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Hi, I’m Maya. Welcome to the Hampshire edit of the award-winning lifestyle platform, Muddy Stilettos.
I’ve been a travel writer for ten years, contributing regularly to titles such as Condé Nast Traveller and The Telegraph. I’m passionate about exploration, interior design, adventure travel and the great outdoors, preferably with some sunshine.

I moved to Hampshire three years ago, following one year in London and eight in Ibiza (an island I love so much that I wrote a book about it – Ibiza Bohemia, published by Assouline). Having washed up in the postcard-pretty Georgian market town of Alresford, my husband and I (plus three small children) are now perched snugly in a wild and beautiful East Hampshire village just beneath the famous Hampshire Hangers.

Hampshire is a revelation – a gloriously rural county with sweeping downlands, chalk streams, a gleaming yacht-peppered coastline and the deeply mysterious (and ancient) New Forest. And of course  the Isle of Wight, Hampshire’s very own island bolthole. In amongst the county’s rolling countryside you’ll find chi-chi market towns like Stockbridge and Petersfield, the chocolate box villages of the Hampshire/West Sussex border and the cosmopolitan buzz of Hampshire’s cathedral city, Winchester.

I aim to bring you the best and brightest that the county has to offer, from fabulous food markets and freewheeling festivals to cosy pubs, hip hotels and indie boutiques galore. If there’s anything I should know, or anywhere you’d like me to review, just drop me just an email. I hope you’ll visit soon.

The original Muddy Stilettos (Oxon/Bucks) has been running in its present form since Nov 2012 and has become so successful that it has moved into 24 further counties Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Northants, Surrey, Kent, Norfolk, Suffolk, Sussex, Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire Hampshire, Cambridgeshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Warwickshire and Wiltshire – Phew!

This is the Muddy Mantra, so you know what to expect from the site:

  1. I try everything out myself so that you can fully trust my opinions. On the occasions that I haven’t been somewhere myself, I let you know that’s the case.
  2. Muddy Stilettos is a commercial site and accepts advertising and payment to feature products and brands. However, I believe passionately in only working with brands that share my ethos and are relevant to my readers. I retain editorial control and independence at all times.
  3. I accept tickets to free shows, festivals, restaurants, events etc with the purpose of reviewing or publicising them on Muddy Stilettos, as I’m sure you appreciate it’s pretty expensive zipping around trying stuff out all the time. Hotels, restaurants, cafés, bars – if you want me to try you out, please get in touch at: or via Twitter @muddyhants.
  4. I’ll never write a nasty review. I’m not into trashing people, brands or companies. But if you’re not good enough, I won’t write about you in Muddy Stilettos, regardless of whether I have paid for the experience or not. This gives me the editorial control I need and the trust that my readers demand.

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Maya x

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