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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Little Blue Budgie

Muddy Says: When a shop champions Scandinavian design wa-a-a-a-y before the rest even uttered the words, you know it's special. Whether shopping for quirky home pieces, furniture, lighting, gifts, or gifts to yourself, Little Blue Budgie is a little Totnes treat.

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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.

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