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    Jenny South Photography

    Muddy says: I've always had a preconceived idea that a professional photography session would be a bit awkward and sterile, but, having met the super-friendly, smiley and talented Jenny South, it turns out I'm wrong with a big, fat Family Fortunes nerr-nerrr. If you're considering a maternity, newborn or family portrait shoot, then you'll find every single step of the experience at this fab studio in Plymouth's Royal William Yard, a total pleasure.

  • Devon Fit Camp

    Muddy says: you know when you feel as though you just need an extra few hours a day in your life to stay on track of your fitness and wellbeing goals? You actually don't, because Claire Morgan-Hughes says so and she really knows her stuff. Check out the Devon-based fitness & motivational coach and her arsenal of weapons (good ones, not scary ones), to whip you into shape! See you strutting along the beach this summer, yeah?

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    Thurlestone Hotel

    Muddy says: Looking for a super-pretty playground where you can kick back on your family hols? Thurlestone Hotel has that kind of timeless charm and appeal that'll have you yearning for a stay here, year after year (not least because of *that* spa).

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    The Old Kennels

    Muddy says: we're totally on board with the idea of a little creative indulgence, but wouldn't it be lovely if there were a place that took you out of the everyday and into a pretty, peaceful and relaxing space to focus on learning something new? Oh, hello The Old Kennels, the pleasure is all ours.

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    Longlands Luxury Glamping

    Muddy says: After a stay at this pretty damn idyllic spot near the North Devon coast, you'll never, ever want to camp without a Chesterfield sofa again. This is every glamper's dream, basically a boutique hotel under canvas.

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    BAM Bamboo Clothing

    Muddy says: We have a spot that's as soft as bamboo fabric for BAM Clothing: super-snuggly, fun designs, and a list of clever facts as long as your legs (in a pair of BAM leggings), including being mega-kind on the planet. Everyone should have at least one item from the range in their wardrobe. Preferably ten.

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    Southernhay House

    Muddy Says: In a city where big, bland chain hotels seem to dominate, we're breathing a huge sigh of relief to discover a small, indie, boutique hotel that should be on everyone's 'must-stay' list. Yes, we've a lot of love for Southernhay House, Exeter's best-kept secret. 

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    Heart & Sole Wellbeing

    Muddy says: Life running rings around you? Gagging for a bit of 'you' time? Feeling as though you need to make a few lifestyle changes but no idea where to even start? Get ye to Challaborough for some 'Sandra time'! A weekend wellbeing retreat at this stunning beach house on the South Devon coast is like pressing the 'reset' button on life. Try it and you'll see what I mean!

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    Home Farm Cafe

    Muddy says: Every country walk needs a friendly, cosy cafe at the end of it; every town needs a twinkly restaurant to retreat to; and every county needs a hidden culinary gem just waiting to be discovered. Home Farm Cafe, on the National Trust's Parke estate, at the edge of Dartmoor, is Devon's little delight.

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    The Thatched Inn, Ilfracombe

    Muddy says: Everyone needs a pub like the Thatched Inn in their lives. Cosy, traditional at heart and with the warmest welcome in town, there's a reason (well, hundreds actually) why these guys are your Muddy Award-winning Pub.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside - Devon