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Ilsington Country House Hotel & Spa

Muddy says: You heard it from Taylor: you need to calm down! And here's a chilled-out country house hotel on Dartmoor with a spa, sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool and two treatment rooms to do it in. Go get pampered!

Beauty Retreat

Riverford Field Kitchen

Muddy says: Love your food miles to be SMALL and your flavours to be BIG? You'll love Riverford's award-winning sharing menu, served up in the bucolic setting of their flower and herb-filled Field Kitchen near Buckfastleigh.

Cookery Schools and Courses

The Duck at Yeoford

Muddy says: Cor love a duck! You will this one. Yeoford's village pub has a new name, new owners and a fab new seasonal menu - with a great vegan range and ooh, 200 wines by the glass. Shall we have a gander?

Family-friendly Restaurants

Old Walls Vineyard

Muddy says: In vino veritas! The Romans quaffed wine on this very spot, 2000 years ago - now you can take a tour, tuck into tapas on the terrace and go home with a top-notch wine raised on the steepest vineyard in the UK.

Food & Drink

Exmoor White Horse Inn

Muddy says: Fancy a wifi-free walk where the wild things are? Grab your walking boots, hide the phone and take the first exit to Exmoor.

Food & Drink

The Flat

Muddy says: Love a veggie pizza? Love the planet? Looking for gluten-free? Then you've come to the right place! Hot-foot it to this Fore Street pizzeria for a guilt-free night out.

Food & Drink

Finley Browns

Muddy says: Like good, honest, home-cooked food, family-run and family-friendly? Oh, and delicious three-layers cakes and waffles?? To Finley Browns you must go.

Cafés

The Green Table

Muddy says: Dartington's family-friendly cafe with a mid-century veggie/vegan vibe and fair-to-farmers ethos. The thinking woman's pit-stop.

Cafés

The Exploding Bakery

Muddy says: Cake lovers, listen up! This cool city-centre cafe is my go-to for GF tray-bakes, great coffee and fast quality food when you're on the go.

Cafés

Honky Tonk Wine Library

Muddy says: Who needs books when you can relax in a liquid library overlooking Sutton Harbour, with more than 100 curated wines for your delight and delectation. Bottoms up!

Bars

The Ship Inn, Teignmouth

Muddy says: If you love local ales, a choice of 10 West Country gins, including Teignmouth's own Granny Garbutts, and insta-worthy sunsets down the Teign Estuary, here's the place to be.

Food & Drink

The Lamb Inn, Sandford

Muddy says: I'm planning to steal this wonderful village pub with rooms - or start a campaign to bring it my manor as every village should have one! In the meantime you'll just have to go Sandford.

B&Bs

The Farmers Arms

Muddy says: It's far too fantabulous to leave to the farmers - get yourself to Woolsery for gastronomic delights pronto!

Food & Drink

The White Hart, Dartington

Muddy says: Wholesome and family-friendly farm-to-fork food served up in a medieval Games of Thronesy hall. And a head chef with Jamie Oliver cred to boot.

Family-friendly Restaurants

Rockfish, Exeter Quay

MUDDY SAYS: If you like a better class of fishy on your dishy, come to Rockfish. The canal and riverside setting feel like you're eating outdoors on the quay all year-round and the fresh, flavourful seafood is to die for.

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Bearslake Inn, Sourton

Muddy says: Historic and moorsy, this 13th century inn off Dartmoor's Granite Way is THE spot for jaw-dropping views and slap-up Sunday lunches and pub classics; plus six cottage-style rooms.

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Gitcombe House Country Cottages & Spa

Muddy says: Want an easy getaway for all the family, without compromising on the luxuries? We've found the perfect cluster of cottages for your consideration, with a brand new baby on the block - and it's a beauty!

Baby Friendly

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Beyond Escapes, Berry Pomeroy

Muddy Says: A gorgeously secluded selection of luxury lodges, suites and apartments just outside Totnes, close to Torbay coastline, with a rather spanky spa and gym on-site, plus a relaxed restaurant, with views.

