The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northants Edition

16 best riverside cottages (including our very own Grand Union Canal)

23 Feb 2017

So we’ve told you the best seaside cottages, but 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 go to be landlocked (me obvs) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to tempt you throughout spring and summer.

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14 beautiful beach cottages to rent this summer (or before if you can’t wait)

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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Muddy Eats: Sophia’s – a sprinkle of The Med in the heart of Northampton

21 Feb 2017


Muddy is lucky. Veeeeeery lucky. In our trips out to visit the finest hostelries and eat from the tastiest menus (all in the name of sharing the best stories with you good Mudsters), it would have been easy to overlook those establishments that had seemingly just been around for years.

Such is the vibrancy, and talent in Northamptonshire, and so strong is the creative appetite that you could be forgiven for thinking that that Sophia’s Restaurant – a Mediterranean gem, over twenty years in the making, is so familiar to have always been there.

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Muddy does a Bridget ‘mini-break’ – Forest of Arden Hotel

15 Feb 2017

Sometimes, the stress of a holiday or the 10 hours stuck in traffic on the way to Cornwall, really do negate any benefits of a trip away; that’s why I’m the new champion of a cheeky break on your own doorstep (or near as damn it)! And according to Marriott’s Great British Break Report, two fifths of Brits chose to take a break in their own county in 2016 and that number is set to rise, with three in ten of all those questioned admitting they are more likely to holiday in their own backyard now than they were in the past.

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Rachel Johnston – My favourite places & things to do in Northants

13 Feb 2017


I had a slight addiction to those house-hunting TV programmes in the ’90s, so can you imagine doing it as a real job?! Well Rachel does, lucky lady, because she’s a home-finder at Stacks Property Search. She goes out and about for clients in Northants and Bucks, so she’s been around our fair Shire quiiiiiite a lot! Here are her favourite places and things to do in and around Northamptonshire…

Remarkably Northamptonshire it is still a little known county for those outside its environs: with the beauty of Warwickshire, the character of Oxfordshire, the convenience of Buckinghamshire – and the price of Northamptonshire – I think it’s a county more people should get to know!

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Welcome to new Muddy neighbours – Warwickshire & Cambridgeshire

12 Feb 2017

Muddy tentacles are increasingly covering the South of England (including our neighbours Warwickshire and Cambridgeshire) and who better to unearth the fun stuff for families than our brilliant regional Muddy editors? Whether you’re day tripping or planning for longer, here are some of the treats in store for you all over the south of Blighty…


Meet The Bugs, Beale Park, Lower Basildon Wed 15 Feb

Bugs large or small give me the heebie jeebies, but kids love ’em.

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Muddy Guide – 9 great day trips for half term

12 Feb 2017

Didn’t quite make it to skiing this half term? Nope, me neither! But who cares, for we have delights aplenty in Blighty and not just out on our doorstep. Here are some great options if you fancy a day trip out.

Warwick Castle

Half term week for schools in Warwickshire is 20 – 24 Feb fact fans, so this week is a grand tim for Bucks/Oxon families to head up to Warwick Castle during its relatively quieter week.

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Win a £800 hotel stay at the ridiculously luxe The Lake!

4 Feb 2017

We do try to push the boat out on prizes for you to win, but we’ve had we had one so delicious it was literally bobbing over the water. But check out this lakeside view!

Another Place The Lake in Ullswater in the Lake District is the most ridiculously gorgeous, luxurious, stylish hotel we’ve seen in a very long time and we’ve nabbed a two night stay, worth nearly £800, for one lucky Muddy reader (and your plus one obvs).

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We have a Heston winner!

3 Feb 2017

There can only be one winner to the fabulouso dinner for two at Heston’s The Crown pub and a roll down to Bray Cottages’ 5 star collapse pad and the lucky dabber is none other than…

… Charlotte Robinson! Congrats Charlotte. Get in touch and we’ll get you sorted for the VIP treatment. Those of you who missed out, don’t let it get you down – we’ll soon be running a luxe brand spanking new Lake District hotel we’ve lined up for you?!

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Oooooh let’s get back to nature (and grub) – What’s On until 9 Feb

30 Jan 2017

What? Are those green shoots I spy on the firmament of the Northamptonshire countryside? Well, yes, but let’s not rush into spring shall we? There’s plenty of time for that once we’ve dealt with frosty February, and only the hardiest species (Muddy types) know how to hand the last throes of Winter.  And check out two culinary jewels associated with warmer, spicier climates at this time of year. Let’s get on with it…

Snowdrop Days, Evenley Wood Garden, Nr.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Northants Edition