One of the big benefits of Muddy tottering its way into so many counties (er, 17 since you asked!) is that we have a raft of on-the-ground experts, squirrelling out the coolest, most useful stuff for the rest of us to plunder. Case in point – beach cottages. Thought about renting one this summer? Yeah me too. So allow me to lay before you a sandy smorgasbord from the Muddy regional editors – 14 beautiful beach properties for the bucket and spade brigade.Read more
Category: Coastal Travel
I’ve been to the Caribbean twice in my life – once to Grenada and once to Saint Lucia, both for travel features (I know, feel my pain). It’s daft that I haven’t returned with my family since then, but I think historically the Caribbean as a holiday destination has had its barriers – either people think it’s horrifically expensive and only for the superposh, or they imagine it’s too far (though Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbados are only 8 hours away).Read more
I made the mistake of going on my summer holidays at the end of July – I felt very smug at the time, but have now had a month of working with everyone else sunning around (grrrrrr) and am in dire need of something to look forward to.
If you’re needing some inspiration too, voila mes braves, I’ve got it going on right here. I’ve been on the blower to Feel Good Holidays, the bespoke travel agents based in Henley who curate cool holidays in Europe and further afield) for some expert short haul ideas, so get your gnashers around these locations and wave to me poolside!Read more
It’s proving very useful having lots of regional Muddies, as occasionally I’m reminded that there is actually life outside of Buck & Oxon! Debbie, who does a brilliant job of editing Muddy Sussex, recently went up the brand new i360 tower in Brighton. If you’re planning a trip that way, check out her blog. In the meantime, here’s her review of the i360, for those of you who have a head for heights.Read more
*Snort*. Whoa, sorry, you just woke me up from my Ibiza dream, where I was lying pert and lithe (hey, I said it was a dream) on this gorgeous towel.Read more
I’m starting to do more travel on Muddy, figuring that though you love Oxon and Bucks you like to escape sometimes too (quick, dig the tunnels). I mentioned Perfect Stays a few days ago, a luxury self-catering company in Cornwall and Devon that looks *awesome* and is on my radar to try out over the summer, but if you’re into shorter traveling times and have your sights set on Dorset, I reckon Deans Court in Wimborne (above) will tick your boxes too.Read more
Sometimes I come across stuff that’s so cool that I get a bit overexcited. Pour myself a large glass of wine, refill for politeness’ sake (look, it’s a ‘me’-date), scoff some crisps, refill, stare out of the window for a while in soporific happiness…
… and then shout something like OMG CHECK THIS OUT!!! from the top of my fingertips (this being the computer and all).Read more
Last Thursday, Team Muddy came mid-table at the first pub quiz held at The Quince Tree in Stonor. Very disappointed to be so groaningly average when we so deserved to go down in flames but, God I love a pub quiz, and it was a really fun night (they’re weekly with another one this evening if you feel giving it a go). I mention it because the questionmaster stumped me with one question.Read more
Feel like booking a holiday to some sun? Er, YEAH, me too. Are you thinking about long haul? Possibly not. There’s a bit of a mental block on it isn’t there? With four years living in Sydney and Australia in my twenties, I know all about the perils of long haul. Mr Muddy (an all-out jandal-wearing kiwi) and I lived in NZ for several years in the halycon days of youth and no kids, but it’s taken eight years to get us back Down Under – prior to this year, the thought of traveling all that way with toddlers and young children has filled us with doom.Read more
Just before Christmas I was so tired all I wanted to do was sleep until 2015. But Mr Muddy gets a bit stir-crazy betwixtmas, so we ended up heading off to Cornwall to the Polurrian Bay Hotel, down on the Lizard peninsula on the southern tip of the county, for a change of scene.
I review a lot of hotels on Muddy but I have to tell you I think you will love this place.Read more
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