Baby Friendly

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Lower Keats Glamping, Tytherleigh

Muddy says: 6 safari tents decadently decked out, panoramic countryside views, minutes from the Jurassic Coast, farmland fun for kids. With every single detail taken care of, can (posh) camping be any more of a doddle?

Camping and Glamping

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The Fig Tree @ 36, Plymouth

Muddy says: Like your meals cosy, intimate and more than a bit delicious? You'll love the Fig Tree @ 36 then, an every-occasion restaurant located in a quiet backwater.

Family-friendly Restaurants

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Cliff House, Torcross

Muddy says: Well hello Cliff House, you South Devon beauty! Need a view of the sea from your family-friendly holiday rental? Try panoramic views on three sides in this one.

Coastal Holiday Cottages

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Sunridge Treehouse, Lodge & Glamping, nr Yealmpton

Muddy says: is this the coolest spot to glamp it up in Devon? With a lodge, a treehouse, luxury bell tents and a cute ecopod all in residence hidden amidst the woodland, well, quite possibly, yes.

Camping and Glamping

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Harry’s, Exeter

Muddy Says: We've a lot of love for this Exeter indie. Open all day, every day for casual dining in a buzzy atmosphere, with seasonal menus, huge variety and a naughty cocktail list to boot.

Bars

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Crocketts Gin Bar, Exeter

Muddy says: A cosy, elegant bar in Exeter's bustling cultural quarter, with so many artisan gins it would take months to work through them all (or just a really, really good weekend!)

Bars

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Thurlestone Hotel, Kingsbridge

Muddy says: A super-pretty playground with a timeless charm, this family-friendly hotel will have you yearning for a staycation (not least because of *that* spa).

Baby Friendly

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Longlands Luxury Glamping, Combe Martin

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.

Camping and Glamping

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Southernhay House, Exeter

Muddy Says: In a city where bland chain hotels dominate, what a relief to discover a small, indie, boutique hotel that should be on everyone's 'must-stay' list. Exeter's best-kept secret. 

Bars

Home farm cafe

Home Farm Cafe, Bovey Tracey

Muddy says: Every Dartmoor walk needs a cosy cafe at the end of it; every town needs a twinkly restaurant; Home Farm Cafe, on the National Trust's Parke estate, is Devon's little delight.

Cafés

Thatched Inn Ilfracombe

The Thatched Inn, Ilfracombe

Muddy says: You voted, we totally agree! Cosy and with the warmest welcome in town, everyone needs a pub like 2017's Muddy Award-winning Thatched Inn in their lives.

Family-friendly Restaurants

Whitehouse Chillington

Whitehouse, Chillington

Muddy says: Brought to you by the people behind two of the area's most stylish foodie destinations, we're bowled over by this glam bolthole near the south Devon coast.

B&Bs

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Paschoe House, Bow

Muddy says: Romantic, relaxed, super-stylish and the ultimate in fun and luxury. As Devon's destination hotels go, Paschoe House, the newest bolthole on the block, takes some beating.

Dog Friendly

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Turtley Corn Mill, Avonwick

Muddy says: This is one of the South Hams' prettiest places to hang out. Gorgeous gardens where peacocks wander and cosy corners for delicious dinners, plus six stylish bedrooms.

B&Bs

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Burgh Island Hotel, Bigbury-on-Sea

Muddy says: An iconic, glamorous, superluxe Art Deco hotel standing majestically on its own island off the south Devon coast; a secluded retreat, surrounded by natural drama.

Fun Finder

Le Vignoble Wine Lounge and wine merchant interior

Le Vignoble Wine Lounge & Retail, Plymouth

Muddy says: If you've a love of the vine, then you'll be in great company at this sophisticated indie wine lounge and merchant based in Plymouth's historic Royal William Yard.

Bars

West Charleton Grange, nr Kingsbridge

Muddy says: With six super-luxe self-catering cottages nestled in one of the prettiest parts of Devon, is there anywhere more geared up for family-friendly holidays and group shindigs? Err, we think not.

Coastal Holiday Cottages

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