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I'm Joanna, editor of Muddy Wiltshire, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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    The Porch House, Stow

    We came, we ate, and we loved the gorgeous exterior, romantic nooks and roomy spaces of The Porch House, Stow.

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      Shall I be mum?

      Another macaroon? Don't mind if I do! The 33 best afternoon teas as chosen by our in-the-know editors.

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      The Hollow Bottom

      With its horse racing pedigree, idyllic village setting and standout pub fare, we're backing this front runner in the ace country inns category.

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      Our fave cosy pubs

      It's still pretty parky out there! Which is why we’ve poked our noses out the door to find the warmest, cosiest pubs to snuggle up in.

    • The top British gastropubs

      …and some of them happen to be in Wilts, with a whole lot more not too far away! Look, admire and – yeah, why not? – book the lot of 'em. Let's get lunching!

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    Where to fly away

    We’re all going on a summer holiday! Or is it actually a spring, autumn or winter one? Whatever your season, we have a destination for you.

    • China in your hands

      China on your bucket list but looking a bit daunting? Get the lowdown from the experts

    • Thai for beginners

      As the kids go back to school and the nights draw in, what's the best thing to do? Book a holiday, of course! Fancy something a bit further afield this time?

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    Let it rain!

    These raincoats are so damned stylish you’re going to be praying for the heavens to open just so you can strut your stuff in them!

    • Let’s get physical!

      Don't worry we haven't recreated THAT Olivia Newton John video. But we have tested out the best sportswear around.

    • Ready to partyyyyyyy?

      Got those party invites flooding in? You're gonna need a whole new wardrobe then (any excuse!)

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    Seeking book inspo?

    Do yourself a favour and make it one of Muddy pro-bookworm’s Kerry’s perfect picks for March. Clear space on your Kindle!

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      Can the First World War tearjerker's stage offensive pack the same emotional punch as Sebastian Faulk's knockout novel?

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      Memoir special

      Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter is all about real-life stories this month. Well, the truth is often stranger than fiction, after all.

    • The best January reads

      Hiding under the duvet or plonked on the sofa? We hear you. Here's what to read while you hibernate.

    • Flashdance groove!

      Joanne Clifton has swapped Strictly sequins for 1980s legwarmers. Check out what Muddy Bucks/Oxon ed Hero thought.


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    • grey Le Creuset pot with fish stew

      Tonight’s dinner, sorted

      Rustle up this speedy supper cod one-pot dish, courtesy of hot new healthy eating guru, Dr Rupy Aujla.

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      Retro rehab

      Mid-century Scandi, folk art, architectural reclamation, garden antiques – and the resurgence of our old friend 'brown' furniture.

  • Wellbeing
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      The mid-week skive!

      Yes, weekends are often mental but it is possible to carve out a little free time elsewhere. Inspiration incoming!

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      Next patient please

      Too tired to go for a run? Never see sunshine? We've talked to a top GP about how to solve our niggling winter health worries.

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    Trudy Simmons

    The Crazy Daisy Clarity coach and founder of the Hampshire Business Women Facebook Group, walks us round her fave places.

    • Gee’s Favourite Places

      Kitchen-whizz Gee Cartwright on Johnny Depp, Moroccan street food, truffle hunting in Italy and sweet pineapples.

    • Wish we were here!

      A one-woman interiors inspiration, Fiona McLeod has created a luxury bolthole full of AMAZING things.



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