The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Wouldn't you though?

Fancy some new arm candy? You can’t add Ryan Gosling to your basket, but you can get your mitts on this brilliant tote that comes with a clutch and a purse - taking you daytime to playtime...

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WIN! Cool pop up dining experience

24 Feb 2017

Bringing together my 3 favourite things – a cool, quirky pop up venue; sensational food and local Kent wine…Hush Heath Winery are taking over The Old Fire Station in Tonbridge (if you haven’t yet heard about this place read my post here) from 5 – 9 April. Each night brings a different expert chef and concept – from Wine experience to Clay Oven or Fish Masterclass. The week of events is polished off with the Hush Heath Producer himself, Richard Balfour-Lynn, joining in the fun and a 5-course slap-up meal (including wine obvs).

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THE 16 BEST RIVERSIDE HOLIDAY COTTAGES

24 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 entice you throughout spring and summer. Tempted?

STAY IN… BERKSHIRE

River Arts Club, Maidenhead

Who needs the coast when you can have the mighty Thames?

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Want a weekend escape?

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 brigade.

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Property Flirt

22 Feb 2017

Right property smarty-pants, let’s see if you can guess how much this one’s worth! Little Allens has got something for everyone, that’s for sure. It’s got the location, cute country-cottage thing going on yet with expansive space and stunning modern interiors. Oh, and I’ve not yet mentioned the equestrian facilities…

So, petticoats on show, and off we go! A new house for those of you who like to perv at property.

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NEW! MUDDY BOOK CLUB: FEBRUARY’S BEST READS

21 Feb 2017

Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases?

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The Muddy Guide

20 Feb 2017

Snowdrop Walk, Hever Castle, from 11 Feb

For me, there’s nothing that holds more promise than a heavenly carpet of snowdrops… (Well, apart from watching the sunrise from my beach hut in Bora Bora, but you get my drift…) It’s the sign that spring has truly sprung. Visitors can enjoy this magical trail of snowy white bulbs starting to emerge from their winter hibernation, thanks so over 60,000 snowdrop bulbs planted in the Gardens over the past six years.

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Muddy cut: The Chapel, T.Wells

15 Feb 2017

I’ve been curious to try out The Chapel in Tunbridge Wells and tell you about it for some time now. There’s lots about this venue that’s really very Muddy – it’s cool and quirky; it’s a totally ‘word of mouth’ place (they never advertise and there’s no external signage on the salon) and they do things a little differently (you pay for their services by the hour, rather than per treatment!).

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Eat here: Kent’s top gastropubs revealed

9 Feb 2017

The Top 50 Gastropub Awards just took place – celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of that food-led phenomenon, the great British pub that serves awesome grub. Organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser and voted for by industry insiders this is the shortlist that really matters in the pub grub world. Kent has 3 fabulous pubs in the Top 25 – each very wonderfully different in their offering – The Sportsman (seaside), The Kings Head (urbane cool) and The Compasses Inn (rural).

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Kent Edition