The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Somerset Edition

Category: holidays

Messing about on the river

28 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 to be landlocked (*sob**) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to help you throughout spring and summer. Tempted?

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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 (or fossil collecting) brigade.

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Fab 5 things to do in Paris – you could be going there…on us!

31 Oct 2016

Mes petits choux, le nouvelle competition de Stilettos Boueux est iciet il est un corker! (you didn’t know I spoke Franglais?).

I’ve got a pair of return airline tickets to Paris to give away to one lucky reader – sacre bleu!  If you win, you and your partner, friend, mum (OK, me, if you insist) will be flying with bmi regional out of Bristol airport over to Paris, on the dates of your choice between the end of November and the 25 March 2017 (subject to availability). 

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How to take great holiday photos – on your smartphone

30 Jul 2016

When Somerset photographer Deb Johnson is working – taking photos for family portraits, weddings and events (like yours truly and some of Somerset’s sparkliest business people at the Muddy Awards) – she uses an impressive piece of kit. But when she’s not, she uses her smartphone like the rest of us, and gets great results. I asked her to share her 10 top tips on using a smartphone camera. Here’s what she had to say….

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Summer camp at Mill on the Brue in Bruton

19 Jul 2016

Got summer sorted for the kids? If not, and you’re looking for a summer camp, read on. I wish Mill on the Brue had existed when I was a child; if it had, I’d have been begging my parents to send me to summer camp at this friendly, family-run outdoor activity centre in Bruton.

It’s Swallows and Amazons meets Bear Grylls, with around 40 fun and challenging activities – assault courses, giant zip wires, orienteering, crafty things, camping, raft building, video making, canoeing, grass tobogganning (the list goes on and on) – in 25 acres of glorious countryside. 

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Where to holiday like the Beckhams!

30 Jun 2016

Scenic social media snaps of celebrities hiking in Ibiza and doing tree-top yoga in St Lucia are evoking worldwide workout wanderlust (or just complete jealousy from Muddy Towers). To reduce the green-eyed monster, here are a few celebrity hang-outs, so you can holiday like the fit and famous. From a Thailand wellness retreat frequented by the Beckhams, to a health sanctuary in Spain graced by the likes of Kylie Minogue and Demi Moore; add a touch of star quality to your healthy escape, with this guide put together by Muddy Northants.

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