The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Category: self catering

Carry on camping

21 Mar 2017

Have you given a thought to summer camping yet? Those yurts, lodges and cool glampy sites get booked up waaaaay in advance, so to give you the early heads up, here are the 25 best places to start your search, as chosen by the people in the know –  the regional Muddy editors.



Hollington Park Clamping ,Woollen Hill, nr Newbury

If you love the idea of getting back to basics, but can’t quite bring yourself to sleep on a deflating air mattress, pitch up at Hollington Park Glamping near Newbury.

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Book em up! Top 30 quirky stays in the UK

10 Mar 2017

Love a luxe break? A sucker for heritage holiday rentals? Or is it all about the location? They all have their place but, for pure fun value, there’s little that can beat a really quirky stay.  The Muddy editors in counties from Cornwall to Norfolk, Kent to Warwickshire, have each found two brilliant, alternative properties with which to whet your travel appetite. And if you know a fantastic quirky stay somewhere that you think should be included, please comment in the box below – let’s share the knowledge!

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14 beautiful beach cottages to rent this summer

23 Feb 2017

One of the big benefits of Muddy tottering its way into so many counties (er, 17 since you asked!) is that we have a raft of on-the-ground experts, squirrelling out the coolest, most useful stuff for the rest of us to plunder. Case in point – beach cottages. Thought about renting one this summer? Yeah me too. So allow me to lay before you a sandy smorgasbord from the Muddy regional editors – 14 beautiful beach properties for the bucket and spade brigade.

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The 16 Best Riverside Holidays Cottages

23 Feb 2017

Beach holidays in Britain always come with that anxious niggle at the back of your head – will it tank down for the whole week? Well, how about an inland lake or river holiday as an alternative? The Muddy editors who happen go to be landlocked (*sob**) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to tempt you throughout spring and summer. Tempted?


River Arts Club, Maidenhead

Who needs the coast when you can have the mighty Thames?

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Fancy escaping to the coast?

17 Jan 2017

Dreary, freezing January evenings are made for summer holiday planning – I can’t be the only one already dreaming of cocktails al fresco, snoozing on sun-loungers and those days when the sun soars up beyond eye level, can I?

This year I’m planning to take the Muddy tribe to Devon or Cornwall (to avoid airport-based faffing) so have been browsing luxury self-catering letting agency Perfect Stay‘s gorgeous website, perving over their super-stylish collection of properties.

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Special Muddy deal on Forest Holidays

9 Jan 2017

In January when the weather has turned totally pants and half-term break feels forever away, I take solace by gorging myself on potential holidays. Hot summer holidays in exotic climes with Rufus Sewell (if he’ll only stop moaning on and on about how he desires me), cool city breaks with Mr Muddy, gorgeous cottages in rugged climes for walking hols with my galpals and for family time in the UK, something luxe but active, rural but not too holiday campish.

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Win a Heston meal and overnighter!

5 Jan 2017

I think it’s only right and proper to begin 2017 with a Michelin nosh up and a night away, don’t you?

A Heston pub, part of his Fat Duck group in Bray, The Crown is a gorgeously atmospheric 16th century building with all the requisite nooks, crannies, fireplaces and higgledy-piggledy spaces, with food that’s exquisite as you’d expect.

You and your significant other can scoff three courses, an aperitif and a bottle of house wine on Muddy Stilettos, then stroll – or possibly roll – down the road to  the luxury self-catering Christmas Cottage, one of three Bray Cottages, for your zzzs any time before 31 March, excluding Valentine’s Day.

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Perfect stays in Devon and Cornwall (you’re gonna love ’em!)

27 May 2016

Ok, so we’re in the thick of half term – maybe you’re lucky enough to have flown off somewhere glorious, maybe you’re at home doing a sunshine dance every morning before you tentatively set off with kids (begrudgingly) in tow. Either way, I know you’ll already be thinking of your next holiday, because that’s just human nature – we’re kinda greedy. Luckily, Hero over at Bucks & Oxon, in her unrelenting search for the perfect holiday, has been checking out some amazing places down Devon and Cornwall way.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Berkshire Edition