The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Wouldn't you though?

We're full of the joys of Spring here at Muddy. Why, you ask? We've spritzed the office and everyone in it with this zingy, sunshiny, delicious new fragrance from natural beauty brand Neom.

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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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Squeals of excitement… Did you win?

7 Mar 2017

Snouts out of the trough, the competition’s ended and we have not one but TWO winners to announce. These lucky Muddy readers have won a family ticket each to see Babe The Sheep Pig at the Corn Exchange Newbury.

Based on Dick King-Smith’s best-selling book, it all about a little pig who dreams big. The show will be brought to life by a cast of West End performers in a show full of laughter, stunning puppetry and live music.

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The place for the perfect smile

7 Mar 2017

Brits have a shocking reputation for bad teeth. I’m not sure it’s entirely justified. I mean how often do you see a set of gnashers that look like you’ve been eating an apple through a tennis racket. OK, so we’re not talking about Shane McGowan extreme, but probably all have a gander at our teeth and think there’s room for improvement.

If you’re anything like me, your teeth take a bit of a battering.

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Muddy Book Club – the team faves

2 Mar 2017

Having survived (or suffered in my case) World Book Day, let’s celebrate all things literary with some reading list inspiration in the form of our the Muddy Book Club (without the wine, sadly – although there’s nothing to stop you pouring yourself a glass while you peruse this. We won’t tell anyone it’s 10am). We’re an extremely *cough* cerebral bunch, as you know, so read on for our current literary obsessions.

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9 awesome things to do this weekend – 2-8 Mar

1 Mar 2017

As we hurtle towards the weekend I’m feeling the need for fun, fresh air and an ice cold gin and tonic (or three). Who’s with me?

Seth Lakeman, The Hexagon Reading, Sat 4 Mar

The West Countrys certainly produced a few musical hotties. Chris Martin for starters, Ben Howard and Seth Lakeman (pictured) – the poster boy of folk. Let’s be honest Seth’s not really a boy, more a man… with, er, three kids.

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Did you win? Dive in and find out

1 Mar 2017

Happy St David’s Day! Happy Spring! Happy first day of the month! And happy days to one very lucky Muddy reader who is about to float off with a luxury weekend at Another Place The Lakes in Ulswater, The Lake District.

Thousands of you entered this one – I guess everyone needs a holiday! – but the winner is (*drum roll*)…

 

Michelle Tebbutt

Congratulations to you lady.

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5 unmissable Oscars moments

27 Feb 2017

As you might just have noticed, last night was the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The movie industry’s finest got glammed up, came, saw and conquered… or, at least, thought they’d conquered but then realized someone had a made a humdinger of a boo-boo (more of which shortly). No time to read up extensively on the finer detail of the biggest, glitziest night on the showbiz calendar? Ta-da – here’s Muddy’s two-minute Oscars digest…

Someone had a very bad day at the office.

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Property Flirt: Great Scot! It’s a celeb crib

25 Feb 2017

Right then property pervs it’s time to look through the keyhole of another mega des res in Berkshire, have a poke around and guess how much it’s worth. The winner gets a romantic break with Tom Hiddleton in the Bahamas (*ahem*). Er, maybe not.

Let’ get ready to rumble, here we go.

Forest Lodge is a handsome Victorian country house, opposite Windsor Forest, in the village of Winfield. It’s in a great location, has got that grand country house thing going on, a beautiful garden, surrounded by great schools and has showbiz connections.

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Whoop! We’re in the UK Blog Award Finals

24 Feb 2017

It’s been such a crazy year so far that I somehow forgot to tell you some really amazing news from *cough* last month. Oops!

So it’s a massive and heartfelt thank you for those of you who suggested Muddy Stilettos as the UK’s Best Arts & Culture Blog before Christmas, because guess what? We’ve only gone and made the Finals, one of only eight companies in the whole of the UK.

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Berkshire Edition