The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Cambridgeshire Edition

Harper Scout Beach

Wouldn't you though?

Planning on finding some Easter sun? I’ve spotted the perfect kaftan from new designers Harper Scout Beach that will take you from beach to bar.

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Property Flirt

5 Mar 2017
Property Flirt, Peter Lane, Stonely

Welcome to Property Flirt, a brand new section of Muddy Stilettos that’s created purely so I can ogle at other people’s amazing houses and pretend I have the funds to move into them at a moment’s call to my hedge fund manager. *sigh* The rules are simple I show you round a des res in Cambridgeshire and you guess the price. Guess within £5k of the asking price and you win a holiday in the Bahamas with Jamie Dornan.

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14 beautiful beach cottages to rent this summer

5 Mar 2017
Beach Cottages Muddy Stilettos

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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Did you win? Did you? Did you?!

1 Mar 2017
Another Place The Lake, Ullswater Lake District

Happy St David’s Day! Happy Spring! Happy first day of the month! And happy days to one very lucky Muddy reader who is about to float off with a luxury weekend at Another Place The Lakes in Ulswater, The Lake District.

Thousands of you entered this one – I guess everyone needs a holiday! – but the winner is (*drum roll*)…

Michelle Tebbutt.

Congratulations to you lady.

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GRAB THE REMOTE AND SHHHH! TWO UNMISSABLE TV SHOWS TONIGHT

28 Feb 2017
Muddy Stilettos

Tonight, I will be downing tools, turning off my phone, and commandeering the sofa, remote and wine from 9pm – 11pm as not one, but two, fantastic TV shows arrive on the small screen.

First up, at 9pm on BBC1 is The Replacement, a three-part thriller.

Our Head Ed, Hero was lucky enough to go to a preview screening of the first episode and, reports that it is edge-of-your seat stuff.

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6 sites for happy campers

28 Feb 2017
The Acr Cabin, Elton, Cambridgeshire

Whether it’s the simple life that your after, or just that you don’t want to miss out on the fun when you’re friends head off on a boozy weekend away, camping doesn’t have to mean cramp tents and musty cabins – thank gawd for that coming from a very-non-tent-friendly family. With the constant niggle that it’s going to pee down with rain (anyone else get homesick for their big hair rollers?) a long weekend is a perfect length of time.

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5 Unmissable Oscar Moments

27 Feb 2017
The Oscars

As you might just have noticed, last night was the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The movie industry’s finest got glammed up, came, saw and conquered… or, at least, thought they’d conquered but then realized someone had a made a humdinger of a boo-boo (more of which shortly). No time to read up extensively on the finer detail of the biggest, glitziest night on the showbiz calendar? Ta-da – here’s Muddy’s two-minute Oscars digest…

Someone had a very bad day at the office.

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Hot picks for the Cambs Lit Fest (18 – 23 Apr)

27 Feb 2017
Cambridge Literary Festival

Award-winning writers, poets and erudite panel members are synonymous with literary festivals and these days the events celebrate the joy of books and reading for all ages and interests – a surreal melting pot of fact, fiction and fun with famous names alongside first-timers. At this year’s 6-day Cambridge Literary Festival there’s something for everyone and to give you a head start I’ve pulled together a juicy assortment – from cookery and politics to fashion and new releases.

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The Sixteen best riverside holiday cottages

23 Feb 2017
River Nene Cottages, Water Newton, Cambs

 

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 (*sob**) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to tempt you throughout spring and summer. Tempted?

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Muddy eats: the Black Horse at Elton

21 Feb 2017
The Black Horse at Elton, Cambridgeshire

 

I’m writing this feature with a huge grin on my face because, truly, it was such a delight to find The Black Horse in the beautiful village of Elton, close to the Northants border a few miles from Oundle. We’re not drowning in good gastropubs towards the west of the county – if you’re a regular Muddy reader, you’ll know already that the lifeblood of the blog is to find things in Cambridegshire that have something that lifts them from the ordinary, and here’s one delicious nugget for you.

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Holy Crepe – it’s Pancake Day next week

21 Feb 2017
Pancake Day Shrove Tuesday

 

Not sure you want reminding but Pancake Day has crept up on us – it’s next week, Tue 28 Feb – the one day of the year when it’s totally acceptable to throw food round the kitchen. For 24 hours us amateur chefs will be stocking up on eggs, flour, Nutella, bananas and lemons to entertain our friends and family. I’m no masterchef – don’t take my advice for gawd’s sake unless you’re after a gloopy mess – I’ve enlisted the help of crepe chef connoisseur John Fenton from Cambridge Crepes to share his flippin’ good recipe plus a few tips on how and when…

Ingredients

  • 250 grams plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 mls semi-skimmed milk
  • 230 mls water
  • half teaspoon salt
  • 4 tbsp of melted butter

Method

Whisk together the eggs and plain flour.

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The Urban Guide to the Countryside -
Cambridgeshire Edition