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Ardour & Bow

Muddy says: Hey, party princess! Love a big do but hate the headache of all the planning and sorting? Stand down, sweetie pie - Ardour & Bow know how to get your party started.

Drinks

The Pig at Combe

Muddy says: Laid-back, classy, glamorous, likes kids (most of the time) - not me, silly! I'm talking about The Pig at Combe! You know a hotel is gonna be good when a cocktail bar is the first thing you clock as you walk in the door.

Country Cottages

Broomhill Art Hotel

Muddy says: Like Tracey Emin's My Bed? You'll love bedding down at Devon's unique art hotel and waking up surrounded by sculpture, paintings and chic objet d'art. And that delicious slow food menu deserves a Turner Prize too.

Art

Lyme Bay Winery

Muddy says: Not sure what a winery is? Here's your chance to find out! (Hint - it's like an off licence, only better, and you get to taste everything before you buy.)

Food and Drink

Deer Park Country House

Muddy says: OMG I love it this Georgian wedding and party venue. Hurry up and get married please and invite me PRONTO or else I'm moving in. And never leaving.

Drinks reception venues

Angelchops

Muddy says: Did someone say cake? Yes, naked, semi-naked, and fruity cakes - and heavenly they are too.

Cheese Cakes

Mimosa Photography

Muddy says: Meg Hope is the kind of talented, unobtrusive snapper that every special day should have. Snap her up while you can!

Photography

Powderham Castle

Muddy says: A historic 14th century castle with a modern indie vibe. The home to Let's Rock Exeter and Radio One's Big Weekend in 2016, with centuries of stories behind it and an exciting future as a cultural hub ahead.

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

Exeter Gin

Muddy says: All hail, Exeter Gin! Is this what the Romans drank when they came to the West Country? If what we've tasted is anything to go by, they would, if they could! Saluti!

Drinks

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

Brickhouse Vineyard

Muddy says: Looking for a boho barn for your wedding, elopement or big do? Muddy's found you THE place. Oh and it comes with lots of wine, 3000 vines in fact.

Drinks reception venues

Bumblebee Balloons

Muddy says: Pssst, we've stolen all the balloons from the kids because we're having them at OUR party. And we don't want just a few either, we want them all.

Party

Beaconside House

Muddy says: Searching for a gorgeous gob-smacker of a venue for your wedding or party? Beaconside House is your exclusive home-from-home for the weekend, with cottages to stay and room for 200 on the Big Day. Oh, and did I mention the two pools and hot tubs...

Party Venues

exterior georgian red brick building with pillars

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

Hannah Burnett Florist

Hannah Burnett Floristry

Muddy says: There is no stopping the lovely Hannah who, along with the support of Mum, Delia, is taking over the world with her gorgeous floral creations. Wedding flowers? Special occasions? Fun, informal workshops? The multi-award winning florist has a bespoke little number up her sleeve just for you.

Floristry

Paschoe House exterior night

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

Wicked wolf gin bottles

Wicked Wolf Gin

Muddy says: If you like gin, you'll love the taste of Wicked Wolf, produced on the banks of the River Lyn, in the wilds of Exmoor National Park. Launched in 2015, it's a premium spirit carving quite a reputation for itself. See if you can spot it on the shelves of some of Devon's top bars, restaurants and hotels...and then make sure you order a double.

Drinks

The Cheese Shed

Muddy says: Love cheese, but feeling bored by the same old blocks at the supermarket deli counter? You're guaranteed to broaden your cheese-tasting horizons at this super online shop, based out of Bovey Tracey, specialising in some seriously tasty Westcountry artisan cheeses.

Artisan Cheese

interior wine bottles

Jaded Palates

Muddy says: two lovely stores in pretty Dartmoor towns, one passionate wine expert who knows his grapes (and spirits!) and a cracking website, making the personally curated selection of top-notch wines and spirits accessible across the country. Jaded palate? Not a chance.

Food & Drink

Burgh Island at dusk

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.

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