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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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    Whitehouse

    Muddy says: O.M.G. Where's this little beaut of a bolthole been all my life? We're completely bowled over by this boutique B&B near the south Devon coast, brought to you by the people behind two of the area's most stylish and talked-about foodie destinations. It was always going to be a winner, wasn't it?

  • 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

    Muddy says: An iconic, superluxe Art Deco hotel standing majestically on its own island off the south Devon coast; a secluded retreat, surrounded by natural drama. Don't forget your glitziest jewels and your flapper dress!

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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.

  • Le Vignoble Wine Lounge and wine merchant interior

    Le Vignoble Wine Lounge & Retail

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

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside - Devon