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  • The best pub in England!

    Into the winner’s enclosure! A lovely village pub that’s only gone and got itself the accolade of AA Best Pub in England! Muddy Wilts ed Joanna was chomping at the bit to try it out.

    • The Maytime Inn

      Looking for a romantic escape or maybe just a dog-friendly stride out and Sunday lunch? The Cotswolds' pretty Maytime Inn has your back and then some.

    • The Pint Shop

      To Oxford, for posh burgers and craft ale at this stylish mini-chain. Sounds blokey; is actually surprisingly family-friendly.

    • Country pub nirvana

      Could The Bell at Sapperton be one of the most perfect country pubs in England? Well, it won the Muddy Award for Best Destination Pub!

    • The Vine Tree

      Looking for a hot pub with grub? Muddy Wiltshire gives The Vine Tree near Malmesbury a big thumbs up.

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  • Paschoe House perfection

    Glam, stylish and fun, Devon’s shiny new country house experience delivers on detail – and zzzzzzz’s. Lucky Muddy Devon editor Sharon bedded down…

    • Boutique retreat in the Forest of Dean

      Tudor Farmhouse

      So I bet you’ve heard of The Pig in the New Forest, but how about Tudor Farmhouse in the Royal Forest of Dean? Shhh, let’s keep this secret hotel hideaway with culinary clout to ourselves…

    • Mountain high

      Done Paris and Prague for a city break? Seeking the great outdoors and family adventure? Here are five reasons why you’ll love summer in the Alps.

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  • Education

    How to ace the 11+

    Thinking of putting your child in for the 11+? Having a verbal/non-verbal panic? I hear you sister! Here are some tips to help.

  • Hotels & inns

    Woolley Grange

    Imagine a hotel that collects the kids from your room for brekkie and lets you sleep in! Let’s all move in to this made-for-families oasis near Bradford on Avon.

  • Home


    Looking for a digestive cleanse but can’t stomach a juice diet? Check out this bowl of goodness, a super yummy, southern Indian dish that your tum will love you for.

  • Did you win?!!

    One lucky Muddy reader is about to be head to foot in designer clobber – is it you?

    • Jewel control

      Ring-a-ding-ling - we've gone mental for metals! Namely Jorge Revilla's super silver jewellery.

    • Five flirty A/W trends

      We asked an expert to decode autumn’s coquettish trends. Because girls just wanna have fun, don’t we?

  • October’s best reads

    Muddy bookclub ahoy! Don’t read anything until you’ve read our latest, greatest picks for October.

    • Chelt Lit Fest

      The book world’s hottest ticket, Cheltenham opens its arms to the cultural literati.

    • Marlborough LitFest

      Here’s a pick of what’s on, from Will Self on his new novel Phone to children's events galore.

    • Rock ‘n’ roll riot!

      It's retro, hit-a-minute fun as West End 1960s jukebox musical Dreamboats & Petticoats rocks up in Swindon.

    • Muddy Book Club

      Read all about it! Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter burrows into September's best literary offerings.


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    • Curtain raiser

      Ikea's all well and good, but it's no match for designer soft furnishings when it comes to upping your abode's posh credentials. But what if you're not 'hang the cost'?

    • Moving to the country?

      Leaving the big smoke and looking for that oh-so-perfect house in the country? We at Muddy are here to help!

  • Wellbeing
    • My private hideaway

      Like the Avon lady, mobile massage company The Hideout came calling the other day, and before I knew it, my home became my sanctuary.

    • Woman in woods in autumn, mood of autumn, wellbeing

      Hello autumn!

      From letting go to finding your balance, yoga guru and life coach Claire Beeley helps you transition smoothly into the new season.

  • Need a life coach?

    Life coaching – sounds a bit wishy-washy, is actually pretty cool. Muddy meets a problem-solving pro who will sort you out.

    • Career crisis?

      Work driving you nuts? We're here to help with five ace new self-help books that'll put you back on track.

    • How to blend

      Apparently it’s curtains for the ‘work life balance’, but do you have what it takes to mix business with pleasure?

  • Kids
    • Rendcomb College, Cirencester

      Muddy says: An outdoorsy co-ed junior school for ages 3-11 with small pupil numbers but whopper facilities, hidden away in 230 stunning acres in the heart of the Cotswolds.

    • Wycliffe College, Stonehouse

      Muddy says: A nurturing, co-ed boarding and day school for pupils aged 13 to 18 near Stroud that's big on fostering individualism and helping kids find their niche in life.

  • Lotte Lyster landlady at The Prince Albert Rodborough Stroud

    Lotte’s hotspots

    From the Marble Factory in Bristol’s hipster quarter to the bucolic Toadsmoor Lake in the Golden Valleys, Stroud’s most dynamic landlady Lotte Lyster reveals her hot spots.

    • My favourite places

      There's a dashing new CEO at the helm of the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham – and he knows all the best places to go… Take it away Mark Goucher, we're listening!

    • Out of this world

      Dreaming of a far-flung holiday but not sure where to stick your pin on the map? Well, we've only got an expert in luxury, long-haul travel on board to help you decide.

    • Wake up to spring

      Chalford-based yoga guru and wellbeing font of knowledge Claire Beeley talks through the steps you should take to make a smooth transition into spring.

    • Women we love

      From actresses to pop stars, chefs to artists, we salute the global role models who are blazing the trail for women everywhere.



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