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  • thatched roof brick pub

    The Wheatsheaf

    Muddy says: Sooo much more than a pub, The Wheatsheaf has an art gallery, music studios, great grub… and did I mention it’s all local, organic and sustainable? Right up our Muddy street. You comin’ too?

  • inside dining area of Sheep on Sheep Street

    Sheep on Sheep Street

    Muddy says: A stylish new refurb of this Stow-on-the-Wold Inn takes it into must-try territory for pizza lovers and Cotwolds explorers.

  • oldest inn in England

    The Porch House

    Muddy says: England’s self-proclaimed ‘oldest inn’ also happens to be one of the classiest I’ve stayed at, with stylish interiors, excellent gastrofare and luxe bedrooms. A big yes.

  • lawns and table with parasol in the gardens of THe Greenway Hotel & Spa

    The Greenway Hotel & Spa

    Here at Muddy we've fallen head over heels for the charms of this handsome country manor house hotel, with its knockout looks and luxury trappings.

  • cowley manor with lake

    Cowley Manor

    Muddy says: A contemporary take on the Cotswold country house hotel where chic modern interiors plus cool bar, amazing spa and stupendous surroundings equals 21st-century nirvana.

  • sign and lantern outside pub

    The Weighbridge Inn

    Muddy says: An historic Cotswold inn with rustic charms aplenty, local real ales on tap and knockout 2in1 Pies.

  • interior of James Lear of Arundel

    James Lear of Arundel

    Muddy says: A treasure trove of gifts for him and a feast for the eyes too, this Nailsworth favourite hits all the right notes when it comes to style and substance, with its great line in menswear with a twist.

  • two women doing reformer pilates

    One Grove

    Muddy says: We’re blown away by this seriously smart, seriously friendly studio where Pilates, yoga and barre will flex and sculpt your body to its best-ever condition.

  • sun loungers round the pool at villa in Sri Lanka

    Meda Gedara

    Muddy says: Looking for a blow-out holiday in a tropical paradise? Always. We’ve found just the place…

  • The Cricklade Club tables and chairs

    The Cricklade Club

    Muddy says: This quirky independent café, bar and events space serves such great food and is so relaxed you’ll be wanting to make it your home from home.

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