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  • Muddy reviews: Fowey Hall, Cornwall

    Muddy's Kerry Potter headed to this stunning Cornish corker (and inspo for Toad Hall in The Wind In The Willows) for a weekender with her brood. Here's the brand new Muddy verdict.

  • 40 Quirky Stays for Summer

    Fancy an escape that's a leetle bit different? From yurts to lodges, shepherd's huts to helicopters (not even joking!), the Muddy editors have pulled together the most charming, unusual escapes across 21 counties. Book in once you've taken your jaw off the floor.

  • A walk and a splash at Box Hill

    Looking for somewhere to take the bratlets that won't break the bank and gets them outside taking in a bit of fresh air and sunshine?

  • Honey for tea at Foxhills

    This week it’s National Afternoon Tea week – and I can’t think of any better reason than that to scoff cakes and cream teas and have nice drinkies in a fancy-pants hotel. *Cough* Not that I need an excuse. As the Muddy middle will attest, I’ve had my fair share of afternoon teas – and recently I spent a delightful afternoon […]

  • Watts Chapel

    If you love the Arts & Crafts era, you'll love this hidden treasure in the small village of Compton, near Guildford. Combine it with a day at the Watts Gallery Artists' Village, just up the road

  • Day tripper: Chobham

    Do you know your Chobham from your Cobham? Be honest. I know I’m not the only one. I confess that until recently, I thought they were one and the same. But then they’re not a million miles apart (12 actually), both demographically and geographically. But while Cobham has been nicknamed the Beverley Hills of Britain (with more […]

  • Muddy walks: Shabden Park, Chipstead

    No one ever get back from a walk and thought "Pah, I wish I hadn’t bothered", did they?! So here's a great walk, with a great pub at the end of it.

  • Four go to Painshill

    I love a good wander around a garden. And when you add a cafe that serves good coffee and cake, you're on to a sure-fire winner in my book. Welcome to Painshill.


    Apparently, people, Surrey has a witch. Or had one, at least. And while my darling mini Muddys may think it’s me, they’re actually *hmph* quite wrong about that. You see this witch is no modern day screeching mother (moi? never!), but the rather enchantingly named White Witch of Waverley. She was, I’m told, a friendly witch […]

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