The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition


Wouldn't you though?

This year the Cranbrook Art Show boasts some stunning pieces that make your spirt soar, give your home character and don't cost the earth. Come join me for a little potter (boom, boom...)

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Muddy eats: The Vine, Goudhurst

26 Oct 2016

Ah, now I’ve been excited to tell you about this little find for a couple of weeks. Those of you who know this pretty little corner of Kent will probably raise your eyebrows when I mention the word ‘cool’ (yeah I saw you do it). But I’m not kidding, The Vine pub, right in the heart of this quintessentially rural village has finally reopened after a change of ownership and complete refurb and now boasts a contemporary dining space and a cocktail lounge.

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20 Oct 2016

It feels like forever since I’ve been excited about a fashion brand, so it feels good to have a little sashay down Designer Avenue with Winser London. Hero Brown, the Muddy founder and editor over in Bucks/Oxon put me onto this brand and even though it’s only been around since 2013, primarily as an online-based brand, Winser London has already made a big splash nationally. And there are now pop up shops around the UK, plus concessions in John Lewis and Harvey Nics.

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10 beautiful portrait photos that will melt your heart

18 Oct 2016

There are some posts that I just love putting together – and this is definitely one of them. When I asked top portrait photographer Emma Freeman (we are so lucky that she happens to live in the Weald of Kent) to select just a handful of the favourite family photos she has taken it was no easy request. She had to trawl through 40, 000 of them to make her selection for a start. 

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We have a winner!

17 Oct 2016

Wow, that was a hard-fought competition! Loads of you wanted to win the Thornbury Castle giveaway, and no wonder – a luxe 2-night stay worth £1000 from those lovely folk at Luxury Family Hotels, in the castle where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn honeymooned? A chance to ditch the kids, ramp up the romance and make your escape – it’s almost enough to make you lose your head in all the excitement!

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Muddy Guide 13 – 19 Oct

12 Oct 2016

Ellie Taylor Stand Up, Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone, Fri 14 Oct

Well known television personality and all round funny gal Ellie Taylor is presenting a brand new stand up show dealing with marriages troublesome issue of monogamy.  If you didn’t know already Ellie has showcased her wicked sense of humour in some TV favourites such as Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cat’s and Snog, Marry, Avoid.

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12 Oct 2016

I can happily say that there are many, many wonderful places to eat in Kent (and my waistband will back me up here) – not just the ones that made it into this year’s Michelin food list.

However those that did deserve a special mention and a special journey. So, here’s where the stars are falling in Kent and our surrounds for 2017. These local gems should be on every foodie fan’s bucket list of places to eat and – just in case you need even more pursuading – I’ll be making my way down the list and reviewing them over the months to come.

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Try this: Style Clinic (the best £10 I’ve spent in ages…)

11 Oct 2016

Like you, I know how I should shop. I should be ruthless, organised, minimal. I should seek out those crucial ‘key items’ for ‘building my wardrobe of wearable classics’. But do I do it? By T.K.Max, I don’t! ‘Capsule’ pieces? *Insert snort of laughter here* – ‘chaotic’ and ‘confused’ more like. A ‘5-piece French wardrobe’? *Snorts coffee right across the room*… I really love that idea. But I have never, ever shopped this way.

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6 Oct 2016

Laurence Shorter is an author, leadership coach and stand-up comedian and his latest book, The Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life (Orion Books, £14.99) is a charming and lighthearted look at a serious problem. We are all on the hamster wheel and it seems to be getting faster, so how do we stop? Is it really possible to achieve more by doing less, and be happier for it? My friend and fellow editor Sarah Prior over at Muddy Berks had a chat with laziness expert Laurence and he gave her these top tips – find out more if you want to make your day instantly better…

I’m a busy working mum, I haven’t got time to be lazy!

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Property Flirt

6 Oct 2016

If you’ve never played Property Flirt before (and if not, what have you been doing with your surfing time?), welcome to one of the most popular bits of Muddy Stilettos, where I show you round a mega des res in the county, you guess the price and the winner gets to go on a romantic night out with Kevin McCloud.

Right, your starter for ten: Smith Hill House is a flirty farmhouse set down its own long driveway on a small farm complex in the quintessential village of West Farleigh, near Maidstone – think village green, a Norman Church and three well-loved pubs.

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Cool stuff happening near you

6 Oct 2016

Pick Your Own Pumpkin, Ashford, Sat 8 Oct – Sun 30 Oct

As Halloween season is quickly approaching, make a family day out of picking your own pumpkins ready to be transformed into truly ghoulish creations. The pumpkin farm will be open every weekend throughout October so you’ll have plenty of time to scout out the best pumpkin you can find! Don’t forget to wear your wellies as rain or shine the pumpkin farm will be open for business!

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Kent Edition