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Steve James, personal chef

Muddy says – Exquisite fine dining and party catering in your own home without lifting a finger (apart from dialling up Steve) and pop-ups throughout the year

Catering

Somerset country house with steps lit up at night

North Cadbury Court

Muddy says: This spectacular 16th century country house set in 1,500 acres of Somerset countryside could be yours, all yours!

Accommodation

Sugar Street Studios

Muddy says: Cake artist extraordinaire Zoë Burmester creates unique edible sculptures that are – almost – too good to eat

Bespoke cakes

Hidden Woods

Muddy says: Forest fun in a beautiful woodland activity centre halfway between Frome and Bath, for kids (and adults) of all ages

Activity days

Georgian coaching inn

The Swan, Wedmore

Muddy says: Laid back but stylish, this former Georgian coaching house has an ex-River Cottage chef in the kitchen, pretty gardens and bedrooms.

Food & Drink

Kingsdon Inn, Kingsdon

Muddy says: Chocolate box 17th century thatched pub with a menu inspired by English comfort food and southern Italian cuisine – wild boar bolognaise, anyone?

Food & Drink

Channel Adventure

Muddy says: All kinds of exciting activities on the sea, on rivers and on dry land – from stand-up paddleboarding to moonlit runs – for kids of all ages and adults

Activity days

Averys Wine Merchant

Muddy says: Bored of supermarket plonk and feel like you’re grown-up enough to get a bit more knowledgeable about what you’re filling your wine o’clock with? Follow us…

Wine

dessert

Levant, Castle Cary

Muddy says: A gorgeous Arts and Crafts house in Castle Cary is transformed into a little corner of the eastern Mediterranean – and it's a boutique B&B, too.

B&Bs

Maunsel House, nr Taunton

Muddy says – Somerset has many old manor houses in which to hold a wedding, party or special event but none as spectacular – or eccentric – as the 13th century Maunsel House

Civil wedding ceremonies

giant floating obstacle course on a lake with corfe castle ruins in the background

Dorset Waterpark

Muddy says – bouncing, sliding and splashing around on giant inflatable obstacle courses on two idyllic woodland lakes is the best fun ever – and the kids might like it too.

Days Out

The Cross at Croscombe

Muddy says: The Cross bridges the gap between a small, boutique hotel and a traditional B&B, combining personal service and local knowledge with top notch fixtures and fittings

Accommodation

Sleeps 12

Muddy says: A fab selection of properties in Somerset and beyond, sleeping 12 or more. Many have private pools, hot tubs, games rooms – all of them perfect party houses.

Accommodation

Tim’s Wines

Muddy says: an independent wine store selling wines from around the world with a passionate owner on hand to advise and pour you a taster!

Food & Drink

The Duck at Burtle

Muddy says: Honest, homemade food in a pub perfectly positioned to explore the spectacular nature reserves on the Somerset Levels.

Fun Finder

The Grape & The Good

The Grape & The Good is an independent wine merchant and purveyor of craft and local beers and spirits located in the city of Wells.

Wine merchant

The Wren’s Nest

The Wren’s Nest is a bespoke bartending company bringing city quality cocktails and the art of professional bartending to the countryside. We focus on a range of services offering ‘pop up’ bartending events, bartender training, and brand promotion/activation. The cocktail and spirit industry has grown significantly over the last 20 years, with major UK cities […]

Bartending

Deborah Johnson Photography

Muddy says: 15 years' experience as a professional photographer under her belt, makes her the ideal person to approach with your photographic assignments

Photographers

The Picnic Hamper People

  The Picnic Hamper People provide picnics for every occasion, summer or winter.  Everyone enjoys sharing delicious food al fresco, whatever the weather. We can cater for special occasions, anniversaries, birthdays, first night home with a baby, hen parties, weddings, corporate events and so much more. Our produce is sourced locally from the Somerset Levels […]

Party food

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