The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: WIN

Win a £500 new season wardrobe!

6 Mar 2017

Bored to the back teeth of being cocooned in jeans and huge jumpers? Yup, us too. Which is why we’re thrilled to announce a brand new competition to reboot your wardrobe for Spring. Fancy a whopping £500 gift voucher to spend at chic, elegant womenswear brand Winser London? Of course you do. Not only will they kit you out beautifully, they’ll show you how to wear your new goodies too – the prize also includes, should you fancy it, an afternoon of personal styling at either the Marlow or Gerrard’s Cross boutique, complete with a celebratory glass of fizz.

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Win a £1000 stay at Thornbury Castle

12 Sep 2016

Fancy staying in the castle where Henry VIII and Ann Bolyn honeymooned? Thornbury Castle is a stonking 500 year old Tudor beauty on the edge of the Cotswolds, reviewed by yours truly a few months back (here, remind yourself!).

Anyway, I’ll be damned, and off her with her head …. er whoops, what I mean is, flippin heck, Luxury Family Hotels have only gone and offered Muddy readers the chance to win a luxe two night stay here worth £1000, including breakfast and a three course dinner for two adults!

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Win a luxury £1000 Spa Escape!

9 Mar 2016

In I float, a vision of loveliness, wearing my flounciest, bouffiest sparkly fairy dress, waving my magic wand – brrrrrrriiing! –  giving you the chance to win the kind of prize I’d sell Prince Charming for.

Stoke Park is the hotel where Bridget Jones romped on the four poster with Daniel Carver (and where I later snored my way through  in replica big pants); where Daniel Craig acted his ears off in Layercake; where James Bond played golf in Goldfinger.

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Win a £1000 luxury family weekend!

8 Nov 2015

I don’t know about you but I’m knackered. It’s so tough at this time of year to keep going, with the weather turning, and work cranking up and Christmas around the corner. Somehow this year I’ve not managed to take many holidays. Bad Mistake. Although I like hanging out at home, I’ve realised recently how important physically getting away is – it somehow clears the mind and leaves you so much more relaxed.

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Get shirty

2 Jul 2015

Ah, how lovely, a Muddy competition! It’s been a while hasn’t it? Life kind of got in the way in May, June was a blur and blimey, here we are in July.

This is a two week flash £225 comp, because it’s kind of holiday sensitive and you’ll all be off to exotic climes pretty soon while I’m festering away in my garden paddling pool (nope, not joking, that’s the Muddy summer vacation right there).

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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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Win a crate of champers!

17 Nov 2014

There’s nothing better than offering a fantastic prize on Muddy, but OMflippinG, it’s not much fun when you have to give them away.

And this one is going to be supertough on me because this time I have to part company with a 12-bottle crate of mind-blowingly good Grand Cru grower champagne!!Honestly I feel a bit weepy already.

If you don’t know about ‘grower’ champagne, it’s waaaaaaay better than the stuff you get in the shops.

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Cotswold Corker

2 Oct 2014


After a langorous summer and a bit of a flippin-heck-it’s-September (*suck hard into paper bag*) I’m delighted to say I’ve finally found my mojo and have settled into business as usual.

Which means, huzzah, it’s time for a Muddy competition with bells, whistles, 5 star accommodation and champers attached!

I roadtested a stay at Bruern Cottages a couple of weeks ago and I’m sooooo excited to be offering it to a lucky Muddy reader because it really is amazing.

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£600 fashion frenzy with Vestiaire and Curve!!

16 Jun 2013

If it wasn’t enough that Curve boutique is offering £300 of fantastic designer goodies (Citizens of Humanity jeans, Joseph, Nicole Farhi, goat, you name it baby), now the lovely peeps at Vestiaire are on the action.

Vestiaire is, of course, the brilliant designer vintage store that launched in 2009 and now seems to stock everything you need from every designer you’ve ever coveted. It’s like a posh ebay, with an incredible 1.5 million visitors a month, and 500 new items listed daily.

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