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  • 8 coastal properties on the market now

    With the prospect of a winter spent in lockdown looming, we're dreaming of summers to come spent by the sea. Care to indulge in a little fantasy property shopping?

  • Think your town is the best place to live?

    Prove it! Take a photo of your local area for Instagram to win a family portrait shoot with award-winning Lifestyle & Location Portrait Photographer of the Year Paul Wilkinson.

  • The Big Breakfast house is for sale!!

    Talk about a piece of iconic pop culture! The chaotic, flirty, naughty Nineties home of breakfast telly can be yours for a cool £5.75m. Shall we have a nose around?

  • Light it up! 42 cool indie candle brands

    The arrival of autumn means darker evenings snuggled indoors by candlelight. Looking for a new scent? Try one of these gorgeous indie candle brands from across the Muddy counties.

  • J’adore/J’abhor: Dulux’s ‘Brave Ground’

    Dulux's colour of 2021 is hot off the press and majorly dividing opinions at Muddy HQ - but will you be plastering your walls in 'Brave Ground'? Let us know in the comments!

  • Bottoms up! The best new indie drinks

    Got a large glass to hand? We’ve rounded up 43 of the best new independent drinks from across the Muddy counties from wine and gin to rum and beer.

  • Comforting classics from The Pie Room

    Ooh, is there anything more satisfying than good flaky pastry? These two warming recipes from Calum Franklin's new cookbook The Pie Room will take you into autumn and beyond.

  • Weekend recipe inspo, courtesy of Jessie Ware

    Marmalade chicken and miso chocolate chip cookies, anyone? Foodie singer Jessie Ware shares her #PerfectPairing recipes to celebrate M&S launching at Ocado. Dig in!

  • The Manor Brampton Ash

    House swap! What does £1m get you?

    Upping sticks to pastures new? Let's see what a cool million will get you on the property market in Northants and further afield - quite a lot, as it happens!

  • House swap! What does £1m get you?

    Upping sticks to pastures new? Let's see what a cool million will get you on the property market across the Muddy counties - quite a lot, as it happens!

  • Lockdown Gardens in Bloom: the results!

    The results are in! See who's nabbed the top spots in our first ever Lockdown Gardens in Bloom competition with gorgeous gardens and homewares boutique Olive & Sage.

  • 6 of the best boxed wines to drink now

    Boxed wine has a bad rep, but forget everything you know - it stays fresh for longer, contains litres of tipple and can actually be really tasty. Here's what we're sipping.

  • Weston Hall Northants

    Property flirt! Guess the price.

    Flirt alert! It's time to get nosy on someone else's home. Our idea of heaven. And this time you're in for a treat: we're talking baronets, baby, and a literary heritage to make you drool.

  • Harringworth barn converstion viaduct

    House swap – modern properties we love

    If period properties give you the heebie jeebies, and you'd rather have a glass extension than a thatched roof, then walk this way - we've rounded up some of the best architect-led modernist properties in Northants and the Muddy counties.

  • This year’s hottest garden trends

    We've never appreciated our gardens more than during lockdown - here's how to transform them following trends from our Lockdown Gardens in Bloom competition.

  • House swap – modern properties we love

    If period properties give you the heebie jeebies, and you'd rather have a glass extension than a thatched roof, then walk this way - we've rounded up some of the best architect-led modernist properties in the Muddy counties.

  • 8 unusual herbs to spice up your life

    Or your cooking and cocktails at the very least! Get your chops around these unusual herbs, perfect for everything from pepping up your barbecue to sweetening your mojito. Arriba!

  • Di Amalfi candle

    Scented candles that bring the holiday vibe

    Who needs foreign shores when you can bring the Med to your living room? Here are the best destination-inspired candles money can buy.

  • Grill power oven gloves

    Reclaim the BBQ! Best outdoor cooking accessories

    Move over Mr M, I'll take it from here. Make the barbecue your own this summer with these super-handy gadgets and accessories.

  • Lockdown garden stunners

    Entered Muddy's Lockdown Gardens in Bloom yet? Stake out your competition here and snap your space to win part of our £1000 prize pot to spend at Olive & Sage.

  • Superflashy newsflash

    Super Flashy Newsflash

    Summer is here and finally the places we love are starting to get going. Here's our pick of new openings, launches and things to do this month near you.

  • Muddy ‘Lockdown Gardens in Bloom’ is GO!

    Calling all green fingered goddesses! We want to see your lockdown gardening handiwork. Snap your space and post it on Instagram for the chance to win vouchers (there's £1000 up for grabs) to spend online at gorgeous garden and homewares boutique Olive & Sage.

  • Smokin’! The perfect summer burger recipe

    The weather's pulling a blinder this week, so fire up the BBQ and rustle up this bad boy with homemade ketchup (fancy!) from Muddy favourite The Pig group.

  • Silk sleep mask

    The best bedroom buys for summer

    It's the summer solstice on Saturday - great for hippies, less so for insomniacs. If you're struggling to sleep during these short nights, help is here.

  • Best interiors buys for extroverts

    Love the interiors at Aynhoe Park and The Crazy Bear? Maximalism is back, baby - here's our wish list to help you nail the trend.

