The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Devon Edition

Wouldn't you though?

Hopefully you've read about mega on-trend Devon-based Home & Lifestyle brand Nkuku in my review on the blogaroo? Now feast your peepers on this gorgeous weekend bag. Spring break, anyone?

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Seven Stunning Candles For Mother’s Day

22 Mar 2017

Being a highly fragrant bunch here at Muddy HQ, we’re obsessed with scented candles – and we think they make a brilliant Mother’s Day gift for this Sunday (you had remembered, right?) Here’s our edit of the Muddy favourites.

(Top, left) Loving by Bella Freud (£40) This tuberose, amber and sandalwood number has serious mantelpiece appeal thanks to its trademark Bella Freud slogan red glass jar. And Loving is very mum-appropriate, isn’t it?

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Cool Camping

22 Mar 2017

Have you given a thought to summer camping yet? Those yurts, lodges and cool glampy sites get booked up waaaaay in advance, so to give you the early heads up, here are the 25 best places to start your search, as chosen by the people in the know –  the regional Muddy editors.


Hollington Park Clamping ,Woollen Hill, nr Newbury

If you love the idea of getting back to basics, but can’t quite bring yourself to sleep on a deflating air mattress, pitch up at Hollington Park Glamping near Newbury.

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New Series! Muddy’s Speedy Suppers for Frazzled Cooks

21 Mar 2017

Having one of those days when ‘make dinner’ is just one of 8 million things on your to-do list? Totally run out of ideas?  Yup, us too. So with frazzled, time-poor cooks in mind, here’s the first recipe in our new series of speedy weekday suppers.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be asking our favourite cooks to inspire us with an nifty new dish. Because there’s only so much pasta and pesto a girl can eat.

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Sound the Special Offer Klaxon! Treat Mum (and you!) at Fab lifestyle store, Nkuku

15 Mar 2017

I’ve been dying to tell you about Nkuku since I popped in for a little mooch a while ago and basically restyled my entire home off the back of it…in my dreams.  Now, with Mother’s Day on the horizon, I reckon this is the time to do so and the lovely people who run it agree, since they are giving you, dear Muddy reader an exclusive discount to make the most of in-store and online between now and M-day.  

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Tick Tock! Mothering Sunday still need sorting?

12 Mar 2017

I mean, the Mummas among us have a vested interest in this one, don’t we?  Who wants to spend the day at Pizza Hut when everyone else is out there having all the fun?  So whether you need to employ some careful manipulation with your brood (read: shove this post under their noses), or you’re looking for inspiration for your own mum and in-laws, you’ll find the Muddy Mega Mothering Sunday picks here.

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Book Em Up! Top 30 Quirky Stays in the UK

10 Mar 2017

Love a luxe break? A sucker for heritage holiday rentals? Or is it all about the location? They all have their place but, for pure fun value, there’s little that can beat a really quirky stay.  The Muddy editors in counties from Cornwall to Norfolk, Kent to Warwickshire, have each found two brilliant, alternative properties with which to whet your travel appetite. And if you know a fantastic quirky stay somewhere that you think should be included, please comment in the box below – let’s share the knowledge!

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Muddy Checks in to the Horn of Plenty, near Tavistock

8 Mar 2017

Is there a more peaceful, elegant and romantic hotel in this part of the world than the legendary Horn of Plenty?  The late and ridiculously great David Bowie didn’t think so and I must admit I’m scratching my head, too.  This retreat on the Devon and Cornwall border has shown some serious staying power over the years and I recently got the chance to discover exactly why.

It’s not the guarantee of year-round sunshine, that’s for sure.  

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Muddy is first through the door at brand new restaurant Brown & Bean, Plymouth

5 Mar 2017

Well, that was unexpected.  There I am, tottering along the street, minding my own business, nose to the Muddy grindstone wondering where to park myself and my laptop for coffee, when all of a sudden, I remember where I am.  Didn’t I read somewhere about a new restaurant opening on Ebrington Street soon?  I wonder where that is, then?  Oh, hang on.  Right in front of me.  And, oh, hang on.  There seems to be movement inside.  

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Muddy Checks Out The Award-Winning Ilsington Spa

1 Mar 2017

Sound the Muddy klaxon! It’s the first spa review for the Devon edition and what a corker.  Allow me to introduce you to the Spa at Ilsington, on Dartmoor.

I have to admit, I wasn’t very clever in my scheduling, since I wobbled along this morning after a night of shovelling pancake after pancake into my cake hole.  Oh, that hydrotherapy pool must have loved pummelling all that freshly made blubber.

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Grab the Remote and Shhhh! Two Unmissable TV Shows Tonight

28 Feb 2017

Tonight, I will be downing tools, turning off my phone, and commandeering the sofa, remote and wine from 9pm – 11pm as not one, but two, fantastic TV shows arrive on the small screen.

First up, at 9pm on BBC1 is The Replacement, a three-part thriller.

Our Head Ed, Hero was lucky enough to go to a preview screening of the first episode and, reports that it is edge-of-your seat stuff.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Devon Edition