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Elmley Nature Reserve

Who needs to leave the country for a safari holiday when you have Elmley Nature Reserve waiting in Kent for you - the only National Nature Reserve in England where you can spend the night.

Accommodation

Goodnestone Park

Muddy says: Goodnestone Park is a stunning, privately owned stately home and garden near Canterbury. You can hire the whole house for that truly special function or weekend with friends. There's a reason it was a favourite of Jane Austen and the producer of Downton Abbey!

Accommodation

Bewl Water

Muddy says: Bewl is a big, beautiful reservoir offering a fantastic range of outdoor activities - from cycling to open air cinema, children's parties to cookery courses - there's fun stuff to do all year round. Oh and a decent restaurant too!

Attractions

One Warwick Park

Muddy says: The perfect nesting spot for a night out, a stone's throw from The Pantiles and more importantly the train station. You're next sleepover is sorted.

Accommodation

The Salutation

Muddy says: The Salutation, is a stunning country-house sitting in the heart of Sandwich, a pretty town on the Kent coastline. The location, elegance and warmth of the place make it the perfect escape whatever the weather.

Accommodation

Flowers by Enchantment

Muddy says: We love this independent, Tonbridge florist that is really at the heart of the local community and goes the extra mile to give you the best service. If you’re going to say it with flowers, try these friendly folk.

Florists

Truffle, Tunbridge Wells

Cosy, cool and convenient - introducing your new favourite one-stop-shop for all your hair and beauty needs...

Beauty Salons

Leigh Roberts

Muddy says: Leigh Roberts is an award winning colourist with over 30 years experience, nicknamed 'King of The Blondes'. His simple but highly effective techniques combined with his ability in the art of colour correction have earned him his reputation as one of the finest colourists around today.

Colour Consultant

Caisters

Muddy says: A family-run, friendly salon in Hawkhurst that offers great haircuts without the pretension. Think rural approachability at its best...

Hair & Beauty

Heavenly Fitness

Muddy says: I mean have you tried Aerial Yoga or Circus Fit? If you're bored of the classes at your local gym, we love Heavenly Fitness' quirky approach to keeping fit.

Fitness

Granary Spa

Muddy says: The Granary Spa is a special place with a personal touch. You'll be pampered and cared for as much on the inside as the outside, so you feel relaxed and ready to face the world again.

Health & Wellbeing

Chatham Historic Dockyard

Muddy says: Celebrating everything associated with the great age of sail, this landmark venue makes a great day out. The exhibition is all really interactive, there's always new stuff happening and three massive, MASSIVE warships to explore. What more do you want?!

Attractions

The Beauty Bar

Close to Wadhurst station, converted from the newly renovated Old Antiques Shop, you’ll find this smart, sociable salon. Founder Emma Griffiths believes catching up with friends, a glass of your choice and a good looking set of nails are amongst the best things in life, which is why she’s brought them all together. The salon boasts […]

Beauty Salons

Kent Party Props

Muddy says: If you want the goddamn coolest party then you need to know about these awesome, local party props people. They hire out everything from hay bales and cocktail bars to stunning 4ft light up letters. Don't organise an event until you've checked them out!

Kid's Parties

Mount Ephraim Gardens

Mount Ephraim Gardens is a little pocket of pastoral bliss conveniently placed just outside Faversham. Set in ten glorious acres of stunning Edwardian terraced gardens it makes a stylish venue for weddings and parties, against a backdrop of the beautiful Kent countryside. Here sneak a peak...

Accommodation

The Chair

Muddy says: If you're after luscious locks then you'll want to know about The Chair in Canterbury's beautiful sixteenth century salon. Even better you can get your barnet and beauty needs all catered for at once under one roof because there's a beauty salon in the same building...

Beauty Salons

Sue Davies Flowers

Muddy says: Super-talented Sue is the flower power house behind this florist and really knows her ‘stuff’ having worked in the industry for years. A florist all year round and a magical Christmas shop for the festive season - if you're anywhere near Sutton Valence you really must visit...

