The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Devon Edition

Category: Hotels

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 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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A ridiculously stylish & fun country B&B In East Devon

13 Feb 2017

I’m beginning to notice a familiar pattern forming from my review trips: the weather is always grim. If there isn’t a thick blanket of fog, a force 10 gale and a flood somewhere en route then frankly, it ain’t a Muddy review.  On my recent visit to Old Park Hall, near Axminster, all three criteria were effortlessly fulfilled – and I decided to throw in mild concussion for good measure, having managed to shut the car boot on my head.  

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Blissful Spa Break: St Moritz Hotel, Cornwall

5 Feb 2017

Sometimes, all that’s needed to break up the monotony is a change of scenery and a few days away from the daily grind.  Fortunately, we’re right next door to Cornwall, (had you noticed that too?), and it turns out you really don’t have to go far to escape either with the kids, with girlfriends or with your beloved, as jammy Muddy Cornwall editor Sophie discovered recently.  She’s been for an uber-relaxing break at the St Moritz Hotel.  

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Alternative, Fromage-Free ideas for Valentines Day

30 Jan 2017

My head hit the table today at speed when I realised that V-day is creeping up on us like a red velvet-caped assassin.  For crying out loud, just as we’ve got Christmas done and dusted, now the pressure is on to roll out a massive show of affection for our loved ones.  I’ll tell you what, this year shall we make a pact not to go too over the top on the roses and dodgy poetry and, instead treat the day as a chance to simply enjoy doing something a bit different to the mundane and ordinary?  

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Spare pair of pants? 6 Awesome Deals on Quick Getaways in Jan

23 Jan 2017

I don’t know about you but I start to pout a little bit come the end of January.  I feel sulky that I’ve just endured a month of good behaviour/cold, dreary skies/the scales not telling me anything new/failed resolutions.  And fed up that a holiday seems a very distant speck on the horizon (I’m getting slightly hysterical just thinking about it).  But actually,  now is the ideal time to take off on a spur-of-the-moment escape to break up the monotony  as we prepare to trudge into February.  

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Quirky boutique stay at Glazebrook House

12 Jan 2017

I’m going to have to learn to get a grip when I blog about hotels.  Seriously, what is it about going a bit off-piste and being someone else’s guest for the night that sends me a bit giddy?

But then again, if you can’t be a bit of a kid when you’re checking into a hotel with an Alice in Wonderland theme then, quite frankly, when the hell can you be?

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Fancy a glam Dartmoor escape? Check in at Weeke Barton

12 Jan 2017

If you’re looking for a cracking Dartmoor escape that feels a bit Hackney-meets-Wuthering Heights, then I have just the thing for you.

Weeke Barton, meet my lovely Muddy readers!

You can’t get more off the beaten track than this gorgeous guest house, run by a couple who shipped out of London  (yes, Hackney funnily enough) to bring up their family in fresh air a few years back and went to town on the old longhouse.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
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