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  • The Newt in Somerset

    England’s swankiest new country house hotel and spa are only for guests but the splendid estate, gardens – and cafe – are open to all. Shall we…?

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      The Hare and Hounds, Bath

      Enjoy a winter warming meal followed by a hearty walk – or vice versa – at this spacious, child-friendly gastropub on the edge of Bath

    • Gastro Heaven!

      30 of the best cookery courses across the Muddy counties to tantalise your tastebuds, and impress even the fussiest dinner guest.

School Reviews

Our honest reviews of the UK’s best schools

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Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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  • The 37 coolest party palaces

    Got a big birthday celebration looming? Or fancy a weekend away with your squad? We’ve sniffed out the 37 dreamiest party palaces across the land, available for exclusive hire. Grab your gang and let’s go!

    • Like a break this half term?

      Need to make a fast getaway? Don’t move a muscle till you’ve checked out our pick of 8 last-minute family breaks in the West Country

    • Exmoor explore

      Wonderful walking, luscious landscapes – hills, valleys, moors, woods – beaches of every kind, a plethora of plants and wildlife, ancient monuments and the fruits of the land all there for the taking

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  • How to do sofa chic

    Never mind all the parties, the thing we’re most looking forward to this Christmas is hunkering down at home. Here’s what we’ll be wearing – just accessorize with a book and mince pie.

    • Shake up your style

      Throw out the rule book, become a fashion rebel and ring the changes this festive season - voilà, our top style tips for rebooting your wardrobe.

    • Party like you mean it

      Harvey Nichols has come up trumps this season so here's my wishlist to whet your whistle. Plus win £500 worth of party clobber!

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      J’adore/ J’abhor

      It's Movember, the month when blokes grow moustaches to raise money for charity. Turns out the Muddy crew have VERY mixed views on men's facial hair. Where do you stand?

    • Green by name, green by nature

      A cut and colour at Salon On The Green, an environmentally-friendly hair salon in the nicest part of Yeovil, and winner of Best Hair Salon in the Muddy Awards 2019

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    15 Christmas wreath workshops

    Deck your door with boughs of holly, willow or even recycled fabric. These local festive craft classes are hugely popular so, quick, book now!

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      Kondo kids: tidy tips for children

      Marie Kondo's just brought out a new tidying book aimed at kids. Local KonMari specialist Jenny Dudfield spills the beans (and tidies them up again, natch)

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      Pumpkin recipes

      Don't bin it, bake it! After carving, turn your pumpkin's innards into a simple snack, pesto, soup and a delicious dessert this Halloween

    • Gastro Heaven!

      30 of the best cookery courses across the Muddy counties to tantalise your tastebuds, and impress even the fussiest dinner guest.

    • Five reasons to downsize

      Are your elderly parents rattling around in a big, baggy house? Here's why downsizing could work for them...

  • Making work, work for you

    Back at your desk after summer fun and not really feeling it? We hear you. Here’s some food for thought from the autumn’s hottest self-help book

    • We’ve got mail!

      What have we got here then? The 50 most inspirational women in the UK – including Keeley Hawes, Dina Asher-Smith, Jaqueline Wilson, Thomasina Miers, and *splutter* Muddy's high priestess Hero Brown

    • Workplace stress hacks

      Try these seven simple suggestions to help reduce your stress at work...

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      All Hallows Prep School, Cranmore

      Muddy says: Small co-ed prep school with a family feel, very good results, Famous Five forest school and a cutting edge design studio

    • Your ultimate Autumn Walks guide

      Grab your kids, your besties, your dog and anyone else who is free to join you on our first Autumn Walks initiative with Joules - and win coats and wellies for the whole family!

  • GBBO contestant: Rosie Brandreth-Poynter

    Five things you may not know about the Somerset baker as she whisks into Week Seven of the Great British Bake Off

    • Everyone’s talking about…

      Jude Law, baby! Or should that be his itty bitty very pretty papal white budgie smugglers? Banish your other half for five minutes and ogle the trailer in peace

    • The B&B Doctor is IN

      The UK's leading B&B consultant, Caroline Nolder, shares her tips for setting up and running a successful B&B and offers a helping hand if you need it.

    • Incredible, edible art

      Channel 4's Extreme Cake Maker, Wells-based Zoe Burmester, swapped a behind-the-scenes career in TV and film to create showstopping celebration, wedding and event cakes that tell a story

    • Wonder women

      On International Women's Day, 22 inspirational female entrepreneurs from Somerset and Dorset share their tips for setting up on your own

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