The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Surrey Edition

Wouldn't you though?

Stylish new Sussex candle brand SevenSeventeen gets its name from the heavenly time when the founders' kids are bundled into bed and the wine is poured. They cost much less than Diptyque and smell heavenly.

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Need a beauty tune-up?

1 Mar 2017

It’s officially spring, so this is the ideal time of year to do some beauty pampering and maintenance. After months of plunging temperatures and fierce central heating coupled with my sheer abject laziness on everything beauty self-help related, I find it’s around now that my nails, hair and skin all need some serious TLC.

So where to start? I asked beauty professional Michelle Holland, from The Nail and Body Boutique in Reigate for some expert advice. And you’ll be pleased to hear that Michelle isn’t going to tell you to get lots of sleep and drink lots of water (tell us something we don’t know *yawn*) – instead, she has some properly useful tips on how to give yourself a winter beauty MOT.

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Muddy eats: The Retreat, Staines-upon-Thames

28 Feb 2017

We all need a little lift now and again – an eyebrow shape, a facial, that sparkly top we’re convinced won’t cling to our blobby bits. Pubs and restaurants are no different and The Retreat in Staines-upon-Thames has certainly had its vitamin infusion or possibly even a bit of Botox here and there. A makeover at the end of last year has given the pub a huge boost, and it was time for Muddy to check out its new curves.

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Top kitchen trends with staying power

27 Feb 2017

The kitchen is without doubt the most valuable room in the house – both in terms of the dosh we spend on it and the time we spend in it. It’s the heart of the home; a space where we cook and enjoy food while socialising with friends and family.

Having lived with what I am certain was the ugliest and most poorly designed kitchen in Surrey, I know all too well that investing in a new kitchen can be exciting and daunting in equal measures. It’s also a major expense, so it’s important to get it right the first time.

And with spring just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to think about starting your kitchen project. So, with help from the folk at the brilliant Figura, makers of gorgeous bespoke handmade kitchens and interiors in Chiddingfold, I’ve researched the trends that have the staying power to help make your kitchen timelessly gorgeous as well as functional.

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14 beautiful beach cottages to rent

23 Feb 2017

One of the big benefits of Muddy tottering its way into so many counties (er, 17 since you asked!) is that we have a raft of on-the-ground experts, squirrelling out the coolest, most useful stuff for the rest of us to plunder. Case in point – beach cottages. Thought about renting one this summer? Yeah me too. So allow me to lay before you a sandy smorgasbord from the Muddy regional editors – 14 beautiful beach properties for the bucket and spade brigade.

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Muddy’s week with William…

22 Feb 2017

No. Muddy hasn’t been hanging with Will and Kate. Nor with Will-i-am. We’re talking about the nation’s greatest poet. This week, Muddy contributor, Zoe Dudgeon, found herself at three of the hottest Shakespeare productions in the country: the Guildford Shakespeare Company’s production of Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night at the National Theatre in London and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Young Vic in London. Here she gives you the lowdown on all three…

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New! Muddy book club: February’s best reads

21 Feb 2017

Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases? Make space on your Kindle or bedside table pronto for her February literary picks, and if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear them – you can write in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

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How to do London Fashion Week (if you’re not Anna Wintour)

14 Feb 2017

London Fashion Week used to be a case of ‘if your name’s not down, you’re not coming in’ but these days the biannual round of fashion shows are a much more democratic affair. While you’re still unlikely to find yourself snuggled up front row next to the editor of French Vogue (wearing sunglasses indoors and a ‘whatever’ expression mandatory), there are plenty of other ways to get involved. With the AW17 collections being showcased in the capital from 17-21 February, Muddy’s Kerry Potter – a glossy mag journo escapee and veteran LFW attendee – has some ideas for soaking up the fashion vibes, even if your FROW ticket got (*cough*) lost in the post.

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