  • Quarantini time! Heston’s Gold Rush

    Looking to up your cocktail creds during lockdown? We've rifled through Heston Blumenthal’s cocktail bible, so perk yourself up with a Gold Rush.

  • Middleton-Cheney

    House swap: what does £250k get you?

    £250k for a house? You betcha! If that mortgage is feeling like a millstone, take a peek at these properties in Northants and across the Muddy counties and start mentally moving in ASAP.

  • Provençal fougasse with green and black olives

    Lockdown is the perfect time to get to grips with our favourite chewy loaf: sourdough. Ready, set, bake with this savoury share-and-tear number (you can skip the sharing bit if you like).

  • Sézane’s sexy homeware (and hot interior deals)

    We're lusting after the chic French brand's new homeware range, plus we've rooted out the best interior and home bargains online to add to your shopping basket pronto.

  • Pimp your patio with these 18 outdoor buys

    We’re swapping holidays abroad for le jardín this summer, so best make it the ultimate destination. Cue the Muddy shopping edit of the coolest accessories to deck out your outdoor space.

  • Weston Favell

    Got £800k to splurge on a new des res?

    Considering a move or just need a bit of escapism from the same four walls? We've popped £800k in the fantasy property pot, but what does that buy you in Northants and across the Muddy counties?

  • Speedy supper, anyone? Make THIS tonight

    Looking for healthy dinner ideas - take inspiration from Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock for a meal that's quick, tasty and packed with protein.

  • James Peck chef

    Divine duck egg ravioli from Burnt Lemon Chefs

    You'll lap up this recipe from James Peck, founder of Northants' very own Burnt Lemon Chefs. It's a bit of a challenge (stave off the quarantine boredom) and the whole family will be licking their plates.

  • Gardening books

    10 of the best gardening books

    Fancy getting all green fingered in the garden but don't really know where to start? Here's a helping hand with 10 terrific tomes to add to your reading list.

  • DAYLESFORD RECIPE

    5-step Daylesford supper

    Want a quick and easy dish during lockdown? Try this delectable and light supper direct from our favourite Cotswold chefs.

  • All cooped up! Check out these cool hen houses

    Attention, would-be chicken farmers! We've rounded up nine of the most stylish chicken coops for your feathered friends. Has it been worth the oeuf-ort? (I'll get my coat)

  • Grow your own vegetable garden

    10 idiot-proof veg to grow now

    (Or how not to get scurvy during lockdown). Here's how to go self-sufficient, thanks to TV gardener Toby Buckland's top veg patch tips. Ready the trowels!

  • Dorset coastal property

    On the market: 13 coastal do-er uppers

    Looking for a seaside bolthole, or a more significant lifestyle move? Snap up these stunning coastal properties for a post-lockdown project.

  • Asparagus tart recipe

    Super speedy supper!

    A super simple tart recipe that makes the most of seasonal ingredients and takes a mere 30 minutes? Count us in!

  • Peach and lentil salad recipe

    A salad for sunny days

    This peach and lentil salad with warm pork tenderloin by renowned chefs Kate & Giancarlo Caldesi, is easy peasy to make, looks amazing and will impress even fussy young palates..

  • five sausage dog gold paperclips

    Desk delights

    Working from home? Sounds like the perfect excuse to pimp up your workstation with the loveliest stationery and desk accessories.

  • 8 flowers to choose for a cutting garden

    Dibbers at the ready! Garden broadcaster Toby Buckland picks a pocketful of posies that anyone - yes, even you with the dead house plants - can grow.

  • Cook THIS for dinner tonight

    Running out of ideas for midweek meals? Yup, us too. Take inspiration from the hottest new cookbook on the block by pop star Jessie Ware. Yum!

  • Asparagus tart with quails egg and prosciutto ham

    This super-simple tart recipe, from Cotswolds based Gluts & Gluttony, makes the most of seasonal ingredients and takes a mere 30 minutes. Count us in!

  • Recipe: A salad for sunny days

    This peach and lentil salad with warm pork tenderloin by renowned chefs Kate & Giancarlo Caldesi, is easy peasy, looks amazing and tastes delicious.

  • The 35 best local artisan gins

    Was there ever a time of greater national need? The 33 best artisan gins across the Muddy counties - rack them up, throw in some Juniper berries and rosemary, and let's get drinking!

  • VW Golf Mk8

    Start your engines!

    Looking for a new runaround to get you from A to B? We've rounded up 6 of the best new cars to buy in 2020 - go on, treat yourself to new wheels.

  • 3 party cocktails – ready, steady, shake!

    Step away from the Chablis and try something different! We've got 5 copies of a cool new cocktail book to give away - and here are three autumn liveners from it to whet your whistle.

  • Waitrose gin tasting? We’re in!

    Brand new, this service from Waitrose combines our favourite things - gin, friends and hanging out at home. See how Muddy's Ed-in-Chief, Hero Brown, got on and book up pronto this summer, it's a blast!

  • 7 perfect days of summer – just add gin!

    Ableforth's Bathtub gin looks cool, tastes even better and will rev you up for a summer of fun. Here, win a case (yup, six bottles of it!) and find out for yourself.

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