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  • You cannot be serious!

    Ever wished you had your own tennis umpire to hand to judge the disputed line calls? Muddy tries out PlaySight at Stoke Park and enjoys a 'pro' moment.

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    Five star getaway

    Like your hotels super luxe, with world class spa and celebrity chef to boot? Pack your bag, we're heading to Stoke Park - conveniently situated in Buckinghamshire!

  • THE DOG & BADGER

    This slick inn near Henley has added six luxe hotel rooms for an appealing 30 second stagger to bed after dinner. Shall we?

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

    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 […]

  • Win a £1000 stay at Thornbury Castle

    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 […]

  • Stay here: Vanbrugh House Hotel, Oxford

    You had me at ‘Georgian front door’. Vanbrugh House Hotel won the Muddy Stilettos Award 2016 for best boutique hotel and having stayed the night it’s easy to see why. This honey-stoned beauty, bang in central Oxford, offers something a bit different. Firstly, there’s no restaurant for dinner and no bar, and I loved that, […]

  • 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 […]

  • All hail The Crown inn, Woodstock

    Cool place to stay alert! Muddy Stilettos recently had the rather preeny pleasure of being the first journo to try out bedrooms in the 18th century former coaching inn of  The Crown in Woodstock (I know, where’s my trophy?). The Crown has given the other pubs and inns in the town a bit of a […]

  • Family stay: Stoke Park Hotel & Country Club

      It’s been a while since I’ve written a feature for a glossy – I’m full-time Muddying these days – so it was a throw-back thrill to write a more magaziney piece for Stoke Park magazine. Here’s the feature if you fancy reading it – a family stay at the hotel. Not something you’re going […]

  • Win a luxury £1000 Spa Escape!

    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 […]

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