Florists

Delicious Occasions

Muddy says: Claire makes stunning, hand-crafted cakes that taste even better than they look (I know hard to imagine). She also runs fab workshops on everything from Flawless Finish to Wired Sugar Flowers

Cakes

Kingdom

Kingdom is a place to escape, explore and enjoy nature. Just 35 miles south of London and 7 miles equidistant of Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, Kingdom is based on a love of cycling, community and food, all set in a magical 13-acre woodland. A natural space to unplug, unwind and relax with family and friends […]

Cycling

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The Gallivant

Muddy Says: A little taste of California just over the border in East Sussex, this restaurant with rooms opposite Camber Sands is a gem for fine dining or a cheeky getaway.

Accommodation

Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells

Muddy says: There are plenty of Hotel du Vins in the UK but this venue in Tunbridge Wells is full of enough local character and charm that it feels like a stand-alone venue.

Accommodation

Micallef Jewellers

Micallef Jewellers is a family run modern jewellers with a long standing reputation for providing excellent customer service. The jewellers has been established for over 35 years, with three shops within Kent. Our branches are located in Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Rainham. 11 Blacks Yard, Bligh’s Meadow, Sevenoaks, Kent  TN13 1DS.    01732 464648 88 High Street, […]

Jewellers

Colonnade Florist

Muddy says: Sharon has floristry running through her veins and really knows how to provide stunning bouquets for any occasion which is why this Tunbridge Wells florist is always so popular...

Florists

Zuzu Valla Photography

Her photography is gorgeous, quirky and original - which is of course why we just love it here on Muddy. And you clearly do too because Zuzu won Best Photographer in Kent in the 2017 Muddy Stilettos awards. Just check out her website and you'll see why...

Photography

Georgie Ward Events

Got a cocktail party (lucky you), birthday or work do to plan? Georgie Ward Events is a Kent based creative events company specialising in party planning and venue sourcing, both in Kent and London...

Event Planners

Camden Villa Hair

New salon in the Weald of Kent offering an exclusive salon experience for the Sissinghurst and Cranbrook area. Receive a highly personalised service from a stylist with many years experience working in a busy London salon. If you are looking for a new style, cut or colour, please do not hesitate to get in touch. […]

Hair & Beauty

The Swan at Chapel Down

The Swan at Chapel Down is an 80 cover restaurant with a private dining Chef’s Table and a terrace with wonderful views across the vineyards and surrounding countryside. Guests enjoy the finest locally and regionally-sourced produce from surrounding farms, producers and the day boats from Rye, in an elegant and relaxed environment. Head Chef Tom […]

Eating Out

Precious Kent

‘Precious Kent’ is an eclectic range of fellow award-winning designer makers who come together for a selling exhibition of handcrafted silverware and jewellery.   Their celebration of the best of British talent offers a treasure trove of creativity, innovative design and superb craftsmenship, using a variety of materials from platinum to plastics, from sapphires to silver […]

Jewellers

Great Higham Barn & Cottages

Conveniently located just 90 minutes from London and surrounded by country activities including hiking, horse riding and cycling, as well as clay pigeon shooting and with golf nearby, Great Higham offer the ideal accommodation for families, group celebrations or simply getting away from it all on a well deserved break with friends. Great Higham Barn […]

Accommodation

Peas-in-a-Pod

Peas-in-a-Pod is a collection of cheekily illustrated gifts and greetings for fun-loving folk created by Emma Donovan in her Kent based home studio. All products are manufactured in Great Britain and produced in small runs which makes them really rather special.  From printed melamine picnic plates, to witty greetings cards for all occasions, Peas-in-a-Pod is […]

Gifts

Flower & Glory

Deborah Arpino is a florist and stylist. Over the past 20 years, she has developed a distinctive look that is inspired by her love of flora, fauna and France. Driven by her passion of finding unusual decorative objects and combining them with beautiful flowers, plants and candles, Deborah opened her gorgeous flower & lifestyle shop […]

Florists

Matthew Cross Hair Salon

Matthew Cross Hair Salon, Sevenoaks opened in 2000 and quickly established a reputation for its specialist teams outstanding technical knowledge and creative abilities, combining a unique personal service with a wealth of experience. Matthew started his career at John Frieda in 1989 and then moved to Nicky Clarke where he worked on many photo shoots […]

Hair Salons

G Collins & Sons

G Collins & Sons is a small family-run establishment tucked away in Royal Tunbridge Wells. We’re passionate about providing the highest standards of quality regarding service and care for our clients and offering the finest pieces to suit the individual’s requirements. It’s equally important to us to offer a professional, relaxed and friendly environment in […]

Jewellers

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