The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Coastal Travel

14 beautiful beach cottages to rent this summer

22 Feb 2017

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.

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An Insider’s Guide to the Caribbean

21 Sep 2016

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).

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Try this: Up to the top with Brighton’s i360

12 Aug 2016

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.

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Top 10 things to do in Dorset

23 May 2016

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.

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OMG! Perfect Stays in Devon & Cornwall

12 May 2016

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).

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Asiatic beauty

24 Mar 2016

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.

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In it for the long haul

6 Jan 2016

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.

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Stay here: Polurrian Bay Hotel (Cornwall)

16 Jan 2015

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.

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