The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Short Breaks – UK

Muddy stays: The Elms hotel, Worcester

18 Feb 2016

I used to go on sooooo many short UK breaks when I lived in London – like most city-dwellers I was desperate to escape the smoke and see some sheep. But somehow with kids and school and, er, lack of funds, it’s much more of an occasional treat these days. I took the kids and my mum off to The Elms hotel in Abberley, near Worcester a few weeks back, one of the small group of Luxury Family Hotels that are frankly a godsend to anyone with children under the age of 12.

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Stay here: The Wild Rabbit, Kingham

25 Nov 2015

Well, this is a no-brainer. Anyone who lives in or near the Cotswolds has no doubt already heard of The Wild Rabbit, the super-chic 12 room boutique hotel that revolutionised the humble inn with its pretty stone,  Farrow & Balled ledges, and gorgeous reworking of rural luxury.

This one of those rare glorious features where the photos will do most of the talking – yeah baby, I’m gonna rest my fingers right here!

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REVIEW: *Brilliant* family getaway near Bath

17 Oct 2015

I always get a tingle when I find something I know Muddy readers will love too and whoa, I’m feeling it big style on this one. If you’re looking for a family break with younger kids, this is totally it. Last weekend I went down to Woolley Grange, about 6 miles from Bath with the Muddy clan and it pretty much ticked every box. A triumph of relaxation frankly.

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Try this: Cool camping in Longridge, nr Marlow

10 Aug 2015

Excited to tell you about this because it is a great option for low-hassle camping – and lord knows in the not-very-tent-friendly Muddy family we like the sound of that!

I’ve wrote a few weeks ago about the children’s activity days at Longridge (nr Marlow) that run through summer (see my post here), but it’s also worth telling you about the Family Activity Weekend I just went on with the Muddy ankle-biters.

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Where the travel experts go on holiday

16 Jul 2015

Ever wondered where the travel experts head on their hols? Tim Winkworth from the Family Adventure Company (Have you checked them out? They’re amazing) knows a thing or two about what to look for, so here are his tips for a brilliant break.

 Morocco: Riad Arganier D’or

This place is incredible, only 20kms from Taroudant, on an orange grove nestling at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, so not a bad location!

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FAB WEEKEND AWAY ALERT!!!

15 Jun 2015

Just spotted this quick break deal from Luxury Family Hotels and it’s right up Muddy avenue. I’ve been to a couple of the LFH hotels and they’re fantastic – great for kids, luxe for parents but unpretentious and good value and in the most stupendously beautiful locations – Cornish beaches, Suffolk countryside, New Forest woodlands.

Until the end of this month (well, the 28th June) they’re offering an extra Sunday for £50 a room with bed and breakfast  – DID YOU YOU COMPUTE THAT?!!

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Family hotel heaven: The Ickworth, Suffolk

10 Apr 2015

There’s not much downtime on Muddy – I know *sob*, pass the Kleenex – as blogging it pretty much a take-over-life activity. January is the only month where I really take breath, attempt to rein in my horrific wine drinking and pretend I’m going to be in control of my year.

By the time I’m into March, the bumper Easter guide is looming its enormous fluffy head (panic not, it’s coming out this Thursday!), and planning is underway for the Muddy Stilettos Awards.

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Review: The Ickworth Hotel, Suffolk

23 Mar 2015

There’s not much downtime on Muddy – I know *sob*, pass the Kleenex – as blogging it pretty much a take-over-life activity. January is the only month where I really take breath, attempt to rein in my horrific wine drinking and pretend I’m going to be in control of my year.

By the time I’m into March, the bumper Easter guide is looming its enormous fluffy head (panic not, it’s coming out this Thursday!), and planning is underway for the Muddy Stilettos Awards.

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7 fab hotels – want to stay for free in one of them?

4 Mar 2015

Quick, vite, and other European approximations of PANIC!!! Only one day left to win a fantastic £1000 family weekend away at one of seven Luxury Family Hotels. Have you checked out the various hotel options? No?  NO?!!! Well, here’s a little visual smorgasbord of historic house/spa/swimming pool/grounds to whet your appetite and spur you into entering.

Don’t they look just dreeeamy?

Centre is Fowey Hall in Cornwall, then top left going clockwise it’s the Ickworth (Suffolk); Moonfleet Manor (Dorset); The Elms (Worcestershire); the outdoor pool at the Polurrian Bay Hotel (Cornwall); New Park Manor (New Forest); Woolley Grange (Wiltshire); spa pool at The Elms; clifftop view of the Polurrian Bay Hotel.

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