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    The Porch House, Stow

    We came, we ate, and we loved the gorgeous exterior, romantic nooks and roomy spaces of The Porch House, Stow.

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      Shall I be mum?

      Another macaroon? Don't mind if I do! The 33 best afternoon teas as chosen by our in-the-know editors.

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      The Hollow Bottom

      With its gee-gees pedigree, idyllic setting and standout pub fare, we're backing this front runner in the ace country inns race.

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      Our fave cosy pubs

      Well, the sun might be out but it's still pretty parky out there! Which is why we’ve scouted the warmest, cosiest pubs to snuggle up in.

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      The top gastropubs

      Wondering where to book that next pub lunch? Check out these nearby inns in the Top 50 gastropubs in the country.

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    Where to fly away

    We’re all going on a summer holiday! Or is it actually a spring, autumn or winter one? Whatever your season, we have a destination for you.

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      Sloping off

      Here at Muddy we have snooped around for the perfect way to have a family ski holiday with teenagers, pre-teens and other big kids!

    • kids and parents on haystacks in France

      Country Kids en France

      Looking for a holiday with a heated pool, a wine cellar (on an honesty policy), a kids' club and winter sunshine? Viens avec moi!

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    Let it rain!

    These raincoats are so damned stylish you’re going to be praying for the heavens to open just so you can strut your stuff in them!

    • woman in 1970s retro tracksuit on race track about to sprint

      Let’s get physcial!

      Don't worry we haven't recreated THAT Olivia Newton John video. But we have tested out the best sportswear around.

    • Hot to trot!

      Make your fitness resolutions stick! This sportswear is so damned nice you’ll want to strut around (er, exercise) in it 24/7!

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    Memoir special

    Muddy’s pro-bookworm Kerry Potter is all about real-life stories this month. Well, the truth is often stranger than fiction, after all.

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      Can the First World War tearjerker's stage offensive pack the same emotional punch as Sebastian Faulk's knockout novel? I went to the Everyman Cheltenham to find out.

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      What to read now

      Hiding under the duvet or plonked on the sofa? We hear you. Here's what to get lost in while you hibernate.


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      Retro rehab

      Mid-century Scandi, folk art, architectural reclamation, garden antiques – and the resurgence of our old friend 'brown' furniture.

    • hands holding pot of cod stew in grey Le Creuset pot

      Tonight’s dinner, sorted

      Rustle up this speedy supper cod one-pot dish, courtesy of hot new healthy eating guru, Dr Rupy Aujla.

  • Wellbeing
    • woman yoga

      10 unlikely benefits of yoga

      Flexibility, mindfulness, relaxation, strength – yeah, yeah, we all know yoga does that, but what about these health perks?

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      The mid-week skive!

      Yes, weekends are often mental but it is possible to carve out a little free time elsewhere....

  • 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.

  • Kids
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      Knighton House School, Blandford

      Muddy says: A girls' day and boarding prep (with boys up to Year 2) in an idyllic rural location, Knighton House has a wonderfully cosy feel while reaching for the stars

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      Rendcomb College Senior School, Cirencester

      Muddy says: It’s in a former stately home, has grounds fit for royalty and fosters happy pupils who achieve all their dreams – this mixed boarding school is like a fairy tale!

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    Trudy Simmons

    The Crazy Daisy Clarity coach and founder of the Hampshire Business Women Facebook Group, takes us on a leisurely walk round her favourite places.

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      My favourite places

      Kitchen-whizz Gee Cartwright likes truffle-hunting in Italy, wandering around spice markets in Marrakesh and eating sweet pineapples in Zanzibar. Can we come?

    • dining table set for dinner at Meda Gedara villa in Sri Lanka

      Interiors guru – hello!

      A one-woman interiors inspiration, Fiona McLeod lives in Cheltenham and dreams in Sri Lanka where she's created a luxury bolthole full of AMAZING things. Here she shares her secret haunts.



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