The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: 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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California Dreaming

3 Feb 2017

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 afternoon swing on the chandelier or – frankly – brush my hair, I actively welcome having someone else sort out my summer holiday.

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Win a £800 stay at Another Place The Lake!

1 Feb 2017

We do try to push the boat out on prizes for you to win, but we’ve had we had one so delicious it was literally bobbing over the water. But check out this lakeside view!

Another Place The Lake in Ullswater in the Lake District is the most ridiculously gorgeous, luxurious, stylish hotel we’ve seen in a very long time and we’ve nabbed a two night stay, worth nearly £800, for one lucky Muddy reader (and your plus one obvs).

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Glazebrook House: A Rabbit Hole You’ll Want To Tumble Down

20 Jan 2017

New Year New Muddies! You can now, delightfully, receive your Muddy Stilettos fix in 13 counties – the fragrant Muddy Cambridgshire and Muddy Devon have just launched and my, they’re looking pretty.

I’ve been writing a bit about potential holidays on the south coast over the last few weeks and so thought I should let you know you about Glazebrook Hotel, an amazing place in South Brent that Devon Muddy ed Sharon has already squirrelled out and reviewed below.

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Our summer festival guide – book now!

9 Jan 2017

The music festival season feels a long, long way off right now (although we wouldn’t say no to a pear cider if you’re offering) but these days you’ve got to book mega early if you want to be happy campers come summer. The good news is lots of the best local events still have availability, so come and join us in your daisy chains, denim hotpants and wellies.

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Ready to book your escape to the coast?

9 Jan 2017

Dreary, freezing January evenings are made for summer holiday planning – I can’t be the only one already dreaming of cocktails al fresco, snoozing on sun-loungers and those days when the sun soars up beyond eye level, can I?

This year I’m planning to take the Muddy tribe to Devon or Cornwall (to avoid airport-based faffing) so have been browsing luxury self-catering letting agency Perfect Stay‘s gorgeous website, perving over their super-stylish collection of properties.

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Special Muddy deal on a Forest Holiday!

9 Jan 2017

In a dry January – yes I’m doing it *groan* – when the weather has turned totally pants and half-term break feels forever away, I take solace by gorging myself on potential holidays. Hot summer holidays in exotic climes with Rufus Sewell (if he’ll only stop moaning on and on about how he desires me),  cool city breaks with Mr Muddy, gorgeous cottages in rugged climes for walking hols with my galpals and for family time in the UK, something luxe but active, rural but not too holiday campish.

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Win a Heston dinner for two & a sleepover!

5 Jan 2017

I think it’s only right and proper to begin 2017 with a Heston nosh up and a night away, don’t you?

I reviewed The Crown in Bray last summer and absolutely loved it. A Heston eaterie (part of his Fat Duck group), The Crown is a gorgeously atmospheric 16th century building with all the requisite nooks, crannies, fireplaces and higgledy-piggledy spaces, with food that’s awesome, as you’d expect.

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The Maytime Inn

11 Dec 2016

This review is a bit of a departure for me because it includes some  of my (*cough*) highly professional vlogging. Tis true I’m no Scorcese, though I’ve improved slightly since my early car reviews when I managed to film upside down. No seriously, remember this?! Anyway, hopefully you’ll agree that my new vlog offers something immediate and helpful , so do take a look as it will give you a good flavour for The Maytime Inn, a stylish, quirky-round-the-edges Cotswold inn set in some glorious countryside in Asthall in the Windrush Valley, only six miles from Witney but somehow feeling very timeless and rural.

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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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