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  • Property Flirt – oh I say, Vicar!

    If you’ve never played Property Flirt before (and if not, what have you been doing with your surfing time?), welcome to one of the most popular bits of Muddy Stilettos, where I show you round a mega des res in Bucks or Oxon, you guess the price and the winner gets to go on a […]

  • Fit for a queen

    Fancy something a bit different on the blogaroo today? No problem, may I offer you a stay in the Cotswolds castle where Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn spent 10 days of their honeymoon? Yes, seriously! This gorgeous piece of stoneware is Thornbury Castle, a Tudor beauty built between 1512 – 1521 whose history includes the […]

  • Storms, War and Shipwrecks

    The Ashmolean's Summer exhibition is an underwater triumph, a 200-strong exhibition focuses on objects rescued from the bottom of the sea around Sicily, including pieces from an incredible 'flat pack' church and bronze battering rams once mounted on the prows of Roman warships.

  • Have you been to Stonor Park? Put it on your Visit List

    Interesting times afoot at Stonor Park, one of the few privately owned stately homes in the area. It’s probably not been at the top of your must-see venues – Blenheim Palace and Waddesdon are the big beasts of the area – but it’s worth knowing about Stonor because they’re massively upping their offering this summer. […]

  • Up the highest tower in Oxford. Fancy a look?

    Went into Oxford last Monday to take my kids to the Andy Warhol exhibition at The Ashmolean Museum – because those bratlets will be cultured, goddamit. But I entirely forgot that all the museums are closed on a Monday (even in half term which seem a bit daft). Cue some quick thinking and a change […]

  • You’re so big!

    Hey big fella *wink*. It’s been a long time since, you know, I came across one this big. 3500 foot to be precise. (Hey, get your mind out the gutter, we’re talking P for Property here). This it the most expensive Property Flirt I’ve written about so far, giving a little Hey Big Spender sequin […]

  • Downton Funk: groovy locations from the show

    Downton Abbey has long left us, but if you’re still harbouring visions of yourself as Lady Grantham (with a naughty dalliance with Lord Gillingham in the staff quarters – oh just me?!), here’s a nifty swifty guide to some of the Downton Abbey locations that you may not already know about. *Meh* to Highclere Castle, […]

  • Muddy visits… Chastleton House (Nat. Trust)

      I visited Chastleton House when I was staying at Bruern Cottages in the Cotswolds a few months back (yes, the 5 star cottage holiday thats up for grabs on Muddy, have you entered yet?!!). Chastleton House is only a few miles from Chipping Norton so very much on the Oxfordshire side of the Cotswolds, […]

  • Ai Wei Wei at Blenheim Palace

    Oooh you're going to love this! Chinese artist and activist Ai Wei Wei, has created an incredibly fun, subversive and cheeky exhibition at the stunning Blenheim Palace.

  • DAY OUT: Claydon House (mid Bucks)

    There’s no shortage of gorgeous estates out in Bucks & Oxon, but I have to admit I’m rather fond of Claydon House in mid Bucks. It doesn’t have the big adventure playground of Waddesdon and Cliveden, and no-one can accuse the cafe of being trendy unless you find orange pine sexy. But the house is […]

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