The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Somerset Edition

Category: hotels

Win a £1000 weekend at Thornbury Castle!

13 Sep 2016

Fancy staying in the castle where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn honeymooned? Thornbury Castle is a stonking 500-year-old Tudor beauty on the edge of the Cotswolds, reviewed on Muddy a while back (check it out here).

Anyway, I’ll be damned, and off her with her head …. er whoops, what I mean is, flippin heck, Luxury Family Hotels have only gone and offered Muddy readers the chance to win a luxe two night stay here worth £1000, including breakfast and a three course dinner for two adults!

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Muddy eats – and sleeps – at the Red Lion Inn, Babcary

28 Jul 2016

Babcary’s a tiny village just off the A303 and A37, lying between Somerton and Castle Cary, with just a church and a local pub. I can’t vouch for the church – but oh, what a pub. The Red Lion Inn, runner-up in the Best Destination Pub category in the recent Muddy Stilettos Awards, has an award-winning restaurant, swanky guest rooms that are more boutique hotel than country inn – yet still manages to feel like the village pub, with locals who’ve been coming here for decades.

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five cool pubs with rooms

10 May 2016

We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to brilliant pubs in Somerset. We’ve got some of the best watering holes in the UK – atmospheric, set in beautiful countryside, serving fantastic local beers and ciders, fine wines and delicious seasonal, local food. They’re so good, it can be hard to leave. So why not stay? Check out these five cool Somerset pubs with rooms and nab a night or two away with your partner or your bestie…

Tarr Farm Inn, Tarr Steps, nr Dulverton

This 16th century inn has a truly idyllic setting on the wooded banks of the River Barle, overlooking the famous Mediaeval clapper bridge in the Exmoor National Park.

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The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2016

25 Apr 2016

Do you have a favourite hair salon or pub that you can’t go a week without visiting? Do you love the county we live in and want to help your local business communities? Then move in a little closer while I tell you more about the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2016!

Muddy Stilettos Somerset is following hot on the heels of its Bucks & Oxon sister and is holding its very first Awards in Somerset from 4 May 2016!

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The most spectacular afternoon tea in Somerset?

25 Mar 2016

Cross Lane House is a beautifully preserved Medieval house turned boutique hotel  and restaurant on Exmoor, where you can enjoy a luxurious, tranquil weekend away, dinner – and what must be the most spectacular afternoon tea in Somerset. 

The hotel, recently listed in The Telegraph‘s Top 10 Hotels for 2015 as well as winning a host of other accolades, is just off the A39 in the tiny village of Allerford on the National Trust’s 12,000-acre Holnicote Estate.

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WIN a luxury £1000 spa escape at 5* Stoke Park

17 Mar 2016

WOWZER!!!  You could win a luxury Spa Escape worth £1,000 (yep, one thousand smackeroonies) at the stunning 5 -star Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire. Feast your eyes on this place *wooosh* (that was the sound of my breath being taken away). You could be there enjoying all of this splendiferousness (is that actually a word?), so read on to find out how to enter…

In I float, a vision of loveliness, wearing my flounciest, bouffiest sparkly fairy dress, waving my magic wand – brrrrrrriiing!

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Muddy Eats: Ston Easton Park

2 Mar 2016

I’ve driven past the gates of Ston Easton Park on my way to and from Bath so many times and always wondered what lay beyond. So one day last week, I didn’t drive on by. I turned in and discovered that at the end of a winding, tree-lined drive is an 18th century Palladian mansion – which is so Jane Austen I half expected Mr Darcy to appear at any moment – set in over 30 acres of landscaped parklands.

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