We've scoured the Muddy counties for hotel stays with serious culinary credentials for when lock-down lifts. Tuck in.

  • Dog-friendly stays

    Have pooch, will travel? Here are 43 stays across the Muddy counties that are all Fido-friendly to bookmark for a later date.

  • 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.

  • Special Muddy hotel deal!

    January getting you down? Hey, book a holiday! We've snaffled some brilliant Muddy extras for stays at Luxury Family Hotels if you book before 31 Jan. Read on for three reasons to be very cheerful.

  • 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

  • REVIEW: The Ultimate Veganuary Treat!

    Pinkies at the ready! Muddy pops in to review the Vegan Full Afternoon Tea at Mallory Court Country House Hotel, nr Leamington Spa.

  • Ain’t no party like a Muddy party!

    For our office 'do' this year, we shimmied over to Stoke Park in Bucks for dinner, dancing and drinking. Here's how we got on. Anyone got any paracetamol, please?

  • The Swan, Ascott-under-Wychwood

    Did someone say quintessential Cotswold pub with a twist? Let us in, right now. We go deep into the Oxfordshire countryside to have a gander (sorry) at the brand spanking new Swan.

  • The Lygon Arms, Broadway

    Broadway in Worcestershire is arguably the most lovely of the Cotswolds villages - and The Lygon Arms is a family, pooch and special-occasion corker of a hotel. Weekend away incoming!

  • The Chesterton, Bicester

    Deco styling, black marble bathrooms and oodles of charm make this renovated hotel, just a few miles from Bicester Village, a fashionable overnighter. Here's what you need to know.

  • SOLENT FORT - SLIDE MENU

    Is this the quirkiest, coolest hotel ever?

    You don't get many hotels more unusual than this. Muddy sets sail for one of the most unique stays we've ever undertaken at No Man's Fort.

  • Indian summer

    Take a Michelin chef, an Elizabethan coaching house and interiors by Soho House's design guru, and Atul Kochhar's Hawkyn's becomes an instant recipe for success. Read the Muddy verdict.

  • Exclusive first review

    The hottest new five star hotel in Bucks was open a mere day before I reviewed. Here's my verdict on The Langley.

  • 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.

  • A cool Cornish hotel – without the crowds

    The Polurrian on the Lizard has had a style makeover - and then some. Fancy winning a 3 night £1800 stay at Cornwall's best kept secret?

  • The dreamiest new hotels to book now

    In need of an indulgent weekend away? Er, ALWAYS. Here's our pick of the best brand new - and downright desirable - hotels to book pronto. Breakfast in bed and late check-outs all round!

  • Muddy stays: The Fleece, Witney

    Cocktails in the Cotswolds? Well, if you insist. Muddy whizzes to Witney to check out a sleek gastro-pub with rooms.

  • Hampshire hotel hotty

    Shall we count the ways we love you Chewton Glen? Nah, we'll be here for days. Instead, here's what you need to know about this coastal classic spa and hotel destination.

  • 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?

  • Regally yours: The Crown at Woodstock

    Author Clover Stroud heads to this Scandi-meets-heritage reworking of a 18th century inn - and has a right royal time of it.

  • 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.

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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.

  • Muddy visits Ragdale Hall

    An open air Rooftop Infinity Pool, a Thermal Spa, 50 treatment rooms and more. Muddy checks in!

  • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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